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O‘ahu (pronounced [oˈʔɐhu], anglicized Oahu
Oahu
/oʊˈɑːhuː/) known as "The Gathering Place" is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It is home to about two-thirds of the population of the U.S. state of Hawaii. The state capital, Honolulu, is on Oahu's southeast coast. Including small associated islands such as Ford Island
Ford Island
and the islands in Kāneohe Bay and off the eastern (windward) coast, its area is 596.7 square miles (1,545.4 km2), making it the 20th largest island in the United States.[1] Oahu
Oahu
is 44 miles (71 km) long and 30 miles (48 km) across. Its shoreline is 227 miles (365 km) long. The island is composed of two separate shield volcanoes: the Waianae and Koolau Ranges, with a broad "valley" or saddle (the central Oahu
Oahu
Plain) between them. The highest point is Ka'ala
Ka'ala
in the Waianae Range, rising to 4,003 feet (1,220 m) above sea level.[2]

Contents

1 Introduction 2 History

2.1 Law enforcement

3 Tourist attractions

3.1 Top beaches 3.2 Attractions

4 In media

4.1 Films 4.2 Games 4.3 Literature 4.4 Television

5 Renewable energy 6 Notable people 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Introduction[edit] The island was home to 953,207 people in 2010 (approximately 72% of the population of the state, with approximately 81% of those living in or near the Honolulu
Honolulu
urban area).[3] Oahu
Oahu
has for a long time been known as the "Gathering Place". The term Oahu
Oahu
has no confirmed meaning in Hawaiian, other than that of the place itself.[4] Ancient Hawaiian tradition attributes the name's origin in the legend of Hawaiiloa, the Polynesian navigator credited with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. The story relates that he named the island after a son. Residents of Oahu
Oahu
refer to themselves as "locals" (as done throughout Hawaii), no matter their ancestry. The city of Honolulu—largest city, state capital, and main deepwater marine port for the State of Hawaii—is located here. As a jurisdictional unit, the entire island of Oahu
Oahu
is in the Honolulu County, although as a place name, Honolulu
Honolulu
occupies only a portion of the southeast end of the island. Well-known features found on Oahu
Oahu
include Waikīkī, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Kāneohe Bay, Kailua Bay, North Shore. While the entire island is officially the City and County of Honolulu, locals identify settlements using town names (generally those of the Census Designated Places, and consider the island to be divided into various areas, which may overlap. The most commonly accepted areas are the "City", "Town" or "Town side", which is the urbanized area from Halawa to the area below Diamond Head (residents of the island north of the Koolau Mountains consider the Town Side to be the entire southern half), "West Oahu," which goes from Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
to Kapolei, Ewa and may include the Mākaha and Waianae areas; the "North Shore" (northwestern coast); the "Windward Side" (northeastern coast from Kahuku to Kāneʻohe); the "East Side" or "East Coast" (the eastern portion of the island, from Kāneohe on the northeast, around the tip of the island to include much of the area east of Diamond Head); and "The Valley" or "Central Oahu" which runs northwest from Pearl Harbor toward Haleiwa. These terms are somewhat flexible, depending on the area in which the user lives, and are used in a mostly general way, but residents of each area identify strongly with their part of the island, especially those outside of widely-known towns. For instance, if locals are asked where they live, they would usually reply "Windward Oahu" rather than "Lāie". Being roughly diamond-shaped, surrounded by ocean and divided by mountain ranges, directions on Oʻahu are not generally described with the compass directions found throughout the world. Locals instead use directions originally using Honolulu
Honolulu
as the central point. To go ewa means traveling toward the western tip of the island, "Diamond Head" is toward the eastern tip, mauka is inland (toward the central Koolau Mountain range, north of Honolulu) and makai toward the sea. When these directions became common, Diamond Head was the eastern edge of the primary populated area. Today, with a much larger populace and extensive development, the mountain itself is often not actually to the east when directions are given, and is not to be used as a literal point of reference—to go "Diamond Head" is to go to the east from anywhere on the island. Oahu
Oahu
is also known for having the longest rain shower in history, which lasted for 200 consecutive days. Kaneohe Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii reported 247 straight days with rain from August 27, 1993 to April 30, 1994. The island has many nicknames one of them being "rainbow state." This is because rainbows are a common sight in Hawaii
Hawaii
due to the frequent rain showers. The average temperature in Oahu
Oahu
is around 70–85 °F (21–29 °C) and the island is the warmest in June through October. The weather during the winter is cooler, but still warm with an average temperature of 68–78 °F (20–26 °C). The windward side is known for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Lanikai Beach
Lanikai Beach
on the windward coast of Oahu
Oahu
has been consistently ranked among the best beaches in the world.[5] History[edit]

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Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
is the home of the largest U.S. Navy fleet in the Pacific. The harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, by the Japanese, bringing the United States
United States
into World War II.

USS Arizona Memorial
USS Arizona Memorial
(right); USS Missouri (left) in Pearl Harbor

The 304-year-old Kingdom of Oahu
Oahu
was once ruled by the most ancient aliʻi in all of the Hawaiian Islands. The first great king of Oahu was Mailikukahi, the lawmaker, who was followed by many generation of monarchs. Kualii was the first of the warlike kings and so were his sons. In 1773, the throne fell upon Kahahana, the son of Elani of Ewa. In 1783 Kahekili II, King of Maui, conquered Oahu
Oahu
and deposed the reigning family and then made his son, Kalanikūpule, king of Oahu. Kamehameha the Great would conquer in the mountain Kalanikupule's force in the Battle of Nuuanu. Kamehameha founded the Kingdom of Hawaii
Hawaii
with the conquest of Oahu
Oahu
in 1795. Hawaii
Hawaii
would not be unified until the islands of Kauai
Kauai
and Niihau
Niihau
surrendered under King Kaumualii in 1810. Kamehameha III
Kamehameha III
moved his capital from Lāhainā, Maui
Maui
to Honolulu, Oahu
Oahu
in 1845. Iolani Palace, built later by other members of the royal family, is still standing, and is the only royal palace on American soil. Oahu
Oahu
was apparently the first of the Hawaiian Islands
Hawaiian Islands
sighted by the crew of HMS Resolution on January 19, 1778 during Captain James Cook's third Pacific expedition. Escorted by HMS Discovery, the expedition was surprised to find high islands this far north in the central Pacific. Oahu
Oahu
was not actually visited by Europeans until February 28, 1779 when Captain Charles Clerke
Charles Clerke
aboard HMS Resolution stepped ashore at Waimea Bay. Clerke had taken command of the ship after James Cook was killed at Kealakekua Bay
Kealakekua Bay
(island of Hawaiʻi) on February 14, and was leaving the islands for the North Pacific. With the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands
Hawaiian Islands
came the introduction of disease, mosquitos and aggressive foreign animals. Although indirect, the simple exposure to these foreign species caused permanent damage to the Native Hawaiian people and environment. The Imperial Japanese Navy's attack on Pearl Harbor, Oahu
Oahu
on the morning of December 7, 1941 brought the United States
United States
into World War II. The surprise attack was aimed at the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine Air Forces. The attack damaged or destroyed twelve American warships, destroyed 188 aircraft, and resulted in the deaths of 2,335 American servicemen and 68 civilians (of those, 1,177 were the result of the destruction of the USS Arizona alone). At the time, Hawai'i was not yet a state. Today, Oahu
Oahu
has become a tourism and shopping haven. Over five million visitors (mainly from the contiguous United States
United States
and Japan) flock there every year to enjoy the quintessential island holiday experience. Law enforcement[edit] Oahu
Oahu
boasts of having had the Olympic Gold Medal
Gold Medal
winner Duke Kahanamoku serve as Sheriff, perhaps the only such athlete to serve as a law enforcement professional. He held that office for 13 consecutive terms, from 1932 until 1961. Visitors should be aware that most of the police vehicles on Oahu
Oahu
(and on the "Big Island" of Hawaii) are unmarked except for the blue lights mounted on their roofs.[6] Any officer making a stop for non-emergency traffic infractions is required to be in uniform. With most of these unmarked units being personally owned vehicles, they may be of any make, model or color. Under most circumstances, regulations require these roof lights to have a "cruise" mode, in which a steady, dim illumination can be seen. Tourist attractions[edit]

Downtown Honolulu

Waikīkī Beach is one of the most known beaches in the world.

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park
Valley of the Temples Memorial Park
near the island's eastern shore

Jellyfish swim in a tank at Waikiki
Waikiki
Aquarium.

Mokoliʻi
Mokoliʻi
island, also known as Chinaman's Hat, offshore of Kualoa Valley

Top beaches[edit]

Ala Moana
Ala Moana
Beach Hanauma Bay Kāneohe Bay Ko Olina Beach Park Kailua Lanikai Beach Sandy Beach Sunset Beach Waikīkī Beach Waimanalo Beach Waimea Bay

Attractions[edit]

Ala Moana Aloha Tower Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Banzai Pipeline Bishop Museum Diamond Head Dole Plantation Foster Botanical Garden Kaena Point Honolulu Honolulu
Honolulu
Museum of Art Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden ʻIolani Palace Kualoa Ranch Lāʻie Hawaii
Hawaii
Temple Nuuanu Pali Lookout Mauna Ala Makapuu Lighthouse National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
or "Punchbowl" North Shore Pali Lookout Pearl Harbor Polynesian Cultural Center Triple Crown of Surfing USS Arizona Memorial USS Missouri Valley of the Temples Memorial Park Waikīkī Waikiki
Waikiki
Aquarium Waimea Valley
Waimea Valley
Audubon Center

Helicopter view of Oʻahu

Waimea Valley

Hanauma Bay

In media[edit] Due to its beauty, easy access from Hollywood, and incentives offered by the state and local governments, Oʻahu has been featured in many movies and television shows. A sampling of notable films and shows that have shot scenes on Oʻahu includes, but is not limited to: Films[edit]

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50 First Dates Aloha Battleship (2012) is set and filmed on location on Oʻahu and the other Hawaiian islands Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Blue Crush Forgetting Sarah Marshall From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
(1953) Godzilla (2014) The Disney Channel movie Johnny Tsunami as well as its sequel, Johnny Kapahala, use Oʻahu as the hometown of the family Jaws Jurassic Park movies Kong: Skull Island Mighty Joe Young Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates North Shore (1987) Pearl Harbor Some scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides were filmed on Oʻahu Soul Surfer The Descendants The Even Stevens Movie, also by Disney, was filmed in various locations on Oʻahu The Karate Kid Part II Tora! Tora! Tora! Windtalkers The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Many scenes from the arena were filmed on Oʻahu

Games[edit]

In the video games Test Drive Unlimited
Test Drive Unlimited
and Test Drive Unlimited
Test Drive Unlimited
2 players can drive around O'ahu island's 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of road.[7] Some aircraft can be flown over Oʻahu as it appeared during the later years of World War II
World War II
in the online multiplayer combat flight simulator War Thunder. Most American aircraft can be flown from the Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
airstrip in the game's Test Flight mode. Microsoft Flight, released in 2012 as the successor to the Microsoft Flight Simulator series, was set on island of Hawaiʻi. The game had a piece of downloadable content (DLC) called Hawaiian Adventure Pack. Once purchased, it brought detail to all of the Hawaiian islands to the game, including Oʻahu. The DLC also brought new airports to land and take off from and new missions to complete, among other things. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Melemele Island is based on O'ahu.

Literature[edit]

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The novel From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
(1951) and the film and television series based on it all end with the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Michael Crichton's posthumous techno-thriller novel, Micro, is set in the island of Oʻahu. Boyd Morrison's book The Tsunami Countdown is set on Oʻahu. Alan Brennert's book Honolulu
Honolulu
tells the fictional tale of Korean girls who came to Oahu
Oahu
in the early part of the 20th century and includes accurate Hawaiian history.

Television[edit]

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PBS Nature's Condition Black Dante's Cove The reality TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter
Dog the Bounty Hunter
is filmed in the regions of Honolulu, Oʻahu (as well as other regions), and the city of Kailua on the island of Hawaiʻi The children's series Flight 29 Down
Flight 29 Down
was filmed on the island The 1979 TV miniseries From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
and the 1980 TV series remake, From Here to Eternity, were filmed on location Both the original Hawaii
Hawaii
Five-O television series and its more recent version, Hawaii
Hawaii
Five-0, are set and filmed on location on the island Hawaiian Eye, while set in Hawaiʻi, was filmed in Los Angeles Jake and the Fatman Lost was filmed almost entirely on Oʻahu, with many locations on the island (predominantly Honolulu) serving as a stand-in for other locations (including United States, Australia, United Kingdom, and South Korea). Many of the show's stars still call the island home. The island's thick rainforests and picturesque beaches are prominently featured. Magnum, P.I. MythBusters
MythBusters
shot their 2012 Season's "Duct Tape Island" episode on this island[8] North Shore The River was filmed on Oʻahu Last Resort began and finished filming in 2012 on Oʻahu The Korean reality TV series Father and Me was filmed on Oʻahu in 2016[9] The Reimanns, a popular German reality TV series, has been filmed on the North Shore at the family's estate in Pupukea
Pupukea
since December 2015.[10]

Renewable energy[edit] Beginning with a contract with the US Navy in 2001, Ocean Power Technologies began ocean-testing Azura, its wave power generation system at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Hawaii
(MCBH) at Kāneohe Bay. The Oahu
Oahu
system was launched under the company's program with the US Navy for ocean testing and demonstration of such systems, including connection to the Oahu
Oahu
grid.[11] The prototype can produce 20 kW, a system with 500 kW to 1 MW is planned to be installed at end of 2017.[12] Oahu
Oahu
has 343 MW of rooftop solar power,[13] and potential for 92 MW of wind power.[14][15] Notable people[edit]

Keiko Agena, actress Gabe Baltazar, clarinet and saxophone player Darren Brooks, actor, writer, producer Max Holloway, MMA Fighter, UFC Featherweight Champion Angelique Cabral, actress Tia Carrere, actress Brian Ching, Major League Soccer Bryan Clay, Olympic decathlete 2008 Scott Crary, film director and producer Aulii Cravalho, actress, singer Mark Dacascos, actor Caitlin Doughty, mortician, author and YouTube personality Diana Ewing, actress Sid Fernandez, baseball Maile Flanagan, actress Kam Fong, actor Lauren Graham, actress Erin Gray, actress Brian Grazer, Oscar-winning film and television producer Jeremiah Green, drummer Teilor Grubbs, actress Dave Hlubek, lead guitarist and founder of Southern Rock band Molly Hatchet Coco Ho, pro surfer Don Ho, singer Kelly Ann Hu, Miss Teen USA, actress Carrie Ann Inaba, dancer, actress, musician Daniel Inouye, US Senator, Medal of Honor Jack Johnson, musician, folk rock singer-songwriter Duke Kahanamoku, pro swimmer and surfer Samuel Kamakau, historian Israel Kamakawiwoole, musician Nicole Kidman, actress Maxim Knight, actor Olin Kreutz, football Chicago Bears Clyde Kusatsu, actor Teri Ann Linn, actress Jack Lord, actor Marcus Mariota, NFL football player, Tennessee Titans Markiplier
Markiplier
(Mark Edward Fischbach), Internet personality, video game commentator Bruno Mars, singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, voice actor, and choreographer Julie McCullough, actress John McVie, member of Fleetwood Mac Bette Midler, singer, actress, comedian Jason Momoa, actor Carissa Moore, pro surfer Tahj Mowry, actor Don Muraco, professional wrestler Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States Timothy Olyphant, actor Janel Parrish, actress, singer Kelly Preston, actress Maggie Q, actress Anthony Ruivivar, actor Nicole Scherzinger, musician Amanda Schull, actress Jesse Sapolu, retired football player, San Francisco 49ers Garret T. Sato, actor Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele player Karen Steele, actress Don Stroud, actor Heidi Swedberg, actress Ronald Takaki, academic, historian, ethnographer and author Akebono Tarō, sumo wrestler Kristi Tauti, professional figure competitor and fitness model Manti Te'o, NFL football player, San Diego Chargers Paul Theroux, author Michelle Wie, golf LPGA Taylor Wily, actor Meg Wylie, actress Keone Young, actor

See also[edit]

National Register of Historic Places listings in Oahu

Hawaii
Hawaii
portal Islands portal

References[edit] Notes

^ "Table 5.08 – Land Area of Islands: 2000" (PDF). State of Hawaii. 2004. Retrieved July 23, 2007.  ^ "Table 5.11 – Elevations of Major Summits" (PDF). State of Hawaii. 2004. Retrieved July 23, 2007.  ^ Boeing, G. (2016). " Honolulu
Honolulu
Rail Transit: International Lessons in Linking Form, Design, and Transportation". Planext. 2: 28–47. Retrieved 2016-04-29.  ^ Pukui, et al., 1976 ^ Conners, Valerie. "Top 10 Beaches of Hawaii". Travel Channel. Travel Channel. Retrieved 12 December 2016.  ^ http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2002/Jun/16/ln/ln08a.html ^ " Test Drive Unlimited
Test Drive Unlimited
2 trailer shows pretty sights of Ibiza, Oahu". Neoseeker.  ^ "MythBusters: Duct Tape Island Aftershow : Video : Discovery Channel". Dsc.discovery.com. 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2013-08-06.  ^ Father and Me Hawaii
Hawaii
Tourism Authority 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2017. ^ The Reimanns TV episode guide. Retrieved 14 June 2017. ^ "Ocean Power Technologies: Capturing Wave Energy for the U.S. Navy and the Grid" (PDF). Acore.org. American Council on Renewable Energy. Retrieved 18 May 2015.  ^ "Azura connects in Hawaii". reNEWS - Renewable Energy News.  ^ "Solar Energy". Hawaiian Electric. Retrieved 9 January 2017.  ^ "High Resolution Wind Resource Maps". Hawaiian Electric. Retrieved 9 January 2017.  ^ Wind resource

Sources

Doyle, David W., Rescue in Paradise: Oahu's Beaches and their Guardians (Island Heritage, 2001) Macdonald, Gordon A., Agatin T. Abbott, and Frank L. Peterson. 1983. Volcanoes in the Sea. University of Hawaii
Hawaii
Press, Honolulu. 517 pp. Pukui, M. K., S. H. Elbert, and E. T. Mookini. 1976. Place names of Hawaiʻi. University of Hawaiʻi Press. 289 pp.

External links[edit]

Media related to Oahu
Oahu
at Wikimedia Commons Oahu
Oahu
travel guide from Wikivoyage

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Islands, municipalities, and communities of Honolulu
Honolulu
County, Hawaii, United States

County seat: Honolulu

CDPs

Ahuimanu Aiea East Honolulu 'Ewa Beach 'Ewa Gentry Ewa Villages Halawa Hale'iwa Hau'ula He'eia Hickam Housing Honolulu Iroquois Point Kaʻaʻawa Kahaluu Kahuku Kailua Kalaeloa Kaneohe Kaneohe Station Kapolei Kawela Bay Ko Olina Laie Mā'ili Mākaha Mākaha Valley Makakilo Maunawili Mililani Mauka Mililani Town Mokulē'ia Nānākuli Ocean Pointe Pearl City Punalu'u Pūpūkea Royal Kunia Schofield Barracks Wahiawā Waialua Wai'anae Waikane Waikele Waimalu Waimānalo Waimanalo Beach Waipahu Waipio Waipi'o Acres West Loch Estate Wheeler AFB Whitmore Village

Unincorporated communities

Aina Haina Hawaii
Hawaii
Kai Kaimuki Kunia Camp North Koolaupoko Palolo Pauoa Waimea Bay

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 State of Hawaii

Honolulu
Honolulu
(capital)

Topics

Constitution Delegations Discovery and settlement Earthquakes Geography Government Hawaiianize History Islands ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language) Kūʻē Petitions Music People State symbols Tourism Transportation Unification

Seal of Hawaii

Society

Hawaiian architecture Crime Culture Demographics Economy Education Energy Folklore Media Politics Sports

Main islands

Hawaiʻi Kahoʻolawe Kauaʻi Lānaʻi Maui Molokaʻi Niʻihau Oʻahu

Northwestern Islands

French Frigate Shoals Gardner Kure Laysan Lisianski Maro Reef Necker Nihoa Pearl and Hermes

Communities

Hilo Honolulu Kahului Kāneʻohe Līhuʻe Pearl City Waipahu

Counties

Hawaiʻi Honolulu Kalawao Kauaʻi Maui

Sovereignty Movement

Hawaiian Renaissance 2008 occupation of Iolani Palace

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Hawaiian volcanism topics (list)

Windward Isles

Lōʻihi Māhukona Hawaiʻi Kīlauea
Kīlauea
( Kīlauea
Kīlauea
Iki, Puʻu ʻŌʻō) Mauna Loa Hualālai Mauna Kea Kohala Kahoʻolawe Kauaʻi Kaʻula Lānaʻi Maui Haleakalā West Maui Molokaʻi Penguin Bank West Molokai
Molokai
Volcano East Molokai
Molokai
Volcano Niʻihau Oʻahu Kaʻena Koʻolau Waiʻanae

Leeward Isles

French Frigate Shoals Gardner Pinnacles Kure Atoll Laysan Lisianski Island Maro Reef Midway Atoll Necker Island Nihoa Pearl and Hermes Atoll

Emperor Seamounts

Abbott Colahan Daikakuji Detroit Hancock Jingu Kammu Kimmei Koko Meiji Nintoku Ojin Suiko Yomei Yuryaku

Topics

1955 Hawaiian submarine eruption ʻAʻā (lava) Evolution of Hawaiian volcanoes Haleakalā
Haleakalā
National Park Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Hawaiian–Emperor seamount chain Hawaiian eruption Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Lava fountain Limu o Pele Pāhoehoe (lava) Pele's hair Pele's tears

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