Honolulu

Welcome to Honolulu

The epicenter of Oahu's tropical playground, Honolulu provides the world's best excuse to jet to the center of the Pacific Ocean. From its pounding North Shore surf to the powder-white sands of Kailua and the bright lights of Waikiki Beach, it's the ultimate outdoor destination. Of course, there's also the token mai tai bars and a shopping center you'll never want to leave. But where else can you hike a volcano in the morning, crater snorkel at lunch time and go surfing in the afternoon? Add a climate where sunny days fade into warm, sultry nights, and its no wonder they call it paradise.

Tikis, leis and luaus are the familiar icons of Hawaii, known the world over for its aloha spirit. Upon this foundation of rich cultural heritage, Honolulu has birthed a burgeoning downtown arts scene and hip club culture that has breathed new life into its historical center - home to the only royal palace in the US. The city's fast-growing food truck fleet have made the island's many delicacies even more accessible, and Honolulu's haute organic movement has now put many of its restaurants on the world map.

Ultimately, the heartbeat of Honolulu is its welcoming, hospitable community. More Asian than American, but with a distinctly Polynesian soul, there's no place like Hawaii. But when you touch down in Honolulu, its locals will make you feel right at home.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in United States:
    312,553,897
  • Inhabitants in Honolulu:
    387,170
  • Official language
    English
  • Currency
    US Dollars
  • Time zone
    Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time
  • Emergency number
    911
  • Constitution
    Republic
  • Country phone code
    808
  • Country code
    +1
  • Local transportation
    City bus, taxi