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

Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥19,780 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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! (2,429 reviews)
"Walking distance to the shopping mall and other restaurants. No free parking at hotel, or near."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

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 ¥29,045 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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! (5,030 reviews)
"Old room and furnitures but the bed and pillows are nice"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2552 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥25,476 per night from Feb 22 to Feb 23
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,322 reviews)
"This hotel was really nice. The views were amazing. The elevators didn’t take long at all especially since they had 5. The hotel is walking distance to everything. The room my wife and I had was everything we could’ve asked for, we feel we really got our money worth. Definitely 5 stars."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
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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 ¥13,045 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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. Royal ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,954 reviews)
"The front desk was helpful. The room was clean and had everything needed. A bit of street noise since the location is one block from the beach and main street. However, great location."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥14,398 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Waikiki, this beach condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Beach. Royal Hawaiian Center and International Market Place ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,224 reviews)
"Its good enough for the price and location. Don’t expect too much since this is an older hotel. Its has everything a family vacation will ever need. My only thing is the A/C is loud and its really waking me up at night bit again this is an older unit."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Aston Waikiki Sunset
Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
4 out of 5
2003 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥41,846 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Hawaii Convention Center. Honolulu Zoo and University ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (514 reviews)
"Beautiful well maintained property. Close to restaurants and entertainment. Family friendly with many activities."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
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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