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Honolulu, HI

Travel Guide
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At the heart of Hawaii is the true island paradise of Honolulu. Say ‘aloha’, surf the waves, enjoy Waikiki’s famous beach, climb a volcano and visit Pearl Harbor.

The state capital of Hawaii on Oahu Island is a breathtaking place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Before you know it, you’ll have a colorful lei around your neck and a cocktail in your hand, while you listen to the sound of ukuleles and admire the surfers braving the chill of the Pacific Ocean. Everything you’ve heard about Hawaii is true, so you may as well pack that floral shirt! Honolulu is the only U.S. city to have a royal palace and it proudly celebrates its unique Polynesian cultural heritage.

Most visitors head straight to popular Waikiki Beach. Watch the skilled surfers, jump in the blue waters or enjoy fine dining. Visit nearby Kapiolani Park, with its Honolulu Zoo, or climb the extinct Diamond Head volcano. For great snorkeling, head to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Kailua Beach Park, or Halona Beach, better known as Eternity Beach. For some stunning scenery away from the coast, visit the spectacular Manoa Falls.

Most Hawaiian residents live in the economic hub of Honolulu. Hawaii’s Asian influence is reflected in its food, but you can also try traditional island dishes such as “laulau” (pork wrapped in taro leaves) and “poke” (a raw fish salad). The compact downtown area offers art, temples, nightlife and designer shops. Visit Iolani Palace to learn about Hawaii’s royal past.

Sights in Pearl Harbor, such as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, remind visitors of one of the most famous attacks of World War II. The USS Arizona Memorial straddles the remains of the sunken American war ship, and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum displays the vessel used in the counterattacks.

The capital of the Hawaiian island group has some of the worst traffic jams in the U.S., so it’s best to get around using the inexpensive buses and trolleys.

Hawaii is America’s southernmost state, and is made up entirely of islands. Some of the state’s most historic sites and major cultural attractions are in Honolulu. Enjoy this city’s distinct culture, abundance of natural beauty and year-round warm climate, and treat yourself to a tropical island stay.

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Where to stay in Honolulu

Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥19,050 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in Ala Moana, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,338 reviews)
"Great location and convenient for everything we wanted to do!"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥26,713 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach, and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market Place ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,201 reviews)
"Sheraton needs to try harder to accommodate their guests. Waiting 45 minutes for a cup of coffee is ridiculous! Also, why are half their restaurants closed?"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥34,473 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Ala Moana Center. Diamond Head and Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls ...
4/5Very Good! (5,527 reviews)
"We enjoy it so much we will be planning our next trip there again"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kuhio Banyan Club
Kuhio Banyan Club
2 out of 5
2310 Kuhio Avenue, Suite 140, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥12,869 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
Located in Waikiki, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Waikiki Beach Walk are ...
3.3/5 (1,228 reviews)
"Great unique spot if you’re trying to stay away from the crowds of hotel tourists but unfortunately no parking"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Kuhio Banyan Club
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥17,407 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
This family-friendly Honolulu aparthotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Beach. International ...
3.5/5Good! (1,863 reviews)
"Great place for family with young children who are on the go. Nice to come back from exploring the beaches and town to relax and rest."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
3 out of 5
445 Seaside Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥17,406 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Located in Waikiki, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center, International Market Place, and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and Hawaii ...
3.6/5Good! (1,894 reviews)
"Nice location & decent hotel with a nice pool area. The hotel did not have housekeeping & the elevators were a bit inconvenient."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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