Photograph by Regula Heeb-Zweifel, Alamy Stock Photo
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For a picture-perfect view, head to Diamond Head Crater.

Photograph by Regula Heeb-Zweifel, Alamy Stock Photo

Everything to Know About Honolulu

Here's how to plan the best possible trip to this sunny city.

Known as the beating heart of Hawaii, the city of Honolulu offers visitors an all-inclusive introduction to the Hawaiian Islands.

The Vibe

Honolulu is Hawaii’s largest city, often referred to as the pulsing heart of the state. The city’s innumerable natural wonders balance out its energetic, and often chaotic, urban scene.

When to Go

There’s never a bad time to visit Honolulu but if you want to avoid the rainy season, be sure to book during the drier months of April through October.

Celebrate

Head to Hawaii to celebrate any of life’s exciting moments. Birthdays, honeymoons, and babymoons are always made better with a little extra aloha.

What to Eat

When visiting Honolulu, be on the lookout for kalua pork that’s been cooked in a traditional Hawaiian imu or underground oven (almost always served at a luau). The flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture is unparalleled. Pair it with a side of gooey purple poi and you’ll be eating like Hawaiian royalty.

Souvenir to Take Home

Aside from a golden tan, the best souvenir to take back is one you can share with friends and family. Bring home a taste of aloha with a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts or the island’s famous shortbread cookies from Honolulu Cookie Company. Pro tip: the latter offers free samples to all in-store customers.

Sustainable Travel Tip

You’ll most likely be spending some time sunning on the white-sand beaches or swimming in the turquoise-hued Hawaiian waters. Protect yourself and the environment by donning non-toxic, biodegradable sunscreen (such as Reef Safe) that won’t harm local coral and sea life.

Instagram-Worthy View

One of the most postcard-worthy shots can be captured with the iconic pink facade of the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel in the foreground and Diamond Head Crater and Waikiki beach in the background. Friends back home will instantly know that you’ve made it to the sandy shores of Oahu.