Destination Guide - Honolulu

Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, is situated on the island of Oahu. Its famous Waikiki Beach is nature’s gift to hedonism, enticing visitors to its shores, bars and shops all year around. It’s not just a tropical party getaway though – it’s also rich in history. It was the location that King Kamehameha ruled from in the late 1700s and is also home to the Arizona Memorial for the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Today, it’s perfect location to snooze the day away on the beach or learn to surf Waikiki’s phenomenal waves. In the evening, Honolulu is alive with people dining al fresco and zealous revellers dancing the night away.

The Basics

Currency: US Dollar (US$)
Population: 905,034
Time zone: -10
Daylight savings: Start of April to end of October
Language: English
Country code: +1
Area code: 808
Electricity voltage: 110V
Electricity hz: 60Hz
Electrical plugs: American-style plug with two parallel flat blades above a circular grounding pin, Japanese-style plug with two parallel flat blades
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

  • Waikiki Beach
  • Arizona Memorial
  • Iolani Palace

Events

  • 24 December 2011
    Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

Weather

The average temperature is 27°C almost all year around with increased rain between December and March.


Getting there and around

Oahu has a good bus network. Hiring a car is economical for exploring the whole island. There are inter-island ferry and plane options for island-hopping.

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Travel Insider Honolulu suggestions

Insider City Guide

Waikiki from Diamond Head, Honolulu
Honolulu jive-o

Revamping rundown ‘hoods is the Big City trend. Now Honolulu’s Chinatown is in on the act.

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Accommodation

Thirtynine Hotel, Honolulu
Thirtynine Hotel, Honolulu

39 Hotel Street.
+1 808 599 2552.

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Food & Drink

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Duke’s Canoe Club, Honolulu

Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, 2335 Kalakaua Avenue.
+1 808 922 2268.

Further reading

Here are some more Hawaii travel suggestions.

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