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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.

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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 $169 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,255 reviews)
"This location was perfect."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $399 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach, and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market Place ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,152 reviews)
"This is exactly what you expect from the Sheraton in Waikiki. It’s a top notch hotel with a great location. Everything you need is in walkable distance. Expect everything to be pricey. The whole area is."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is $209 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i and Waikiki Beach Walk. Royal Hawaiian Center and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,281 reviews)
"Outstanding service and commitment to excellence, even while under construction"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
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.
Charming Studio in Waikiki - 2 Full Size Beds, Free Wi-fi
Charming Studio in Waikiki - 2 Full Size Beds, Free Wi-fi
Honolulu, HI
The price is $90 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Located in Waikiki, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hawaii Convention Center, Royal Hawaiian Center, and Waikiki Beach. International ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (65 reviews)
Perfect room for a quick getaway!
"Nice view from the window, beds were very comfortable!"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Charming Studio in Waikiki - 2 Full Size Beds, Free Wi-fi
Stay Condominiums Waikiki
Stay Condominiums Waikiki
3 out of 5
2408 Prince Edwards Street, Honolulu, HI
The price is $112 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
Located in Waikiki, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Waikiki Beach, Royal Hawaiian Center, and Honolulu Zoo. Hawaii Convention Center and Ala ...
3/5 (328 reviews)
"Decent place to stay, in a pretty gross area."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Stay Condominiums Waikiki
Royal Kuhio
Royal Kuhio
3.5 out of 5
2240 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $204 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
Located in Waikiki, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk. International Market Place and Waikiki Beach ...
4/5Very Good! (46 reviews)
"Everything was great and everyone was helpful."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Royal Kuhio
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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