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How to Get a Taste of Real Hawaii in Honolulu

Discover a fusion of Eastern and Western cultures rooted in native Hawaiian traditions.

By Elite Traveler

Honolulu’s tropical climate, rich natural scenery and extensive (and gorgeous) beaches make it a popular destination for tourists all year round. With everything from fine dining and world-class shopping to historic landmarks, there are so many options to keep you entertained on your vacation.

Start by visiting Waikiki Beach or Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, some of the most beautiful places on the island. From surfing the gentle waves to snorkeling with manta rays, there is never a dull moment. Or, hike up to Diamond Head’s 350-acre volcanic crater, where you can marvel at the majestic views of Oahu.

Then, spend the afternoon soaking up some history. The former residence of the Hawaiian monarchs and the only royal palace in the US, the Iolani Palace is a stunning American Florentine-style national treasure.

Tour the throne room, view the private living quarters of the royal family and envision the magnificent state dinners and balls as you wander through the reception and dining room. From swords and precious jewelry to the king and queen’s crowns and ancient regalia, there is so much to take in and enjoy.

Where to stay

Orchids Restaurant at Halekulani / ©Halekulani

Halekulani opened its doors in 1907 and has received more than 500 accolades and awards. The Orchid Suite has floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto a private lawn with spectacular views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and House Without A Key’s century-old kiawe tree. Situated on the site of the original residence, the suite reflects the spirit of the island with an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. The suite features the services of a personal butler, private kitchen facilities and complimentary airport transfers.

2199 Kālia Road, Honolulu, +1 808 923 2311,

Where to eat

A world-class restaurant on the Waikiki beachfront within the Royal Hawaiian Resort, Azure marries upscale dining with a relaxed ambience, plus jaw-dropping views and cuisine to match. Azure’s chefs handpick locally caught fish from the Hawaii Fish Auction each morning and prepare it to the highest standards. For the chance to sample some of the island’s best seafood, opt for the chef’s market fish.

2259 Kalākaua Avenue, Honolulu, +1 808 921 4600,

Where to fly

Centrally located between Honolulu and Ko Olina, Million Air Honolulu offers guests gourmet catering, concierge services, a conference room and shuttle service. Located at the Kalaeloa Airport, also known as John Rodgers Airport, the airfield has undergone significant improvements and can now accommodate a wide variety of aircraft with its expansive ramps and long runways.

Million Air Honolulu; Kalaeloa (John Rodgers) Airport, 300 Midway Street Kapolei, HI 96707

Contact, +1 808 490 2400,

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