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HonoluluUnited States of America

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

Top Hotels in Honolulu

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥16,488 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and ...

4/5Very Good! (6,171 reviews)

"It was amazing ! The staff was amazing the hotel was amazing it was absolutely beautiful definitely looking forward to them opening so that we can stay again"…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥25,643 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, just steps from Royal-Moana Beach, International Market Place, and Waikiki Beach. Royal Hawaiian ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,101 reviews)

"The hotel was extremely clean, staff was friendly and helpful. Duke’s restaurant in the hotel also had great service and delicious food. Overall had an enjoyable experience in midst of pandemic."…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2020

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥29,884 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,536 reviews)

"the location of this hotel can't be beat. Simply the best location and they had a good discount when I stayed. so with the discount was absolutely perfect. You walk out of the door and on to Wakiki beach. they didn't clean rooms daily. The rooms aren't the greatest and the bathroom is small, but ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
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.

Vacation Rentals in Honolulu

Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
4 out of 5
2470 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥50,692 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Waikiki, this beach condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Royal Hawaiian Center. Ala Moana Center and Diamond ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,381 reviews)

"Staff was great. Room was beautiful. I had the ocean view penthouse.. Would book again"…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
Waikiki Shore by Outrigger
Waikiki Shore by Outrigger
3 out of 5
2161 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront condo building is in the city center, just steps from U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i and Waikiki Beach Walk. Royal Hawaiian ...

4/5Very Good! (255 reviews)
Great view of Waikiki area beach

"We chose this room for its beautiful Ocean view & it is basically on Waikiki beach. We loved sitting on the lanai. The room was clean & no bugs but the bed setup are 2 twins beds. The 11th floor open hallway has a great view of Diamond Head crater. Even thoughthe room is in an Waikiki Shore by Outrigger ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Waikiki Shore by Outrigger
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
3 out of 5
205 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥17,175 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Waikiki, this condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and Ala Moana Center are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (1,040 reviews)
taycation

"Did a staycation for one night. The staff was beyond amazing and it felt like we had the whole hotel almost to ourselves. Can’t wait to stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
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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Reviews of Honolulu

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4854
5 - Excellent 55.883030163481465%
4 - Good
2993
4 - Good 34.457748100391434%
3 - Okay
682
3 - Okay 7.85171540409855%
2 - Disappointing
117
2 - Disappointing 1.3469951646327423%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.46051116739580933%

5/5 - Excellent

Kyla-Marie

Jun 6, 2020

It’s a fun fast past vacation for us since we are from Maui!! Definitely a home away from home

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

A bit loud for my taste. It needs to be remodeled and rebuilt. Too many old buildings and "brown fields" too many homeless who need care.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 9, 2020

I’m saddened that every time I come over to Honolulu it seems more & more run down. There are many poor areas and homeless people that should have better options. I hope that post Covid19 we learn to really care for one another.

5/5 - Excellent

QH

May 5, 2020

It was so fun

5/5 - Excellent

HG

Apr 30, 2020

Loved the Island for first time visitor. Idk if it was safe around Waikiki area but definitely a tourist site.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 4, 2020

Although our plans and stay was disrupted by the Covid-19 epidemic and we were unable to enjoy any of the activities and tours on Oahu, we had an unforgettable stay.

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