Things to do in Honolulu, HI

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The highway during morning and afternoon rush hour.

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Watch the sunset at Ke Iki Beach.

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Book all Honolulu hotels well in advance.

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Weekends are busy in Honolulu, so make reservations.

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Explore up-and-coming Kapahulu Avenue for culinary diversity.

Be Sure to Sample:

Local and Pacific Rim cuisines.

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The city bus stops running near midnight.

Take It or Leave It:

Smaller bars offer a more unique experience.

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Honolulu parties all week long, not just weekends.

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Waikiki has the highest shopping prices.

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Go thrift shopping for affordable and vintage souvenirs.

Best Local Souvenir:

Local art.

 

 

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Honolulu is known for...

Four of Honolulu's most unique features and characteristics.

1. Surfing:

Oahu’s North Shore is the surfing Mecca of the world. While different parts of the island get surf throughout the year, from about August through April the waves on the North Shore are huge and booming. Locals come from island-wide to catch the North Shore’s world-class perfect waves. From October to January the waves are biggest, maxing out at 30 feet high. These are the months the world’s best surfers, both professional and otherwise, flock to the North Shore to take part in competitions and test their skills. If you’re on Oahu during the winter months, a visit to the North Shore to watch surfing is a must-do. 

2. Beaches:

Oahu may be the most populated island in Hawaii - hence the nickname the Gathering Place - but it does have some fantastic white sand beaches. The great thing about Oahu is its blend between socializing, nightlife, shopping and eating, but there’s no shortage of options for swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the sun and sand. The North Shore and the east side have the most beautiful beaches, and usually the least crowded. Famous Waikiki is a great beach, but it’s often so crowded it’s hard to walk around. Waikiki has great surfing, and lovely views of Diamond Head. If you’re a beach bum you won’t be disappointed on Oahu. 

3. Shopping:

Waikiki is a shopper’s paradise. Most of Honolulu, especially the Waikiki strip, is loaded with boutiques, shops, and large stores. From generic souvenirs to Gucci, just about anything a shopper could want to purchase can be found in Waikiki. Nearby is Ala Moana Shopping Center. The name translates to huge mall, with name brand stores such as Macy’s and Luis Vuitton found near local boutiques and places to eat. Out in the countryside (think North Shore and the east side), there’s no shortage of island style stores, surf shops, jewelry, and art. If you need retail therapy, Oahu is the spot. 

4. Nightlife:

Whether visitors are in search of nightlife in the form of shows, luaus, wild clubs and dancing, or the occasional concert, Oahu has it all. Dining can be found island wide, but the clubs, shows and concerts usually take place in Honolulu. Honolulu never fails to provide a full night on the town and there’s also never a shortage of people enjoying one. Waikiki is usually bustling at night with visitors in search of entertainment of all kinds. For those in need of some action after relaxing Hawaiian style, a night or two on Oahu should do the trick.