14 FUN THINGS TO DO IN HAWAII NEAR USAG HAWAII
By Andrew Karcher
IntroductionWelcome to U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Hawaii, located on the most populous Hawaiian island, Oahu. As far as recreational activities are concerned, you’ve struck gold with this posting. The Hawaiian Islands are among the most popular travel destinations in the world, and you’ll be able to take advantage of those benefits on a daily basis. During your stay, you’ll never run out of fun things to do in Hawaii. We have listed some Honolulu, Hawaii, things to do below and organized them into several categories. The list is not exhaustive, but it provides a good starting point. Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, many businesses and venues are likely subject to some form of restrictions. It is best to call ahead to confirm what their specific rules and hours are.
Related read: USAG Hawaii: In-Depth Welcome Center
Leisure Travel ServicesContact USAG Hawaii’s Leisure Travel Services office for discounted attraction tickets as well as potential offers for cruises and vacations. The office personnel can also assist you in planning your next trip.
Leisure Travel ServicesFlagview Mall Building 3320 Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
Phone: 1 (808) 655-9971
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 1000-1530
Outdoor Recreation CenterThe on-post Outdoor Recreation Center is a useful source for various outdoor activities during your stay. They offer programs, guided tours, equipment rentals, and lessons on how to use the equipment. Among the many programs they currently offer are surfing lessons, snorkeling, mountain biking, and fishing. Please contact the Center for more information about all the exciting adventures they offer.
Outdoor Recreation CenterBuilding 2110 435 Ulrich Way Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
Phone: 1 (808) 655-0143
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 0830-1700
Fun Things To Do in Hawaii Near Post
USAG Hawaii Gyms
1. Schofield Barracks Health and Fitness CenterBuilding 582 1554 Trimble Rd. Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
Phone: 1 (808) 655-8007 The Schofield Barracks Health and Fitness Center offers the most convenient way for active-duty soldiers to stay fit during their posting. Scheduled classes, such as yoga or cycling, are available, as is personal training. Classes are $4, but you can purchase a 10-pack for $35 to save yourself a few bucks. Of course, if you prefer to work out on your own, there’s all the usual gym equipment, from machines to free weights. There are other fitness centers on the island that might be more convenient for you, such as the Martinez Physical Fitness Center and Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center. Click here for all the information regarding gyms on Oahu.
2. Intramural SportsBuilding 645 730 Leilehua Ave. Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
Phone: 1 (808) 655-9914 Another fun way to stay in shape is through intramural sports, organized by USAG Hawaii’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR). Thanks to Hawaii’s excellent weather, leagues are played year-round. The currently offered sports are flag football, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and ultimate frisbee.
USAG Hawaii Movie Theater
3. Regal Pearl Highlands1000 Kamehameha Hwy #231 Pearl City, HI 96782
Phone: 1 (844) 462-7342 Speaking of fun things to do in Hawaii: movies! When you want to see the latest blockbusters, the Regal Pearl Highlands delivers the standard multiplex experience on 12 screens. Relax in their reclining chairs while mowing down popcorn and candy. On Tuesdays, discounted tickets are available to Regal Crown Club members, in which it is free to enroll.
USAG Hawaii Bowling Alley
4. Schofield Bowling Center: Schofield Barracks, HIBuilding 557 557 Burr Pl. Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
Phone: 1 (808) 655-0573 Hit one of 46 lanes at Schofield Bowling Center for an evening of bowling with family and friends. Leagues are available for the seasoned bowlers, but all are welcome to play – there are even bumpers for kids and novices. A regular game costs only $3.75, with shoe rentals coming in at $3. Cosmic bowling is available on weekends.
USAG Hawaii Museum
5. Pearl Harbor National Memorial1 Arizona Memorial Pl. Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: 1 (808) 422-3399 During your posting at USAG Hawaii, make time to visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial at least once. There, you can learn about the December 1941 attack that prompted the United States’s entry into World War II and pay your respects to fallen service members. Entry into the Visitor Center and various museums on-site is free. The USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor’s most well-known memorial, does require its own ticket, but the ticket is free. However, spots are limited, so it's strongly recommended you make a reservation online, which has a $1 service fee.
Learn more about this infamous day before you go: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: A Day That Will Live in Infamy
6. Tropic Lightning MuseumBuilding 361 361 Waianae Ave. Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
Phone: 1 (808) 655-0438 Take in a piece of Schofield Barracks history at the Tropic Lightning Museum. The museum’s mission, per their website, is to “collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit the artifacts and related memorabilia, which reflect the history of Schofield Barracks, the 25th Infantry Division, and Wheeler Army Airfield.”
USAG Hawaii Golf Course
7. Leilehua Golf CourseBuilding 6505 199 Leilehua Rd. Wahiawa, HI 96786
Phone: 1 (808) 655-4653 Another perk of the Army MWR is Leilehua Golf Course, an 18-hole course for golf fans stationed on Oahu. It’s hard to beat Hawaii golf courses due to the great weather and stunning scenery, and Leilehua is no different. Plus, the fees are a bargain compared to most courses you can play on the Islands. Tee times can be booked ahead of time by phone or online.
8. Ted Makalena Golf Course93-059 Waipio Point Access Road Waipahu, HI 96797
Phone: 1 (808) 207-6735 Ted Makalena Golf Course is a public course with affordable rates. Same-day reservations can be made online.
9. Hawaii Country Club94-1211 Kunia Rd. Wahiawa, HI 96786
Phone: 1 (808) 621-5654 Opened in 1957, Hawaii Country Club is the oldest public course on Oahu. Tee times can be booked online if you’d like to take advantage of that history and play 18 here.
10. Waikele Golf Course94-200 Paioa Pl. Waipahu, HI 96797
Phone: 1 (808) 676-9000 Waikele Country Club is one of the best golf courses on Oahu. If you work up an appetite after your round, they have a restaurant on-site that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring traditional fare like French dip sandwiches as well as Hawaiian-inspired cuisine.
USAG Hawaii Outdoor Recreation
11. Dole Pineapple Plantation Oahu64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy. Wahiawa, HI 96786
Phone: 1 (808) 621-8408 The historic Dole Plantation is a great way to kill an afternoon, especially if you have kids or love pineapples. Take a tour on the Pineapple Express train through the pineapple fields, stroll through the lush gardens, and test yourself in the hedge maze. Don’t forget to end your day with some delicious, fresh pineapple. Or, better yet, a cup of Dole Whip frozen yogurt, a must-try for first-time visitors.
12. Kualoa Ranch49-560 Kamehameha Hwy. Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 1 (808) 237-7321 Kualoa Ranch offers a wide array of activities, from Jeep expeditions to guided horseback tours to activities on a secluded beach. Movie buffs will love the Movie Sites Tour. Many TV and film productions, including blockbusters like Jurassic Park, use the Ranch to this day. On the guided bus tour, you’ll see some of the sets and props from these productions and might even see filming in progress. Perhaps the most popular activity on the Ranch is the guided zipline tour, where you’ll glide across seven different ziplines on your way through the valley.
13. Waikiki BeachA day at the world-famous Waikiki Beach is among the best things to do in Oahu, Hawaii. This tourist spot is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it’s surrounded by a plethora of shopping and dining.
14. Kolekole Trail and Pu’u Hapapa TrailThe Kolekole and Pu’u Hapapa Trails are located at Schofield Barracks and, thus, require a military ID to access the trailhead. They’re a perfect spot to enjoy nature without the crowds that can be found elsewhere on Oahu. Local hikers advise those afraid of heights should probably skip this trail due to some steep cliffs, but those who make the trek will be rewarded with stunning views. Adventure seekers will find that this trail is one of the many can't-miss fun things to do in Hawaii.
ConclusionYou’ll never run out of fun things to do in Hawaii during your posting at USAG Hawaii. Whether you prefer kicking back at the movies or on the beach, or if you prefer more adventurous activities like snorkeling or ziplining, Hawaii offers something for the whole family. This list is just a starting point and couldn’t possibly contain the multitude of recreational options on Oahu. Check with friends, neighbors, and the friendly locals to see what some of their favorite activities are.
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