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The best of Honolulu
When you first start exploring Honolulu, there are a few essential venues you simply can’t skip. A Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona tour is a must for first-time visitors, as is a hike up to Diamond Head. Yet once you acquaint yourself with the requisite tourist spots, it’s time to start experiencing the city like a local. Beyond the beaches and past the souvenir shops, take in the dynamic culture of Honolulu through hidden gem museums and attractions beyond the resort strip. Honolulu is full of royal history, immigrant stories, and some pretty tasty local fare. Follow this guide for some of the best things to do the next time you fly into HNL. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
When you think of Waikiki, it’s easy to imagine Diamond Head crater towering over the ocean and beach. Perhaps an Elvis tune comes to mind, or visions of surfers at play in front of the iconic Duke Kahanamoku statue. Or maybe you can taste the sweet sensation of a classic shave ice. Yes, Waikiki is a beach bum’s paradise, but if you’re only sticking to the sights along Kalakaua Avenue, you may be missing out. Did you know Waikiki is made up of eight distinct beaches? Throughout these little palm tree districts you’ll find real-life royalty, architecture dating back to the mid-1800s, and local flavors you simply can’t find anywhere else. If you’re ready to experience the aloha spirit of Waikiki, add these top to-dos to your next vacation. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.