Apr 16, 2024, 06:40 PM IST

8 Best Things to Do in Honolulu

Emily Horn

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1. Visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial  

This historic site commemorates the lives lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Visitors can learn about the events of December 7, 1941, and pay their respects at the USS Arizona Memorial.

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2. Explore Waikiki  

This iconic neighborhood is not only home to famous beaches but also offers shopping, dining, and entertainment. Don't miss a walk along Kalakaua Avenue to experience the energy of this bustling area.

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3. Hike Diamond Head 

Hiking up this famous volcanic crater offers panoramic views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean. The trail can be steep and busy, but the view from the top is well worth the effort.

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4. Tour Iolani Palace 

The only royal palace on US soil, Iolani Palace is a national historic landmark and offers a glimpse into the lives of the last reigning monarchs of Hawaii. Guided tours are available to see its opulent interior.

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5. Snorkel at Hanauma Bay

Renowned for its abundant marine life and coral reefs, Hanauma Bay is a nature preserve ideal for snorkeling. It's a perfect spot to see colorful fish and other sea creatures in their natural habitat.

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6. Stroll through the Honolulu Museum of Art 

This museum houses an impressive collection of Asian, European, Hawaiian, American, and African art. It's a peaceful retreat from the city's hustle and bustle.

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7. Enjoy the nightlife in Chinatown 

Honolulu's Chinatown is a hub for arts, dining, and nightlife. Explore the historic streets, visit galleries, and dine at some of the city’s best restaurants offering a variety of cuisines.

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8. Relax at Ala Moana Beach Park 

This expansive beach park is perfect for a day of activities or relaxation. With large green areas, calm waters, and plenty of shade, it's ideal for picnics, swimming, and sunset views.

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