Where to Eat, Sleep and Ex­plore in Honolulu

If Oahu is the heart of Hawaii, then Honolulu is its rac­ing pulse, and Lux­eGet­aways has your in­sider’s guide to how you can make the most of ev­ery minute you have in this cos­mopoli­tan resort des­ti­na­tion.

LuxeGetaways - - Contents - STORY BY MICHELLE M. WIN­NER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY HAWAII TOURISM AU­THOR­ITY

Honolulu is a big lit­tle city of more than 909,863 year-round in­hab­i­tants on the is­land of Oahu. Of­ten called “The Gath­er­ing Place,” Oahu re­ally does gather the vis­i­tor num­bers each year. Oahu hosted 5.6 mil­lion vis­i­tors in 2016. With so many op­tions of where to eat, sleep and ex­plore in Honolulu; where do you be­gin? No need to worry – we have your so­lu­tions for ev­ery step of your Honolulu get­away. Honolulu in­cludes Waikiki, the hub of the vis­i­tor in­dus­try. With the ma­jor­ity of the ho­tel rooms on the is­land be­ing lo­cated in Waikiki, new ho­tel con­cepts and brands are con­stantly re­plac­ing the old. Waikiki of­fers a mix of price points for ac­com­mo­da­tions, but as al­ways, the very best are di­rectly on the ocean. Fa­mil­iar shops along the main drag of Kalakaua Av­enue are long gone, and parts of the av­enue now re­sem­bles Rodeo Drive with world­wide up­scale brands dot­ting the street to the de­light of lux­ury shop­pers. Al­though the face of Waikiki con­tin­ues to evolve, the most fa­mous “beach at Waikiki” stays much the same, as does the view of iconic Mount Leahi and Diamond Head, en­cir­cled by wav­ing palms. On the West side of the is­land, the Ko

Olina Resort has grown up from a dry, keawe-cov­ered scrub­land to now be a man­i­cured resort at­tract­ing those look­ing for an “away from the crowds” ex­pe­ri­ence. From plush ho­tels, first-class golf­ing, an up­scale Dis­ney ex­pe­ri­ence, cul­tural en­rich­ment pro­grams, and Hawai­ian ocean sports, you will find it here. There are two other is­land des­ti­na­tions to con­sider. Ka­hala Ho­tel & Resort is a few miles from Waikiki (at Diamond Head and the wealthy en­clave of Ka­hala), and de­liv­ers first-class re­lax­ation. And for those who love the re­laxed vibe of the North Shore with its surf cul­ture and coun­try feel, Tur­tle Bay Resort is the place ka­maaina (local born) go for fam­ily time and stay­ca­tions in the ho­tel, con­dos and vil­las.

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