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Things to do in Honolulu

You'll likely spend most of your time here at the beach. For those times when you're not digging your toes into the soft sand, turn to this list of top things to do in Honolulu.

  • Catch a live performance of either an off-Broadway play or musical at the Diamond Head Theater.
  • For the largest collection of Asian, Western, and Islamic art in Hawaii, head to the Honolulu Museum of Art. 
  • The Aloha Stadium, located near Pearl Harbor, holds many American football and soccer paraphernalia. It's a great family-friendly way to spend an afternoon.
  • Thousands of animals, including mammals, reptiles, and birds, are on view at the Honolulu Zoo. The zoo offers gardens where you can relax and hosts overnight family camping trips.
  • History buffs flock to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Pair your excursion with a guided tour through Pearl Harbor to view the USS Arizona, which was bombed during World War II.
  • Hawaiian monarchs still reside at the grand Iolani Palace. Take one of the guided tours or classes, or attend one of the free music events, which take place each Friday.
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  • Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

    The largest open-air flea market in Hawaii, the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet takes place every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in the parking lot surrou... More
  • Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts

    Hawaiian shirts sell for as little as $4, but vintage varieties from the 1930s will set you back thousands of dollars. More
  • Bar 35

    This slightly off-the-beaten-path bar in Chinatown is known among locals for its impressive selection of beers — more than 150 from around the worl... More
  • Bishop Museum

    Probably the best museum complex in the world for everything Polynesian (as well as Melanesian and Micronesian), the Bishop is Hawaii’s most famous... More
  • Bob's Ukulele

    Bob’s sells one product mainly, the evocative and characteristically Hawaiian four-string guitar. There are ukes of ribbon-grained koa that cost hu... More
  • Garakuta-Do

    This shop offers a vast treasure trove of Japanese antiques, from lacquered 19th-century chests to small combs. More
  • Hina Adventures Eco-tour

    Two native Oahu women lead hiking and driving adventures that focus on the local cultural heritage, sacred sites, and the fragile environment. More
  • Honolulu Museum of Art

    The Honolulu Museum of Art is home to a 60,000-piece collection of art, with an emphasis on Asian works, including Buddhist and Shinto sculptures a... More
  • Honolulu Zoo

    Make the trip to the zoo, pausing to inspect a massive immobile tortoise taking a dust bath, then gawping at the unlikely spectacle of an ambulatin... More
  • Indigo, Honolulu

    Opened in 1994, this eatery has been at the forefront of Chinatown’s trendy renaissance. Island-born chef Glenn Chu channels his grandmother’s reci... More
  • International Market Place

    Henry Adaniya might be the city’s most improbable new restaurateur. He closed his acclaimed Chicago restaurant Trio—where chefs Rick Tramonto and G... More
  • 'Iolani Palace

    A National Historical Landmark, ‘Iolani Palace is the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. Built by King Kalakaua in 1882, the fortress was hom... More
  • Island Treasures Antique Mall

    Hours are easily whiled away digging through the hodgepodge of Hawaiian paintings, Depression glass, aloha shirts, collectible toys, costume jewelr... More
  • Kapiolani Park

    Located at the east end of Waikiki, Kapiolani Park is home to Hawaii’s famous Diamond Head (a volcanic crater), as well as the Honolulu Zoo. The pa... More
  • Koko Marina Pub

    Owned by the Kona Brewing Company, the Koko Marina Pub is located on the docks of the Koko Marina Center and provides diners with expansive views o... More

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