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Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii

The premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific and the largest museum in the state, Bishop Museum explores Hawaii’s culture through many different disciplines. Kids will especially enjoy the Science Adventure Center.

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Honolulu Neighborhood Guide

Like most major metropolitan areas, Honolulu has several distinct neighborhoods where shopping, dining, culture, and entertainment mingle. Familiarizing yourself with the general theme of each neighborhood makes it much easier to plan ahead for the day and to find your way around the city. Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll find in each major area.

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Best Sights in Downtown Honolulu

The best sights in downtown Honolulu are steeped in Hawaii’s political history. Those interested in architecture will find plenty to capture their interest, especially in America’s only true royal palace and a New England-style church built from hand-harvested coral.

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Golf and Spa Days in Honolulu

While you might prefer one over the other, Honolulu has some excellent choices for both golf and spa days. If you’re short on time or simply want the best of both in one day, plan ahead! Here’s expert author Kevin Whitton with a round-up of Honolulu golf courses and spas.

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Places to Stay in Honolulu

Though it’s the biggest metropolis in the middle of the Pacific, there aren’t many places to stay in Honolulu. There are a few hotels to choose from—mostly at the airport but there are a couple in Ala Moana—and a historic bed-and-breakfast or a budget YMCA/YWCA option.

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Japanese & Indian Restaurants in Honolulu

Expect most of the Asian restaurants in Honolulu to be busy at mealtimes, so make reservations if you can or arrive before the crowds. Most are also fairly budget-friendly, offer delicious and unique menu items, and are not really tourist-focused, which helps contribute to their popularity with the locals.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.