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Oʻahu Visitors Bureau


  • Noelani Schilling-Wheeler Executive Director, Oʻahu Visitors Bureau

    "I truly enjoy sharing with and educating our clients – consumers, media or travel trade – how special the Hawaiian Islands, the people and cultures here are. But engaging them to enjoy this place intimately while being mindful, respectful and protective of our Islands."

    Karishma Chowfin Director of Sales, Oʻahu Visitors Bureau

    "To know better is to do better. I have always felt an incredible sense of responsibility to do right by this destination, for my home, for my nieces, nephews, friends and family who call this place home as well. Sharing how to be pono, act pono, inspires and motivates me about my kuleana at HVCB & OVB."

    Catherine Orlans Oʻahu Destination Manager, Oʻahu Visitors Bureau

    "Ultimately, my role as a Destination Manager involves not only promoting Oʻahu as a desirable destination but doing so in a way that respects, protects, and enhances the unique character of our community."

  • Joe Ibarra Oʻahu Chapter Chairperson

    President & General Manager, The Kāhala Hotel & Resort

    Simeon Miranda Oʻahu Chapter Vice Chairperson

    General Manager, Embassy Suites Waikiki

    Sweetie Nelson

    Director of Destination Marketing, Ko Olina Resort Association

    Kelly Knox

    Community Outreach Advisor, Southwest Airlines

    Tina Yamaki

    President, Retail Merchants of Hawaiʻi

    Susan Koehler

    Director of Sales & Marketing, Courtyard by Marriott O‘ahu North Shore

    Frank Among

    Director of Sales & Marketing, Kualoa Ranch

    Sonja Rogers

    Communications Director, Polynesian Voyaging Society

    Joann Erban

    VP Sales & Marketing, Roberts Hawai‘i

    Eric Co

    Vice President of Reiliency, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation

    Joy Tomita Anderson

    Director of Sales & Marketing, Prince Waikīkī Hotel & Resort

    Charlene Nakamura

    Area Director of Sales, Hilton Hawaiian Village/Hilton Waikoloa

    Sandy Narvaez

    Market Director, Leisure-Hawai‘i & French Polynesia, Marriott International, Waikīkī Luxury Collection

    Michael Miller

    Director of Operations/Partner, Tiki's Grill & Bar



  • The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA), in partnership with the counties and the respective visitor bureaus, developed community-based Destination Management Action Plans (DMAPs) that aim to rebuild, redefine and reset the direction of tourism over a three-year period. The focus is on stabilization, recovery, and rebuilding to the desired visitor industry for each island. The actions put forth in the DMAPs are guided by an island-based Steering Committee for each island, and includes a collaborative process which encourages participation and vital input from the community, visitor industry and other sectors. The DMAPs identify areas of need as well as actionable solutions for enhancing the residents’ quality of life and improving the visitor experience across the islands.


    HTA’s 2020–2025 Strategic Plan is organized around four interacting pillars—Natural Resources, Hawaiian Culture, Community, and Brand Marketing, with more emphasis on addressing tourism impacts and greater destination management. In it, HTA defined Destination Management to include: attracting and educating responsible visitors; advocating for solutions to overcrowded attractions, overtaxed infrastructure, and other tourism-related problems; and working with other responsible agencies to improve natural and cultural assets valued by both Hawaiʻi residents and visitors.


    Oʻahu DMAP is on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/oahudmap.


    View the Oʻahu Destination Management Action Plan below, or visit the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority website to discover how destination management and stewardship is advancing in our islands.



    • The only official royal palace on U.S. soil is ʻIolani Palace, the final residence of the last two reigning monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. The palace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in Honolulu.
    • Global WWII history is anchored at Pearl Harbor (Puʻuloa) on the island of Oʻahu, starting with the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. To understand the history of WWII in the Pacific theater, to honor the many who perished and to inspire and teach future generations, Pearl Harbor is home to four key historical attractions:  Pearl Harbor National Memorial (Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial), Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
    • The Royal Hawaiian Band, known as the “King’s Band” was founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III. It is the oldest and only full-time municipal band in the country.  Visitors can catch performances Friday’s at ʻIolani Palace.
    • Oʻahu is considered the birthplace of surfing and the sport of surfing is attributed to the Hawaiian people. The small town of Haleʻiwa on Oʻahu’s legendary North Shore is affectionately known as the Mecca of Surfing, as the largest purse in surfing competition takes place annually along the surf beaches of Oʻahu’s North shore starting in November attracting professional surfers from around the world. Waikīkī was home to the legendary ambassador of surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, who introduced surfing around the world. He was an incredible waterman winning three Olympic gold and two silver medals collectively in the 1912, 1920 and 1924 Olympics in swimming for the United States.  
    • Oʻahu is home to one of the most recognizable Hawaiian landmarks, Lēʻahi. When foreign travelers and traders first encountered the extinct crater in the 1700s, on Oʻahu Southeastern shore, they mistook the glistening calcite crystals in the rocks to be diamonds, thus for centuries the iconic landmark was called Diamond Head. Today, Diamond Head State Monument is reintroducing her Hawaiian name, Lēʻahi
    • The Island of Oʻahu has been and continues to be the filming location of many popular movies and television shows. More movies and television shows have been filmed on Oʻahu than any of the other Hawaiian Islands.  
  • Oʻahu Visitors Bureau Updates


Oʻahu Visitors Bureau Noelani Schilling-Wheeler, Executive Director

2270 Kalākaua Avenue, Suite 801 Honolulu, HI 96815