A cool makani olu or 'fair wind' blows all summer long
Honolulu sits on Oahu’s south shore and it's the capital of Hawaii. Head for the buzzy Waikiki neighborhood for excellent dining, vibrant nightlife and great shopping. Or hit the stunning beaches with their lush palm trees and huge hotels. The dramatic volcanic outcrop, Diamond Head, looms in the distance and there are numerous sites commemmorating Japan's WWII attack on Pearl Harbour, including the famous USS Arizona Memorial.
In Honolulu it is against the law to 'annoy' a bird within the city limits.
Honolulu hosts the World Invitational Hula Festival, and people come from all over the world to celebrate it. This is a genuinely mellow place, voted the third happiest city to work in. No wonder when there are more than 100 gorgeous beaches to choose from.
Visit in June for King Kamehameha Day
Check out the beautiful Cathedral of Our Lady Peace in Honolulu
Explore numerous Buddhist temples
Honolulu’s Bishop Museum hosts a vast collection of brilliant natural history specimens and cultural artefacts.
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The wonderful Honolulu Zoo showcases all manner of extraordinary beasts including rare Galapagos tortoises, the legendary Hawaiian nene goose and cute Francois monkeys. You can book a Zoo by Moonlight tour when the moon is full and see the animals after hours.
Love running? Visit in December for the Honolulu marathon
Treat your tastebuds to a traditional 'Hawaiian Plate Lunch'
The Aloha Festival in Honolulu is a week-long tribute to Hawaiian heritage and culture, taking place in September
The annual Hawaii International Film Festival is a huge tourist draw, as is the Punchbowl, AKA the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, a poignant memorial to the US Armed Forces.
Most of us poke fun at Spam. But it's a really big deal in Honolulu. The locals adore it, and you'll find delicacies like Spam musubi and Spam sushi served throughout the city. Honestly!
Honolulu offers several beautiful gardens to visit including the Foster Botanical Garden, Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden, Walker Estate, Koko Crater Botanical Garden. All of them are stuffed full of the most extraordinary plants and flowers. Huge waves in December mark the annual Van’s Triple Crown, showcasing the finest in professional surfing. Visit the stunning Iolani Palace, Waikiki Aquarium and the lovely Manoa falls. Enjoy the Bishop Museum, climb the Haiku stairs or, for water-based fun, thrills and spills, enjoy Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii. For one of the most breathtaking views around, try Nuʻuanu Pali on the Koʻolau mountain, at the top of the Nuʻuanu Valley. Panoramic just doesn't do it justice. It is truly, unbelievably epic.
Take a tour of Shangri La, a glorious Islamic-style mansion built by the wealthy heiress Doris Duke. You'll find it near Diamond Head. Feel the ocean's power and majesty at Hālona Blowhole just off Hanauma Bay at Hālona Point. Relax at Kūhiō Beach Park on Waikiki Beach, popular with locals because it's so sheltered. Visit the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbour. Or take in a gig at the Waikiki Shell outdoor venue. There's much more, of course, a plethora of top class natural and man-made tourist attractions that'll keep you busy for weeks.
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