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Downtown HonoluluHonolulu

Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Many of Hawai’i’s most important historic sites and beautiful buildings are clustered together here at the hub of the city, with the ocean just a short walk away.

Most visitors are drawn to Hawai’i’s capital by its famous beaches, but don’t dismiss the superb range of sights and sounds to be experienced in downtown Honolulu. This area is packed with gorgeous old buildings and interesting attractions, all close to one another. Walk between attractions without worrying about transport and get to the ocean within minutes.

Many of the buildings here are modern office blocks. Yet this part of the city is not just the place where Honolulu residents go about their daily business. It has a rich and varied past too. Look closely and find historic buildings scattered around between the contemporary skyscrapers. It’s also the place where Hawai’i’s history is made today, as it’s the seat of the state legislature.

Start your tour of historic Honolulu with the King Kamehameha Statue. This famous sculpture, one of Honolulu’s best-known sites, represents the revered king who first united the Hawaiian Islands. Take the essential photo next to it with the beautiful Aliʻiōlani Hale building in the background.

Then head to any one of the many sites within walking distance. Go on a guided tour of the ‘Iolani Palace, directly opposite the statue, or visit the State of Hawaii Legislature. Alternately, get your culture fix at the Hawai’i State Art Museum or in the beautiful high-ceilinged halls of the Hawai’i State Public Library.

Head to the Aloha Tower to marvel at its blend of art deco and Gothic-style architecture, then ascend to the observation deck for sweeping views of the city and the ocean. Afterwards, wander the buzzing streets of Chinatown, browsing the market stalls and shops. Look for temples such as the Japanese Izumo Taishakyo Mission Shrine and the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple.

Plan your excursion to Downtown Honolulu for the morning or the early afternoon in order to ensure entry into all the attractions. If you’re someone who comes alive in the evenings, arrive in good time to relax at one of the restaurants offering perfect views of the world-famous Hawaiian sunset.


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Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
3 out of 5
1088 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI
The price is £139 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr

Located in Downtown Honolulu, this hotel is steps away from Hawaii Pacific University and Hawaii Theater. Honolulu Harbor and Iolani Palace are also within 5 ...

4/5Very Good! (586 reviews)

"The room was awesome. Separate Entry with sleeper sofa. Well appointed kitchen with dishwasher. Large comfortable living room. Clothes Washer and Dryer. Huge bedroom with King Bed. It was exactly what we wanted."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2021

Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Heart of Downtown Honolulu
executive center 1088 bishop, 1106, Honolulu, HI
The price is £339 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr

Located in Downtown Honolulu, this condo is steps away from Hawaii Pacific University and Hawaii Theater. Honolulu Harbor and Iolani Palace are also within 5 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Cute little apartment

"Definitely a small space, but was useful for our needs. Kitchen was well stocked, but could use more silverware. Host was responsive when there was an issue with the shower and got it fixed pretty quick. Only complaint is how high up in the garage the parking spot is, the location gets a lot of traffic ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2021

Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Queen Studio w/ Shared Pool & hot tub - Just Steps From the Beach!
Queen Studio w/ Shared Pool & hot tub - Just Steps From the Beach!
850 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI
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Located in Downtown Honolulu, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kaka'ako Waterfront Park, Ala Moana Beach Park and Honolulu Harbor. Neal ...

2.3/5 (3 reviews)
Wrong Address

"The listing address does not match the property address. The addresses are 2.1 miles apart. Contacted management before checkin and agent was useless and not able to look up my booking. I am not sure they knew where Hawaii was located. Checkin issues feedback got no response. Chatbot agent deflected ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Queen Studio w/ Shared Pool & hot tub - Just Steps From the Beach!
Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
3.5 out of 5
1088 Bishop Street #1201, Honolulu, HI
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Located in Downtown Honolulu, this condo is steps away from Hawaii Pacific University and Hawaii Theater. Honolulu Harbor and Iolani Palace are also within 5 ...

Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
1088 Bishop Street #1201, Honolulu, HI
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Located in Downtown Honolulu, this condo is steps away from Hawaii Pacific University and Hawaii Theater. Honolulu Harbor and Iolani Palace are also within 5 ...

Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
225 Queen Street, Honolulu, HI
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Located in Downtown Honolulu, this condo is within a 5-minute walk of Honolulu Harbor, Iolani Palace and Aloha Tower Marketplace. Aloha Tower and Hawaii Theater ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great stay

"We enjoyed our stay here! The place is well stocked and owner was very accommodating to our needs."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2021

New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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