Honolulu

Hawaii, HI

Honolulu is on the US Hawaiian island of Oahu, the city is a dynamic capital, transport hub, business center and popular vacation destination. Waikiki, Manoa, and Hawaii Kai are just a few districts in this large metropolis. The sheltered harbor was established by the Polynesians about 1500 years ago, other foreigners arrived in the early 1800′s and the Kingdom of Hawaii was established by Kamehameha I in 1809. The city was soon a thriving trade capital and more immigrants arrived to further augment the complex and unique Hawaiian culture. The USA annexed Hawaii in 1898 and in 1959 it became the 50th state of America.

Most of the hotels and nightspots are in the busy Waikiki area, in central Honolulu King and Beretania are the two main streets. You can get around the city and the island on the efficient “TheBus” service. Be sure to spend some of your time in Honolulu visiting the surrounding countryside starting with Diamond Head, a volcano crater overlooking the city. For sea vistas there is Makapu’u Point and you can visit Halona Blowhole where sea water spurts up through a hole in the top of an underwater cave.


Must Sees!


Diving, Beaches and Sea

WaikikiBeach

One of the island’s greatest assets is the surrounding sea, there are a number of reputable companies in Honolulu which will take you beneath the crystal clear sea to scuba dive or snorkel. If you prefer to stay above the water there is also whale watching and water sports like parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing and surfing. For surfing beaches try Waikiki. Waikiki is the most famous of the Honolulu beaches it has fine white sand and a dynamic beach scene with lots of activities. Ala Moana Park is a park on the edge of a more family oriented beach. Hanauma Bay has rich coral reefs and is perfect for diving and snorkeling. Sandy Beach, Makapu’u Beach, Kahaloa, Ulukou and other beaches along the city coastline are all beautiful.


Pearl Harbor

319 Lexington Boulevard #37
Honolulu, HI 96818
808-441-1000
Hours of Operation:
Daily 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Entrance Cost:
Adult – 20.00 (USD)
Child (Ages 4~12) – 10.00 (USD)
Child (Under 4 yrs) – Free
 

PearlHarbor

On Arizona Memorial Road the site of the tragic World War Two bombing by the Japanese of this Hawaiian naval base is now a museum and memorial to those who lost their lives in the events of that fateful day. The large bay can be seen with an organized tour, there are a few Pearl Harbor Historic Sites to see and it can take a full day. A visit begins at the Visitors Center then there is the USS Missouri (adults $22, kids $11 for Mighty Mo Pass), Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor (adults $20, kids $10), USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park (Adults $10, kids $4), Pacific Submarine Museum and the Arizona Memorial (free entry but $7.5 for an audio tour). You can buy a one day pass to all the Pearl Harbor sites for $55 for adults and $30 for kids.


Iolani Palace

364 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-522-0822
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm
Entrance Cost:
$7 on-wards
 

IolaniPalace

The intriguing history of Hawaiian monarchy comes alive in this official royal residence built by King Kalakaua in 1882, the monarchy was finally overthrown in 1893. This Italian renaissance style building is the USA’s only royal palace. The landmark building has been restored to its former glory and now opens its doors to the public. The first and second floors can be seen with a guided tour ($20 adults, kids $6) or a self-led tour ($12 adults $5 kids) here you can enter the State Rooms and private living quarters furnished as they would have been when the palace was occupied and the throne room. Note that under 4 year olds cannot visit the first and second floors. The basement gallery exhibits ($7 adults, $3 kids) can be seen at your leisure.


Must Eats at Honolulu!


Duke’s Waikiki

2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 116
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-922-2268
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sun 7 am – 12 am
Cost: $$
 

DudesWakiki

This Honolulu restaurant is the top ranking restaurant in the city according to the urbanspoon.com. The menu includes American cuisine, steakhouse type food and seafood. Some of the most popular dishes are the Huli Huli chicken summer rolls, crab and nut wontons and the seven spice Ahi. The restaurant is at 2335 Kalakaua Ave, there is indoor and outdoor seating and you can also enjoy a lively atmosphere and live music.


Sushi Sasabune

1417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
808-947-3800
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sat 5-10pm
Cost: $$$
 

SushiSasabune

This is the top Honolulu restaurant according to Trip Advisor, located in the Manoa-Makiki University District at 1419 S King Street. As the name suggests they serve sushi and Japanese food, the chef has a reputation for telling guests what and how to eat but he has impeccable taste and expertise. The fish is of high quality and the casual atmosphere comes at a price, still sushi purists flock here.


Roy’s Hawaii Kai

6600 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, HI 96825
808-396-7697
Hours of Operation:
Sun 5-9pm
Mon-Thu 5:30-9pm
Fri 5:30-9:30pm
Sat 5-9:30pm
Cost: $$$
 

RoysHawaiiKai

Located at 6600 Kalanianaole Hwy this establishment serves Asian, European and local dishes as well as excellent seafood. You’ll find hibachi-style salmon, wakame suomono and duck sous vide on the menu and they are happy to accommodate people with unique dietary needs if they can. The service and professionalism is as famous as the food. This is the original restaurant of what is now a chain of Roy’s restaurants.


Leonard’s Bakery

933 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
808-737-5591
Hours of Operation:
5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun – Thurs
5:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri & Sat
Cost: $
 

LeonardsBakery

This bakery is at 933 Kapahulu Ave in Kaimuki you can get dreamy pastries and cakes here for under $10. The place was opened in 1952 and their most popular item on the menu is the Portuguese style doughnuts – malasadas – which come with filling or plain. These malasadas are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and are a local traditional delicacy.

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