Almost any photo of picturesque Honolulu makes an excellent postcard, but don’t let that fool you—the city is far more than swaying palm trees and beautiful beaches. The vibrant personalities that comprise Honolulu have been shaped by a kaleidoscope of ethnic traditions. Here, you’re just as likely to run into a surfer and a hula troupe as you are a research assistant at the University of Hawai’i marine biology lab or a businessman dressed in khakis and an aloha shirt. Honolulu travel has evolved throughout the years as the city has matured into an international hub for business, tourism, fashion and cuisine. The pulse of Hawai’i is quicker in Honolulu, thanks to the palpable energy of its warm and industrious residents. Yet if there’s one principle that regulates the lifestyle of kama‘aina (local residents), it’s balance. An executive can go to a board meeting at the office, followed by a board meeting in the ocean. For every high rise, there is a park bench. Honolulu travel can be whatever...See More you make it. On Friday night, you can join the jetset crowd in a trendy barhop around Chinatown, and on Saturday morning, you can go on a solitary hike through the rainforest in Manoa Valley. A Honolulu vacation can be as relaxing or energetic as you want it to be. Suffice it to say that whether you seek peaceful moments of reflection by the sea, or lively adventures with friends or family, in Honolulu, there are endless opportunities to find both. See Less
1 It’s time to get out of “town” and head to the “country,” as rural Oahu in East Honolulu is known. A quarter-tank of gas will buy you a circle island tour through the pineapple fields to the north shore.