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Introduction

Honolulu, HI

Honolulu, HI

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Honolulu, the capital of the state of Hawaii, is a laid-back city on the southeast coast of the island of Oahu. Unwind on Waikiki Beach or climb Diamond Head for panoramic views of Oahu's coast. If Honolulu sounds to you as the paradise on earth: think twice. Honolulu, and much of Oahu, are overdeveloped. It's better to look for the real Hawaii elsewhere.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Downtown Honolulu - The historic heart of the city, home to the state capitol, several museums, the harborfront, and the commercial center of the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Waikiki - The tourist center of Hawaii: white sand beaches, crowds of surfers and sunbathers, and block after block of highrise hotels
  • Manoa-Makiki - A quieter area in the foothills north of Downtown, home to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in the Punchbowl crater, and the tropical scenery of the Koolau Mountains behind the city.
  • Eastern Honolulu - A mostly residential area which extends from Diamond Head to Makapu'u Point, the very southeastern corner of the island and home to rocky shorelines, scenic beaches, and the popular snorkeling spot Hanauma Bay.
  • Western Honolulu - Another major residential area, home to the airport, the Bishop Museum, and the military memorials of Pearl Harbor.

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Sights and Activities

  • Waikiki Beach is a 2-mile stretch of white-sand beach. You can engage in watersports, soak up the sun, enjoy some snorkelling or if you get there early enough, enjoy a peaceful stroll.
  • Diamond Head (or Lēʻahi) is a volcanic tuff cone that can be seen from many parts of the city. Climb to the lookout for spectacular views of Waikiki Beach and Oahu's coast line. The climb will take about 90 minutes and you should be sure to take some water and a hat as the trail can be hot.
  • The Aloha Tower is a lighthouse that was opened in 1926 and is still in use. You can visit the observation deck for sweeping views of the harbour.
  • The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum houses the world's largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts. Location: 1525 Bernice Street, Kalihi.
  • ʻIolani Palace, built in 1871, was the official residence of the Hawaiian royal family until they were overthrown in 1893. Guided tours are possible most mornings, or audio tours can be taken at visitors' leisure.
  • The Honolulu Academy of Arts presents a large private collection of art totalling some 40,000 works of art from around the world.
  • Waikiki Aquarium is the US' third oldest public aquarium and is home to over 2,500 organisms representing more than 420 species of aquatic animals. The aquarium is located in Queen Kapiolani Park at 2777 Kalakaua Ave and is open daily from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Admission is $9 for visitors, $6 for local residents and $4 for youths (ages 13-17).

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Events and Festivals

  • Chinese New Year is also cause for great celebration in late January/early February.
  • The Japanese community celebrates the Cherry Blossom Festival in February.
  • The International Bed Race in April is a popular fund raising event culminating in a bed pushing race through Honolulu's streets.
  • Lei Day on May the 1st sees everyone get lei'd.
  • The King Kamehameha Hula Competition takes place late in June, attracts dancers from as far away as Japan.
  • Hawaii International Jazz Festival - this celebration of jazz takes place in July.
  • The Honolulu Marathon is run in early December attracting over 30,000 competitors.

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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Weather

Honolulu enjoys a tropical climate, moderated by the California Current. Average daily highs are 27 °C in January and 31 °C in July. Temperatures rarely exceed 32 °C. As Honolulu is located in the southwest, it is much drier compared to the northeastern parts of the island. Honolulu has only between 20 and 50 mm of rain during most of the year, more so from November to February. It is quite unusual for to have the wettest time of year coincide with the slightly cooler months. Oddly enough, the possibility of a tropical storm or even a hurricane is higher from May to November, opposite to the wetter months. Still, such storms are less frequent compared to for example the Caribbean or west Pacific.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max26.7 °C26.9 °C27.6 °C28.2 °C29.3 °C30.3 °C30.8 °C31.5 °C31.4 °C30.5 °C28.9 °C27.3 °C
Avg Min18.7 °C18.6 °C19.6 °C20.4 °C21.3 °C22.3 °C23.1 °C23.4 °C23.1 °C22.4 °C21.3 °C19.4 °C
Rainfall90.2 mm56.1 mm55.9 mm39.1 mm28.7 mm12.7 mm15 mm11.2 mm19.8 mm57.9 mm76.2 mm96.5 mm
Rain Days75.265.23.32.12.92.63.54.66.16.9

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Getting There

By Plane

Most visitors come to Honolulu by air, as it's the main hub to the Hawaiian islands from mainland USA and several other pacific nations.

Honolulu International Airport (Airport code: HNL), 3 miles (5 kilometres) northwest of the city's CBD, is the main airport in Hawaii and the principal hub of Hawaiian Airlines. There are direct routes to Honolulu's airport from Asia, North America and the Pacific.

Dozens of international destinations are served, among which many cities in the US, such as Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City. Other destinations include Vancouver, Auckland, Fiji, Taiwan, Micronesia, American Samoa, Seoul, Melbourne, Sydney, Manila, and quite a few cities in Japan, including Tokyo and Osaka.

Domestic flights to and from Honolulu include Hawaii (Big Island), Maui, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai. Airlines include Hawaiian Airlines, Mokulele Airlines, Island Air, Mesa Airlines and Pacific Wings.

To/from the airport
TheBus (Honolulu) routes 19, 20, and 31 stop on the upper (departure) level of the airport. Routes 19 and 20 connect the airport to Pearlridge Center (20 only), Hickam AFB (19 only), Downtown Honolulu, Ala Moana Center, and Waikiki. Route 31 connects the airport to Tripler Army Medical Center, via Kalihi Transit Center. Routes 9, 40, 40A, 42, and 62 run on Nimitz Highway within walking distance of the airport.
Taxis, limousine services, (hotel) shuttles and rental cars are all widely available, some of them requiring advance reservations.

By Train

There is currently no rail infrastructure around Honolulu.

By Boat

Several Cruise lines such as Princess and Norwegian sail cruises with Honolulu as a port of call.

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Getting Around

By Car

Visitors are advised to take care not to leave valuables in their cars in and around Honolulu, especially when parking in crowded tourist spots and beaches. Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

By Public Transport

Honolulu and the island of Oahu is served by The Bus. The bus is most convenient within the city and surrounding suburbs, but also serves rural areas throughout the island. Transport to the North shore takes a little over an hour from the airport by the eastern route and about two hours along the western ("windward") coast. A light rail system is currently under development, which will be integrated with the bus system and will serve the greater Honolulu area.

By Foot

There are many pleasant walks in Honolulu. The infrastructure is generally pedestrian friendly. When leaving the city however, most use motorized transportation.

By Bike

Though experience riding in traffic is recommended, the city is very bikable. There are many shops for renting or servicing bicycles in Honolulu. There are also several biking trails near Honolulu and around the island. For more information on biking in Hawaii, see the web site for the Hawaii Bicycling League.

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Eat

Honolulu and Waikiki in particular offer a vast array of dining options for tourists. The local farmers markets are a great place for fresh and local food. Scattered around Oahu are various locations of the local Zippy's chain. It's the island equivalent of Denny's; but much more popular with the locals. They provide a wide variety of food, including plate lunches at reasonable prices. Most are open 24 hours and as such are very popular late-night spots to hang out. Zippy's signature dish is their chili, which they prepare in many different ways: served over rice, or over a burrito, or over french fries, to name a few. Another popular chain is Genki Sushi, a Japanese-style eatery with employees shouting "irrashaimase!" when you enter, which is the Japanese word for "welcome." Very popular with the younger crowd; the eatery offers many types of sushi, often served on a sushi conveyor belt.

  • Duke's, 2335 Kalakaua Ave (at the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel), ☎ +1 808 922-2268. Named after legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku. For meals and drinks right on the beach you can't beat Duke's. It's a bar and a restaurant. Their Sunday live music is a local favorite.
  • Eggs 'N Things, 2464 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 926-3447. Daily 6AM to 2PM 4PM to 10PM. This very popular breakfast/brunch spot attracts lines, so don't go if you're in a big rush. They make excellent omelettes and pancakes, and there are three syrups on the table; the coconut syrup is the best of the three. Portions are humongous, so go very hungry or order with restraint. Service is polite, and the vibe is convivial.
  • LuLu's Waikiki, 2586 Kalakua Ave (across the street from the Honolulu Zoo), ☎ +1 808 926-5222. 7AM-late. This is an enclosed, but open-air sports bar on across the street from the beach.
  • Mikawon Korean Restaurant, 2310 Kuhio Ave (not easily visible from the street - in a pedestrian mall about a half a block from Kuhio Ave), ☎ +1 808 924-3277. Daily 10AM-10PM. Very informal, with colorful testimonials in various languages papering the walls. Clientele is primarily Korean, and staff speak little English, so don't expect a lot of help in deciding what to order. Just get whatever seems good to you (some photos in the menu may help), and enjoy some delicious real Korean food. Excellent banchan (complimentary side dishes), too.
  • Tiki's Grill & Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave (in the Waikiki Beach Hotel), ☎ +1 808 923-8454. Good food and service.
  • 53 By The Sea, 53 Ahui St, ☎ +1 808 536-5353. Waterfront views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Seafood, steak, pasta. Entrées: $18 to $42. edit
  • Genki Sushi, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd (in the Ward Center) and 1450 Ala Moana Blvd (in the Ala Moana Center), ☎ +1 808 591-5600. A Japanese-style chain eatery, with employees shouting "irrashaimase!" (welcome) when you enter. Very popular with the younger people, offering many types of sushi moving on a rotating track.
  • Little Village Noodle House, 1113 Smith St. Located in the heart of Chinatown, this bustling restaurant has an extensive menu of Chinese favorites. The food never disappoints, which probably explains why it's almost always packed.
  • Legend Seafood, 100 N Beretania #108, ☎ +1 808 532-1868. Best dim sum in Honolulu, easily rivaling places in San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc. Located in Chinatown in a two level Chinese outdoor shopping plaza, Legend serves amazing and authentic dim sum at reasonable prices. Very popular with locals, and crowded on weekends. Daily 8:30AM-2PM for dim sum and then again at 5:30PM for dinner. Despite its name, all types of dim sum are served, not just seafood. Their vegetarian counterpart restaurant is located adjacent, and is also excellent.
  • The Mandalay, 1055 Alakea St, ☎ +1 808 525-8585. Cantonese cuisine and Hong Kong style dim sum in one of Oahu's most elegant and contemporary Chinese settings.
  • Zippy's, 59 North Vineyard Boulevard and 1450 Ala Moana Blvd (in the Ala Moana Center), ☎ +1 808 532-4211. The island equivalent of Denny's, though far more popular with the locals. There's a wide variety of food, including plate lunches at reasonable prices; their signature dish is their chili, which they prepare in many different ways: served over rice, over a burrito, or over french fries, to name a few.

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Drink

There are several places open till 2:00am. Some are open until 4:00am. Most of Honolulu's bars and night clubs can be found along Kuhio Avenue.

  • Mai Tai Bar, Ala Moana Shopping Center, Upper Level 4. Popular among locals, especially on weekends and Wednesday nights. Live local music is played M-F 4-7PM, Sa Su 1PM-4PM, and nightly 9:30PM-12:30AM. Happy Hour 8PM-11PM.
  • O'Toole's Irish Pub, 902 Nuuanu Ave (in a small brick building at Nuuanu and Marin St). This excellent little pub has good beer, good booze, and Irish friendliness without going overboard on the imported (or fake) Irish crap. Live music (try to catch Doolin' Rakes, they kick ass!). They serve sandwiches though they are nothing to write home about.
  • Murphy's Bar and Grill, 2 Merchant St. Traditional Irish pub food and local specialties. Mr. Murphy reputedly hand-selects the corned beef, which should tell you something about the quality of the food (it's awesome!); they also pour an excellent pint of Guinness.
  • Smith's Union Bar, 19 N Hotel St, ☎ +1 808 538-9145. First opened in 1935 when this section of Chinatown was a red-light district and playground for merchant seamen. Come for the affordable drinks and friendly service. Stay for the ukulele jams and karaoke. There is always something to see, either in the bar or the "action" on the Hotel Street.
  • Hula's, 134 Kapahulu (on the second floor of the Waikiki Grand), ☎ +1 808 923-0669. The oldest and best-known gay-friendly nightspot showcasing a glassed in dance floor. Excellent cocktails, especially mai tais. Music videos are shown on big screens, and are all by request on Monday nights. Open to the air.
  • Kelly O'Neil's, 311 Lewers St, ☎ +1 808 926-1777. Energetic pub atmosphere with live music playing every night.
  • Moose McGillycuddy's, 310 Lewers St (across from Kelly O'Neil's), ☎ +1 808 923-0751. 7:30AM-4AM. Live music, daily specials, tasty adult beverages, ono pupus, bikini contest, friendly atmosphere and staff. Huge selection of breakfasts, pupus (appetizers), burgers and specialties. A Waikiki landmark for over 26 years.
  • The Yard House, 226 Lewers St, ☎ +1 808 923-9273. Not only does it have a wonderful food menu, but they offer over 130 draft beers from all over the world, the huge island bar protects the 4 walls of taps within. If you were wondering how they can have so many beers on tap, just take a walk over to the double pained 2 inch thick Plexiglas wall that allows you to observe the elaborate tap system. It may take you longer to pick out a beer than to actually drink it.

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Sleep

Not surprisingly, most hotels in Honolulu are found in Waikiki or its vicinity. Generally Hawaii is most popular when the weather is the worst on the U.S. mainland. High season in Hawaii is mid-December to March (high rates and tight booking), and June to September (high rates but somewhat easier booking). Low season is from spring (April to June) and fall (September to mid-December), when the best bargains are available.

  • 'Ilima Hotel, 445 Nohonani St, ☎ +1 808 923-1877. Budget friendly condo hotel two blocks from Waikiki Beach. Free parking and internet. The condos are very large units. From $133.
  • Maile Sky Court, 2058 Kuhio Ave, ☎ +1 808 947-2828. Budget friendly hotel three blocks to Waikiki Beach, four blocks to Hawaii Convention Center. Studios and one bedroom suites available. $70-150, weekly and monthly rates available.
  • Pacific Ohana Hostel, 2566 Lemon Rd, ☎ +1 808 921-8111. Dorm, private, and studios available. $25-65, weekly and monthly rates available.
  • Waikiki Beachside Hostel, 2556 Lemon Rd, ☎ +1 808 923-9566. Dorms and semi-private rooms. $20-74, weekly rates available.
  • Aqua Palms & Spa, 1850 Ala Moana Blvd, ☎ +1 808 947-7256. Spa, WiFi, rooftop pool and receptions.
  • Courtyard Waikiki Beach, 400 Royal Hawaiian Ave, ☎ +1 808 954-4000. Contemporary, boutique-style hotel right in the heart of Waikiki. Two towers, 401 rooms. Currently the only Courtyard in Hawaii.
  • Prince Waikiki, 100 Holomoana St, ☎ +1 808 956-1111. A hotel that features all oceanfront rooms and suites. Other amenities of the hotel include a championship golf course, day spa, tennis courts, and extensive facilities for meetings, weddings, and social events.
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2005 Kalia Rd (off Ala Moana Blvd), ☎ +1 808 949-4321. The largest resort in Waikiki, covering 22 acres fronting Waikiki Beach. Five towers with 2,545 units, 90 shops, and 22 restaurants. Alii Tower offers one of the best locations on Waikiki Beach. Beachfront accommodations, exclusive services, enhanced amenities, including the Tower's private pool terrace, whirlpool and private fitness center. The parking garage is very handy; with your room card you can access your car at any time without waiting on valet service. Diamondhead Tower is straight out of the 70s and many of the rooms are poorly maintained with torn wallpaper, water damage and obvious power cables running under carpet. Overall the resort is very crowded in the peak season but for families with tweens may be acceptable.
  • The Lotus at Diamond Head, 2885 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 922-1700. Boutique hotel.
  • Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 922-3111. Have breakfast at The Verdara and dinner at Beachhouse at The Moana, wine at bin 1901 and enjoy the Moana Lani Spa.
  • Park Shore Waikiki, 2586 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 954-7426. Overlooking Diamond Head and the pristine expanses of Kapiolani Park.
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, 120 Kaiulani Ave, ☎ +1 808 922-5811. Dine at Pikake Terrace, Splash bar & Bento. Also have song and dance show called Creation - A Polynesian Journey.
  • Aston Waikiki Beach Tower, 2470 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 926-6400, toll-free: +1-855-776-1766. A condominium resort with ocean views from every suite, this hotel is located across the street from Waikiki Beach.
  • Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Rd, ☎ +1 808 923-2311, toll-free: +1-800-367-2343. One of the nicest (and most expensive) hotels on Oahu.
  • Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, 175 Paoakalani Ave, ☎ +1 808 922-3861.
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, 2424 Kalakaua Ave. 4 Star twin-tower resort and convention complex on Waikiki Beach. Spa, restaurants, shops and daily entertainment on property.
  • Ilikai Hotel & Suites, 1777 Ala Moana Blvd, ☎ +1 808 949-3811. Oceanfront hotel that features prominently in the famous opening shot of Hawaii Five-O. Amenities include a swimming pool, fitness room, meeting rooms, rooftop restaurant.
  • The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 923-7311. Tai Bar, Azure Restaurant, Surf Lanai Restaurant, oceanfront dinner show, Abhasa Spa, beauty salon, 20 specialty shops.
  • Sheraton Waikiki, 2255 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 922-4422. Nightly poolside entertainment, two swimming pools, laundry facilities, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Spa Khakara, Yoshiya restaurant, live music at RumFire.
  • Trump International Hotel Waikiki, 223 Saratoga Rd, ☎ +1 808 683-7777, toll-free: +1-877-683-7401. 5-star resort and spa with magnificent views and very helpful staff. Pool, spa, library, free WiFi and daily room servicing.
  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 2552 Kalakaua Ave, ☎ +1 808 922-6611. A large resort hotel across the street from Waikiki Beach, with two towers, several restaurants, dozens of shops, a spa and views of the city, ocean, and Diamond Head.
  • Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Dr, ☎ +1 808 955-4811, fax: +1 808 944-2974. This contemporary hotel is close to many of Honolulu's beautiful beaches and attractions.
  • Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel, 1088 Bishop St, ☎ +1 808 539-3000, toll-free: +1 877-997-6667. On the top 10 floors of the 40-story Executive Centre skyscraper in downtown Honolulu. 116 suites. $150-300.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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Quick Facts

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Population
905,034
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 21.291982
  • Longitude: -157.821856

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