The original settlers of the island of Oahu were Polynesian migrants who arrived in the area at the beginning of the millennium.  The Polynesian tribal culture has been a major part of the history of Oahu since this time.

Exploration of the area by Europeans began in the late eighteenth century.  Captain William Brown landed in the area in 1794, at a place he named Brown’s Harbor which is now known simply as Honolulu Harbor by locals who do not wish to commemorate the conquering of the area by the Europeans.

In the early nineteenth century, the island of Oahu was conquered by King Kamehameha I.  The king resided in one area after another, eventually setting up his palace in downtown Honolulu around the year 1810.  Today, the old palace is a tourist attraction enjoyed by many Oahu visitors.

Beginning about 1820, missionaries from New England began to visit the island.  At this time, the Western and European influences on the area became more and more prevalent.  The area began to be a hot spot for colonization, and with it came merchants and seamen looking to make a living in a new location.  This was when Hawaii began to be established as an export site of sugar and pineapples.

Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, tourism became the major industry of Oahu.  It continues to be the biggest draw to the island today.