Oahu, Hawaii

Ideal for: Island Lovers, Outdoor Enthusiasts, History Buffs

  • Honolulu, meaning “sheltered harbor,” is the capital of and the largest city in Hawaii, making it the financial, governmental, and cultural gateway to the state. It’s also a center of international commerce and military defense.
  • Once a retreat for Hawaiian royalty, the city is best known for its unique blend of Western and Pacific cultures, luxury shopping, museums, and iconic Waikiki Beach.
  • Located on Oahu’s southeast coast, Honolulu is the westernmost and southernmost major U.S. city and boasts a greater metro area population of almost 1 million.
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As the capital and largest city in Hawaii, Honolulu expertly combines urban and island elements. Enjoy the laid-back beach lifestyle mixed with a thriving nightlife, bustling industrial district, high-end shopping, diverse cuisines, culturally rich population, and significant art and historical institutions such as the striking site of Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace, the United States' only official royal palace. This "sheltered harbor" is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, volcanic crater surrounded by lush jungles, world-famous beaches, and perfect weather. In the winter and spring months, humpback whales can be spotted along the coastline.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
  • Average Temperature
    88℉ in summer; 81℉ in winter
  • Peak Season
  • Car Recommended?
  • Time Zone
    6 hours behind NYC during Daylight Savings Time

Destination Highlights


  • Forecasting Your Honolulu Vacation

    Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu’s south shore and experiences a hot, semi-dry tropical climate with average highs hovering between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and lows around 70 degrees year round. The dry season is typically April–September, while the winter months, especially December, usually see the most rainfall (however, this is also the best time for whale watching and surfing). With an average of 278 sunny days a year and water temps in the high 70s, Honolulu's climate is ideal for hitting the beach any time of year.


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