Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and the main point of entry for most visitors to the state. The city includes three areas Waikiki, Downtown, and Pearl Harbor. Waikiki, the main attraction with it's beautiful stretch of soft sand beaches, is a peninsula covering nearly half a square mile. In this small area, one of the most densely-populated of the United States, there are more hotels, restaurants and shops than in all the rest of Hawai island. Pearl Harbor, first developed in 1911, occupies a large part of the city, stretching for many miles to the west. Naval bases, military bases and the Honolulu Airport are located here as well.
Here in Honolulu, away from the crowded haunts of Waikiki, you get to shake hands with the real Hawaii. A boisterous Polynesian capital, Honolulu delivers an island-style mixed plate of experiences. Eat your way through the pan-Asian alleys of Chinatown, where 19th-century whalers once brawled and immigrant traders thrived.
Gaze out to sea atop the landmark Aloha Tower, then walk past Victorian-era brick buildings, including the USA’s only royal palace. Browse at the world's largest open-air shopping center at Ala Moana, then poke your nose into the city's impressive art museums.
Ocean breezes rustle palm trees along the harborfront, while in the cool, mist-shrouded Koʻolau Range, forested hiking trails offer postcard city views. At sunset, cool off with an amble around Magic Island or splash in the ocean at Ala Moana Beach. After dark, migrate to Chinatown’s edgy art and nightlife scene.