Class: Travel Tips/Advice
Date: 30th November, 2017
Rooted in authentic Hawaiian tradition and home to a melting pot of ethnicities, Honolulu is a modern city with a unique blend of cultures that serves as state capital and a gateway to the Hawaiian Islands. You can tour the historic downtown area, surf world-famous Waikiki Beach, shop in world-class stores, hike breathtaking coastal cliffs and dine at five-star restaurants… all in the same day.
Diamond Head is an extinct volcano southeast of Honolulu near the Kahala and Kaimuki neighbourhoods. The iconic cone is popular with hikers and photographers, who gain a view of the entire leeward coast of Oahu. You’ll find the white sands of Waikiki Beach inviting and its calm waters perfect for surfing lessons. Beach kiosks will offer equipment and varying-length lessons, as will many hotels.
The neighborhoods of Honolulu are rich with tastes of every variety. You’ll find just about anything you could crave at the hotels and resorts in the Waikiki Beach area, but if you’d like to venture farther afield, try the busy and diverse neighbourhood of Kalihi. Seek out markets serving the very-Hawaiian poké, cubes of seasoned, raw fish served with pickled vegetables.
Downtown Honolulu’s Chinatown has become the up-and-coming neighbourhood for nightlife. The many restaurant offerings, such as dim sum and barbecued ribs, are popular in the day. At night, the 20-block neighbourhood comes alive with a multitude of bars and entertainment venues.
From snorkelling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve to a helicopter tour of the island, your child will never forget a trip to Honolulu. With its renowned resorts, gorgeous beaches, surfing lessons, restaurants and luxury-brand stores, the Waikiki Beach neighbourhood is full of wholesome fun.
But elsewhere, children can get all wrapped up in aerial adventures on the ropes and trapezes at Samadhi Hawaii on Cooke Street, take an art class at the downtown Honolulu Museum of Art, learn about the ocean environment from instructors at Na Kama Kai classes on Waikiki, or experience ocean kayaking at Kaneohe with the Kamaaina Kids.
Sunday afternoons has the best beach party at Dukes barefoot bar with great live music and a very lively crowd. Starts about 4 in the afternoon and will no doubt have lots of drinking and dancing. Also, we suggest you all take the NaHokuII catamaran for a sunset sail one evening. There is usually a lively bunch on there as well. Don’t forget Rumfire and Lulu’s bars for some loose mingling.
Fun fact: Honolulu means “sheltered bay” in Hawaiian.