Honolulu Places

TripWhat's travel guide to the Big Pineapple; our list of the best things to see, including Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace and Waikiki Aquarium.
  • The best place in Honolulu: Bishop Museum

    Bishop Museum

    1525 Bernice St
    95 seniors/children, children 3 and under free (discounts for residents and military). Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop, the last direct descendant of Kamehameha I, this massive museum is by far the largest in Hawaii, with a complex of buildings holding a excellent collection of artifacts from the islands. The main building, the Hawaiian Hall, holds three floors of exhibits on the history and culture of Hawaii, with numerous artifacts, recreations of Hawaiian villages, and a complete whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. The Science Adventure Center has exhibits on the natural history and environment of Hawaii, including a large simulated volcano that "erupts" regularly. The museum also features a planetarium, a Hawaii sports hall of fame, and plenty of traveling exhibits.
    Kalihi-Palama food nearby
  • Iolani Palace

    Iolani Palace

    364 S King St
    Audio tours $13, $5 children; guided tours $20, $15 residents/military, $5 children. Iolani Palace dates back to 1882 and was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs. As a result of careful restoration and continued preservation, today's visitors to this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu can experience one of the most precise historic restorations and learn much about Hawaiian history and heritage. Next to the palace is `Iolani Barracks, a small fortress-like building.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Waikiki Aquarium

    Waikiki Aquarium

    2777 Kalakaua Ave
    Daily 9AM-4:30PM, closed 25 Dec. $9, $6 residents/military/students/seniors, $4 teen, $2 children, under age 5 free. The third oldest aquarium in the U.S., this incredible institution has hundreds of species of marine life from Hawaii and the Pacific, including sharks, octopus, jellyfish, colorful reef fish, coral, and an outdoor exhibit with Hawaiian monk seals.
    Diamond Head-Kapahulu restaurants nearby
  • Aloha Stadium

    Aloha Stadium

    99-500 Salt Lake Blvd
    Home to the University of Hawaii football team [1] and the annual NCAA football Hawaii Bowl [2] every December.
    Aiea food nearby
  • Pacific Aviation Museum

    Pacific Aviation Museum

    Ford Island, next to the USS Missouri
    Daily 9AM-5PM; closed Thanksgiving, 25 Dec, 1 Jan. Tickets may be purchased at the USS Bowfin Museum; visitors board buses to the museum. $15, $8 children under 12. A large hanger full of military aircraft from WWII, with both authentic American and Japanese aircraft.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Harold L. Lyon Arboretum

    Harold L. Lyon Arboretum

    3860 Manoa Rd
    M-F 8AM-4PM, Sa 9AM-3PM. A massive botanical garden at the top of Manoa that's run by the University of Hawai'i with a wide variety of tropical plants as well as scenic waterfalls and views of Manoa. Free; donations appreciated.
    Manoa restaurants nearby
  • Hawaii State Art Museum

    Hawaii State Art Museum

    No. 1 Capitol District Bldg250 S Hotel St, 2nd Fl
    Tu–Sa 10AM–4PM; closed all State and Federal holidays. Occupies the second floor of a beautifully restored historic building with displays of visual art by Hawaii artists in three galleries with with both permanent and rotating displays. Also has evening concerts on the lawn. Free.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

    Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

    Located in the heart of revitalized Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian Center is one of Oahu's top shopping malls. The Oahu mall features a wide variety of shopping and dining options amongst its 110 shops and restaurants. The shopping center underwent a massive renovation in 2007 which opened up views to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and added tenants including an Apple Store, Kate Spade, Gucci, Hermes, and others.
    Waikiki
  • Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

    Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

    Currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. Includes more than 100 shops and restaurants ranging from Cheesecake Factory to high-end boutiques (Hermes, Bulgari, Fendi, Cartier etc.), to art galleries and lei stands. The Little Hawaiian Craft Shop on the upper floor is a good place to buy real Hawaiian and Tahitian-made crafts (koa wood, etc.) for slightly less than the fancier shops in the hotel malls.
    Waikiki
  • Pearlridge Center

    Pearlridge Center

    It's actually two malls in one, with two distinct architectural personalities. Uptown Pearlridge, anchored by Macy's, has a plush, wood-toned decor, while Downtown Pearlridge, anchored by Sears, is built around an urban theme. The two building are connected by the SkyTrain, a monorail that runs regularly between the two malls; it is the only monorail in the state.
    Aiea
  • Honolulu Zoo

    Honolulu Zoo

    Daily 9AM-4:30PM, closed 25 Dec. $12, $6 residents, $3 children, under age 4 free (family pass available for $25). Lovely zoo with lots of exotic animals and plenty of the big-name ones like elephants, rhinos, lions, zebras and giraffes.
    Diamond Head-Kapahulu eat nearby
  • Spalding House

    Spalding House

    2411 Makiki Heights Drive
    Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM, M closed. A division of the Honolulu Museum of Art, this is the sole museum in the state of Hawai‘i dedicated exclusively to contemporary art—specializing in art from 1940 to the present. It offers a wide array of visual art, providing interaction with art and artists in gorgeous indoor/outdoor environs. TCM’s Makiki digs are located at the historic Cooke-Spalding house and gardens in a residential area. Its collection of works include artists such as Vito Acconci, Josef Albers, Robert Arneson, Jennifer Bartlett, Deborah Butterfield, Enrique Chagoya, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, William Kentridge, Sol Lewitt, Robert Motherwell, Vik Muniz, Louise Nevelson, Kenneth Price, Andres Serrano, Kiki Smith, Frank Stella, Masami Teraoka, Mark Tobey, Richard Tuttle, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman, and Peter Voulkos. Admission includes same-day admission to Honolulu Museum of Art. Adults $10; children and teens $5, children 3 and under free; 1st Wednesday of each month free.
    Ala Moana-Kakaako restaurants nearby
  • Bishop Museum

    Bishop Museum

    1525 Bernice St
    95 seniors/children, children 3 and under free (discounts for residents and military). Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop, the last direct descendant of Kamehameha I, this massive museum is by far the largest in Hawaii, with a complex of buildings holding a excellent collection of artifacts from the islands. The main building, the Hawaiian Hall, holds three floors of exhibits on the history and culture of Hawaii, with numerous artifacts, recreations of Hawaiian villages, and a complete whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. The Science Adventure Center has exhibits on the natural history and environment of Hawaii, including a large simulated volcano that "erupts" regularly. The museum also features a planetarium, a Hawaii sports hall of fame, and plenty of traveling exhibits.
    Kalihi-Palama food nearby
  • Ice Palace

    Ice Palace

    4510 Salt Lake Blvd
    An ice rink is probably the last thing you'd expect to find in a tropical city, but at least it makes for the perfect getaway if the hot climate is too much for you. If you don't own a pair of skates, there is a skate rental desk immediately when you enter the building. If skating is not of interest there is a concession stand and two arcade game rooms.
    Aiea eat nearby
  • Iolani Palace

    Iolani Palace

    The only royal palace on US soil and the seat of the Hawaiian government and subsequent Territory and State of Hawai'i after annexation until 1969. $6-20.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Kahala Mall

    Kahala Mall

    just off H-1
    M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 10AM-5PM. A regional mall is known for its more upscale shops. It is anchored by Macy's, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, and an 8-plex movie theater.
    Downtown
  • In fact, many locations are located in the shopping areas of the major hotels. They provide all manner of convenience store food, souvenirs, and merchandise, but the convenience does come at an extra cost. If you're looking for Hawaiian bath & body products, you'll find a variety of Forever Florals [5] products at ABC Stores.
    Ala Moana-Kakaako
  • Four locations in Kailua-Kona.
    Ala Moana-Kakaako
  • Koko Marina Shopping Center

    Koko Marina Shopping Center

    7192 Kalanianaole Hwy
    One of the main shopping centers in East Honolulu, with smaller shops and restaurants, a small marina behind the mall, and an 8-plex movie theater.
    Hawaii Kai
  • Victoria Ward Centers

    Victoria Ward Centers

    Ala Moana Blvd and Ward Ave
    A four-block shopping area with 120 stores, including major tenants like The Sports Authority and Borders as well as small boutiques, restaurants, a farmers market and 16-screen megaplex and entertainment center. Encompasses Ward Centre, Ward Warehouse, Ward Entertainment Center, Ward Farmers Market, Ward Village Shops and Ward Gateway Center.
    Ala Moana-Kakaako
  • Atlantis Submarines

    Atlantis Submarines

    Hilton Hawaiian Village
    Submarine tours off the coast of Waikiki, getting up-close to marine life, coral reefs, and shipwrecks.
    Ala Moana-Kakaako restaurants nearby
  • Half-day or full day rental, singles and doubles. Back rests, dry bags are extra. You can pull the kayaks on trucks (provided) to the beach, push off and kayak out to the various tiny islands there. Flat Island is a seabird sanctuary. Reef shoes are not a bad idea, as the bottom rocks around the islands are rather sharp if you flip or to push off. Beautiful views.
    Kailua food nearby
  • Half-day or full day rental, singles and doubles. Back rests, dry bags are extra. You can pull the kayaks on trucks (provided) to the beach, push off and kayak out to the various tiny islands there. Flat Island is a seabird sanctuary. Reef shoes are not a bad idea, as the bottom rocks around the islands are rather sharp if you flip or to push off. Beautiful views.
    Kailua eat nearby
  • Wild Side Specialty Tours

    Wild Side Specialty Tours

    http://SailHawaii.com/
    Waianae restaurants nearby
  • http://SailHawaii.com/
    Waianae food nearby
  • Wild Side Specialty Tours

    Wild Side Specialty Tours

    http://SailHawaii.com/
    Waianae eat nearby
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