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Downtown HonoluluHonolulu

Many of Hawai’i’s most important historic sites and beautiful buildings are clustered together here at the hub of the city, with the ocean just a short walk away.

Most visitors are drawn to Hawai’i’s capital by its famous beaches, but don’t dismiss the superb range of sights and sounds to be experienced in downtown Honolulu. This area is packed with gorgeous old buildings and interesting attractions, all close to one another. Walk between attractions without worrying about transport and get to the ocean within minutes.

Many of the buildings here are modern office blocks. Yet this part of the city is not just the place where Honolulu residents go about their daily business. It has a rich and varied past too. Look closely and find historic buildings scattered around between the contemporary skyscrapers. It’s also the place where Hawai’i’s history is made today, as it’s the seat of the state legislature.

Start your tour of historic Honolulu with the King Kamehameha Statue. This famous sculpture, one of Honolulu’s best-known sites, represents the revered king who first united the Hawaiian Islands. Take the essential photo next to it with the beautiful Aliʻiōlani Hale building in the background.

Then head to any one of the many sites within walking distance. Go on a guided tour of the ‘Iolani Palace, directly opposite the statue, or visit the State of Hawaii Legislature. Alternately, get your culture fix at the Hawai’i State Art Museum or in the beautiful high-ceilinged halls of the Hawai’i State Public Library.

Head to the Aloha Tower to marvel at its blend of art deco and Gothic-style architecture, then ascend to the observation deck for sweeping views of the city and the ocean. Afterwards, wander the buzzing streets of Chinatown, browsing the market stalls and shops. Look for temples such as the Japanese Izumo Taishakyo Mission Shrine and the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple.

Plan your excursion to Downtown Honolulu for the morning or the early afternoon in order to ensure entry into all the attractions. If you’re someone who comes alive in the evenings, arrive in good time to relax at one of the restaurants offering perfect views of the world-famous Hawaiian sunset.


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Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
3 out of 5
1088 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥17,541 per night from Feb 18 to Feb 19

Located in Downtown Honolulu, this hotel is steps from Hawaii Pacific University and Hawaii Theater. Honolulu Harbor and Iolani Palace are also within 5 ...

4/5Very Good! (583 reviews)

"It is a great location a store is near the exit to the building for buying some food for cooking and fast food is across the street. Parking is a bit of a pain, but if you are going to use it, call ahead and get a space. Most of the spaces are reserviced for other people."…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥16,488 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Located in Downtown Honolulu, this condo building is steps from Hawaii Pacific University and Hawaii Theater. Honolulu Harbor and Iolani Palace are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Perfect stay

"Hanh was very nice and communicative. The location is super convenient and the condo was really nice. Me and my parents got plenty of space to relax and cook our meals whenever we wanted to. Highly recommended :)"…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
3.5 out of 5
1088 Bishop Street #1201, Honolulu, HI
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Located in Downtown Honolulu, this condo building is steps from Hawaii Pacific University and Hawaii Theater. Honolulu Harbor and Iolani Palace are also within ...

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Marine Surf Deluxe Studio /free Parking/wifi16
Marine Surf Deluxe Studio /free Parking/wifi16
4 out of 5
364 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI
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Located in Downtown Honolulu, this apartment building is steps from Hawaii State Capitol and Iolani Palace. Honolulu Harbor and Hawaii Theater are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Elevator slow; entrance into the parking deck is cumbersome, however we managed; loud music late at night coming from activity on Royal Hawaiian St./Ave; walk to W. Beach further than I expected."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Marine Surf Deluxe Studio /free Parking/wifi16
Standard Studio
Standard Studio
3 out of 5
2450 Koa Ave, Unit 62, Honolulu, HI
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Located in Downtown Honolulu, this apartment building is steps from Hawaii State Capitol and Iolani Palace. Honolulu Harbor and Hawaii Theater are also within ...

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Marine Surf Studio/free Parking & Wifi/10b
Marine Surf Studio/free Parking & Wifi/10b
3.5 out of 5
364 Seaside Ave, 10B, Honolulu, HI
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Located in Downtown Honolulu, this condo building is steps from Hawaii State Capitol and Iolani Palace. Honolulu Harbor and Hawaii Theater are also within 10 ...

Marine Surf Studio/free Parking & Wifi/10b
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