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What to do when it's raining on your holiday in Oahu

Rain during your tropical island holiday in Hawaii is usually not a welcome sight, especially when you're stuck with your kids in your hotel room. Don't let the grey clouds get you down - there are many fun activities that you can partake in throughout Oahu that are fun for the whole family.

Learn more about the culture and history

The Bishop Museum is the place to go for history, art and culture distinctive to Hawaii. In fact, this museum is recognised throughout the world for its vast collection, scientific research and the educational programs it offers, all revolving around Hawaii and the Pacific people.

July is a great time to visit, with a great selection of events taking place. The planetarium show, The Sky This Month, is back by popular demand. Delve into the wonders of the Hawaiian night sky at this event that takes place on July 5 and July 19 from 8-9pm.

The J. Watumull Planetarium has recently been renovated, and introduces a new hybrid system which includes a dome so you will be immersed by the digital display. The Chronos II star projector covers the dome with 7,000 stars and planets in a true-to-life recreation. See the rings of Saturn and the depths of the Orion Nebula.

Explore the underwater world

The team at Waikiki Aquarium have a goal: to encourage understanding about marine life and ensure you leave with a greater appreciation of the underwater world. Here you will be able to discover all kinds creatures that live in the sea, from Hawaiian monk seals to the intriguingly coloured parrotfishes.

The aquarium has a number of exhibits where you can learn about specific marine life, past and present. Afternoons at the Aquarium runs every Wednesday of July, starting at 3pm. Your children can engage in interactive learning activities and have an encounter with some sea creatures.