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 ¥18,085 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
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! (2,412 reviews)
"I love how clean and welcoming the environment is and my room is great."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 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 ¥26,261 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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! (5,356 reviews)
"We love the attention, the cleanness, hospitality everything, we have a super good time the we are planning our next trip to come back already. Also we have a son with disabilities and everyone and every where made acomodations for him, he even did parasailing, when see a cascade and swim he loved ..."

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥32,757 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,219 reviews)
"It was great!"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 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 ¥13,127 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
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! (1,895 reviews)
"Loved the view from the lanai. Great blackout drapes. Kitchen had most types of utensils"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥17,652 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 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! (2,190 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! (86 reviews)
"The view from the lanai is absolutely gorgeous! We were very comfortable in this two bedroom unit. There are a few things that need taking care of, but don't affect the overall unit. The draperies don't close properly. The toilet paper roll is situated right on a person's hip as they are using the ..."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 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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