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Oahu, Hawaii

The Island of Oahu

[05/23/2014 by Jason Hector, Hawaii Real Estate Broker and Short Sale Specialist]
Oahu is well known for the NFL Pro Bowl, Big Wave Surfing on the North Shore, Waikiki Beach and the vibrant and diverse downtown Honolulu. Oahu is commonly known as “The Gathering Place“ and is the most populated of all the Hawaiian Islands. The largest city in the State of Hawaii is Honolulu. Honolulu serves as a major hub for business and the government of Hawaii and was the first place that I visited. One of the things I really appreciated about Oahu is the transportation system which takes you easily around the island to many stops around the island. Most people arrive to Hawaii for this first time via Honolulu International Airport. The airport also has inter island flights to some of the other Hawaiian islands.
Like other major Hawaiian islands, the leeward side tends to be drier. While, the windward side, remains as the wetter side of Oahu. The weather throughout the year remains fairly constant, ranging from 74 to 88 degrees, with moderate humidity. The island of Oahu is known for its great beaches, historical landmarks, diverse food culture and famous surfing areas. Some of Oahu most popular sights include Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay.
The Island of Oahu is divided into 5 Regions: Honolulu, Central Oahu, Leeward Coast (Dry), North Shore and Windward Coast (Wet). Honolulu, the city center of Oahu, serves as the state’s capital and thus is an important business hub for the state.
I would consider Oahu to have the best of both worlds; world class beaches and a great nightlife. On Oahu, you can enjoy beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. The shopping is great too with the Aloha Tower Marketplace and the Ala Moana Shopping Centers being my favorite. Given all these amenities and being in paradise, it’s easy to understand why Honolulu is considered to have one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation.
Unlike Honolulu, Central Oahu is known for its mountain ranges and pineapple plantations. But more importantly, the area is home to the historic Pearl Harbor. Towards the west of Central Oahu lies the Leeward Coast of the island. The dry side of Oahu is known for its rural towns and surfing beaches. However, Kaena Point serves as the highlight of Oahu’s Leeward side. Although scenic views can be seen from here, visitors must embark on a treacherous hike due to the extreme weather conditions.
The Windward Coast or wet side of Oahu boasts its spectacular views, historical landmarks and lush white sand beaches. Among the top areas and attractions of the Windward Coast include the beach town of Kailua, Sea Life Park, Makapuu Lighthouse, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Valley of the Temples, Kualoa Ranch and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Oahu’s North Shore attracts the best surfers in the world to the Sunset Beach and  Banzai Pipeline as it hosts the Billabong Pipe Masters which is the last surfing competition of the famous Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Big waves can be seen between November and February in Waimea Bay and Haleiwa. Besides surfing and it‘s pristine beauty, North Shore appeals to me because of it’s laid back and small town feel.