Honolulu stretches across the south-eastern shores of Oahu from Pearl Harbour to Makapuu Point, encompassing world-famous Waikiki Beach, historic landmarks, fine dining, world-class shopping, a wide range of attractions and gorgeous beaches.
Home to most of the population on the island, Honolulu offers a vibrant dining scene from around the world. From food trucks to casual coffee shops there’s tasty fare on offer and with some of Hawaii’s top-rated restaurants, Honolulu is a foodie’s destination of delight. Some of the world’s best chefs call Honolulu home, creating flavourful dishes with the freshest local product with influences from Asia, Japan and many other places.
There are many places to visit including one of the most famous landmarks in the world, Pearl Harbour. Five historic sites honour the events that occurred at this National Historic Landmark; immerse yourself in the past and realise the impact the event had in 1941 plunging the US into World War II.
Visit the eastern most point; the Makapuu Point Lighthouse with its shining beacon built in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff overlooking the beach; known as the best bodysurfing beaches. The Molokai Channel runs past the Makapuu Lighthouse, a great place to spot whales through on-site telescopes during the winter whale watching season between December and May. This isn’t an area to swim though, the place for that is Alan Davis Beach by Pele’s Chair which has a small secluded beach and swimming area.
On the South shore of Honolulu you can find the renowned neighbourhood, Waikiki once the playground for Hawaiian royalty. The main hotel and resort area, Waikiki is buzzing with people sampling the shopping, dining, entertainment and activities. With world famous beaches it’s only ever a short walk to the beach with calm waters and surfing lessons for the adventurous.
Other attractions for all ages include Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium; fun for all the family. Follow the surfboard markers along the Waikiki Historical Trail, shop high-end boutiques or dine in style along Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues. After sunset the nightlife really kicks in with live music until the early hours.
Other attractions include Iolani Palace, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.
Shoppers might explore Ala Moana Center and art lovers can head to the local neighbourhood of Kapahulu and the art district of Chinatown.
One of Honolulu’s most famous landmarks is the 760-foot tuff crater, Diamond Head State Monument.
One of the most thought-provoking historic sites is the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the resting place for almost 53,000 veterans; on the National Register of Historic Places the Cemetery stands in honour of the sacrifices and achievements of the American Armed Forces. There are also the engraved names of almost 29,000 heroes designated as Missing in Action, Lost or Buried at Sea.
Another historic landmark to visit is Kawaiahao Church known at the “Westminster Abbey of the Pacific” made of 14,000 coral slabs from ocean reefs.