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Best Things to Do in Honolulu

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Maritel's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Helena's is hands down our favorite local spot in Honolulu! We make sure to get in a few meals there every time we visit. Best Hawaiian food and customer service on Oahu!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Lanikai Pillbox hike was a favorite activity for our family. Our two boys enjoyed the trek up the mountain and enjoyed the views from the pillbox! Waimea Valley was another amazing destination. We enjoyed the short hike to the waterfall and swimming in the waterfall is a MUST! So refreshing and exciting! They also have the BEST Spicy Bloody Mary's at the bar!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Bring lots of snacks and sunblock to the beach! Take the kids hiking too! It's a great way to get their energy out and be with nature.

Visited Honolulu in April

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Tara in Honolulu for Flytographer


Clara's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Cafe Kopi, Alicia’s Market

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Ko Olina lagoons, Lanikai, North Shore eateries

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Honolulu?

Do a flytographer photoshoot at Lanikai with Natalie!

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Samantha's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Murakame udon because it’s delicious!!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Botanical garden, light hike up to lighthouse

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Be sure to feed the kids before heading out on a trip, bring extra clothes, food and water.

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Waikiki Beach (South Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Isabel's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Sky

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Catamaran

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Lauren in Honolulu for Flytographer


Ryan's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Big Wave Daves Coffee and Surf Shop

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Surfing

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Laura in Honolulu for Flytographer


Megan's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Aloha Melt! The best grilled cheese on the whole island! 1000%

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Kualoa Ranch is top of the list! Such a great place! And the beach right across is stunning for photos, relaxing and hanging out!

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Honolulu?

Don’t go to the cookie-cutter tourist places! Explore! Go see what else there’s out there, eat at different places! You won’t regret it

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Lauren in Honolulu for Flytographer


April's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Use BabyQuip instead of flying with your car seats, strollers, etc.

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Nicole's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Laura in Honolulu for Flytographer


Vivian's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Pai Honolulu ! The Chef's Tasting menu was amazing!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Helicopter tour was great but really loved driving up to the Tantalus Lookout at Puu Ualakaa State Park. Incredible views of the island.

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Waialae Beach Park (South Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Shelly's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

The Old Spaghetti Factory has amazing food.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

The Sea Life Park, Germaine's Luau, and Pearl Harbor.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Choose kid friendly activities and bring a stroller. You will do a lot of walking.

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Ala Moana Beach Park (South Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Kim's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

We loved eating at the tommy Bahama restaurant in Waikiki. We sat on the rooftop and there was live music. Such amazing vibes!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

We always buy sand toys and floats from the abc stores and enjoy them during our trip. On our last day we find families and pass along our toys for them to enjoy.

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Tara in Honolulu for Flytographer


Jamette's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Dukes! Iconic location. Don’t miss it! Make a reservation way in advance

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Floating in Waikiki and playing in the waves

What is your best travel tip for Honolulu?

Do your research where you wanna go and what you wanna see and Reserve everything in advance.

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Waimanalo Beach (East Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Lauren's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

We loved grabbing coffee at Morning Brew in Kailua and fresh poke at Ono Seafood.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

We loved exploring the island! We rented a car for two days and drove all around. We especially loved the North Shore and East Shore. We also really enjoyed visiting Pearl Harbor.

What is your best travel tip for Honolulu?

Definitely rent a car to explore and ask locals for their favorite restaurants! Waikiki Beach is really busy and crowded, so don't be afraid to stay in a different area of the island, like the North or East Shore.

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Jennifer's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Monkeypod in Ko'Olina. Delicious, fresh, local food. Fun atmosphere! Go during happy hour (starting at 3:30) for lighter crowds and half off appetizers and cocktails!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Pearl Harbor, the tour of the Arizona Memorial especially.

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Laura in Honolulu for Flytographer


Christine's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

So many to mention, but here are some of our favorite: * Maui Mike's Fire-Roasted Chicken -- this is our family's favorite * Side Street Inn -- Fried Chicken, Fried Rice and Side Mui cocktail was good. We hear their pork chop is good also * Guava Smoked -- their grilled Butterfish Kama is so delicious * Ted's Bakery -- their pies and Garlic Shrimp is deliciousl. I think their Garlic Shrimp is better than Giovanni's Shrimp Truck * Foodland Supermarket -- they have fresh poke. They also sell pies from Ted's Bakery too! * Musubi & Bento Iyasume -- musubis to go * Leonard's Bakery -- for their malasadas * Island Vintage Coffee

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

* Hiking -- Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail, Diamond Head, Lanikai Pillbox * Waimea Falls -- easy stroll to the falls, lifejackets provided if you want to swim * SUPaddling in North Shore

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Shark's Cove -- has kid friendly tide pools to explore

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Kailua Bay (East Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Laura's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

We loved Mud Hen Water because it is totally off the beaten path of touristy Oahu, located in a hip neighborhood called Kaimuki. Great food, atmosphere, and Natalie our Flytographer told us after we'd been that it is also one of her Honolulu favorites! Also, Waiahole Poi Factory for super local, authentic Hawaiian food. Worth the drive!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Lanikai Beach for the softest sand and clearest water! Haleiwa for shave ice, shopping. Kuliouou Ridge Hike for a challenging four mile roundtrip hike and fantastic views of windward Oahu and Diamond Head.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Stop at Target and get some cheap beach chairs and small cooler to tote all over while you beach hop the island!

Visited Honolulu in March

Photo Shoot Location: Waimanalo Beach (East Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Yagmur's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Goofy’s cafe!

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Honolulu?

Rent lounge chairs and umbrella! Don’t tough it out in the hot sand

Visited Honolulu in June

Photo Shoot Location: Ala Moana Beach Park (South Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Mayra's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Swimming with the turtles in the north Shore.

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Priscilla's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Cream Pot. Delicious breakfast food and very warm and welcoming environment.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

The beaches, absolutely beautiful.

What is the best tip for going on your honeymoon to Honolulu?

Book a photographer with flytographer to remember your honeymoon forever ❣️

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Laura in Honolulu for Flytographer


Jennifer's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

I think going to Leonard’s Bakery is a must. The Portuguese donuts were nothing like I have ever had. Dukes Restaurant is a great experience to dine on the beach. The wait is a bit but worth it.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

You can’t go to Honolulu without seeing Pearl Harbor. We took our 13 year old and it will be something he will talk about and remember forever. We also hiked Diamond head and the view from the top is worth the sweat getting there.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Just to be patient and slow down and to see the island through the eyes of a child. We came here 20 years ago(2001) for our honeymoon and it’s so much better experiencing it with your kids.

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Ala Moana Beach Park (South Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Ashley's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Duke’s Waikiki, Tropics Bar & Grill

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Surf lessons, Waimea Falls, Chief’s Luau, Pearl Harbor

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Angie's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

We enjoyed YougurStory. The food is yummy, especially the purple pancakes (ube pancakes)

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Manoa Falls park is a fun hike. Prepare to get dirty! Kualoa Ranch is great for checking our the Jurassic Park movie sets and loads of fun all around.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Pack lots of snacks.

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Courtney's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Monkey Pod - close to our hotel, great food and atmosphere

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Hiking Crouching Lion GyPSy Guide Tour

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

If you’re bringing a baby and can afford a seat for them on the flight (thanks southwest points), it is so worth it!

Visited Honolulu in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Megan's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Tiki's Bar and Grille was hands-down my favorite meal on the trip, surprisingly vegan-friendly (ask for the vegan pasta dish), and great virgin daiquiris. For a quick take-out, check out Burger + Sushi in Waikiki for amazing hole-in-the-wall sushi rolls (they're huge!).

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

We loved kayaking in Kailua, doing a driving tour around the island, Chief's Luau, hiking Diamond Head, surfing/paddleboarding at Queens Beach

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Honolulu?

Wake up early and get to the attractions before the crowds!

Visited Honolulu in June

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Sarah's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Monkeypod

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Honolulu?

You will never regret capturing pictures on your babymoon, no matter how far along in your pregnancy you are. Your babymoon is such a special time to just relax and soak up those moments with just you and your partner before your new best friend arrives.

Visited Honolulu in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


jane's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Titos grill, Kalbi on fire, L&L BBQ

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Surf lessons, swimming with sharks, Polynesian Cultural Center, Pearl Harbor and the quiet beaches of Laie

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Let them be kids, let them laugh, play and just enjoy the beach! Don’t over plan their time! Half day of activities, half day of downtime on beach or pool will give them the incentive to participate in educational events. There is so much to do on the islands and little one’s can become overwhelmed easily. Keep it about the ALOHA way, low key and relaxed!

Visited Honolulu in June

Photo Shoot Location: Mokuleia Beach (North Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


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