Hawaii: Honolulu Sightseeing

 

by Tara Blair

As the largest city on the Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu will provide the ideal tropical holiday. The city is the heart of Hawaii’s government, business and transportation. In fact, the city claims an estimated one million residents.

Waikiki Beach

With its history of being one of the most famous beaches in the world, Waikiki Beach delivers every tropical beach cliché. Travellers will find palm trees, surfers and sun bathers. Guests may feel crowded as the popular site is typically filled with other visitors. However, the enormous space rarely feels claustrophobic. Holiday seekers will also have the chance to take a ride on a catamaran or outrigger canoe to receive a view of the island from the ocean waters.

Less Famous Beaches

Travellers will discover Ala Moana Park is located just west of Waikiki Beach and close to downtown. With a natural grassy area, numerous trees and a sandy beach, Honolulu guests will appreciate the area’s fewer crowds.

When travellers wish to visit the natural history of the city, Hanauma Bay is the ideal destination. The locale is in the crater of an extinct volcano, which now has a sea opening and a large coral reef. This destination will thrill snorkelers and scuba divers with its quiet and fish filled waters. If visitors are uninterested in water activities, the area still offers picture ready landscaping and a fun picnicking location.

Historical Sites

The USS Arizona Memorial is one of the most impressive sites to visit. After the great battleship was sunk, the memorial was built over its grave. Near the visitor’s centre is the WWII submarine USS Bowfin. Guests may climb down into the vessel’s living quarters and command centre to see how military personnel survived in the cramped conditions.

Sightseeing

Honolulu offers visitors numerous sightseeing opportunities. At Diamond Head, athletic hikers can journey up the trail to a World War II-era shelter where a staggering view of the island awaits. The climb is intense, and out-of-shape visitors should consider a trip to the hills overlooking Makiki. The destination features the Punchbowl crater, which is a military cemetery that has a panoramic view of Honolulu.

The Nu’uanu Pali Lookout is just 6 miles north of the city and is located in the middle of two enormous cliffs. Visitors should be prepared for a windy experience, but the view is incredible and worth the strong winds.

Local Produce

Travellers will find a variety of dining establishments in Honolulu. However, with the high amount of exporting required, food is more costly. A visit to a local produce stand will have guests returning to their hotel rooms with amazingly fresh pineapple, delicious apple bananas and farm grown mangos at affordable prices.

Coffee drinkers should take the opportunity to experience Kona coffee as the hot beverage is flavourful and strong. After a cup of Kona coffee, guests will have plenty of caffeinated energy for a day spent sightseeing.

Honolulu travellers will appreciate the picturesque destination in which they’ve arrived. Furthermore, the friendly locals, sensational coffee and tropical sights will ensure guests receive the trip of a lifetime.

Tara Blair writes for a number of leading websites and online news sources covering business, finance, her holiday experiences and other topics that are close to her heart.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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