Practical Information - Oahu

Blog Post created by kharada46 on Feb 4, 2013

To help first time visitors, I'm going to attempt to create a quick guide of practical information for first-time visitors.  Hope this helps!



State of Hawaii: | Official website of the State of Hawaii

City & County of Honolulu:  Government, Official Web Site for The City and County of Honolulu


Important Laws & Regulations

Public Smoking Ban - No smoking in enclosed indoor and outdoor public areas, including bars, restaurants, etc.  and within 20 feet of doorways, windows, and ventilation intakes of said establishments:  Hawaii State Department of Health

Smoking Ban Update:  Now includes most beaches/parks on Oahu's south shore (Waikiki, Honolulu, Makapu'u, etc).  Legislation is being proposed to ban smoking at all parks and beaches:  Mayor signs Honolulu beach smoking ban into law | Politics - KITV Home

Note:  This public smoking ban is currently being expanded on Oahu to include some beaches, but may be expanded to include all beaches and parks:  City Council approves smoking ban at some beaches - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Animal Quarantine:  Hawaii is Rabies free and has strict laws governing the movement of pets into the state:  Animal Quarantine Information Page | Animal Industry Division

Plants:  Generally it is unlawful to import all plant matter into the state, unless the plant matter has been cooked, canned, frozen, etc:  Traveling from the U.S. Mainland to Hawaii | Plant Industry Division



Public Bus:  TheBus

Taxis:  The CAB

           Charley's Taxi

           HOME - EcoCab

Airport Shuttle:  SpeediShuttle | Hawaii airport shuttle and transportation - Maui, Oahu, Big Island, and Kauai

                        VIP Transportation

Double Decker Bus:  Aloha Bus

Waikiki Trolley:  E Noa


Hawaiian Airlines (Hawaii's dominant carrier):  Flights to Hawaii, Hawaii Vacations & Travel - Hawaiian Airlines

go! Airlines (LCC that pushed Aloha out of business):  go! Airlines - Hawaiian Inter-Island Airline Flights

Island Air (prop service to smaller markets):  Island Air Hawaii | Interisland Flights, Hawaii Vacations

Mokulele Airlines (prop service to smaller markets):  Mokulele Airlines |

Pacific Wings (prop service to smaller markets/charter service):  Welcome to Pacific Wings

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (tours):  Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Hawaii Helicopter Tours, Sightseeing Helicopter Tour on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island



If you're going to be driving while here, you can rent cars from all the major organizations (Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Budget, Avis, etc.)


-  It is unlawful to handhold and use your cell phone, camera, GPS, etc.  Cell phones maybe used while driving, however, you must be using a hands free device.  This law is now a statewide ban on mobile devices (hands free still ok)

-  Seat belts are required by law for ALL passengers, including those seated in the back, regardless of age.

-  Crosswalks:  It is unlawful to drive through a crosswalk while a pedestrian is in it (in your side or walking toward your side).  You are permitted to drive through if a person is walking away from you and is already on the other half of the crosswalk.


Main Roadways:

-  H1:  Main freeway going East-West.  Originates near Kahala in the East and terminates in Kapolei in the West.  This is the freeway that passes the airport.  This section is known as the Airport Viaduct

-  H201:  Is a spur that branches off from the H1 at Aiea and rejoins the H1 at the Middle Street merge past the airport

-  H2:  is the North-South freeway that branches off from the H1 at the H1-H2 merge in Pearl City.  This is the freeway you'd take if going to the North Shore via Haleiwa town.

-  H3:  is a scenic freeway that branches off from the H1 in Aiea and heads Northeast to Kaneohe/Kailua.  You can also use the H3 to get to the North Shore via Laie

-  Nimitz Highway:  is the ground level road under the H1 fronting the airport.  This road will take you to Pearl Harbor in the west and Waikiki, though Nimitz eventually turns into Ala Moana Blvd. once passed Aloha Tower

-  Kamehameha Hwy: used to be the main circle island road.  While it doesn't completely circle the island, it is the main road in most parts of the island

-  Kalakaua Ave:  is the main road through Waikiki fronting the beach and major shops

-  Kuhio Ave:  is the secondary road through Waikiki behind Kalakaua Ave.

Traffic Information:

Traffic Maps & Cameras:  Go Akamai - Go Akamai now has a downloadable App for iOS and Android that shows traffic maps, cameras, and travel times!

State Road Closures:  Roadwork | Highways

Honolulu Specific Disruptions:  Traffic Information, Official Web Site for The City and County of Honolulu


News & Publications

If you want to keep up with local news while here, there are a number of stations on Oahu, but only one newspaper.

-  Hawaii News Now (CBS/NBC):  Hawaii News Now

-  Honolulu Star-Advertiser:  Honolulu Star-Advertiser - Hawaii Newspaper

-  KITV 4 (ABC):  KITV Honolulu

-  KHON 2 (FOX):  KHON2

-  Nonstop Honolulu (events):  Nonstop Honolulu | Entertainment, Events and Eating | Honolulu, Hawaii

-  Honolulu Magazine:  Honolulu Magazine - Restaurants, Real Estate, Shopping -



KSSK:  92.3 FM, adult contemporary.  The most listened to station with the best traffic reporting.  KSSK-FM - KSSK AM 590 - FM 92.3 Radio...Aloha from Hawaii!

KINE:  105.1 FM, Hawaiian music.  Hawaiian 105 KINE Your Hawaiian Music and Entertainment Website |

Da Bomb:  102.7 FM, hip-hop, rap, R&B, etc.  102.7 Da Bomb

Kool Gold:  107.9 FM, oldies  107.9 Kool Gold KKOL Radio Honolulu, Hawaii

KUMU:  94.7 FM, old school (90's, 80's, etc)  94.7 KUMU Hawaii's Old School Station!

KCCN:  100.3 FM, Hawaiian/Regge KCCN FM100 All of Today's Hawaiian Hit Music |

HPR:  88.1 FM, Hawaii Public Radio/Classical  Hawaii Public Radio

Da Paina:  93.1 FM, Reggae 93.1 Da Pa`ina: Hawai`i's Reggae Station!

Star 101:  101.9 FM, Alternative  Star 101.9 - | Hawaii's New Music Alternative

Island 98.5:  98.5 FM, Hawaiian/Reggae:  Island 98.5 - ISLAND 98.5 - Hawaii | Aloha E Komo Mai



Ala Moana Shopping Center (Honolulu), Hawaii's largest shopping center:  Ala Moana Center: Hawaii's Premier Shopping, Entertainment, and Dining Destination

Pearlridge (Aiea/Pearl City), Second largest mall:  Welcome to Pearlridge Center

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center (Waikiki):  Royal Hawaiian Center :: 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI. 96815 :: 808.922.2299

Ward Centers (Honolulu):  Ward Centers - Honolulu, HI - Food & Restaurant, Shopping District | Facebook

Kahala Mall (Kahala):  Kahala Mall

Windward Mall (Kaneohe):  Windward Mall - Shopping Center in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

Waikele Premium Outlets (Waikele):  Waikele Premium Outlets

Kapolei Commons (Kapolei):  Kapolei Commons | Home Page

McCully Shopping Center (Honolulu):

KCC Farmers' Market, MUST SEE for local produce and products @ the Kapiolani Community College (Honolulu):

Honolulu Farmers' Market, smaller than the KCC but still good @ the Neal Blaisdell Center (Honolulu):



Queens Medical is Hawaii's primary hospital  (Honolulu):  The Queens Medical Center

Hawaii Pacific Health Systems is a group of non-profit hospitals (Honolulu, Pearl City, Kauai):  Hawaii Hospitals & Healthcare | Hawaii Pacific Health

Doctors On Call with 24/7 urgent care at the Sheraton Kaiulani and Hilton Hawaiian Village (Waikiki):  Straub Clinic & Hospital | Clinics | Doctors On Call

Kaiser Permanente:  Health insurance for Medicare, families, and employers, health information at Kaiser Permanente

Urgent Care Waikiki:  Urgent Care Clinic of Waikiki

Longs Drugs Pharmacies (CVS):  Longs Drugs is now part of CVS/pharmacy

Other Pharmacies:  we have Walmart, Walgreens, Safeway, Costco, Sam's Club, and Good Neighbor Pharmacies


Convenience Stores

ABC Stores (primarily in Waikiki only on just about every corner!):  ABC Stores

Lawson Station (Japanese chain in Waikiki):  LAWSON HAWAII

7-11 Hawaii:  7-Eleven Hawaii | Home | Hawaii's favorite convenience store - Slurpee, Spam Musubi, and other local favorites!


Food Truck Rally

Eat the Street is a monthly food truck rally that occurs (usually) on the last Friday of every month.  Each month has a new theme:  Eat The Street


Recurring Festivals/Events

Honolulu Festival:  Usually in March to celebrate the cultures of Hawaii & the Pacific Region  Honolulu Festival || Harmony between the People of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific

Waikiki SPAM Jam:  In April, celebrates Hawaii's love of SPAM:

50th State Fair:  Every May at the Aloha Stadium:  E.K. Fernandez Shows, Inc. - Hawaii's Finest since 1903 - Carnival Rides, 50th State Fair, Rentals

Pan Pacific Festival:  Usually in June, started as a festival to celebrate Hawaii & Japan, no celebrates all cultures from the region:  Pan-Pacific Festival

Korean Festival:  Usually in July, celebrates Korean culture in Hawaii:  The Korean Festival - Honolulu, Hawaii

Ukulele Festival:  In July, celebration of the ukulele:

Okinawan Festival:  Usually in September, celebrates Okinawan culture at Kapiolani Park:  Okinawan Festival

Aloha Festival:  Normally in September, fosters the Aloha spirit:  Aloha Festivals



Marriott Properties

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa:  Waikiki Hotels | Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach:  Honolulu Hotel Waikiki - Oahu Waikiki Hotels | Courtyard Waikiki

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa (Ko Olina):  Ihilani JW Marriott Hawaii Resort Hotel Spa Golf Oahu

Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club:  Resort Ko Olina Hawaii | Ko Olina Beach Resort | Beach Resort Ko Olina Hawaii

Marriott Hawaii's dedicated website:


Waikiki Beach Marriott vs Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki BeachMarriott Waikiki v.s. Courtyard Waikiki

Waikiki Beach Marriott Photo AlbumWaikiki Beach Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach Photo Album:  Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach

JW Marriott Ihilani ReviewJW Marriott Ihilani, Ko'olina Resort

JW Marriott Ihilani Photo Album:  JW Marriott Ihilani