From the mighty breakers of the North Shore to unspoilt swimming beaches and tide pools, Honolulu is a city filled the the scent and flavor of the sea. The rich culture of Hawaii's first peoples has come together with Asian and Western influences to form a unique spirit all its own.
The preeminent natural and cultural history museum of the Pacific region, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is home to millions of artifacts telling the story of Hawaiian and Pacific Island peoples. In addition to carefully conserved cultural artifacts, the museum includes a wide array of photographs, films, manuscripts, and audio recordings. The natural history collections cover the vast reaches of the Pacific, from Hawaii to Southeast Asia.Learn More
Towering over Honolulu, Diamond Head State Monument (or L_‘ahi, as it’s known in Hawaiian) offers panoramic views of Oahu’s coastline and the surrounding tropical countryside. The volcanic cone is a popular hiking spot for locals – who use it for regular exercise – and visitors – who stop to snap photos of the views.
A deceptively modest white plaster exterior belies the breathtaking Islamic art housed within this former home of philanthropist Doris Duke. Inside, dozens of jewel-toned windows color the light, while an ornate Moroccan ceiling and thousands of intricately patterned tiles dazzle the eye. A turquoise mihrab – a 13th-century prayer niche –pays homage to Iranian tradition while calligraphic Islamic script graces the surfaces of the estate.Learn More
Once a small outpost amid sugar plantations sits this historic town, about an hour north of Waikiki on Oahu’s awe-inspiring northern shore. Even without its famous breakers, the traditional, Territorial-style architecture is an impressive sight. The town’s charming shops sell classic Hawaiian goods, including surfboards, pearl jewelry, unique apparel, and botanical products. Plentiful here, too, are Hawaiian-style plate lunches, and the legendary banana-coconut-pineapple shave ice.Learn More
Oahu’s waters offer an abundance of riches when it comes to marine sightseeing, and snorkeling and diving opportunities. Just outside Honolulu, though, lies one of its most impressive: Hanauma Bay, a marine life conservation area, offers crystal-clear, shallow waters in which visitors can swim with brightly colored fish and exotic marine life and admire healthy coral reefs.Learn More
Set on the site of an ancient place of worship, the ornate, coral-white 'Iolani Palace embodies the unique history of the islands. Built in the late 19th century as the official residence of Hawaii's last monarchs, the palace is the sole example of American Florentine architecture and represents a melding of native Hawaiian longhouse building traditions with Victorian innovations. The palace is now also home to a number art and historic artifact collections.Learn More
One of Hawaii’s most respected celebrations of traditional culture began in 1946 as Aloha Week and has become a multi-week affair that includes parades, dances, musical performances, and food fairs.
Hawaii’s top chefs and culinary personalities come together once a year to showcase the vibrant cuisine and fresh produce of the islands through events, dinners, cooking demonstrations, and more.Learn More
With a focus on the Asia-Pacific region, this respected film festival features an impressive collection of works by both established and emerging artists.Learn More
One of Hawaii’s top surf competitions, this famous contest – held at the Banzai Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore – sees the biggest names in surfing showing off their skills on dramatic breakers.Learn More
While Hawaii’s waves host numerous international surf competitions, this long-running local classic still highlights traditional surfing techniques and maneuvers.Learn More
One of Hawaii’s state holidays, Prince Kuhio Festival celebrates the birthday of the early 20th-century royal with a parade through town and a Ho‘olaule‘a and Ho‘ike‘ike at Kapi‘olani Park.Learn More
Discover Hawaii’s Polynesian heritage at this renowned annual competition featuring the traditional Samoan fireknife dance, a dazzling spectacle that is exactly what it sounds like.Learn More
Since 1927, May Day has been celebrated at Queen Kapi‘olani Regional Park and Bandstand with a lei festival, including lei exhibits and workshops, live brass band music, craft exhibitions, and more.Learn More
Celebrate the legacy of the Hawaiian islands’ most famous monarch with a huge parade through Honolulu, a two-day hula competition, and a lei-draping ceremony.Learn More
Every summer, Hawaiians and watersport aficionados from around the world gather at Waikiki for an internationally renowned ocean sports competition in honor of Olympian and local son Duke Kahanamoku.Learn More
Experience Hawaii's colorful and inviting culture with the traditional feast and dance of the Polynesian islands at the Aha Aina celebration, held every Monday.Learn More
Take a tour of our iconic hotel built on sacred grounds to discover the impressive art collection and learn about its history going back to the Hawaiian monarchy.Learn More
Bask in the sun and take surf lessons on our pristine private beach the only private beach on Waikiki's iconic stretch of sand.Learn More