Trying to figure out where to visit in Hawaii? I always recommend Oahu, and today I’m sharing why Honolulu is the best.
When people ask me “What should I do in Hawaii?” I cannot help but recommend visiting Oahu. While others might recommend Kauai for hiking, Maui for whale watching, Hawaii Island for the volcano or Lanai for the ultimate luxurious stay, Oahu is perfection to me. Here’s why I think Honolulu is the best…
Why Honolulu Is The Best
There is something truly special about Honolulu and the iconic skyline featuring Diamond Head and people dotting Waikiki Beach. I think when people think of Honolulu they may JUST picture Waikiki and perhaps not all the truly remarkable things that make it so special. Let’s dive in…!
First of all, Honolulu is a city (not an island) and it is truly just one small part of Oahu. I feel like I need to share that, because sometimes people will ask me where Honolulu is in relation to the chain of Hawaiian Islands. It can be confusing, but Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii. The city itself is rich in culture and Hawaiian heritage and it is home to many important historical landmarks, including:
Queen Emma Summer Palace
Diamond Head State Monument
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)
King Kamehameha Statue
Hawaii State Art Museum
Mauna ʻAla — Royal Mausoleum State Monument
USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor
USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor
Hawaii’s capital city is also home to some delicious food. From Chinatown to Hawaii Kai, there is so much to offer in town, which is how locals sometimes refer to Honolulu. James Beard Award-winning chefs and restaurants call the city home and some of the best spots appear as hole-in-the-wall establishments. Just trust me! Some of the best restaurants to try include:
Pig and the Lady
Helena’s Hawaiian Food
Sweet E’s Cafe
Koko Head Cafe
Mahina and Sun’s
I encourage anyone visiting to stroll Waikiki Beach at least once. And when you’re done with that, buy a raft at the ABC Store below Sheraton Waikiki, pay to have them inflate it and then take your raft out into the water and float in the calm waters. There’s truly nothing like it, but there are also plenty of other wonderful Honolulu beaches.
Sandy Beach Park