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  • HonoluluPro 2014
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    Ahh, my hometown! I love Honolulu! There is so much to do and see here, especially if you love nature and being outdoors. The weather is typically nice all year round with showers here and there. People are friendly, food is good, and there is so much culture and aloha spirit everywhere you go.

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    About as far west of the Mississippi as you can get in the U.S., Honolulu tends to prepare its barbecue smoked over local wood. One prime example is Good to Grill, where the specialties are prime rib and short ribs smoked over kiawe, similar to mesquite. Lunch-only joint Guava Smoked smokes salmon bellies and turkey tails over strawberry guava wood, while at Sweet Home Waimanalo, the kalua pork, chicken, and brisket are locally sourced and offered with guava chipotle or “beerBQ” sauce. Honolulu also ranked highly for couples’ getaways and Valentine’s Day; after all, these sunsets can make even a pork-sandwich dinner romantic. This tropical paradise wins over T+L readers with a perfect cosmopolitan coast: miles of sandy stretches, dramatic cliffs, balmy weather, and a buzzing dining and nightlife scene. Couples can snorkel the calm shores of Hanauma Bay Beach; hike to the top of Diamond Head Crater for stellar sea and Waikiki views; then hit the town for a date night of Pacific Rim cuisine.

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  • HonoluluPro 2014

    An amazing city in the heart of Oahu. With beaches bordered by high rises, this city has a little bit of everything. The food is worth writing home about, the nightlife is the best in Hawaii, and the surf and waves are great along Waikiki Beach. There are plenty of historical landmarks, tours, and fun things to do for all ages and demographics.

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  • HonoluluCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Beautiful beaches all around this island and top tourist destination of all the Hawaiian island. Beaches are filled with people even during low season, for good reason. There is so much to eat, see and do here. A perfect honeymoon destination or just a great vacation getaway with family and friends.

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    The heart of Hawaii tourism. I've been to Honolulu on Waikiki beach twice now but only for short stays of a few days each. I had a great time during both of my stays, comparatively to the rest of Hawaii there is a lot to do here but personally I wouldn't want to stay in Honolulu. A city like Honolulu can be fun but in my opinion it definitely isn't the best Hawaii has to offer.

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    Getting ready for Chinese New Year! My Narcissus is blooming and filling my house with it's sweet fragrance.

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    Honolulu is great for everyone and there is so much to do. History, adventure, hiking, surfing and relaxing. There is something for everyone lots of activities and plenty of fun. From Waikiki to North it's two very different scenes and areas, both rural and urban!

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    Honolulu is a beautiful little city. With almost a million people, it has with everything you want and more: ocean, mountains, surf, beaches, arts, shopping, restaurants, bars, activities, festivals, history, and culture. It's constantly changing in technology, neighborhood improvements, businesses come and go, and moving at a pace on its own. It has a unique mix vibe, maybe because it's a transient place. You'll never get bored cause there's so much to do and explore.

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    I love Honolulu. It's filled with so many different people from all over the world. The people watching is fantastic. Grabbing strawberry mai tais in a hotel restaurant and then watching the sunset is just what this girl asks for. I even met my first boyfriend here on the beach in 1996. Whoa..it's been awhile. I need to go back as an adult.

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    Amazing hikes and green nature on this island. Also tourist and shopping hub in Waikiki. Great place for consumer holidays

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  • HonoluluPro 2014
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    Honolulu truly has something for every type of traveler. It offers up sun, surf and a nightlife that at times resembles a parade. There are hotels for every budget, restaurants for all tastes and lots of things to see and do. One of the things I loved the most was Pearl Harbor. I didn't think I would have the appreciation for such a historical site. Turns out it is so interesting, with veterans from the time telling their stories, that I couldn't stop talking about it. If you are traveling with kids make sure you visit the dolphin habitat at the Kahala Hotel, your kids will thank you.

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    Still the best vacation I've ever taken though I'm committed to seeing a different island next trip. :)

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    Waikiki is where 9 out of 10 visitors to Oahu stay, and though it has long been a tourist-only zone, there's still a lot to get your kicks from here. Take a booze cruise at sunset on a catamaran that pulls right up on the sand, or a quick outrigger canoe ride on the waves. Surf lessons are easy to find too. At sunset, head over to the hula mound at Kuhio Beach Park for free hula and Hawaiian music shows three nights a week, or order a mai tai at the oceanfront bars at the Royal Hawaiian and Halekulani hotels, which also have live music and solo hula dancers. Tip: You don't need a car in Waikiki, where overnight parking costs $20-30/night at hotels and local garages. Rely on TheBus for most of your trip, then rent a car for a day or two to get out and explore the rest of the island.

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  • HonoluluPro 2014
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    Honolulu is really a couple of beaches and a lot of shopping. Now that I've seen in once, I don't feel compelled to come back. You're particular predilections may lead you otherwise. Diamond Head was good, and I went out to Pearl Harbor.

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    Beautiful beach but always crowded and touristy. It is where all the big hotels are located, and the tourist shopping district is. Definitely a spot to get some drinsk on the beach though at one of the hotel bars.

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    Best island in the world

    Thank you for being a link in my network connections, where we are more than just vacations. REGARDS NICK

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    It's very convenient to stay here and drive out around the island to see other things. If we go back, we may explore staying elsewhere, but it's not a mistake to choose a hotel in the city--20 minutes drive takes you off to more secluded beaches.

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    For my first trip ever to Hawaii I was so glad to have gone to Honolulu. I loved staying on Waikiki Beach, which to most seems very touristy. I loved the fact that I could walk the streets of incredible shops and still be able to drive out to the more remote local hot spots.

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  • Honolulu

    Honolulu has many parts and all are a bit different. You have the biggest outdoor mall in the World (Ala Moana Mall) you have many beautiful beaches, and a great night life. It is also very crowded and congested at points. Some of my favorite places are Phuket Thai, Snapper's, Giovanni Pastrami, Yard House, King's Pub, and Shore Bird. There are many thing's to do and Honolulu actually encompasses both Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. The bus is great for getting around and won't kill your wallet like the cab will. Try to explore and not just stick with all the corporate places!

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    To be fair I was a little bit disappointed with Honolulu. It just felt too American. I did only spend 2 nights here on my way down to New Zealand so I maybe didn't get to see the real Honolulu..Waikiki beach was very disappointing to me as I had images of this wonderful beach and in reality it just wasn't to be. The island itself is simply stunning.

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Whether you've had the itch to learn how to hang ten on a surfboard or work on your tan at Waikiki Beach while enjoying great weather and the famed spirit of aloha, Hawaii’s capital Honolulu has been at the top spot of many a must-see list for several generations now. While tanning and surf lessons will electrify youngsters and parents alike, those looking for fewer crowds can always head to Makapu'u Beach or Halona Beach Cove for space. Honolulu offers a bevy of cultural and historical attractions, as well; spend a day honoring fallen World War II soldiers at the Pearl Harbor USS Arizona and USS Missouri Memorials or learn about Hawaiian culture and history at the Hawaiian royal `Iolani Palace. Nature reigns in Honolulu -- adults love hiking Diamond Head and kids enjoy highlights such as the zoo, aquarium or beautiful parks. Rooms at hotels and resorts come in every price range, but can be sparse come high season. Sure, it's campy, but a luau delivers Polynesian food and dancing to visitors just about every night.

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