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.

Where to stay in Honolulu

Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI, 96814
The price is ¥25,442 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,427 reviews)
"Wonderful"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
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 ¥32,218 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
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! (4,578 reviews)
"I love the Lagoon and the variety of pool selections. I didn't like waiting for two hours in line to check in."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥35,670 per night from May 30 to May 31
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,810 reviews)
"Best bang for the buck. Be expected to pay about 3K for a week (average) but the location is what you’re paying for. Literally on the beach close to high end shops such as Gucci, LV; etc. shops on the bottom floor. Rooms are spacious with a balcony. Staff was gracious & so nice! Helpful. Literally ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 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 ¥17,566 per night from May 26 to May 27
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 (1,345 reviews)
"Loved this place for the price, but no parking. Waikiki Banyan Garage is a 7min walk from there though and charge $30 a night. The guy in the front was kind and let us rent out towels, chairs, and an umbrella for multiple days in a row. Also, we locked our keys in the room by accident and not even ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Kuhio Banyan Club
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥18,150 per night from May 26 to May 27
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! (2,282 reviews)
"Everyone at the front desk was warm and welcoming!"

Reviewed on May 17, 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 ¥17,775 per night from May 25 to May 26
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! (2,019 reviews)
"Outlets to plug in your phone not working and toilet seat moving when you sit on it"

Reviewed on May 20, 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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