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Things to do in Honolulu

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
“The famous outdoor mall in Honolulu which is the 7th largest outdoor mall in the country. You can spend a day here easily, then take a sunset sail from the yacht harbor across the street.”
  • 166 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A good place if you love to snorkel the place is about 30 to drive from Waikiki ”
  • 195 locals recommend
Trail
“Diamond Head hike is simply a must for everyone coming to Waikiki! Yes, it will be crowded, but yes, the views are worth it from the top! ** Pro tip-- once you get out of the tunnel, take the stairway to the LEFT, not the right. You end up at the same place, but it's a bit easier and more enjoyable going that way. ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Museum
“Discover Hawai‘i’s history and living culture, learn about Polynesian wayfinding, and experience the thrill of an erupting volcano—only at Bishop Museum.”
  • 136 locals recommend
Zoo
“Fun day for the kids! Enjoy seeing the beautiful animals under the bright Hawaiian sun!”
  • 95 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful beach. No bathrooms, showers, lifeguards, nor parking lot though.”
  • 136 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Largest open air mall in the world and next door to Waikiki. Shop 'til you drop!”
  • 129 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This wonderful museum is a serene pleasure near the center of town. The historic building is a true oasis with hidden courtyards and a wonderful cafe where you can enjoy an alfresco meal surrounded by art. The numerous galleries encompass a broad spectrum of works from ancient to cutting-edge contemporary. The gift shop features unique treasures from around the world. A must-see for the art lover or anyone who enjoys gorgeous buildings.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Beach
“The world famous Waikiki Beach! Lot's of sightseeing! You can rent a surfboard, take lessons, swim, etc! Beautiful water!”
  • 95 locals recommend
Hawaiian Restaurant
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“The most iconic restaurant in Waikiki. If you don't go to Duke's, you didn't go to Hawaii. Try to avoid peak dining times, otherwise you will encounter a long wait.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great mall with a theater, plenty stores, restaurants and all indoors. Even has a Wholefoods now”
  • 78 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is one of my absolute favorite places in Waikiki for it's location right on the water. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. Unwind with a cocktail on the outdoor patio and watch the surfers while the waves splash up against the rock sea wall just inches from you providing you with a fresh breeze and ocean mist.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Park
“One of the best beaches on the island. Lots of water activities, like kayaking, surfing, canoeing...”
  • 90 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Famous Portuguese malasadas bakery. Many flavors available (custard, haupia, chocolate etc.) but my favorite is still the original sugar coated malasadas. Finger-licking good!”
  • 85 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The place to hike for tourists and sightseeing! Beautiful views! Very affordable entrance!”
  • 58 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Open-air lounge atop a 19-story building featuring happy hour, light bites & a nightclub after 10pm.”
  • 51 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hawaiian Restaurant
“The most iconic restaurant in Waikiki. If you don't go to Duke's, you didn't go to Hawaii. Try to avoid peak dining times, otherwise you will encounter a long wait.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Bar
“This is one of my absolute favorite places in Waikiki for it's location right on the water. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. Unwind with a cocktail on the outdoor patio and watch the surfers while the waves splash up against the rock sea wall just inches from you providing you with a fresh breeze and ocean mist.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Lounge
“Open-air lounge atop a 19-story building featuring happy hour, light bites & a nightclub after 10pm.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Udon Restaurant
“-Very popular restaurant for Udon noodle soup. Be sure to go early because long lines build up!”
  • 66 locals recommend
Bar
“Buzz Lanikai is a great place to eat after a long day at the beach. It is directly across from Kailua Beach Park. It's a little place, However, the food is quite good and the staff is awesome. You can meet many Kailua and Lanikai locals here. If you like ice cream pies, they are very good. Parking is very limited in their lot, but there is ample parking across the street at the Beach Park. (Don't leave valuables in your car.)”
  • 81 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“If you want to eat dinner in Waikiki or in Haleiwa, I highly recommend checking out Uncle Bo's. I love their shrimp dynamite, manila clams and baked Opa (a type of fish). They're very good.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Featuring globally accented, modern Vietnamese cooking in a lively setting with communal tables.”
  • 42 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“***The breezy open-air vibe at this eatery creates a welcoming scene for American grub & drinks.***”
  • 41 locals recommend

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