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Everything you need to know about Oahu, Hawaii

Everything you need to know about Oahu, Hawaii

Living in Oahu

Living in Oahu (Hawaii) is one of the best experiences you would have ever loved to have. Undeniably, Oahu is a beautiful environment and living there will give you the opportunity to discover new amazing experiences. Most people ask tons of questions from people living in Oahu, as they wonder how life would look like living there. The most requested question centres on the geographical size and the traffic condition of Oahu. Geographical Oahu is a small island in Hawaii, and it is the third largest island consisting of 597 square miles translating to 44 miles long and 30 miles wide which is not a lot of lands when you stop of thinking about it. The island is small in size does not mean it is not populated, just as we know that population matters for an environment to grow, Oahu has a population of almost 1.43 million people having traffic as one of its significant challenges. In the early hours of the day (in the morning) there used to be heavy traffic and the bulk of the workforce is heading to the military base or moving around the town.

Living in Oahu (Hawaii)

Let’s explain to you everything you need to know about living in Oahu, Hawaii; we shall be illustrating areas you can live, their school activities, things to do, family activities, culture, cost of living and travelling.

North Shore Oahu

The North Shore of Oahu has fascinating environments that you can choose to leave, surrounded communities such as Haleiwa, Hauula; this island is famous for its remote style of life and its legendary surf sports.  However, traffic can be an issue because its roads are mainly local streets, but the views of the surf breaks are fantastic. The North Shore of Oahu comprises of a country feel with a great plot of land to have privacy for enjoying yourself and available at the right price. Securing a space on the island is indeed not cheap only because it’s not overbuilt even though some folks will not agree with that argument.

honolulu surf club

Living in Honolulu

Honolulu is a developing community in Oahu surrounded with communities like Kaimuki, Diamond Head and the metro area experiencing lots of renovations. With these developments, restaurants and hot spots are opening daily for work. Prices of everything keep increasing every day as a result of the improvements happening in Oahu boosting the economy of Waikiki. Waikiki is an excellent place in Oahu with busy hotels and beaches. That place seems to be the only place where you can find high mountains and ocean view all in the same place while in the metro area.

Living in honolulu

Things to do in Oahu, Hawaii

There are lots of activities to do in Oahu, Hawaii depending on how you have chosen to enjoy yourself. Oahu outdoor activities are lovely; you need to check out some of the best events like their accessible waterfalls like lulumahu falls, Waimea falls. Another outdoor activity you stand to enjoy is the challenging Oahu golf course, dreamy Oahu beaches worth sinking your toes in, and not forgetting Oahu hiking trails that is if you are looking to reach the summit of some of the Oahu’s ridges.

things to do in oahu

Secondly, you can choose to experience the kualoa ranch on the wind side of Oahu. The Kaula ranch has a capacity of 4,000-acre Park that receives hundreds of visitors daily that engages people in so many outdoor activities daily. The outdoor activities people enjoyed every day from this venue include exploring the vast grounds, riding ATVs, kayaking to a secret island, and a multitude of other equaling exciting options.

Thirdly, you can choose to attend Hawaiian Luau. Luau is a festival in Oahu that delivers a taste of the islands for visitors of all ages. With lots of performing rituals like special tiki torch lighting ceremonies roasted kalua pig preparations, great fire dancing and a taste of mysterious purple poi makes a memorable Hawaiian feast for uninitiated and veterans alike.

Party bike par tour

Party bike par tour (1)

while enjoying your party bike par tour, you will be privileged to meet other party goers who have the same mission as yours. Pub bike par tour is a 15 sitter bike crawl that regularly takes place in the new kaka’ako area just outside of Waikiki. The bike tour usually stops at three favourite local bars that include the hibiscus club and Honolulu bear works.

Family activities in Oahu

Oahu is one of the perfect places for families wanting to go on vacation with plenty of events that the family will treasure forever. Waikiki and downtown are two great communities filled with plenty of activities available for both the children and adults.  For a family that thought of spending a week in Oahu, you will have enough time to know and appreciate the island of Oahu, Hawaii. In other to make your trip fun loving, you will probably need to rent a car for at least a few days. Why you will need to hire a car is because Oahu does not have an excellent transport system with routes that cover all the roads and corners of the island.  Here are few of the fun and activities that a family who has plans to visit Oahu would enjoy.

The hike diamond head: the Hawaiians name it Le’ahi as it means Diamond Head in Hawaii, the name came up in the 1700s when the British seaman saw calcite crystals sparkling in the sunshine making him think they have found diamonds. The hike diamond head summit offers 365-degree views of Honolulu and Oahu which becomes a must for photographers to capture. Wear good walking shoes and a hat that can allow you for up to 2 hours hiking.

family tour

Wander the Dole Pineapple Garden Maze: according to the Guinness book of record, Dole Plantation’s pineapple holds the world’s history of the largest maze. The maze featured about 14,000 beautiful Hawaiian plants with tropical colours from hibiscus and Panax to pineapple. The plantation offers visitors great pineapple experience, which includes pineapple garden maze, the pineapple express train and a well known soft serve frozen custard with Dole pineapple juice for visitors to enjoy their trip.

Cultural life in Oahu

If you are moving to Oahu, there are a lot of rich cultural activities for you and your family to enjoy. Its multicultural heritage is very evident in the number of cultural centres that have put up with their historical museums showcasing Hawaii’s natural beauty. Oahu is one of the beautiful cities in Hawaii best known for its rich culture and colourful history. In other to enjoy Oahu’s cultural activities and catch enough fun with your family, you are encouraged to join tours and participate in many other activities available in the store for both local and foreign guests.

Oahu’s Local Tradition:

cultural life in oahu

The best moment to see Oahu’s cultural life is at marriage ceremonies and marriage rite scenes which include music, ancient Hawaii chants, and blessings. There is a customary lei exchange for couples, which is the green maile available for grooms while pink and white pikake flowers are for the brides. Based on the traditional rites and style of Oahu’s wedding ceremony, the officiators called Kahuna Pule performs a great duty biding the couple’s hands together with a maile leu.

Parks and museum

One great place you will never forget to have visited in Oahu is the museums; you can do a tour around to Iolani which is the only royal palace on US ground. With the high level of essential activities going on in Oahu, the government has taken steps to build different memorials to preserve the culture and history of their beloved place.  The monuments include the building of the battleship Missouri memorials established to commemorate the end of World War II.

Schooling in Oahu, Hawaii

Honolulu, windward, central and leeward is the major four districts in Oahu. With nine complex areas, each of the nine multiple areas also has two or three complexes. Each one of the compounds has a high school plus regional elementary and middle schools that feed into it making the number of public schools in the entire state of Hawaii 284. Bringing your kids to school in Hawaii is a great idea not only do Oahu has one particular sector of educational system but has both primary schools, secondary and universities. Oahu has the highest percentage of kids in private school compared with other states in the United States. Although there is enough school in Oahu, Hawaii help kids to have sound education but the unfortunate part of it is that the schools are expensive. Secondly, if kids act up in their schools particularly in private schools, they don’t look back to terminate such student, but in the case of public schools, they live with it. That is why enrolling your child in the public school is nothing to write home about.

Schooling in oahu, hawaii

Cost of living in Oahu

Oahu is the busiest island in Hawaii. Nicknamed The Gathering Place, people love to move there because it has the most job opportunities and entertainment opportunities and higher salaries compared to the mainland. The reason why there is a high cost of living in Oahu is mainly as a result of three goals. There is a high cost of land, fuel, and transportation. Things are estimated and sold at 30% prices higher compared to its rate on the mainland. For example, shipping food items over the ocean in boats and grocers having to maintain a massive stock of foods in the warehouse in case of emergency is one of the reasons why things are so expensive in Oahu, Hawaii. Living in Oahu is expensive because without a doubt it is the best place to live in the USA. For two people to survive Oahu, you could spend up to $1000 for a sketchy one bedroom.

Cost of living in Oahu

This piece will not be complete without explaining the insurance situations in Oahu and Hawaii Island in general.  Both the car insurance, health insurance, fire insurance, and every other insurance package are expensive for example if you ride a motorcycle, you should be ready to part away with a good portion of your monthly income to insurance that is why living in Oahu requires that the inhabitants do two or three jobs to survive.

Oahu can’t be compared with any other thing aside paradise, with its shockingly good look and tantalizing charm, Oahu is a fantastic island that can undoubtedly teach anybody about living a balanced life.

Kyle Mahoney Contributor
A digital nomad, love blogging around the world as we do, sharing stories, media content that I hope inspires you to get into traveling more or start your own blog. Either way, I want to meet more crazy travel heads and learn from the many I meet on this fine journey of life. Excited to wake, knowing I’m going to meet you, yes you hahaha and create more experiences from food to extreme sports or mad nightlife that keeps us all awake to the late hours of the morning and then…. we do it again.
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A digital nomad, love blogging around the world as we do, sharing stories, media content that I hope inspires you to get into traveling more or start your own blog. Either way, I want to meet more crazy travel heads and learn from the many I meet on this fine journey of life. Excited to wake, knowing I’m going to meet you, yes you hahaha and create more experiences from food to extreme sports or mad nightlife that keeps us all awake to the late hours of the morning and then…. we do it again.

23 thoughts on “Everything you need to know about Oahu, Hawaii

  1. Johnbelley says:

    Oahu is a good place to visit just for like 2 days and get out of it because too much people too much shops if you want to tour you should go to see the different islands and then you see the true Hawaii not the tourist trap.

  2. Carlos says:

    I crossed the whole island lengthwise and crosswise in a Lamborghini Miura and it was amazing! Except that I did it in Test Drive Unlimited PC game :D

  3. Amal says:

    Stair way is very illegal with fines and a guard. There is a legal side to it though. It’s longer and a harder hike. Great circle island tour! Mahalo for reminding your you tubers to not touch the animals 💕

  4. Aaron says:

    I’ve been to Oahu 4 times, and yes flight and hotel can be expensive, (I usually wait until mid feb/march for good deals) but as for food there are some cheap places, last time I went I was on a strict budget and I managed to keep my food budget low,

  5. Human says:

    Haiku stairs (stairway to heaven) is illegal on the island. If you get caught you will be fined thousands of dollars. It’s not a rumor, many have been caught. If you are in the military and get caught on this hike, you will be kicked out of the military.

  6. Jacob says:

    I was in Honolulu for a week and literally survived on spam musubis and cheap alco from the ABC stores.. 😂 but I do agree, hostels there were expensive and shitty. You should have gone to the big island tho; I loved it there!

  7. Noah says:

    this guide is not super accurate just saying…i live here and make my own guides you should check them out because there are actually true lol

  8. Liam says:

    I love everything about Oahu and Lanikai Beach is by far my favorite beach. One thing though, the east coast is the windward side, west is the leeward.

  9. Victor says:

    I have been to Oahu 4 times and every time it was amazing experience. We never encountered any issues, everyone was absolutely friendly to us. Can’t wait to come back to Hawaii!

  10. Sami says:

    Impressive video! Sitting here at Y&S FOOD! we love to catch this sort of content. We create Travel & Food video as well, anywhere in the world, so we are continually seeking inspirations and perhaps vision. Thank You.

  11. Asos says:

    As a Newbie, I am continuously browsing online for articles that can inspire me to wear better pieces and look and feel great in it… Thank you

  12. Silas says:

    GREAT video! I’m going to Oahu in May and I can’t wait! Great tips on spots to see! I’m def going to check out the turtle cleaning station!!! YAYAYA

  13. Owen says:

    I crossed the whole island lengthwise and crosswise in a Lamborghini Miura and it was amazing! Except that I did it in Test Drive Unlimited PC game :D

  14. Eli says:

    Awesome video! Looking forward to watching more seeing as I live on Oahu and hopefully we can support each other. Yay! For new youtube friends!

  15. Perry says:

    Aloha, yeah Haleiwa it’s pronounced “hah-lay-ee-vah.” I had a hard time pronounce it too. You’re not alone. I use to live for 5 years. I do miss it.

  16. Oscar says:

    Great video. I’ve been there 2months ago and making separate videos of most of the spots you described here… Great place to visit!!

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