Honolulu blends the breezy, beachfront imagery of Hawaii with the sophistication of a midsize city and seduces with nonstop tropical fun, bold flavors and balmy breezes.
Relive the day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared would “live in infamy” at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, where you can learn about sailors and Marines who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Memorial (closed through March for maintenance). Discover the islands’ royal heritage at the 19th century Iolani Palace. Enjoy contemporary works by artists with ties to the 50th state at the Hawaii State Art Museum.
Settle in on Waikiki Beach, where hotel options include budget-friendly Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort for easy beachfront relaxation, Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach for spacious ocean- and city-view rooms, and oasis-like Halekulani for upscale romance. Snap a selfie with the bronze statue of Hawaiian surf legend Du Kahanamoku.
Hawaiian chef Roy Yamaguchi, of Roy’s Waikiki, has been preparing flavorful Pacific Rim cuisine (think bigeye tuna poke, lobster pot stickers and roasted macadamia nut mahi-mahi) for 30 years. If you’re traveling with kids or favor a more casual dining experience, check out Duke’s Waikiki, where you can enjoy views of the beach and an array of popular pupus (appetizers). For an elegant evening, it’s tough to top AAA Five Diamond Rated La Mer, where haute French preparation and service meld with delicious local ingredients.
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