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Honolulu
Travel Guide

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 CA $289 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,797 reviews)

"It was very clean and the hotel wasn't too crowded during covid."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $319 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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! (2,423 reviews)

"Clean, modern, great location across the street from the beach."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $441 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach, and Royal Hawaiian Center. International ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,202 reviews)

"This hotel was so worth the splurge for this single mom!!! Everyone was so welcoming and accommodating! EVERYONE! I didn't experience any bad customer service the whole week. The adult only pool was breathtaking and the beach access was great! The location was perfect and I never had to use Uber ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2021

Sheraton 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.

Vacation Rentals in Honolulu

Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
4 out of 5
2003 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $302 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Hawaii Convention Center. Honolulu Zoo and University ...

4.2/5Very Good! (415 reviews)

"All the hotel restaurants were closed due to COVID, getting a room with a kitchen and shopping was ideal."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2021

Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $188 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

This family-friendly Honolulu aparthotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Beach. International ...

3.5/5Good! (1,795 reviews)

"Close to the beach, view was amazing and front desk people were all nice"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
3 out of 5
205 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $209 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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! (1,041 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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