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Honolulu Neighborhood Guide

Honolulu Neighborhood Guide

Although it exudes an easy “hang loose” vibe, there’s much more to Honolulu than sunny beaches. From historic Chinatown to lush Manoa and edgy Kaka’ako, Honolulu’s diverse neighborhoods have plenty of appeal. Explore beyond the beach by diving into our picks of Honolulu’s most interesting districts.

Waikiki

Near synonymous with Honolulu, Waikiki is where you’ll find most of the hotels and resorts on Oahu, as well as shopping, restaurants, bars, and more to appeal to the many tourists who congregate here. Sure, it gets crowded, but Waikiki Beach is famous for a reason. Soak up the sun then get out into the water with a surfing lesson or sunset sail.

Chinatown

One of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States, this is the place to spend some time off the beach exploring temples, antique stores, art galleries, and lei makers. It’s also a great neighborhood for eating and drinking, which you can discover on a food walking tour.

Ala Moana

West of Waikiki, Ala Moana Beach Park attracts swimmers, stand-up paddleboarders, and picnickers to its relatively calm setting in front of the Ala Moana Shopping Center, where you’ll find a broad range of shops and restaurants. While in the area you can also visit Aloha Tower Marketplace, Iolani Palace, and the Bishop Museum.

Kaka’ako

Honolulu’s postindustrial warehouse district, Kaka’ako is one of the trendiest spots in town. A big draw is the street art that covers many of the district’s surfaces, courtesy of the annual Pow! Wow! street-art festival. You’ll also find swanky nightclubs and drinking establishments here.

Kapahulu

Some of the island’s best eateries are to be found in the residential neighborhood of Kapahulu, home to Leonard’s, the long-running bakery that sells malasadas (similar to doughnuts), as well as the much-loved Side Street Inn. Its proximity to Diamond Head makes Kapahulu a sure bet for a posthike snack.

Manoa

This lush valley is best known as the home of the University of Hawaii, but visitors also come to Manoa to hike to Manoa Falls. The hike to the 150-foot-high (46-meter-high) cascade is one of the island’s easiest and most accessible. 

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Diamond Head Crater Hiking Adventure

Diamond Head Crater Hiking Adventure

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Diamond Head is one of the best-known hiking sites in Hawaii. On this guided tour you will not only summit the famed crater, you'll also learn about its volcanic creation and Hawaiian history as you walk. At the top you will be rewarded with a panorama of Waikiki and the turquoise waters stretched out below, and receive an ‘I Climbed Diamond Head’ certificate.
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  • 3 hours
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$47.12
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Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

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View the Hawaiian sunset from the deck of a luxury catamaran during this 1.5-hour cruise from Oahu. Glide along the coastline from Waikiki towards Diamond Head while enjoying the vibrant colors of the island sunset, appetizers, two alcoholic drinks and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. Round-trip transportation from select Waikiki hotels is included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.75
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Manoa Waterfall Small-Group Adventure with Hidden Trail Hike

Manoa Waterfall Small-Group Adventure with Hidden Trail Hike

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Immerse yourself in the beautiful nature found of Hawaii as you hike 2 miles to Manoa Falls in Oahu on this small-group excursion. Join a local hiking expert, and a group of no more than 12 guests, as you journey via the Manoa Trail on a moderate hike to the tallest accessible waterfall on the island, a location made famous as a film location for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Lost World.’ This Oahu waterfall excursion also includes a backpack and hiking staff plus round-trip transport from Waikiki hotels.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach

Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach

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Nothing is more iconic to Hawaii than surfing at Waikiki Beach. This is arguably the place where surfing was born, and the spot where watermen like Duke Kahanamoku helped introduce surfing to the world. The reason why this south facing coast is so perfect for learning to surf, is the fact that the bottom is soft, sandy, and the water is relatively shallow. During this surf lesson in Waikiki, you'll also notice the way the waves have a steady and gentle roll, which makes them far less intimidating than other waves on Oahu. Add in a long, stable board and a professional local instructor, and before you know it you'll be surfing a wave like ancient Hawaiians of old.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$99.00
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Waikiki and Diamond Head Segway Tour

Waikiki and Diamond Head Segway Tour

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Experience Waikiki and Diamond Head on a three-hour, small-group Segway tour. Explore the island and get local insights without the hassles of walking long distances, public transportation, or driving. See the Hilton Lagoon, learn the history behind the Moana Surfrider Hotel, and see the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. This tour is ideal for visitors who want to maximize their time on the island and learn some local history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$157.07
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Waikiki Panorama Sail

Waikiki Panorama Sail

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Set sail for beautiful Waikiki, the beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu, on this guided, 90-minute tour along the south shore of the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Beginning from the Kewalo Harbor waterfront, head down to Ala Moana Beach Park to Waikiki and the volcanic tuff cone Diamond Head. Along the way, look for Hawaii’s famous green sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Snacks, two free bar beverages and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks are provided. Local hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.01
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Surf HNL: SURF Lessons at Ala Moana Beach!!!!!! FREE TRANSPORT

Surf HNL: SURF Lessons at Ala Moana Beach!!!!!! FREE TRANSPORT

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While visitng Honolulu, cross ‘SURFING’ off your to-do list! Learn techniques, safety rules and surf-break etiquette under the guidance of certified lifeguards. Choose either an exclusive, private, or group lesson.
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  • 1 hour
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$109.00
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Honolulu Food Tour: Best of Chinatown

Honolulu Food Tour: Best of Chinatown

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Explore the classic tastes and cutting-edge flavors of Honolulu’s Chinatown on a 2.5-hour food walking tour of this historic cultural crossroads. Follow your guide along a 1.5-mile (2-km) route, and pause for a series of tastings at locally-loved restaurants and cafés. Learn how Oahu’s colonial and immigrant histories shaped Chinatown's culinary traditions, fill up on island flavors that meld Asian cuisines with American classics, then finish your tour in the heart of the city. 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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