Hidden Honolulu: step away from the crowds in Hawaii's capital
Heading for Honolulu? Then you’re probably going to spend time in Waikiki. For many people, the popular beachfront district is all they see of the Hawaiian capital...
Places in Oʻahu
Here in Honolulu, away from the crowded haunts of Waikiki, you get to shake hands with the real Hawaii. A boisterous Polynesian capital, Honolulu delivers an island-style mixed plate of experiences. Eat your way through the pan-Asian alleys of Chinatown, where 19th-century whalers once brawled and immigrant traders thrived.
Once a Hawaiian royal retreat, Waikiki is riding high on a new wave of effortlessly chic style these days. No longer just a plasticky beach destination for package tourists, this famous strand of sand is flowering, starting with a renaissance of Hawaiian music at beachfront hotels and resorts.
Pipeline, Sunset, Waimea… You don’t have to be a surfer to have heard of the North Shore; the epic breaks here are known worldwide. Sure, winter brings giant swells that can reach 15ft to 40ft in height. But there is more to this coast than monster waves. The beaches are gorgeous year-round, perfect for swimming in summer. And there are so many activities besides surfing.
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O'ahu's Top Scenic Drives
The island of Oʻahu offers much more for adventurous travellers than just the historic streets of Honolulu and Waikiki's beach resorts...
Hiking O‘ahu: a walk through Hawaii's history and culture
When it comes to hiking, Maui and the Big Island famously have volcanoes to scale, while Kaua‘i has the sheer sea cliffs of the Na Pali Coast...
Circling O‘ahu: a food lover's trip
To plug into Hawaii’s contemporary food scene, there’s no better place to start than on the island of O‘ahu, home to star chefs, bountiful farmers markets, roadside drive-ins and family-run kitchens cooking up multi-e...
Perfect day: Honolulu
The idea of seeing a city by foot isn’t most travelers’ idea of a week in Hawaii. But Honolulu is well worth a day’s look. (Even if you’re not planning to follow this Brady Bunch guidebook to the Hawaii capital...