A lively collection of walkable neighbourhoods, Honolulu is far more than Waikiki and the downtown shopping district most visitors see. From the urban street art and brewpubs of industrial-chic Kakaako to lush Manoa with its grand homes and gardens, this capital city on Oahu is as multicultural and eclectic as the people who built it.
Be at the gate when it opens to hike Diamond Head—the trail will be clear and you’ll have one of the best sunrise views on Oahu.
Eat breakfast at Koko Head Cafe in Kaimuki, which serves up creative combinations such as a breakfast bruschetta with fruit and macadamia yogurt and baked volcano eggs with Portuguese sausage.
Wander the stalls of Chinatown’s outdoor Oahu Market, where you’ll feel like you’ve visited every country in Asia.
Dig into The Pig and the Lady’s sublime Pho French dip banh mi sandwich—the slow-roasted brisket, hoisin sauce and rich pho broth come together perfectly.
Tour grand Iolani Palace, home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs. This ornate building has been restored to its palatial grandeur and features original furnishings.
Easily one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods, Kakaako is bursting with vibrant murals. Take a self-guided tour and admire these colourful creations (maps available at powwowworldwide.com).
Join the lively scene at Honolulu Beerworks. Order a Bavarian soft pretzel along with a Kewalo’s Cream Ale.
Sunset in Waikiki is a must. At House Without A Key, watch the sun fade away while dining on local dishes and listening to strains of Hawaiian music.
Get a taste for Honolulu’s nightlife at Bevy, a local-favourite bar known for its inventive cocktails.
[This story appears in the November 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]
How to Spend 3 Days On the Island of Hawaii
Formed from five volcanoes (four of which are active), Hawaii’s "Big Island" is a place of tropical beauty, cultural riches and geological wonders. Visit for three days and hike through Kohala Forest Reserve, go paddleboarding and explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.