Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Oahu, Hawaii
Hawaii's third largest island and the political, economic and cultural center of the islands, Oahu plays quite an important role in the Hawaiian archipelago. The island developed as a result of the eruptions from two volcanoes and, while the original volcanic craters are no longer clearly recognizable, what is left of the two is surrounded by two mountain ranges: the Koolau Range and the Waianae Range. Geographically speaking, Oahu is best known for the Diamond Head, Punchbowl, Chinaman's Hat and Rabbit Islands volcanic tuffs.
The word Oahu is generally translated as 'meeting place' and while that may have had some significance in times gone by, today it is still as appropriate as ever. Not only is it home to four-fifths of Hawaii's population but its airport also sees the arrival of almost all tourists - of which as much as 80% stay on the island for the duration of their vacation. Thus it really is a place of meeting; a place where visitors make new friends and where families reunite.
The main town in Oahu is Honolulu which serves as the capital of Hawaii and the capital of the Oahu county. Honolulu is the most densely populated portion of the island and is also the location of the majority of hotels in Oahu. There are many restaurants on Oahu which provide delicious traditional food so you can be sure that all your needs will be catered for. Honolulu is also home to the world-renowned beach of Waikiki and so the city is advertised as a prime Oahu holiday attraction. However the mass tourism brings with it problems and there has been a slow trend towards tourists preferring somewhat more remote spots - either on Honolulu or on other Hawaiian islands. However the weather on Oahu is still great, the beaches are still beautiful and the people are still friendly making Oahu a great holiday destination.