Living on Oahu
Nicknamed the Gathering Place, Oahu is for most visitors the gateway to the Hawaiian Islands. Arrival at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, named for Hawaii's long-serving U.S. senator, brings dazzling views of the Honolulu skyline and famed Waikiki Beach, the dramatic crater of Diamond Head, and the Ko'olau Range, a lush volcanic ridge commonly referred to as "the Pali." The island's verdant Leeward and Windward coasts are dotted by quiet rural communities and seldom-trodden beaches, and the windswept North Shore, with its renowned waves and 7 miles of sand, is renowned as the birthplace of surfing. In Honolulu, in contrast, is a bustling business hub of 400,000 people that's also home to vibrant shopping, dining, and arts scenes.