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Honolulu, HI
Travel Guide

Honolulu which includes tropical scenes, a high rise building and a city

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

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥26,585 per night from May 9 to May 9
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (5,572 reviews)
"Tapa tower needs renovation but the room was decent"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥19,459 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i and Waikiki Beach Walk. Royal Hawaiian Center and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,273 reviews)
"The property was very nice even though there was a lot of construction going on. The rooms I got were incredible and the staff was so welcoming. Best part of the hotel was definitely the staff, from the servers to the valet. All wonderful people."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥16,181 per night from May 9 to May 9
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! (2,233 reviews)
"Staff was really pleasant"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
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.
Stay Condominiums Waikiki
Stay Condominiums Waikiki
3 out of 5
2408 Prince Edwards Street, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥10,643 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Waikiki, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Waikiki Beach, Royal Hawaiian Center, and Honolulu Zoo. Hawaii Convention Center and Ala ...
3/5 (325 reviews)
Needs a new makeover and good cleaning..
"The location wasn’t the best but at least it wasn’t on the busiest street, checking in was really fast and not so informative about the basic info u would normally get, the room was ok for the price with a fully functional kitchen and refrigerator that was a plus. The bed was comfy with lots of extra ..."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Stay Condominiums Waikiki
Royal Kuhio
Royal Kuhio
3.5 out of 5
2240 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥15,932 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Waikiki, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk. International Market Place and Waikiki Beach ...
3.9/5Good! (40 reviews)
"Staffs are friendly and easy access to everything"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Royal Kuhio
Charming Studio in Waikiki - 2 Full size Beds, Free Wi-Fi, Free Phone calls
Charming Studio in Waikiki - 2 Full size Beds, Free Wi-Fi, Free Phone calls
Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥9,774 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Waikiki, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hawaii Convention Center, Royal Hawaiian Center, and Waikiki Beach. International ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)
Perfect room for a quick getaway!
"Nice view from the window, beds were very comfortable!"

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Charming Studio in Waikiki - 2 Full size Beds, Free Wi-Fi, Free Phone calls
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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Reviews of Honolulu

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 55.883030163481465%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 34.457748100391434%
3 - Okay
682
3 - Okay 7.85171540409855%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.3469951646327423%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.46051116739580933%

5/5 - Excellent

Kyla-Marie

Jun 6, 2020

It’s a fun fast past vacation for us since we are from Maui!! Definitely a home away from home

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

A bit loud for my taste. It needs to be remodeled and rebuilt. Too many old buildings and "brown fields" too many homeless who need care.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 9, 2020

I’m saddened that every time I come over to Honolulu it seems more & more run down. There are many poor areas and homeless people that should have better options. I hope that post Covid19 we learn to really care for one another.

5/5 - Excellent

QH

May 5, 2020

It was so fun

5/5 - Excellent

HG

Apr 30, 2020

Loved the Island for first time visitor. Idk if it was safe around Waikiki area but definitely a tourist site.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 4, 2020

Although our plans and stay was disrupted by the Covid-19 epidemic and we were unable to enjoy any of the activities and tours on Oahu, we had an unforgettable stay.

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