Best Things to Do in Honolulu

by Crissandra Ayroso
Things to do in Honolulu

Say Hello-lo to Honolulu! Honolulu is a cosmopolitan capital city and beach lover’s paradise. Follow Waikiki’s oceanside beach walk and find yourself amidst world-class shopping, historic landmarks, and natural volcanic-formed wonders. When you have everything to see but don’t know where to start, begin here and say hello-lo to Honolulu.


Shop Honolulu’s main thoroughfare

downtown honolulu

Take a stroll down Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu’s original thoroughfare and main shopping area. Weave in and out of shops as you enjoy the open air. On Kalakaua, you’ll find a range of retailers, boutiques, and local shops that’ll keep your wallet busy.

The largest mall in Hawaii, the Ala Moana Center bursts with over 350 shops, department stores, and restaurants. Stroll down Luxury Row or head to DFS Galleria to spend the day with Tiffany & Co., Saint Laurent, Vera Wang, and more, or head into some of Honolulu’s specialty shops to find authentic Hawaiian-made goods.

Kamaka Hawaii makes world-famous handcrafted ukuleles, while the Moana Surfrider Hotel offers some of the best surf gear on the island. From retail favourites and boutiques to specialty shops, Honolulu is Oahu’s premier shopping destination.


Discover Honolulu’s national parks and natural wonders

snorkellers in blue water

In Honolulu, it’s all about hiking the highest summits and diving the deepest basins to catch a glimpse of Hawaii’s stunning natural beauty. Follow the hiking trail up Diamond Head, a 300,000-year-old crater, to watch the sun as it sets behind the Pacific.

Dive or snorkel in the crescent-shaped Hanauma Bay for an unforgettable live, underwater technicolour performance, featuring more than 400 species of Hawaiian fish, sea turtles, and other marine life.

Hike Manoa Falls through a lush green jungle, between towering banyan trees, bamboo, and hillside flowers before gazing upward at the spectacular 150 ft waterfall. Whether you’re looking up or down, Hawaii’s natural beauty can be found everywhere.


Experience a Hawaiian Luau

hula dancer at a luau

The traditional luau is the utmost experience in Hawaiian hospitality. Feast on authentic cuisine, delight in entertainment and celebrate Polynesian culture and tradition in an evening to look forward to. Luaus take place all over the island, including the popular Paradise Cove which is just outside of Honolulu, and at The Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki.


Learn about Hawaii’s WWII history

USS arizona at pearl harbor

The USS memorials at Pearl Harbor pay respect to those who lost their lives during one of the most defining moments in US and world history. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center commemorates the WWII attacks with exhibits and museums of the events that unfolded, including the story behind the surrounding sunken ships like the USS Arizona.


Stroll through Honolulu’s neighbourhoods

beach at sunset

Waikiki is Oahu’s most popular neighbourhood. Located in the heart of Honolulu, Waikiki buzzes with shopping, entertainment and excitement while lively Waikiki Beach draws the sunseekers. Honolulu’s Chinatown is a 75-block neighbourhood known for its 100-year-old historic buildings, noodle houses, markets, temples, bars and restaurants.

Kaka’ako district’s dynamic streets breathe new life into this up-and-coming neighbourhood. Wander Kaka’ako and discover colourful murals, hip restaurants, breweries, and art spaces. Hit the streets and discover Honolulu’s diverse cultures and rich history.

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