As a world famous tourist destination, Oahu has many outstanding landmarks. There are several famous landmarks in Oahu including Ala Wai Canal, Aloha Tower, Barber’s Point Lighthouse, Chinaman’s Hat, Crouching Lion, Dole Pineapple Plantation, East Coast Cliffs and Goat Island.
Ala Wai Canal serves as a drain for the valleys. More than 90 years ago, the site where the canal s built is made up of swamps. Later, the local government reclaims the land and form the Ala Wai Canal. The Ala Wai Boulevard surrounds Ala Wai Canal. The length of the canal is about 1.5 mile. The walkway is well lit with light. Often, the visitors will go jogging along the walkway. You can carry out a number of recreational activities at the canal including kayaking, canoeing, sailing and etc. Tourists can observe fishes swimming in the canal while standing on the bank. Most of the fishes in the canal are local fauna including crabs, jellyfish and etc. It is not encouraged that you feed the fishes in the waterway. Nearby the Ala Wai Canal is the Hawaii Convention Center.
Aloha Tower is the famous lighthouse in Honolulu. It is a symbol to visitors that come to Oahu through the Honolulu Harbor. The lighthouse is about 184 feet tall. It has a slender and square shape. Nearby the dome, you can observe the two large clocks. The word Aloha can be seen on the space in between the cock face and balcony. The marketplace can be found around the Aloha Tower. There are various types of shops and restaurants around the Aloha Tower Marketplace. There is an observation deck, which allows visitors to see the scenery. The entrance to the observation deck is free. You can take part in the walking tour to learn more about the Honolulu Harbor.
Barber’s Point Lighthouse is a 71-foot lighthouse located near the Kalaeoloa. It is given such name because Captain Henry Barber experienced a shipwreck at the place on the 31st of October 1796. The lighthouse is not accessible by the public.
Chinaman Hat is a lava outcropping located in Kualo point. It looks very much like the chapeau worn by Chinese peasant. Hence, it is given the name Chinaman Hat. There is a large selection of reef around the island. You can observe Chinaman Hat from a number of vantage points. When the tide is low, you can take a boat there. There are rental centers nearby that offer kayaks for rental. While at the beach, you can explore the secluded cove. The cove is carved out from the lava. You can watch the scenery in the surrounding including Kaneohe, Mokapun and etc. It will take approximately 20 minutes to climb up the volcanic cone.
Crouching Lion is a rock formation on the mountain ridge near to Windward Coast. According to the legend of the local people, a man called Kupua wanted to follow Hi’iaka is transformed into a stone that looks like a lion. The villagers have never seen a lion before so they thought it is a dog. The western people call the rock Crouching lion.