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Honolulu Guide

As the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu combines the best of both worlds when it comes to vacationing: it’s a thriving city, yet it’s also surrounded by lush tropical foliage and turquoise Pacific waters. It’s where you’ll find Hawaii’s most recognizable landmark: Diamond Head, a 300,000-year-old crater formed by a volcanic eruption.

Honolulu is best known for its white-sand beaches, among them the famous Waikiki beach and quieter alternatives such as Ala Moana and Kailua. When not sprawled on the sand, explore sunny avenues lined with everything from upscale boutiques and nightclubs to craft booths and street performers.

What to Eat and Drink

  • Fresh catches: There’s no shortage of seafood—or inventive ways to prepare it—in Honolulu. Try Ono Seafood’s ahi poke, a seafood salad made with diced raw tuna, seaweed, and onions seasoned with chili pepper and sesame oil.
  • Plate lunches: Asia’s influence on Hawaiian cuisine is evident in these meals, which usually have two scoops of white rice, macaroni salad, and a meat entree. Common choices include teriyaki-like barbecue chicken, beef, or pork and spam musubi—white rice sandwiched between grilled Spam patties and wrapped in seaweed.
  • Shave ice is made from fine ice crystals, which absorb flavored syrups better than crushed ice. Island Snow in nearby Kailua offers passionfruit and other Hawaiian varieties; for extra sweetness, get an order with condensed milk on top or ice cream at the bottom.
  • Bar 35 pours more than 150 beers from 21 countries, including more than a dozen Hawaiian brews.

Where to Shop

  • Honolulu Night Market: Part street festival, part boutique. At this monthly event, you’ll find local art and clothing vendors and live entertainers. Take a cab, as parking can be hard to find, and get there early to avoid long lines at food trucks and stalls.
  • Bob’s Ukulele: This shop stocks hundreds of Hawaiian-made ukuleles, many crafted from native koa wood.
  • Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace: Three times a week, more than 400 vendors sell handmade gifts and other products at this open-air flea market. Ship your packages home from the onsite post office.
  • High end: Royal Hawaiian Center and Ala Moana Center house about 400 retailers and restaurants between them, including the likes of Tory Burch, Hermès, and Versace.

History on Display

  • Statue of King Kamehameha I: This 18-foot bronze figure pays tribute to the leader who united the Hawaiian islands in 1810. It stands in front of Aliiolani Hale, a government building opened in 1874 and now the home of the state’s Supreme Court.
  • Iolani Palace was built in 1882 under the direction of King Kalakaua. Tour the National Historic Landmark, including the room where Kalakaua’s sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, was imprisoned after the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1893.
  • USS Arizona Memorial: The site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is now a memorial to the sailors and marines who lost their lives during the Pacific campaign of World War II. Tranquil, informative, and free, the memorial is reachable by boat only.

Where to Stay

  • For luxury: Known as the “First Lady of Waikiki,” the Moana Surfrider has a star-studded guestbook—including Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, and Amelia Earhart—that dates back to 1901. A $20 million renovation of the Beaux Arts hotel brought remodeled guest rooms and a beachfront spa.
  • For families: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort occupies an idyllic stretch of Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Lagoon. More than 60 bird, fish, and turtle species live on the property, and you can watch penguin and turtle feedings. The hotel’s Camp Penguin treats kids to games, art projects, and field trips based on a daily theme about Hawaii.
  • For staying on budget: At the Ambassador Hotel Waikiki, you’ll be a quick walk or trolley ride from Waikiki’s restaurants, shops, and nightlife.
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Ilikai Hotel and Suites
Honolulu, Hawaii

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With a stay at Ilikai Hotel & Suites- an Aqua Boutique in Honolulu (Waikiki), you'll be convenient to Hawaii Convention Center and Waikiki Beach. This hotel is close to University of Hawaii at Manoa and Aloha Tower.

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Musashi Restaurant
Honolulu, Hawaii

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With a stay at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa in Honolulu (Waikiki), you'll be minutes from Waikiki Beach and International Market Place. This 4-star resort is close to Diamond Head and University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection
Honolulu, Hawaii

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With a stay at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort in Honolulu (Waikiki), you'll be minutes from Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. This 5-star resort is close to University of Hawaii at Manoa and Diamond Head.

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Honolulu, Hawaii

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With a stay at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Waikiki Beach (Waikiki), you'll be convenient to Fort DeRussy and University of Hawaii at Manoa. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of International Market Place and Magic Island.

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Miyako Japanese Restaurant
Honolulu, Hawaii

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With a stay at New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel in Honolulu (Waikiki), you'll be minutes from Kapiolani Park and Waikiki Aquarium. This beach hotel is close to Diamond Head and University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
Honolulu, Hawaii

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With a stay at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu (Waikiki), you'll be minutes from Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Beach. This beach hotel is close to Diamond Head and University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Sheraton
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Located in Waikiki Beach (Waikiki), Sheraton Waikiki is minutes from Royal Hawaiian Center and International Market Place. This 4-star hotel is close to Diamond Head and Aloha Tower.

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Holiday Inn
Honolulu, Hawaii

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With a stay at Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber in Honolulu (Waikiki), you'll be minutes from International Market Place and Waikiki Beach. This hotel is close to University of Hawaii at Manoa and Diamond Head.

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Aqua Waikiki Wave
Honolulu, Hawaii

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With a stay at Aqua Waikiki Wave in Honolulu (Waikiki), you'll be minutes from International Market Place and Waikiki Beach. This hotel is close to University of Hawaii at Manoa and Diamond Head.

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Aston at Executive Centre Hotel
Honolulu, Hawaii

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With a stay at Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel, you'll be centrally located in Honolulu, steps from Hawaii State Art Museum and Hawaii Theater. This family-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Iolani Palace and King Kamehameha Statue.

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Plantation Cafe
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Beautiful hotel in the center of Honolulu. Ala Moana hotel by LSI is connected to the world famous Ala Moana Shopping center which features hundreds of high end stores and restaurants. Conveniently located across the street from the Hawaii Convention Center the hotel provides internet service in all rooms and modern flat screen televisions. Guests have access to a state of the art work out facility and beautiful pool area.

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Aqua Lotus Honolulu
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Oahu's southeast hand cradles a bevy of lush parks and sun-soaked beaches, cushioned in a quiet pocket just outside Waikiki shopping, dining, and nightlife. The Diamond Head crater towers over landscapes in every direction, gazing down upon Sans Souci, Diamond Head, and Waikiki shorelines like a grandfather mystified by tiny progeny. Hips revolve around sun rays in hula performances across Waikiki beach, and surfing sensations and spar-stabilized outrigger canoes splash through salty currents. Alternately, trekking an hour or longer across the island to the eye-piercing cerulean beaches of the north shore sequesters sandy toes in near solitude, except during November and December, when wave whisperers take over for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Within the verdant Kapi'olani Park, agile limbs dash across soccer, softball, and tennis courts, and in the park's enclosed Honolulu Zoo, creatures from hippos to kinkajous reenact contentious congressional sessions.Bereft human mannequins and grumbling bellies both find solace at local shopping hubs, from haute couture designers and fine dining at the outdoor Ala Moana Center to gift vendors, steel-drum performances, and street fare at the banyan-shaded International Market Place. After-hours hotspots light up Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki, and a short drive to Chinatown in downtown Honolulu unmasks lofted and underground dance bashes. Oahu's monarchic past and proud surfing history come to light through the spun-marzipan columns of the royal 'Iolani Palace, the educational markers along the Waikiki Historic Trail, and the remains of ancient heiau temples dotting the landscape.

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Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort
Kapolei, Hawaii

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Hotel Time Share Year Built 2003 Additional Property Description The exquisite western shore of Oahu, Hawaii is home to Marriotts Ko Olina Beach Club, where waterfalls and fountains welcome your arrival. Only thirty minutes from Honolulu, this secluded beachfront oasis is nestled within Ko Olina Resort, a lush 642 acre gated community where seven crystal clear lagoons shimmer. Offering your choice of deluxe guestrooms or 1, 2, or 3 bedroom villas, this resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii offers the ideal accommodations for any group. Spacious villas at our Ko Olina resort include fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryer, and separate living and dining areas. All guestrooms and villas in our Ko Olina beach resort include televisions with DVD players, high speed Internet, and access to all of our resorts amenities. Delight in a spectacular lagoon pool, go golfing at the nearby Ko Olina Golf Course, indulge at our on site spa, and dine at your choice of fine restaurants. Discover Marriotts Ko Olina Beach Club and experience a vacation like none other.

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JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa
Kapolei, Hawaii

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Within the Marriott Ihilani resort, the calm of a serene Japanese garden washes over neighboring Ushio-Tei. There, the chefs skip typical American takes on Japanese cuisine in favor of more adventurous items, such as natto, fermented soybeans that pair with slices of raw calamari or Pacific tuna. Black tiger prawns crackle in thin coats of tempura in the fryer, and maki rolls conceal freshwater eel, mango, and pearlescent slivers of pickled daikon radishes. The scent of teriyaki sauce fills the air as knives flick through local veggies and Japanese plum, and chefs steam Maine lobsters with a garlic butter sauce similar to the substance that makes hockey rinks slippery.

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Turtle Bay Condos/Kuilima Estates
Kahuku, Hawaii

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When you stay at Turtle Bay in Kahuku, you'll be on the beach and within the vicinity of Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Malaekahana State Recreation Area and Pupukea Beach Park.

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Makaha Resort Golf Club
Waianae, Hawaii

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Makaha Resort crouches deep in its namesake valley, encompassing many local attractions within its sprawling expanse. Inspired by the area's ancient tropical forests and invigorating ocean waters, The Spa at Makaha Resort culls its therapeutic practices from natural elements. During the 90-minute Makaha Hot Lava massage, sinew soothers employ ancient lava paoku to boost the body's natural detoxification processes. Spa experts also administer facials, waxes, manicures, and pedicures.At the resort's Kaiona Restaurant, patrons can enjoy regional Hawaiian cuisine as well as ocean and golf-course views. Landscaping efforts currently render the course inoperable for putting, chipping, and quadruple bogeying. Although golfers must travel outside the resort to swing clubs, the estate invites lodgers to swivel their hips at on-site luau grounds. A mile from Makaha Resort, guests can explore one of Hawaii's best-preserved archaeological sites—a 15th-century hei'au, or temple, once used to serve the gods of agriculture and war. Afterward, travelers can traipse 2 miles from their lodgings to Makaha Beach Park on the island's western coast for a splash or saltwater gargle in warm Pacific waters. Though Makaha Resort sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

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Marriott's Maui Ocean Club
Lahaina, Hawaii

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With a stay at Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers in Lahaina (Kaanapali), you'll be minutes from Kaanapali Golf Courses and Whalers Village. This beach resort is within close proximity of Kaanapali Beach and Black Rock.

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Royal Lahaina Resort
Lahaina, Hawaii

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Like the force of the tide, Royal Lahaina's alluring beach and wealth of activities often pulls guests into staying near the resort grounds. A 3,500-seat tennis stadium holds clinics on its 10 courts and has hosted championship events. Other on-site lessons indulge crafty sojourners, such as the lei-making class. Families can wash out the taste of bad stamp flavors at the on-site ice-cream parlor, which dishes out locally made scoops of the frozen treat. A diverse spread of regional Hawaiian fare populates the menu at the alfresco Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant & Lounge, where hula dancers sway to the melodies of a house musician.There's plenty of life beyond the resort, too. Coconut trees, lava rocks, and natural canals dot the landscape on the Robert Trent Jones–designed Ka'anapali Golf Course, whose two courses with gently sloping fairways often neighbor the shoreline. Royal Lahaina's activities desk attendant arranges trips for whale-watching cruises, parasailing trips, and helicopter tours.The historic town of Lahaina—founded by Polynesian settlers more than a thousand years ago—blends its rich cultural heritage with abundant shopping opportunities. A stroll along the iconic Front Street reveals resplendent restaurants and scores of knickknacks at souvenir stands, and nighttime hums with dynamic nightclubs.

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Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport
Kahului, Hawaii

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When you stay at Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport in Kahului, you'll be near the airport and close to Kanaha Beach Park and Maui Arts and Cultural Center. This hotel is within close proximity of Maui Arts and Cultural Center and Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.

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Wailea Ekahi Villas/Destination Resorts
Kihei, Hawaii

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With a stay at Hotel Wailea in Wailea, you'll be next to a golf course and convenient to Wailea Blue Golf Course and Wailea Beach. This golf resort is within close proximity of Wailea Gold Golf Course and Polo Beach.

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Travaasa Hana
Hāna, Hawaii

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When you stay at Travaasa Hana in Hana, you'll be in the historical district and close to Fagan Memorial and Wainapanapa State Park. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Hamoa Beach and Wainapanapa State Park.

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Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Kihei, Hawaii

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With a stay at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Wailea, you'll be on the beach and minutes from Shops at Wailea and close to Wailea Beach. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Wailea Beach and Keawakapu Beach.

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Aston At The Maui Banyan
Kihei, Hawaii

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Located in Kihei, Maui Banyan Vacation Club is minutes from Kamaole Beach Park 2 and Kamaole Beach Park 3. This hotel is within close proximity of Kamaole Beach Park and Keawakapu Beach.

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Makena Surf - Destination Resorts Hawaii
Kihei, Hawaii

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AT MAKENA SURF YOUR AIR CONDITIONED APARTMENT IS OCEANFRONTAND FEATURES ALL OF THE LUXURY AMENITIES. INCLUDING WET BAR/WHIRLPOOL SPA AND SPACIOUS PRIVATE LANAI OVERLOOKING THEPACIFIC OCEAN AND MOLIKINI ISLAND TO THE WEST. PLUS A FULLYEQUIPPED KITCHEN WITH MICROWAVE AND DISHWASHER/WASHER/DRYER/ AND CONCIERGE SERVICES. TWO BEDROOM/ TWO BATHOCEAN FRONT UNIT. CONTEMPORARY TROPICAL FURNISHINGS.. HAWAIIS NON SMOKING LAW IN THE INTEREST OF THE GOOD HEALTH OF ALL OUR GUESTS EMPLOYEES AND OWNERS AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE STATE LAWACT 295 ALL CONDOMINIUM UNITS MANAGED BY MAUI CONDO ANDHOME ARE NOW DESIGNATED AS NON SMOKING ACCOMMODATIONSEFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY..

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