Rainy Days in Oahu: An Itinerary

Although the Aloha State is known for its ideal weather of constant sunshine and cooling trade winds, there are days where Mother Nature decides to look the other way. In the event of a rainy day or week, it can be hard to figure out what to do in a state known for its outdoor activities. But, there is nothing to fear. The island of Oahu is well-prepared for inclement weather, and has a variety of attractions should the day consist of rain.

Rather than staying inside your hotel room all day, consider taking a trip to Kahala Mall. This indoor community has over 90 stores and restaurants for all family members, with authentic Hawaiian-made clothing, boutiques, and more. Oahu’s indoor shopping does not end there. The Honolulu Night Market consists of a large array of goods, including clothes, art, food, and even live music, all contained within a large warehouse.

The new International Marketplace in Waikiki, which opened August of 2016, is another indoor playground consisting of 75 different retailers, seven signature restaurants (with three more coming soon), and a banyan tree that is over 100 years old. It also features Hawaii’s first Saks Fifth Avenue. The construction of the marketplace has been greatly beneficial to all locals, as Robert Taubman, president and CEO of Taubman Centers, stated that over 2,500 jobs were created, and part of the marketplace’s revenue will be donated to hospitals around the island.

Similarly, the Ala Moana Center is the largest shopping mall in all of Hawaii, and the seventh largest in the entire country. With more than 290 stores, it’s easy to get lost in a day of shopping and dining. Many of which are considered luxury stores with high-end fashion brands and name brands. Additionally, the mall houses many locally-made products from the Aloha State. Transportation here is made easy by the Ala Moana Shopping Trolley, that takes visitors to the mall and 10 separate locations around Waikiki.

If what you’re truly missing due to rainy days is the water or ocean life, look no further than the Waikiki Aquarium. Home to all of Hawaii’s natural marine life, this aquarium is the second oldest in the United States. The most remarkable feature of this attraction is its variety of exhibits. Coral reefs, local marine communities, monk seal habitats, and marine protected areas are all things visitors can see while learning a lot about the subjects themselves.

Hawaii is also rich with historic museums and theaters, with several focusing in art like the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, and Shangri La; a gallery dedicated to Heiress Doris Duke. The Bishop Museum is a great spot for those curious about the Aloha State’s history. Aside from informational exhibits, this museum also hosts a planetarium and science center. It is also home to the world’s largest collection of Polynesian artifacts.

The Iolani Palace is yet another indoor hotspot for those interested in Hawaii’s fascinating history. This is the only royal palace found within the borders of the United States. Should you choose to visit, taking a guided or self-guided tour allows you to learn about the state’s political history, as well as admire the stunning architecture from 1882.

If seeing a play better suits your interests, the Diamond Head Theatre hosts a large assortment of plays, claiming the title the “Broadway of the Pacific.” With virtually every genre of entertainment at your disposal, a family, couple, or solo trip here would surely be enjoyable. The theatre also offers classes in singing, dancing, and acting for all ages.

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