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

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 $269 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
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! (4,574 reviews)
"Everything was wonderful.. I just wish they would have credit me 1 day because the room smelled like fish because someone cooked and didn’t air it out. They tryed to deodorize but it still smelled like fish. Hello lady’s."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96815
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $275 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,710 reviews)
"During my stay i was upgraded for free with VIP access from expedia. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. This hotel deserved 5stars. We will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
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 $299 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,908 reviews)
"Amazing Property Great Views . Walk outside the Lobby an the Ocean is right there"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 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 $143 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
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 (1,384 reviews)
Bargain stay
"Great location, friendly and accommodating staff. Worked great for our stay Would go there again!!!"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Kuhio Banyan Club
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is $185 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
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! (2,353 reviews)
"Unfriendly staff. Great location"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 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 $179 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
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! (2,072 reviews)
"We love the Aston Waikiki Banyan. We always go here everytime we go to Hawaii!"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 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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