What is there to do on Oahu when playing outdoors in the sun is out of the question? Well, if you want to stay in Waikiki, check out the previous recommendations. Otherwise, look no further; this list will help plan your day:
- Tour the only official royal residence in the United States. Open Tuesday through Saturday, the ‘Iolani Palace is easy to get to and wonderful to see. It contains many artifacts and objects used by the royal family before the last monarch of Hawai’i was deposed in 1893. They offer a couple different types of tours including the option to guide yourself with the aid of their audio recording. A great way to avoid the rain and to learn about local history.
- Visit the largest museum in all of Hawai’i. The Bishop Museum has housed an enormous collection of natural and cultural history of the islands for over a hundred years. There are several buildings on the grounds, but the most interesting and popular is Hawaiian Hall made with volcanic stone and native koa. Inside contains the museum’s main collection exploring different realms of Hawaiian history and its people. The Bishop Museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- Learn about historic airplanes. Visit Pearl Harbor and take a shuttle to Ford Island to visit the Pacific Aviation Museum. Their collection contains all kinds of fighter planes that make up most of their 42,000 square foot museum. They are open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- Wonder through an art museum. Located in Honolulu, the Honolulu Academy of Arts has a vast collection of Asian and Western art including more than 10,000 Japanese woodblock prints. Set aside a full afternoon to view their 30 galleries with everything from 4,000 year old ancient Egyptian artifacts to work completed recently by local artists. They are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4:40 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
- Need something a little less serious and a little more fun? Check out the newest attraction to open in Waikiki, Teddy Bear World. For $15, one can step inside a world where the teddy bears tell the story through a self-guided tour into different scenes reinterpreted with teddy bears. Among the sights are Mount Rushmore, Hollywood, Dinosaur Park, and Elvis in concert. The gift shop also has, to no one’s surprise, a huge collection of teddy bears to choose from in case you need an adorable bear to come home with you. Open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.