There is a saying that “Honolulu has everything. Sand for the children, sun for the wife and sharks for the wife’s mother”. You will realize that it is quite true when you will visit this amazing city. The Honolulu city has it all. Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii State of United States and located in the south eastern shoreline of the island of Oahu. It is the most populated city in Hawaii. This city is mainly known for the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 by Japan near the city. However, it is also famous for its beauty and variety of its ethnic groups. It has abundance of places to visit and delicious food to eat. There is Honolulu beach also which offers activities like Surfing, Diving, Boating and more.
The climate here is semi tropical and remains comfortable usually because of the trade winds. However, southerly winds blow for a few weeks in the summer. There is only a few degrees difference between winter and summer and the weather in Honolulu shows the least variation than any other city in the United States. It is hard to pick the ideal time to visit Honolulu because the weather remains perfect nearly year round.
How to get here?
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is the main airport of not only Honolulu but also of Hawaii. HNL receives flights from a lot of countries and remains busy all the time. The bus is the official transit service of Honolulu and you can reach downtown from outside of airport by buses. You can also get a lot of cabs and limos outside the airport.
Accommodation and Food
There are hundreds of hotels and resorts to choose from in Honolulu and it is quite hard for visitors to make a choice. Still there are some popular places where you can enjoy your stay, like Coconut Waikiki Hotel, with rates starting at just $110 a night and a perfect location so that you can roam around the city easily. There is Hilton Hawaiian Village, where you will experience a clean, comfortable and special place to stay. If you wish to stay near the Waikiki Beach then there are Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian, Outrigger Waikiki and Halekulani as options.
Honolulu has a variety of excellent restaurants to choose from. Here, you can eat like a local in small places like Kapahulu or Haleiwa or dine in style at some of finest restaurants here like Waikiki and many more. There are Marukame Udon, Sushi Lzakaya Gaku, Sweet Home Café, Helena’s Hawaiian food, Ono Seafood who offer every meal from Japanese to Italian. There are a lot of restaurants, street food corners and cafes around the city and the beach.
Diamond Head is a volcanic tuff cone on Hawaiian island and most recognized landmark known for its historic hiking trail and some amazing coastal views. You can find a lot of restrooms, vending machines, lunchwagon, trash cans, and lookouts to make your visit easy and comfortable. You can enjoy hiking here everyday till 6:00 pm with an entrance fee of just $5 per car or $1 per person for pedestrians.
USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbour in Honolulu, is final resting place for many of the ship’s 1177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The whole structure is 184 foot long and spans the mid portion of the sunken battleship and consists of three main sections i.e. the entry room, the assembly room and a central area. You will be able to view many memorials dedicated to preserving the memory of those lost in World War II.
The Honolulu Zoo is located between the slopes of Diamond Head and Waikiki at the corner of Kapahulu Avenue. It remains open everyday except Christmas Day. This Zoo is home to 905 different animals and covers an area of 42 acres. You will get a chance to see some amazing animals from the tropics, Komodo Dragons to primates and amphibians here.
The Waikiki Aquarium is situated on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef. It was founded in 1904 which makes it the second oldest public aquarium in the United States. The Aquarium will enter its 110th anniversary year in 2014; it will undergo facility improvements, exhibit revitalizations and welcomed additions.
Hanauma Bay is the most famous of all Hawaii’s snorkeling beaches as it has huge fish population, calm shallow water and white sand. Hanauma Bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967. It is a perfect place for Scuba Diving and surfing.
Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. It houses a great collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, documents and photographs about the island cultures. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. The museum remains open from Wednesday to Monday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and charges $19.95 as entrance fee.
Haiku Stairs, also known as Stairway to Heaven, is a series of approx. 4000 concrete stairs that climbs 2800 feet from the valley Haiku to the peak of PU’u Keahi A Kohoe in Honolulu. At the top of the peak, you can see a great skyline view of the Hawaiian island and the sea. It is not one of the most difficult hikes on the whole island but the amazing view at the top makes it a journey worth going on.
The excitement remains at its highest level when you are hanging out in Honolulu, Hawaii. So, just plan a trip and gather some breathtaking experiences here in Honolulu.