Save the Date: Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu, located on the southeastern shores of the Hawaiian island Oahu, is the state capitol of Hawaii. Honolulu is home to the notorious neighborhood of Waikiki, known to locals as “spouting waters.” While the several beaches in Honolulu have plenty of sun, sand and surf opportunities; the bustling city of Honolulu offers a wide range of activities for everyone. Many well-known figures have once called Honolulu home, including President Barack Obama, singer/songwriter Bruno Mars, actor Jason Momoa, singer/songwriter and actress Bette Midler, and professional football player Marcus Mariota.
Due to Hawaii’s proximity to the equator, you can always count on warm weather with year-round temperatures ranging from the 70s to the upper 80s. Oahu, during the month of May averages temperatures of a high of 85 and a low of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall in Hawaii typically falls overnight, leaving the day open for experiencing all Honolulu has to offer.
For the History Buffs:
Honolulu is home to many historical sites ranging from Pearl Harbor to smaller lesser known sites like Iolani Palace. Downtown Honolulu, was once home to the Hawaiian monarchy, the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. While visiting Iolani Palace, you have the opportunity to take a walking tour to view the statue of King Kamehameha I, the Aloha Tower, the Hawaiian State Capitol Building, Washington Place (home to Hawaii’s governor), Kawaiahao Church, and Hawaii State Art Museum. The Waikiki history trail offers a great walking tour of the neighborhood, with many facts about the history of Waikiki on surfboard markers throughout the trail.
For the Artist in us all:
Along with the Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu has an expansive arts scene.
Chinatown Art Walk: Located on the western side of Honolulu, here you can partake in the Chinatown Art Walk home to several galleries, museums and the Historic Hawaii Theatre.
Waikiki is a great spot for live music, ranging from street performers to local legends. Local bars and restaurants offer a variety of contemporary Hawaiian music such as jazz, rock, acoustic, and DJs.
Looking to experience an authentic Hawaiian hula performance? Many Waikiki resorts have live hula performances; several offer free hula lessons. The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki offers several free lessons on native Hawaiian culture, including hula lessons, ukulele lessons, and Lei-Making lessons.
Looking to get Active?
As Honolulu is the birthplace of big wave surfing, there’s no better place to grab a board and learn to surf. With warm beautiful weather and plenty of beaches, Honolulu offers a wide variety of activities.
Water Activities: The beautiful beaches offer many other experiences, including sailing opportunities, dolphin excursions, snorkeling, scuba diving, and partaking in a whale watching cruise.
Looking to stay on land? Honolulu has several golf courses maintained and operated by the city of Honolulu’s government.
Honolulu Zoo: With an emphasis on the Pacific Tropical Ecosystem, the Honolulu Zoo is home to 905 different animals from the tropics, ranging from Komodo Dragons, orangutans, elephants, and more.
Waikiki Aquarium: Opening in 1904, the Waikiki Aquarium is the second oldest aquarium in the United States. The aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef. Housing more than 500 different marine species, including the rare Peppermint Angelfish (the only one in the world on display for the public)!
For your Inner Foodie:
Eat like a local: Local Hawaiian cuisine varies with options like various “plate lunches,” “Pupu,” “Loco Moco,” “Shave Ice,” or “Malasadas.” The lush agriculture of Hawaii offers a great opportunity to eat and taste what Honolulu truly has to offer. There a many farm to table restaurants throughout Honolulu that guarantee a true authentic opportunity to “eat Hawaii.”
Hawaiian Regional Cuisine: While eating like a local is ideal, 12 Hawaiian chefs have set out to combine the diversity of Hawaiian cuisine with ethnic flavors from around the world. Three of the original 12 chefs have restaurants in Honolulu: The Pineapple Room, Roy’s Waikiki, and Chef Mavro
For the Sports Fans:
While Hawaii doesn’t have a major sports team, the islands get their fair share of major sports events.
Pro bowl: The Aloha Stadium, in Honolulu Hawaii, has held the most NFL Pro Bowl games since the AFC/NFC merger in 1970. From 1980-2016 (excluding 2010 and 2015), Aloha Stadium hosted many of the NFL’s greatest players in a fun game showcasing the talents of the NFL.
UH Sports: The University of Hawaii’s athletics are Hawaii’s home team gaining tremendous support from local fans.