Things to do in Honolulu

Things to Do

Gather with us where the water meets the sand on the island of Oahu, home to the state capital of Honolulu. Live the island life for a few days during your vacation to Hawaii and explore a variety of things to do while you’re there. When you’re not basking in the sun, you can be out on the sea snorkeling, catamaran sailing and much more. Take a journey with us and map out the possibilities for a getaway now.
 
Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial

Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial


Known as the final resting place of 1,102 sailors killed during the World War II attack, Pearl Harbor is a worthwhile experience for all ages. With a visitor’s center right above the U.S.S. Arizona, visitors can see right below and even throw flowers in as a sign of respect. Spend the afternoon listening to an audio tour that debriefs on WWII history and see a memorial wall with the names of the fallen. Be sure to make room for this pivotal site in history.
Climb a Crater

Climb a Crater


Known by Hawaiians as “Le’ahi,” this unique crater was created 300,000 years ago as the result of a volcanic eruption and today is home to one of the island’s most exciting hiking trails. Diamond Head, now featuring a 760-foot hike to the top, was once home to Fort Ruger, the first U.S. military reservation on Hawaii. The rigorous hike features natural landscape, steep stairs and tunnels along with incredible views of the coast. The hike may only be 8/10ths of a mile, but it can be tiring on some. Plan for an active day, and be sure to bring your camera to snap pictures of military bunkers, the city of Honolulu below and maybe a shot or two of a humpback whale.
Pick Up Your Souvenirs

Pick Up Your Souvenirs


One of the most popular shopping centers in the area is Ala Moana Center just west of Honolulu. This behemoth open-air plaza is home to 340 merchants, high-end stores including Chanel, Versace and Neiman Marcus, tourist shops like Island’s Best and Hawaiian Island Creations, and an international food court so you can get all of your shopping and dining for the day done in one place. The center even offers complimentary hula shows to get you in the Hawaiian spirit.
Get Your Fill of Thrill in Waimea Bay

Get Your Fill of Thrill in Waimea Bay


Honored in songs by Jimmy Buffett and The Beach Boys, Waimea Bay is a surfer’s paradise with 30-foot waves and rock cliffs for experienced jumpers to take a dive. Here, high tide lasts all winter, and come summer, the calmer water welcomes swimmers and surfers. Prepare for this trip in advance, as there are plenty of restrooms and showers but no food stands or restaurants within walking distance. Beach picnic, anyone?
Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach


Arguably the most popular destination in Honolulu is Waikiki Beach on the southwest coastline of the island. Here, locals and tourists can take in the warmth of the honey-colored sand and the chill of the crystal blue water with views of towering Diamond Head in the distance. Grab a towel and lay under the sun, or head out to the water to surf, snorkel or take a catamaran cruise for the chance to see some exciting wildlife.

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Honolulu Quick Facts

The English translation of “Honolulu” is “sheltered harbor”. When you look at the shape of the city, you will know why.

There’s no falling back or springing ahead in Honolulu, as Hawaii does not participate in daylight savings time.

Spam is hugely popular in Honolulu, despite its reputation on the mainland. Eat like the locals and try Musubi, a Japanese style rice ball topped with Spam.

More than 100 beaches surround Honolulu, which is more than any other city in the world.

Climate

Hawaii’s weather is legendary, and for good reason – this is “paradise” after all!  High temps throughout the year range from about 80 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit, and lows rarely dip below the mid-60s Fahrenheit.  The air in Honolulu is humid, but cool trade winds generally keep the temperatures from getting uncomfortable.  And there’s a reason why the hills surrounding the city are so green – it does rain off and on throughout the year.  However, even if rain is falling in the mountains and on the windward side of Oahu, the Waikiki resort area is generally dry and sunny.