Hello Chad. I ironically wrote another post here in the "Hawaii section" about a friend of mines who was woken up around two in the morning to drive from the Moiiliili District all the way out to Wahiawa. WHY? Icicles! Way back around the early 1980s, it got so cold here on Oahu, that icicles would form on the edge of the rooftops! I wouldn't believe it either, but I do recall it cot very frigid on my way to work in the morning, that my hands would go numb! And this was in the early 80s.
For shopping, you could go to the Ala Moana Shopping Center, Kahala Mall, and the beautiful Windward Mall. Nearer to Waihiawa is the Waikele Shopping Mall, with the WalMart Store there. Stay OUT of Waikiki for any shopping! It is a rip-off! But for cheaper items for snacks, you cannot beat ABC Discount Stores all over Waikiki. You can enjoy a host of FOOD
at all the various restraunts!
The real heartbeat of Oahu is just walking around our "downtown" area. The area with all the high risers (NOT Waikiki). Family friendly places are the beaches, and Kakaako Park in the Kakaako district. Chunky Cheese in Kalihi, and you can hike up to Daimond Head or Kokohead for a fabulous view of the city! THERE you can see where you want to visit next! Another family fum place to stroll is the Hawaii Kai Koko Marina.