Honolulu Travel Guide

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Honolulu Things to Do

  • Pearl Harbor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pearl Harbour and especially its WWII plight is so famous that once in Honolulu there is practically no chance of skipping it. The area where the unsalvageable sunken ships were laying was turned into a memorial to the dead, still buried under the wreckage with an option for survivors to join their comrades at time of death. The whole complex...

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  • Diamond Head

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I've made this hike three times. The last two ascents it took me 24 minutes each time to make it to the top. Not bad for a Senior Citizen from Seattle. Good walking shoes are a must . Great view at the top. Take a camera and water.

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  • Waikiki Beach

    4 out of 5 stars

    Despite its size, Honolulu’s accommodations are geographically limited. Practically all the lodging is in the Waikiki area which can turn into blessing for some but a nightmare for others. Even those who find it repulsive should not shun it though – after all, this is the example of high efficiency tourism model where multitudes are being...

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Honolulu Restaurants

  • Shorebird

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Shorebird in Waikiki is a huge restaurant right on the beach, perfect for dinner and drinks in a true Hawaiian atmosphere. We arrived one weekday evening, and the restaurant and bar were packed. We ordered a round of local draft beers (around $7 each), then we got our table right along the water. The menu is pretty extensive and expensive. We...

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  • Duke's

    4 out of 5 stars

    Duke's is located right on Waikiki, with many of the tables offering a great view of the Pacific. It is named in honor of surfing pioneer Duke Kahanamoku, and has a lot of interesting decorations on the walls. The Restaurant is largely open air, so it can be a little chilly at night. The food is very good, american grilled and seafood. The...

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  • The Willows

    4 out of 5 stars

    Started by the Perry family as part of their farm, this is a favorite spot for local celebrations, close to the University. A grand buffet, it includes the range of food encountered at any picnic or potluck: Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, 'Island,' plus a carvery with prime rib, roasted pig, roast beef and turkey. A great place to try Hawaiian food....

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Honolulu Nightlife

  • Night Club

    ANOTHER GOOD SPOT TO CHECK OUT IS THE "OCEAN" NIGHTCLUB AT RESTAURANT ROW...I THINK IT IS THE ONLY CLUB THERE NOW..BUT YEARS AGO ..THERE WERE A LOT OF PLACES AT THE ROW TO DANCE AND LISTEN TO MUSIC..IT HAS CHANGED A LOT!!! ALOHA SHIRT AND SHOES AND SHORTS OR PANTS ARE GOOD FOR THE GUYS......CASUAL DRESS CODE ALSO FOR THE LADIES.. Honolulu's...

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  • Live Music

    The Hale Koa Hotel on Waikiki Beach has a beach bar next to the pool and the bay, called the Barefoot Bar. This popular bar served draft and bottled beers and has a variety of local specialty mixed drinks. They also offer live music along the beach almost every night of the week. I stopped in twice during my last visit to Hawaii, and once during my...

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  • Luaus

    Great dancers, okay food, interesting things to do, pretty good drinks Some girls got all Hawaii-ed out in pretty tropical prints. Unfortunately, we were running late and didn't have time to fit in the theme.

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Honolulu Transportation

  • MTL Buses

    The Carnival like most cruise ship will dock next to Aloha Tower next to Nimitz Highway.. You just have to cross the street ( Highway)and walk toward Waikiki direction and about 3 blocks away from the ship you will see the street ALAKEA ...On that corner of ALAKEA and NIMITZ you will see a bus stop...wait there for the #19 and/or #20 ..Those buses...

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  • Airlines

    Honolulu airport is the main international gateway to the Hawaiian islands. The airport is relatively small, but it has some great features, such as the open air concourses, that you won't see anywhere else in the world. The airport is conveniently located just west of downtown Honolulu and less than 30 minutes from Waikiki. The airport opened in...

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  • Rental Cars

    Jill You won't have a lot of time to get to the North Shore..if there isn't much traffic..maybe 60 minutes or less.... Pearl Harbor by car might be about 10 minutes and/or then if you go the other direction ..Downtown and Chinatown are about 15/20 minutes from the Airport..Waikiki is about 25/30 minutes by car.. In the Bus..it is a whole lot...

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Honolulu Shopping

  • Ala Moana Shopping Center

    Before the Mall of America opened in Minneapolis, Ala Moana Shopping Center was the largest mall in the US. It has enough shops so that you can find almost everything you need. The nice thing is that the locals shop here, too; it's not just a tourist haunt. I find it a fun place to hang out. On my last visit I found a lovely muumuu on sale at...

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  • International Market Place

    The 57 year old icon of Waikiki, The International Marketplace, as it sat, was closed for good on December 31, 2013. Torn down and to become an upscale three story shopping mall by 2016. The only things remaining are the name and the center piece banyan tree. Read the older reviews to get a glimpse of the beloved past, for the future holds the...

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  • Waikele Outlet Mall

    My Favorite Fctory outlet ever is located near Honolulu at Waipahu, save at 50 outlets including Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange LeSportsac, Max Mara, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. The 64-acre complex has made discount shopping a major activity and a travel pursuit in itself,...

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Honolulu Local Customs

  • Different Cultures in Hawaii

    hawaii truly is a melting pot of cultures! why? since hawaii is the ONLY minority-majority State in the United States where asian-americans, pacific islanders are the majority over caucasians and african americans and latinos. that is why you see a very small chinatown in honolulu and that you will see assorted asian, pacific islander, mainstream...

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  • Talking Hawaiian

    Ok so this tip isn't exactly about how to speak "Hawaiian" itself, but more like what to expect when hearing locals talk. I myself DON'T speak "pidgin", but i know enough words to be able to understand what people are saying! :P My definitions should be pretty accurate, and I'll try to give some of the best examples I can! Some common...

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  • Lei & Hula greeters

    Getting off the plane at Honolulu Airport all of us got a lei . We were told our silk leis will be a happy reminder of the Hawaiian vacation and the wonderful Island spirit of Aloha! The silk flowers are suitable also for people who might be allergic to flowers.

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Honolulu Warnings and Dangers

  • Theft

    I returned from Hawaii yesterday. The day before we were due to fly home we stopped at Shark Cove on the north shore. We were in a rental car and parked in FoodWay directly across from the beach. We locked the car and took our camera bag and swimming gear across the road and walked 40m across rocks and left our camera bag (with car keys inside) at...

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  • Water Safety

    Pacific waters has some dangerous conditions such as strong currents, big waves, undertow, sharp coral, and dangerous sea creatures. All of them you should take into consideration. In case of Medical Emergencies call 911. The hotels generaly also have doctors. Newcomers, in Hawaiian - "malihini," should take care in choosing where they will enjoy...

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  • Sunscreen

    Hawaii is a dream. The warm air, the flowers, the hot sun on the ocean but the sun in the tropics is strong, even if you do not feel and even if the sky is overcast. Use sunscreen wear hat and light-colored clothing, drink water throughout the day. Some tips • Use a sunblock with UVA/UVB protection. • Choose a sunblock an SPF of at least 15 for...

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Honolulu Tourist Traps

  • International Market Place

    There's a stall or 2 that sell perfume. These look like name brand perfume (only slightly cheaper than Duty Free). We bought "John Gaulteir Le Male" for $50 yet on getting this home we found it was nothing but a cheap knock off. When you buy the perfume, check that it is labelled with the brand, and check the item given to you before you leave the...

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  • Waikiki

    If you just slide up (north or maka) Kapahulu Ave within about a mile, you'll find a much more authentic Hawaii. Restaurants, coffee bars, surf shops, a couple of off-beat bars. Going even further afield, take a look at this site: http://absolute-hawaii.com/absolute-must-sees/obamas-residence/ You could try this for a GREAT view and spectacular...

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  • Free Breakfast deals

    One trap is the Free Breakfasts offered by tour companies. Because we were first-timers, we went, even though I read it was a tourist trap. It boils down to - you get what you pay for. The free breakfast was terrible. Cold powered egg, frozen reheated hash browns, sausages that looked like little p**ps. However the tourguide's presentation was...

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Honolulu What to Pack

  • Beachwear & Sunscreen!

    Bring flip-flops with you or plan to buy some when you arrive. See my Local Customs tip. Pack clothing suitable for tropical weather. The young women in this photo, with their black stockings and high heeled shoes, were dressed as if they were in New York City, and they just looked silly. Plus, they must have been extremely uncomfortable. It was...

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  • Dress for the Climate

    Bring flip-flops with you or plan to buy some when you arrive. See my Local Customs tip.Pack clothing suitable for tropical weather. The young women in this photo, with their black stockings and high heeled shoes, were dressed as if they were in New York City, and they just looked silly. Plus, they must have been extremely uncomfortable. It was...

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  • WINTERTIME CAN BE RAINY

    ONE THING THAT PEOPLE FORGET TO THINK ABOUT WHEN THEY COME TO PARADISE IS THAT WINTERTIME CAN BE VERY RAINY AND PUT A DAMPER ON YOUR SIGHTSEEING.. MAYBE IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO FIRST BUY AN UMBRELLA WHEN AND IF YOU COME IN THE WINTER MONTHS.. SOME GOOD SHOES ARE RECOMMENDED ALSO...A COAT WILL ALSO BE GOOD TO KEEP YOU DRY.. A GOOD STURDY SHOE...

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Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

  • Waterfalls

    Just a few short miles from Waikiki this 1.3 km hike is a great way to see some nature while on Oahu. The elevation is 800 feet. You're feet will definitely get muddy, so I'd definitely wear some shores instead of slipper or sandals. The trail can be quite slippery. Round trip took about an hour and a half. There is no fee and you can find free...

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  • Beaches & Coastlines

    The Mokolii Island is located off the Windward Coast of Oahu. The island is commonly referred to as "Chinaman's Hat" due to its resemblance to the hats worn by immigrant Chinese farm workers. The Story of Chinaman's Hat a children's book written by Dean Howell is an original legend about the origin of the islet. However, hawaiian legend tells a...

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  • Hiking / Walking

    Hiking is a great recreational activity in Honolulu. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and get great exercise! When you go hiking you can escape from the crowded areas of the city and relax with nature. I recommend that you bring a snack and water, because the walks can be long.

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Honolulu Sports & Outdoors

  • ProBowl

    The Pro Bowl itself was great fun. Even though I'm not a big football fan, I do watch and so it was thrilling to watch Peyton Manning and Tom Brady warming up side by side, throwing to recievers, or to see T.O. running by and making everyone cheer everytime he came in sight. My daughter and her friends had a blast performing at halftime and...

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  • Surf Information and Forecasts

    Most people already know that Hawaii is a great place to surf. Its location in the central Pacific makes conditions ideal for surfing as well as body surfing, body boarding, stand-up paddle surfing. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, how can you find out where the waves are and the best places to go during your stay? This tip aims to answer that...

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  • Aloha Stadium

    Aloha Stadium is the biggest sports venue in Hawaii. The stadium main tenant is the University of Hawaii Warriors college football team, but it is perhaps more famous as the site of the NFL's annual Pro Bowl since 1980. Aloha Stadium also hosts college football's Hawai'i Bowl and the Hula Bowl from 1975 to 1997 and in 2006. The stadium also...

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  • Cruise around the Island

    IT IS A LOT SAFER THAN JAKARTA !! : ) IT DOES HAVE IT'S PROBLEMS OF SOME OF THE LOCALS GIVING TOURISTS A ROUGH TIME..ESPECIALLY AT THE CLUBS EARLY IN THE MORNING..BUT LIKE ANYWHERE. .JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE TROUBLE AREAS

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  • Pearl Harbor

    what an ironic twist that most visitors to pearl harbor are japanese hehehe since japan is now a peaceful country and is a major ally of the United States. The Japanese tourist are awed by the sights in the pearl harbor area and the memorial. December 7, 2009 marks the 67th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and The United States'...

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  • Shopping

    again fun to shop in hawaii due to it's sales tax of 4.71%, a way lower than the mainland sales taxes like 9.25% in california. lots of shopping opportunities here like shopping in the mile long touristy kalakua avenue, the largest outdoor mall in the mall, the ala moana center, the premium outlets of waikele, the International Market Place, the...

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