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Things to Do in Honolulu

Top Attractions in Honolulu

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  • Jessica
    11 contributions
    The amazing view makes the hike worth it!!
    We went to Diamond Head Crater our first day in Hawaii. It was hot, but definitely worth it! We saw birds and got our first amazing views of Oahu, the city of Honolulu, the beach, and the mountains. Take water, stay hydrated, and keep climbing! You can do it!
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Donna Marie
    8 contributions
    Humbling and surreal. If you travel all the way to Hawaii, no matter what island you are staying at, I highly recommend you do a day trip. This worked out wonderful for us. We got an early flight from Kauai to Oahu and returned on the second to last flight of the day. We couldn’t get advance tickets because they were sold out, but we were able to get on the ferry at 9:30 am. It was about an hour and a half wait, but one person stays on the line while the other goes through the history rooms and the rest room as well (and then switch). Please see the movie before or after. It is something we need to keep in our hearts and the short documentary makes sure it hits all the right places. Past, present and future military, I sincerely thank you.
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Teacher20052013
    DeLand, FL571 contributions
    It was amazing traveling back in time and seeing the history of Hawaii and the lineage of royalty. I can say that our docent was not the most amicable person and I thought I was back in grade school waiting to be put in time out. She presented a good deal of history but did not encourage taking photos as she spoke but rather chastised those that remained behind to get their photos after she spoke. The grounds are beautiful and the palace is spectacular.
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Hunnicutts
    Friendswood, TX84 contributions
    I was unable to get tickets online no matter how hard I tried, so I gave up. We went on a drive and happened to pass by and saw a sign that said “parking passes available” and went in. I was given two tickets and was immediately able to go in. I didn’t mind the cost and parking was free. I didn’t mind watching the video. It wasn’t too crowded and the snorkeling was amazing! You can’t snorkel and see much if you only go in up to your waist as there either isn’t much to see and/or the water is cloudy from the waves. If you venture out, you will see amazing fish and coral. We were shocked at how clear everything was! Two hours was as long as we could handle the sun, but that was plenty long enough. We were there from 10:00 AM to noon. I HIGHLY recommend this place!
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • Linda W
    10 contributions
    A round trip 2-mile, paved hike to the top. It offers fantastic views of the area and light house, with gorgeous blue waters and beautiful beaches.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • AdventureSheSaid
    Brisbane, Australia215 contributions
    Very well done and well organized! If you don't book your free ticket to the monument (at least 1 day prior to your visit, there are limited available), the lines can get pretty long - we didn't & our wait was 20mins. It seems like they alternated boat loads between ticket & non-ticket holders. The memorial is always very busy, if you're worried about COVID be sure to wear a mask.

    In addition to the memorial there were videos and exhibitions that just were brilliant, we ended up spending 1/2 a day here. You really get an insight & on-the-ground view of the attack from an array of perspectives & a look into the consequences that followed. Some parts were quite harrowing, be prepared for a few tears.

    BOOKING A TICKET - Every day at 7:00 am, a limited number of “next day” USS Arizona Memorial tickets are released, they can be booked on the government website for non-refundable $1.00 fee.

    A NOTE ABOUT STORAGE - You cannot bring your bag with you - only a purse, water bottle and phone, there is a storage facility - all day small bag storage was $6USD, we didn't mind but just be aware.

    BOOKING A TOUR? We did not as there were numerous exhibitions and a cinema viewing on a loop that was very comprehensive. Also all the guides & U.S. sailors are brilliantly knowledgeable & helpful. But this would be a personal choice.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • aarah l
    Saint Louis, Missouri, United States41 contributions
    Manoa Falls was beautiful!! About a 30 min hike uphill. Once you reach the waterfall be careful. The waterfall area is rocky to get down to and you are really not supposed to go down into the waterfall area due to possible falling rocks. Waterfall was beautiful…the trail was also beautiful! Definitely a must do!
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • Andres C
    Newington, CT366 contributions
    This is a very doable yet challenging hike. It’s all ascending and steep and there is a section where I’d advise taking the “alternate route” instead of going over the railway. With that said, plenty of people didn’t take the alternate route and you’ll see others literally running up/down without missing a step. If you’re on vacation, don’t ruin your vacation getting hurt. There are plenty of other hikes you want to stay healthy and injury free for.

    With that said, I saw plenty of people in flip flops. Don’t do this. Most of the people that get hurt on these trails do not come even a little bit prepared. If you’re a Teva user, no these aren’t hiking shoes. There’s lot of dry dirt at Koko and in most of the Oahu trails and Tevas roll right over the dirt causing you to lose your footing.

    You’re doing this hike for the thrill and the challenge for sure. There are some decent views at the top, but the summit itself isn’t all that nice. I’d recommend it in the early morning or time it for sunset. If you go during sunset, be prepared to sweat a lot and pack lots of water!Also, if you do it for sunset, you’ll likely be doing a portion of the hike back down in the dark. You’ll be in good company, but be extra careful and even consider a flashlight.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Ottawa52
    Canada46 contributions
    The very top end of the beach by the Hilton Lagoon is rocky otherwise beautiful Sandy beach and awesome temps. Friday night fireworks at the Hilton Lagoon end of the beach are an absolute MUST! They are amazing. Boardwalk goes most of the way from the top end. Lots of bars, restaurants and shops you can access. It is Waikiki and areas of the beach can be crowded. And it’s hot there. You will want some shade. Umbrellas available for rent or find a palm tree. Many people swim in the early evening when the sand isn’t hot
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Linda W
    10 contributions
    This was by far our favorite part of the day. The ship is a must see and experience part of Pearl Harbor.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • JAnd213
    Piqua, OH68 contributions
    When I called to see how much time I should allow to see this museum I was told a couple of hours. We spent most of the day here.
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • Richard S
    Angmering, UK443 contributions
    As part of our whole day at Pearl harbour, having bought the all access passs, we stopped off at the Airmuseum situated on Ford Airfield in the middle of Pearl Harbour. What stuck us first is how familiar it felt, due to all the movies, documentries and ohotos we have seen over the years. But to stand on the airfield, bext to the hangars that still have the bullet holes in them from the attsck by the Japanese is a omce in a life time experience. The muesum itself has some rare and historic aircaft, noteably a genuine Japanese Zero, one of only 5 in the world. As an extra treat we also bought tickets to go up the water and ATC tower. At over 186ft you go up in a lift and then have about 3 flights of open stairs to the top. The climb is worth it, the views across the harbour or stunning and the tour guide then explains in great detail the unfolding events of the 7th december 1941. To be able to see across the island, down battleship row and out to the oacific is just amazing.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Corey W
    10 contributions
    Museum is under reservations, but Corp of Engineers are picking up the slack with information and them and the island
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • marielineberg
    Winchester, VA8 contributions
    Very nice art museum with lots of displays. Restaurant/cafe had great food and nice garden area for dining.
    Written 2 September 2022
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  • pchnmain
    LA/OC545 contributions
    The "Ala Moana Center" is a massive open-air lifestyle center in Honolulu. From its opening in 1959, the center has evolved to become the eleventh largest mall in the United States. It claims to be the largest open-air shopping center in the world. There are over 350 stores, restaurants and services. The stores in the center range from ubiquitous (e.g. ABC stores and Target) to exclusive (e.g. Cartier and Channel).

    The architectural design and features provide a pleasant environment. I do not consider myself a shopper; but as a first-time visitor, I found exploring Ala Moana interesting. I even bought stuff.

    My suggestions are as follows:

    #1 Parking is free. With over 11,000 parking spots, the parking structure(s) are massive. When you park, take note of where you left your car. The parking structure has number, color, and picture prompts to help you. Better yet, remember the first store you encounter as you transition from the parking structure to the shopping center. Most store clerks can give directions based on that.

    #2 Wear comfortable shoes.

    By the way, Hawaii Magazine published a five-part series titled "Hawaii Survival Guide: Ala Moana Center". You can Google and find it online. It's an easy read, and still useful if you want to plan before your first excursion.
    Written 4 October 2022
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