Honolulu, HI

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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

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥36,295 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 outdoor pools, and 9 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (4,544 reviews)
"Good seen and lots of great things to do in Waikiki"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥36,588 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,712 reviews)
"The club access made our stay so memorable! Beautiful view of the ocean and sunset from our ocean view room, beautiful pool, friendy and great service from the start to the end of our stay"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥39,716 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,889 reviews)
"Very nice experience."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
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, 96815
The price is ¥19,845 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this aparthotel in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 restaurants, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the WiFi and the convenient parking in our reviews. ...
3.3/5 (1,384 reviews)
Bargain stay
"Great location, friendly and accommodating staff. Worked great for our stay Would go there again!!!"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Kuhio Banyan Club
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥21,205 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,354 reviews)
"It was a good 5 days stay. The place was closed to Waikiki beach , grocery and night life. The room is kinda outdated but it work well for us. The maintenance and front desk were attentive. Hoping the mattress and pillows will be changed next time. Overall will come back to stay ❤️🌺"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥21,120 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, a sauna, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
3.5/5 Good! (2,074 reviews)
"Nice view. Most staff are friendly and trying to resolve issues. Wi-Fi did not work the entire time we were there. Toilet flushes issue wasn’t resolvable."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
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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