Also known as Le'ahi, this crater of an extinct volcano got its name when Western explorers mistook calcite crystals they found there for diamonds. Framing the fabric of the island, the crater is riddled with a tracery of vents and volcanic remnants. The historic trail to the 761-foot (231.9 meter) summit starts inside the crater and is an easy, but steep, 0.8 mile (1.3 kilometers) hike to the top. Adorned with craggy corrugations and tufts of sun-bleached grass, Diamond Head affords astounding views of Oahu's charming landscape, including some exceptional views of its beaches and locales.
Famed for its beautiful horseshoe-shaped sandy beach and clear, calm turquoise waters, this natural marine sanctuary is home to thousands of colorful tropical fish. The waist-deep water inside the reef is perfect for novice snorkelers to explore. More experienced snorkelers might want to check with the lifeguard before venturing beyond to deeper waters to see sea turtles and other marine life. The Bay is least crowded in the early morning or late afternoon.
On December 7, 1941, the battleship USS Arizona was sunk, taking 1100 sailors with it. In 1961, a solemn white monument was erected above the midsection of the ship. The deck of the Arizona lies now six feet (1.83 meters) below the surface of Pearl Harbor and is clearly visible from the monument. Take the shuttle launch from shore to the monument and view the dark shape of a once-great ship with its silent crew. Free guided tours are offered 8a-1p daily. Visit the Battleship Missouri Memorial afterward.
Built in 1882 by Hawaii's last king, David Kalakaua, this stately three-story building is a real treat to explore. After the overthrow of the King's sister Queen Liliuokalani in 1893, the structure served as the territorial and state capitol until 1969. The Palace Galleries showcase jewels and regalia from the days of Hawaiian royalty. Guided tours are offered every 30 minutes and reservations are suggested.
Stand on the deck of this imposing old structure that has been painstakingly cared for and extensively renovated. The "Mighty Mo" is where General Douglas MacArthur proclaimed the end of World War II in September of 1945. The great vintage battleship now sits at permanent anchor across from the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. You can visit the Arizona Memorial first to get a sense of the complete story.
Tucked in the back of lush Manoa Valley is Manoa waterfall, which is commonly thought to be one of the most beautiful sights of O'ahu. It rushes over a precipice and drops 100 feet to the pool below. The briskly cold water makes a refreshing change from the Hawaiian air. The hike to the waterfall takes approximately an hour and is not particularly difficult. The trail can get slippery during the rain, but on sunny days, it's clearly marked and easy to follow.
Weaver Hall is located within the famous Church of Crossroads. It regularly holds cultural programs such as choirs, speeches and concerts. It is open to hosting liberal programs such as those catering to the LGBT community.
The Manoa Grand Ballroom is a huge venue which offers its facilities for private events on a rental basis. With six different ballrooms housed in this venue, you can be assured that there is a lot of space on offer. So, if you are planning to host an event, but unsure about the selection of venue, you can close your eyes and come here. The Manoa Grand Ballroom is perfect for all occasions, big and small. Be it weddings, receptions, parties, conferences or luncheons, this place is great for all of them. Visit their website for additional details.
Japanese influence is among the strongest cultural influences in Hawai'i; however, Japanese residents still make an effort to preserve the purely Japanese heritage, art and culture of their past. To promote that end, the Cultural Center offers scholarships and grants, sponsors classes and workshops, while providing a venue for Japanese groups to meet. The Historical Gallery showcases Japanese art and artifacts. There is an onsite gift shop with limited hours.
The Stan Sheriff Center located on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is a multi-purpose arena. This 10,300-seater arena has been home to the volleyball and basketball teams men's Rainbow Warriors and women's Rainbow Wahine. The arena is popular to host the best events may it be a game, lecture or a rock concert. Come over and experience the thrill and excitement, as you catch up with one of the matches or concerts held here.