WaipahuUnited States of America

3.5/5

Come to romantic Waipahu and enjoy its beaches, food, and museums.

Journey back in time in Waipahu at Hawaii’s Plantation Village. This outdoor museum has more than 25 buildings fitted with typical furnishings of multicultural plantation homes from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Okinawan, Korean and Filipino workers labored over the years when “sugar was king” in O’ahu and Hawaii. Residents lived simply and self-sufficiently. Explore areas occupied by the doctor, dentist, barber, general store, communal bath and seamstresses.

Note the variety of local trees and fruits including taro, plumeria, pigeon peas, sugar cane and bilimbi. Sample and purchase products at the end of the 1.5-hour guided tour, available Mondays through Saturdays. Be prepared for heat, insects, possible wet pathways and lots of standing. Take an early morning tour for best conditions. On October weekends, enjoy the special haunted plantation tour, rated one of the top Halloween hauntings in the U.S.

Visit the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet in Aiea on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays to browse 400 shops of local merchants. Buy as many souvenirs as you want and mail them home from the on-site post office. At other times, the stadium is home to the University of Hawaii Warriors football team, the NFL Pro Bowl, concerts, car shows and soccer matches.

Some couples will enjoy spending part of their day in Waipahu apart but close together. Shop at Waikele Premium Outlets, which is open Monday through Saturday, with offerings from more than 50 big-name manufacturers. Watch your partner play golf just across the street at Waikele Country Club, a popular public course. Then reunite to share stories of the day’s activities while dining at the country club restaurant for a Pacific-Asian meal and island cocktails.

Located just north of Pearl Harbor, Waipahu is a short drive to access the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument memorializing the tragic 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Staying in Waipahu allows visitors the convenience of being close to Honolulu and Waikiki and the comfort of a more laid-back atmosphere.

Known for

Family-Friendly, Beaches and Romantic

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Where to stay in Waipahu

Western Honolulu
USS Arizona Memorial which includes a memorial

Western Honolulu

Known for Ports, Monuments, Football

3/5(538 reviews)

The abundant dining options and waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Western Honolulu. A stop by USS Arizona Memorial or Aloha Stadium might round out your trip.

Naval Station Pearl Harbor
USS Arizona Memorial which includes a memorial

Naval Station Pearl Harbor

If you're spending some time in Naval Station Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial and Aloha Stadium are top sights worth seeing.

Ewa
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Ewa

3/5(1 review)

While visiting Ewa, you might make a stop by sights like Hawaii Prince Golf Club and Hawaiian Railway Society.

Top Hotels in Waipahu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
¥17,043
per night
Oct 28 - Oct 29

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki Beach, and Honolulu Zoo. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (15,248 reviews)

"The grounds are huge, everything you need is on site plus some. It's beautiful and very clean. All the staff from the moment we stepped on the property was nice and helpful. We will return."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
4.5 out of 5
1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI
¥19,424
per night
Oct 28 - Oct 29

Located in Waikiki, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal-Moana Beach, Hawaii Convention Center, and Ala Moana Center. Magic Island and Waikiki ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,866 reviews)

"Great location outside of crazy waikiki beachfront. Expected more eco-friendly hotel (they had plastic water bottles in the room). Thursday and Friday nights very noisy until 2am due to hotel bar on city view side. Pool and staff was very enjoyable. Great happy hour selections."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
¥23,047
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Royal-Moana Beach and Waikiki Beach Walk. Royal Hawaiian Center and International ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5,716 reviews)

"Friendly staff and ocean view was amazing. Club voyage is must to include"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Popular things to do in Waipahu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(2,894 reviews)

Make the short climb to the rim of this extinct volcanic crater for spectacular views of Honolulu, the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges of Oahu’s interior.

USS Arizona Memorial
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USS Arizona Memorial

4.5/5(1,560 reviews)

Learn about one of the most tragic days in America’s history, and pay your respects to the sailors who lost their lives, at this Pearl Harbor memorial.

USS Missouri Memorial
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USS Missouri Memorial

4.5/5(1,250 reviews)

Explore this huge vessel and learn about the Battle of Pearl Harbor on the spot where World War II ended.

Aloha Tower
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Aloha Tower

4/5(482 reviews)

Head to the top of one of Hawai’i’s most iconic buildings for remarkable bird’s-eye views of Honolulu on one side and the ocean on the other. 

Kailua Beach
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Kailua Beach

4.5/5(1,953 reviews)

With just-right waves and refreshing breezes, this is one of the best beaches on O’ahu to learn how to windsurf or kitesurf.

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(756 reviews)

What began as the exotic bird collection of the island’s king is now a park with over 1,200 animals, including several rare and endangered species.

Top activities in Waipahu

Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial
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Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial

¥4,539

On this USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor tour, immerse yourself in the history of the attack which launched the United States into World War II. Experience the sobering memorial to the sunken USS Arizona, and learn fascinating details about the attack from your guide and the comprehensive museum.

Ultimate Pearl Harbor Circle Island Tour
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Ultimate Pearl Harbor Circle Island Tour

¥13,108

Explore Oahu on a full-day island tour, including historic Pearl Harbor, pineapples at the Dole Plantation, and gorgeous sandy beaches. Convenient hotel pickup, expert navigation from your guide, and a delicious lunch on the North Shore makes for a memorable Hawaiian adventure.

Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial & Circle Island Tour
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Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial & Circle Island Tour

¥11,684

Enjoy the best Oahu has to offer and make the most of your time with this day tour that offers the best of Pearl Harbor and the Circle Island. Experience the moving Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial, two of the most popular things to do in Hawaii.

Call to Duty Pearl Harbor Memorials Tour Luxury Small-Group
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Call to Duty Pearl Harbor Memorials Tour Luxury Small-Group

¥15,588

Visit the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri memorials as well as Honolulu's most significant sites on this excursion that offers an engaging look at Pearl Harbor's past. Listen to expert commentary about the “day that will live in infamy” along the way and enjoy a tasty lunch midway through the day.

USS Missouri, Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Punchbowl Tour
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USS Missouri, Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Punchbowl Tour

¥11,123

Take a stress-free tour to the historic naval base at Pearl Harbor. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and tour the city of Honolulu for a fun and informative journey to these pieces of American history.

Beyond the Call to Duty Pearl Harbor Luxury Small-Group Tour
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Beyond the Call to Duty Pearl Harbor Luxury Small-Group Tour

¥21,560

During this all-inclusive Pearl Harbor tour, a professional guide leads you through the harbor’s most important memorials. Enjoy this fascinating and moving look at history from the comfort of a luxury minibus.

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