Hotels in Oahu, Hawaii
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The capital of the 50th state in the U.S., Honolulu is considered the gateway to Hawaii. Located on the island of Oahu, Honolulu was settled by Polynesians as early as the 11th century, and was incorporated as a city in 1907. Today, it is considered one of the safest cities in the U.S., known for its tropical climate, tourism, businesses, military operations and diverse blend of Eastern, Western and Pacific culture.
Where to Stay
Hotels in Honolulu run the gamut of price and amenities. Most are located near the ocean, adjacent to Waikiki Beach — the most popular tourist zone and the center of the city's action. If you'd like to stay in a quieter area outside of Honolulu, consider the Leeward Coast, about 30 minutes from Waikiki, or Waianae, about an hour outside of town. Kailua and Kaneohe are other options outside of Honolulu, but you'll want to venture to the city for a broader range of dining and entertainment.
Honolulu International Airport — also known as Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, in honor of the late senator from Hawaii — serves more than 21 million passengers per year. The airport opened in 1927, and began an extensive modernization program in 2006. In addition to flying travelers from all over the world in and out of Oahu, Honolulu International Airport caters to passengers going on inter-island adventures.
Top Things to Do
You can't go to Honolulu without taking a stroll down Waikiki Beach! You can also lay out, relax, bodysurf or enjoy a beautiful sunset at Waimea Bay or Kailua Beach Park. Be sure to visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. If you're a patron of the arts, visit the Honolulu Museum of Art or Doris Duke's Shangri La. You can also enjoy an abundance of authentic Hawaiian restaurants, plus shopping and cultural activities such as a traditional luau with exciting performances by Hawaiian, Polynesian and fire dancers.
Not only is Honolulu one of the most popular places to visit, but the weather also is outstanding nearly every day of the year. Average high temperatures are in the 80s and average lows are in the high 60s to mid-70s. Be sure to pack a jacket, as Honolulu's tropical climate results in about 150 days per year with mostly light rainfall.