Vista point view of Honolulu and the Waikiki shoreline.

Planning Your Time in Honolulu

Here’s how to plan your time in urban Honolulu to include a nice mix of history, art, delicious & diverse cuisine, and of course, a few hours at the beach.

A lifeguard station near the edge of the grass at the flat beach of Ala Moana Beach Park.

About Honolulu’s Beach Parks

An in-depth look at Honolulu’s three beach parks covering amenities, hours of operation, typical crowds, swim & surf conditions, layout, scenery, and more.

In Hawaii, your destination will dictate the type of vacation rental available.

How to Find a Great Vacation Rental in Hawaii

There are thousands of vacation rentals across the islands that afford the luxury of a home away from home—think full kitchen, living room, multiple bedrooms, and laundry facilities—in many desired locales, sometimes where hotels just can’t be. So how do you navigate the myriad listings to find the right vacation rental for your stay? Research is the key.

Spectators on the beach watch surfers ride Oahu's famous pipeline.

Wintertime Surf in Hawaii

Hawaii is known for its giant wintertime surf and December is one of the best months to be a surf spectator as waves on Hawaii’s north- and west-facing shores can easily reach 20 to 40 feet high.