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Why We Love It
Honolulu, which means 'sheltered bay', sits on the island of O'ahu and is known for its tropical blue waters, lush landscapes, big wave surfing, luaus and Polynesian influences. It blends together its relaxing and outdoor lifestyles with Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, while also preserving the history of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Free (or Almost Free) Stuff To Do
|Waikiki Historic Trail|
Beginning at the Royal Hawaiian Center, the trail includes 23 historically significant Waikiki sites (most identified by plaques mounted to surfboards).
|Waikiki Beach Walk|
8-acres of stoned pathways home to hotels, shops, bars, restaurants, and an entertainment plaza.
|USS Arizona Memorial|
A memorial for soldiers killed during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, leading to the U.S.'s involvement in WWII. Reserve tickets early!
|Royal Hawaiian Center|
An outdoor shopping complex filled with palm trees, tiki torches, eateries, shops, and traditional Hawaiian entertainment.
A 150-ft (45 m) waterfall accessible by a 2-mile hike through jungle, bamboo forest, and some mud.
|Kuhio Beach Park|
A popular beach area with a protective seawall, statues, and a free public torch lighting and hula show. Surfboards not allowed in seawall area - a good spot for families.
|Koko Crater Trail|
An old railway track turned into a recreational 1,500 stair climb.
A famous and often photographed volcanic crater, home to military facilities, hiking trails and Pacific Ocean views.
|High - 85°F (29°C)||Low - 71°F (22°C)|
Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
|Aqua Bamboo Waikiki||0.8 mi (1.3 km) from start/finish|
|Embassy Suites Waikiki||1.4 mi (2.3 km) from start/finish|
|Hilton Waikiki Beach||0.7 mi (1.1 km) from start/finish|
|Hotel Renew||0.5 mi (0.8 km) from start/finish|
|Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach||0.6 mi (1 km) from start/finish|
|Marriott Waikiki Beach||0.5 mi (0.8 km) from start/finish|
|Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort||1.4 mi (2.3 km) from start/finish|
|Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach||0.9 mi (1.4 km) from start/finish|
|Pacific Beach Hotel||0.6 mi (1 km) from start/finish|
|Sheraton Waikiki||1.1 mi (1.8 km) from start/finish|
|The Westin Moana Surfrider||0.8 mi (1.3 km) from start/finish|
|VIVE Hotel Waikiki||0.8 mi (1.3 km) from start/finish|
|Waikiki Parc Hotel||1.3 mi (2.1 km) from start/finish|