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

Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI, 96814
The price is CA $256 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,444 reviews)
Ala Moana in Honolulu
"Great hotel with a lot of international as well as domestic customers. Convenient to a major shopping mall and the beach. Hotel is very clean although the rooms were a little dated, the bed was very comfortable. The hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating."

Reviewed on Aug. 14, 2022

Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
'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 CA $353 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
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! (1,696 reviews)
"We had a very pleasant experience from the moment we pulled in to park our car. Staff, facility and environment were amazing."

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2022

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
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 CA $351 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
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! (4,565 reviews)
"Beautiful property!"

Reviewed on Aug. 14, 2022

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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Kuhio Banyan Club
Kuhio Banyan Club
2 out of 5
2310 Kuhio Avenue, Suite 140, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is CA $192 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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 (1,387 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 CA $195 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
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! (2,356 reviews)
"The room was a condo that had all the amenities you would expect. Full sized appliances and refrigerator. On site parking for a fee, great pool and activities deck with 6 gas grills available to all guests. Small store on-site or ABC Store a short distance away. Outstanding staff and property. I ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 11, 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 CA $204 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! (2,075 reviews)
"super close to the beach; had a great view. Room was pretty outdated, beds weren't queen as advertised. Nice full kitchen. Had a rude encounter w/ a woman at the front desk, but all other staff were wonderful."

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 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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