Honolulu, in southeast Oahu, is Hawaii’s state capital. The imposing Aloha Tower lighthouse greets arriving visitors with its Gothic architecture, while Ala Moana Park, with its serene beach, offers a break from the city’s bustle. History is the everywhere here, and you can step into the past at iconic sights such as Pearl Harbor, or explore the restored 19th-century homes in the Mission Houses Museum.

    Head to one of Honolulu’s beachfront cafes to sample pokē, a lightly spiced raw-fish salad, washed down with a freshly made tropical-fruit smoothie, before watching a smoldering sunset from an idyllic vantage point on palm-fringed Waikiki Beach.

    What to see & do in Honolulu

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    Things to do in Honolulu include an entire universe of experiences, from outdoor adventure, culinary tours, heritage sites, and eco-tourism to family fun, romance, sightseeing, and relaxation. You can tour a dormant volcano at Diamond Head or see the Iolani Palace, home of the last monarchs of Hawaii. To explore Polynesian culture, you can visit the Bishop Museum. See the iconic Pearl Harbor historic site and aviation museum. Relax... Read more

    Where to shop & what to buy in Honolulu

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Honolulu

      Honolulu offers some of the best shopping experiences in Hawaii, whether you’re on the hunt for brand-name fashions or looking for unique local arts and crafts. Taking advantage of Honolulu’s mild tropical weather, many shopping malls have open-air layouts with lush gardens and rows of palms. Some malls are within easy reach of downtown Honolulu, while there are...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Honolulu

    • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Honolulu

      After dinner in Honolulu, you’ll have your choice of things to see and do. From enjoying live music and cocktails at a bar or club to spending time with the family watching fireworks on the beach, there’s something for everyone. Whether you want wildlife encounters and moonlit walks or traditional fun like luaus and cultural events, Honolulu is home to...

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