My family and I are travelling to Honolulu this November and I was wondering if there are any must do's whilst on our trip? We are there for 2 weeks, it will be me, my husband and 18 month old. We are definitely going to hire a car and drive to the north shore and go to the zoo for our daughter.
Coming from Australia, I really want to do some shopping. I know Ala Moana is the place to be. Are there any smaller shops that are worth looking at?
Any restaurants/activities you can recommend?
Any help is appreciated, thanks so much
This is wonderful! Thank you for all the recommendations! I didn’t know about the art, I appreciate that.I love Honolulu! I went there for the first time last year.
Definitely schedule a tour of the Iolani Palace - it's stunning and completely unique in the US.
I would also recommend the Doris Duke Islamic Museum, showcasing the heiress' extensive collection of Islamic art at her home which she named Shangri-La.
The Bishop Museum gives such a panoramic look at Hawaiian history, and the Honolulu Museum of Art has an impressive collection of Japanese art.
Were you already planning on going to Pearl Harbor? There's also hiking at Diamond Head and Manoa Falls...
Let me know if you need more recs!
I will definitely check with my hotel concierge, thank you for that suggestion!
This is all super helpful, thank you! My daughters love poke and I’m going to follow your advice and go to Foodland. I appreciate all the food recommendations!Most visitors stay in Waikiki or Ko Olina. There's more to do in Waikiki, shopping and dining wise. Ko Olina is more quiet with less things to do. People staying in that area will have to drive to Ka Makana Alii, Waikele Outlets, or Pearlrige for the nearest dining and shopping options. Ala Moana is the biggest shopping mall on the island. You can find whatever you want there.
Most visitors like to hike Diamond Head or Makapuu Lighthouse, go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, and visit the North Shore. Whenever I'm on the North Shore I like to go to Giovanni's for their garlic shrimp plate and Matsumoto's shaved ice.
Hawaii is a melting pot, so you'll find all kinds of cuisine here: Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Hawaiian, etc. I'm not sure what kinds of food you're into. I highly recommend giving Hawaiian food a try, since you can only get it here. Get a Hawaiian plate that consists of laulau, kalua pork, chicken long rice, lomilomi salmon, poke, and haupia. If you go to Ala Moana Makai Market food court you can find this at the Poi Bowl. Poi Bowl will have everything except the poke. For poke you'll have to walk down to Foodland, still at the mall. They have one of the best pokes around. Other places will be Young's Fishmarket, Yama's, and Highway Inn.