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.

Known for

Shopping, Beaches and Islands

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Where to stay in Honolulu

Waikiki
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Waikiki

Beaches, Sea, Sunsets

Located on the south shore of Honolulu, this neighborhood is known internationally for its great surfing and beautiful beaches.

Downtown Honolulu
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Downtown Honolulu

Chinatown, Culture, Shopping

Many of Hawai’i’s most important historic sites and beautiful buildings are clustered together here at the hub of the city, with the ocean just a short walk away.

Kahala
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Kahala

Beaches, Dolphins, Dining

Known for being romantic and relaxing, Kahala is a welcoming neighborhood with a great selection of restaurants. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches, while others visit for the local shopping.

Western Honolulu
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Western Honolulu

Ports, Monuments, Football

Western Honolulu is a welcoming neighborhood that's popular for its restaurants. Other highlights include the local monuments and historic landmarks, as well as the natural splendor of the island views.

Hawaii Kai
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Hawaii Kai

Hawaii Kai is a welcoming neighborhood.

Ala Moana
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Ala Moana

Ala Moana is a welcoming neighborhood.

Top Hotels in Honolulu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu
¥26,411/night
Aug 20 - Aug 21
4.1/5Very Good! (14,440 reviews)

"Beautiful spot, great beach, lots of shops and restaurants, nice rooms."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
¥42,545/night
Aug 17 - Aug 18
4.3/5Excellent! (1,569 reviews)

"Beautiful pool and outdoor bar, friendly staff and easy access to the beach"…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
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Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu
¥17,802/night
Aug 6 - Aug 7
3.9/5Very Good! (3,681 reviews)

"Having microwave, laundry facilities and a conbini store (open late) was wonderful"…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

Ala Moana Hotel

Popular things to do in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

Make the short climb to the rim of this extinct volcanic crater for spectacular views of Honolulu, the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges of Oahu’s interior.

Aloha Tower
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Aloha Tower

Head to the top of one of Hawai’i’s most iconic buildings for remarkable bird’s-eye views of Honolulu on one side and the ocean on the other. 

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

What began as the exotic bird collection of the island’s king is now a park with over 1,200 animals, including several rare and endangered species.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

More than 400 fish species and green sea turtles live in this marine ecosystem at one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii.

Iolani Palace
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Iolani Palace

Discover the triumphs and tragedies of the Hawaiian royal family and see their jewels, living quarters and more in Hawaii’s royal palace.

Honolulu Harbor
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Honolulu Harbor

Explore the waterfront in Honolulu with a trip to Honolulu Harbor. Discover the area's notable monuments, or seek out its local tours.

Top activities in Honolulu

Keana Farms North Shore Zipline Tour
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Keana Farms North Shore Zipline Tour

¥19,025

Oahu's very first zipline course, the 7 ziplines at Keana Farms offer adrenaline-pumping rides plus an up-close look at a working North Shore farm. Trek along elevated boardwalks through the trees, glimpse views of the ocean, and race a friend down dual lines over the tropical landscape below.

Xtreme Parasail
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Xtreme Parasail

¥4,387

Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Honolulu and beyond as you take to the blue skies above Waikiki on a thrilling parsasailing adventure. With room for up to 2 people, you can fly solo or team up with a friend to take a tandem flight that lets you out on lines up to 1,000 feet (305 m) long.

Dolphin-Watching & Snorkeling Cruise
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Dolphin-Watching & Snorkeling Cruise

¥16,557

Climb aboard a spacious and state-of-the-art catamaran for all-encompassing look at Oahu's west coast. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles, get wet with a snorkeling adventure, and enjoy a tasty buffet lunch onboard.

Magic of Polynesia
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Magic of Polynesia

¥6,435

Spend an evening with the spellbinding, Merlin Award-winning illusionist John Hirokawa. Striking illusions, sensational pyrotechnics, and a talented cast of entertainers thrill and excite you at this amazing Polynesian spectacle.

Waikiki Atlantis Undersea Submarine Adventure
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Waikiki Atlantis Undersea Submarine Adventure

¥10,730

Delve slowly beneath the ocean's surface off Waikiki aboard the 48-passenger Atlantis Undersea submarine and get up close and personal with a sea teeming with marine life. Marvel at the marine creatures that populate coral reefs and sunken shipwrecks as you float through the tropical waters they call home.

Sunset Cruise with Steak and Lobster Dinner & Show
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Sunset Cruise with Steak and Lobster Dinner & Show

¥16,234

Spend an evening on the water with a sunset cruise aboard the Star of Honolulu. This smooth-sailing vessel skims over the waves as you enjoy postcard-worthy views of the coast, an elegant meal, and live music and entertainment from a talented cast.