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Things to do in Honolulu

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The top 21 attractions in Honolulu

Beaches in Honolulu
Waikiki Beach
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The first thing I thought, as a Spaniard who lives in a coastal spot and loves the see, is why did I travel so far for this beach? Then you are gifted with sunsets as spectacular as this, in front of Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, that leave you with your mouth open. Needless to say, that every good surf fan has to come here to practice, because here it isn't a sport but a lifestyle.
Of Touristic Interest in Honolulu
Ala Wai Canal
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The Ala Wai Canal separates Waikiki from downtown Honolulu. The canal runs from Diamond Head to Ala Moana shopping center. On both sides there are lovely parks, trees and flowers. There are many people in kayaks and boats. On the side of Waikiki there are many places such as hotels, shops, restaurants and bars and in Honolulu this side of the convention center and apartment buildings and business. It's very relaxing walking around Ala Wai. A lovely place for a picnic.
Of Cultural Interest in Honolulu
Global Village Hawaii
Aloha dear traveler, can you imagine studying English in a modern classroom with the tropical landscape for background? This isn't only a fantasy because now you can travel beyond the desktop background of your computer to this beach paradise. The Hawaii Global Village School is located in Honolulu. This is a small school of 15 classrooms which overlook the ocean, beautiful beaches. It is situated in a modern business building. You can find all kinds of shops and leisure activities in the surrounding area. The academy focuses on young people. They are especially warm with Spanish people, there are very few people from Spain who travel there and they are happy with our character. In fact, although there are good homes, we recommend that you stay with a Hawaiian family. If this is a rewarding experience in other countries imagine how it would be in the birthplace of surfing. Maybe you can have breakfast with one of their famous "Mauna Loa" cocktails.
Of Cultural Interest in Honolulu
Diamond Head State Monument
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Travelling to Hawaii with my friends was more than just a fun experience; Hawaii actually teaches you to challenge your physical conditions, and learn a little about yourself. The Diamond Head mountain requires the maximum physical effort. While you are climbing, there's very little shade, but when you get to the top you can enjoy wonderful views. The climb is best made early in the morning or at dusk, as there are plenty of tourists. Be sure to take good shoes and plenty of water, and don't forget your camera.
Islands in Honolulu
Oahu
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We started by going to the beach (Haauma Bay), then to Waimanalo Beach, a great place for surfing! At sunset, we headed to the west, to Kaena Park, (we were advised not to go there, because it is where the poorest live, but it didn't matter to us). For me, it was the best beach of all. Finally, we watched as the sun set at Kaena Point.
Of Touristic Interest in Honolulu
Honolulu Fish Auction
The Hawaiians eat much fish, and the best tuna for sushi and Japanese food come from Hawaii. I had the chance to go to a fish auction. It was very interesting. The auction begins at five o'clock every day and prices change depending on quantity and quality. The largest fish sold is "ahi" (tuna) which is a fish that is eaten raw in sushi or poke. There are also many other fish, some very rare. They cut a piece off the tail so you can see the quality. Most goes to Japan, but also sold far to restaurants and shops. It is the only fresh fish auction of its kind in the US.
Statues in Honolulu
Duke Kahanamoku Statue
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Duke Kahanamoku is considered the father of modern surfing and his statue is located on Waikiki Beach in front of the Marriott Waikiki Hotel. This man not only practiced surfing and swimming. He also won silver and gold medals in the 1912 and 1924 Olympics. His legend is well known among Native Hawaiians because he is one of their greatest heroes.
Of Touristic Interest in Honolulu
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Looking for things to do in Oahu, Hawaii, someone recommended that I watch the sunrise at the Makapuu Lighthouse. It's a long walk, uphill all the way, but the view really is sensational. Besides the lighthouse, you can take a long and verrrry complicated walk down to a natural pool and past that, the sea.
Beaches in Honolulu
North Shore
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Oahu's North Shore is the most popular region of the island for tourists, because of its waves. Many surfing championships are held here. We visited all the beaches, and particularly enjoyed Waimea and Pipeline. it was June, outside of the big wave season of November - February, but there were still enough waves to have some fun!
Waterfalls in Honolulu
Manoa Falls
For those ve enjoy hiking and waterfalls, here's a bit of advice! First, a couple of notes: don't go if it's rained recently, and don't wear your trainers. We went to the waterfall on a sunny day, but it had rained earlier, and the track was completely muddy! We had a hard time walking in the mud, and were skidding all over the place ... but after a bit more than 1 km (I think) we arrived, and found that it was worth all the effort. The waterfall is huge! The water is a bit cold, but not too bad after the first dive! Oh, and don't forget your insect repellent, either - you'll need it!
Museums in Honolulu
University of Hawaii Art Gallery
The University of Hawai Art Gallery is one of those places that offer a variety of amazing works each with incredible detail that you'll probably want to contemplate for a very long time. This amazing site is located in the city of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Museums in Honolulu
The Contemporary Museum
The Contemporary Museum is in the city of Honolulu. The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, is the only museum in the state of Hawaii devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It's an accessible forum for provocative, dynamic forms of visual art, offering interaction with art and artists in a unique atmosphere. TCM presents its innovative exhibition and education programs in two ways: at the historic Spalding Cooke house, and downtown at First Hawaiian Center.
Museums in Honolulu
Hawaii Maritime Centre
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Enjoy the thrill of the waterfront and the port of Honolulu at Pier 7. Hawaii's history was written at sea. From birth volcanic islands of Hawaii to the adventures of the Polynesian voyagers, and even European explorers and whalers. You can also view videos and presentations on the great Duke Kahanamoku. If you enjoy active vacations, you will have to be sure to try surfing and windsurfing as they are very popular today.
Of Touristic Interest in Honolulu
Crucero de Alii Kai
This crossing is made on a large catamaran that leaves every afternoon from Honalulu port and follows the coast to Diamond Head and passing through Waikiki. The views are spectacular. They offer a dinner with a great variety of food and an exquisite dessert of guava and mango. They perform a dance show of all the islands of Polynesia. We saw whales from the ship, and although it was cloudy, the views were incredible. The crew was lovely and polite and at night the ship is transformed into a nightclub.
Of Touristic Interest in Honolulu
USS Arizona Memorial
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Do this place always got me pretty hard. this place was a beautiful place to pay remembrance to ask the Americans that most their life in that attack. The ship is their current gave so please give it the respect it deserves.
Caves in Honolulu
Spitting Cave of Portlock
Right after sunset the skies went a deep purple with Diamond Head National Monument in the background.
Beaches in Honolulu
Historical Monuments in Honolulu
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The best things to do in Honolulu

The famous Waikiki Beach is the nerve center of Honolulu and your home base for exploring the many fun and interesting things to do in Honolulu. If you love shopping, you should check out Ala Moana Center, one of the city's major shopping centers. At the east end of the beach you'll find Kapiolani Park, home to the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, both of which should be at the top of your list of stuff to do in Honolulu.

The best Honolulu attractions in the downtown area include Iolani Palace in the Capitol District and the Aloha Tower. Despite its reputation for beaches, leisure and surf, some of the best places to visit in Honolulu are actually the museums. For example, one of the most popular attractions in Honolulu is the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Also, the Bishop Museum, the largest center for natural history of the Pacific, is another one of the top things to see in Honolulu.

Diamond Head crater is one of the most popular day trips from Honolulu. You can climb the 560 meters of the mountain and find a truly spectacular view of the city. Another of the most popular Honolulu activities is a visit to the Puu Ualakaa State Park. Have a look on minube to find tips and recommendations on what to do in Honolulu straight from real travelers like you.