Home to the majority of Hawaiians, Oahu is known as the Gathering Place, or the heart of Hawaii. See the state capital to immerse yourself in local culture, a diverse mix of European, Asian and Native Hawaiian traditions. Experience a typical luau, or sample frosty shave ice and surprising fish-based dishes. Outside the city, Oahu offers scenic surf spots, remote beaches and breathtaking vistas.

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Head for Oahu island’s largest city, Honolulu, where famous Waikiki Beach welcomes you to its shores and downtown blends sleek skyscrapers with historic landmarks such as the Iolani Palace. Find the best Honolulu hotels, resorts or condo rentals and explore top Oahu attractions, like Diamond Head Volcano, Honolulu Zoo, Pearl Harbor or North Shore's surf spots.

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Languages

English and Hawaiian

What to eat

A classic luau meal: kalua pork (cooked in an underground oven and shredded), haupia (coconut pudding), lau lau (meat cooked in taro leaves), and lomi lomi salmon (a salmon and tomato salad).

What to bring back

Hawaiian music from Honolulu (check out Israel Kamakawio’ole, Don Ho and Queen Liliuokalani!), hand-engraved Hawaiian jewellery and tropical island wear.

Fun Fact

From 1785 to 1893, Hawaii was a sovereign kingdom, first ruled by the House of Kamehameha and then, the House of Kalakaua. In Honolulu, you can visit the former home of the last monarchs (and the only ever royal residence in the US!), the Iolani Palace, which also houses ancient royal regalia.  

Important Info

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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