arts & culture in honolulu

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The Bishop Museum

The Bishop Museum is Hawaii’s largest history museum and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, with one-of-a-kind artifacts numbering in the millions.

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Honolulu Museum of Art

The Honolulu Museum of Art is Hawaii’s largest fine arts museum. You can also tour Shangri-La, the stunning cliffside home of heiress Doris Duke, which now houses a notable collection of Islamic Art.

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Iolani Palace

The only official state residence of royalty in the U.S., Iolani Palace’s grounds and galleries are now open to the public as a museum.


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One of the most recognizable beaches in the world, Waikiki was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Today, millions of visitors visit these shores every year.

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Leahi (Diamond Head)

Take an easy hike to the top for panoramic views of Waikiki, Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean.

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Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown are Oahu’s centers for government, business and arts,with dining and nightlife around every corner.

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Kapahulu is a small neighborhood next to Waikiki where you find eclectic shops and some of Honolulu’s best local food.

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific honors sacrifices of America’s Armed Forces.

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Duke Kahanamoku Statue

This famous statue of “the father of modern surfing” welcomes visitors to Waikiki with open arms.

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Aloha Towers

Presiding over Honolulu Harbor, this historic clock tower is now home to an outdoor shopping and dining marketplace, plus a 10th-floor observation tower with 360-degree views.

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Kawaiahao Church

Known as the “Westminster Abbey of the Pacific,” Kawaiahao Church was the first Christian church on Oahu, built in 1842.

food & dining in honolulu

Take your taste buds off the beaten path with the flavors of Hawai‘i. Discover local comfort foods, island favorites, and authentic tastes from farm-to-table and gourmet, to hidden spots and must-tries.


From barefoot fish tacos at Duke’s Beach House in Waikiki to the eclectic food scene in trendy Chinatown, Honolulu has something for every taste. Sample fine Hawaii Regional Cuisine at local institutions like Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Roy’s Waikiki or Chef Mavro.


Explore Honolulu’s residential neighborhoods and eat like a local with plate lunches, poke and fresh produce from the city’s many fantastic farmers markets.

honolulu shopping

Whether you’re looking for Hawaiian-made handicrafts to remember your trip by or high-end fashion labels you can’t find at home, Honolulu is a shopper’s paradise; you may even want to pack an extra suitcase for all the treasures you’ll find.

Free trolleys shuttle visitors between Waikiki and Ala Moana, where there are more than 290 shops and 80 dining options.

The shopping has become almost as famous as the beach at Waikiki, where you’ll find everything from local boutiques at the Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk like Chanel and Gucci on Luxury Row.



Oahu offers a taste of everything Hawaii has to offer, including a spectrum of places to stay. You’ll find five-star resorts with lots of onsite amenities as well as smaller hotels, condos and rentals with a more local feel. Depending on your budget and the adventures you want to have on Oahu, it’s easy to find just the right accommodations to fit your trip. The majority of Oahu’s accommodations are in Waikiki. This vibrant Honolulu neighborhood is located in the heart of great shopping and beautiful beaches. It also offers visitors the most lodging choices, including wallet-friendly options like Waikiki Beachside Hostel and well-established beachfront resorts with deluxe ocean views like The Royal HawaiianHilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki and Outrigger Reef Beach Resort WaikikiWaikiki also has some newer boutique hotel options, including the Modern Honolulu, that offer luxury in a more intimate atmosphere.
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