Honolulu is known for its tropical climate and sun-kissed beaches with surfing and swimming. The city also features cultural activities and beautiful scenery with forests and mountains. In Hawaiian, the word "Honolulu" means place of shelter. Honolulu has a bustling business and shopping district along with Waikiki, the tourism district. Numerous Honolulu hotels provide lodging for the many guests to the area.
Hawaii Convention Center is the main venue in Honolulu for events, festivals, and special meetings. Visitors staying in nearby hotels in Honolulu will have easy access to the Center.
Visitors can enjoy the opportunity to taste a variety of cuisine near their hotels. Honolulu restaurants offer traditional island food and Pacific flavors, along with international foods. Guests can enjoy outdoor dining at the Beachside Cafe or Bali by The Sea.
To learn about the history of the island, visitors to Honolulu will enjoy the Iolani Palace, built in 1883 for the last king and queen of Hawaii. Visitors can choose between guided or self-guided tours.
Ala Moana Center and the Royal Hawaiian Center both provide options for the traveler who wants to spend an afternoon shopping. With both locations, visitors will find local shops and national chains for name brands as well as unique Hawaiian goods.
While there are no professional sports teams in Honolulu or anywhere on the island, it is home to several sporting events. Guests staying at Honolulu hotels can participate or watch the marathons, triathlons, and surfing competitions. Honolulu hosts the college Hawaii Bowl for football and the Hawaii Winter Baseball.