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 ¥18,161 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,399 reviews)
"Decent business hotel"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥26,842 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (5,397 reviews)
"Even though we paid extra to stay in a renovated room it looked old. Not enough chairs on the beach or pool"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥33,694 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, just steps from Waikiki Beach and Royal Hawaiian Center. Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Waikiki Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,209 reviews)
"I will be back as soon as I can."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
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Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥15,453 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
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. Sans ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,888 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥16,554 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Waikiki, this beach condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo, Kuhio Beach Park, and Sans Souci Beach. Waikiki Beach and Duke Kahanamoku ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,189 reviews)
"A walking distance from the beach. It's really clean."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Aston Waikiki Sunset
Waikiki Banyan By Darmic
Waikiki Banyan By Darmic
3.5 out of 5
Waikiki Banyan 201 Ohua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
Located in Waikiki, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Beach. Sans Souci Beach and Duke Kahanamoku ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (82 reviews)
"This building is a great all around property to stay at. It has Parking, a decent Pool, Clean, Well Maintained and has a nice Open Space feel. This unit has definitely been remodeled and was given to us very clean with plenty of towels and amenities."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Waikiki Banyan By Darmic
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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