When you deplane at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, you’re either a bus ride or short drive away from everything Honolulu has to offer. TheBus has routes that can take you directly downtown, but renting a car gives you the freedom to explore town and parts beyond. Whichever you choose, grab your bag and get going!
Coming from Long Beach, the palm trees and temperate weather of Honolulu won’t be new to you, so set out to see what makes this tropical destination special. Consider starting with a meal. Hawaiian cuisine is a unique blend of the cuisines brought to the islands by settlers throughout history and foods that were important to island natives. Polynesian flavors meld with Chinese, Japanese, and Korean tastes. Puerto Rican and Portuguese influences abound. And who could forget the Hawaiian love for the world’s most famous canned meat food? An easy, delicious entry point for trying Hawaiian food is ordering up a classic plate lunch. Enjoy a dish piled high with white rice, macaroni salad, and a protein of your choice—kalua pork and fresh seafood are excellent local options.
Honolulu beaches are beautiful, and there are plenty to enjoy from Pearl Harbor to Makapuu Point Lighthouse, but Waikiki Beach may be the most famous. Royals used to frolic on this beach on the south shore, now it’s the playground of locals and visitors alike. If you ride the waves back home, see what surf culture on Waikiki Beach has to offer. Want more natural wonders you can’t get back home in the LBC? Trek out to Diamond Head, the formidable formation that overlooks the Honolulu skyline. Enjoy panoramic birds-eye views of Waikiki Beach and see why this shimmering National Natural Landmark is so popular.