How to Spend 48 Hours in Honolulu

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From Island themed bars to art-filled galleries, the locals at Honolulu welcome visitors with their heart filled Aloha. Although 48 hours isn’t a lot of time, you will still be able to visit the major attractions of Honolulu.

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Day 1: Morning

When you’re in the city of sun and sand, you are likely to start your day surfing. The famous Waikiki Beach is where all the tourists go. To experience the charm of a Hawaiian beach, consider delving into a beach adventure on your own like canoeing or kayaking.

Day 1: Afternoon

A visit to Pearl Harbour will interestingly consume most of your afternoon. Be sure to explore the USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum – in the vicinity. For lunch, head to the Kapahulu Avenue to savor the traditional Hawaiian Cuisine. Some eateries along the street are L&L Barbeque known for its signature barbeque chicken plate, and Ono Hawaiian Restaurant where the Kalua Pig and a bowl of Poi are typical favorites of locals.

Day 1: Evening

Make your first stop for the evening at Lolani Palace, which is one of the major historic landmarks in Oahu. Sign up for a tour to learn more about the history and lifestyle of Royal Hawaiian family. After a busy day, enjoy a perfect Mai Tai moment at the House Without a Key, while you soak in the Hawaiian sunset. Finally, you can choose to have dinner at the House Without a Key or experience the beach side restaurants like Chart House for its classic steaks and Roy’s restaurant for the best fusion island cuisine in town.

Day 2: Morning

To hike the Diamond Head, start your day as early as possible to avoid the crowd and to beat the heat. The climb takes about 40 minutes one way depending on your energy level. Snap some photos of the incredible views of Honolulu and spend the next few hours exploring the area. Stay in one of the Honolulu hotels close to the Diamond Head, such as The Equus, an Ascend Hotel Collection member, where the staff can give some pointers on easier ways to hike.

Day 2: Afternoon

Indulge in some more adventure by snorkeling at Hanauma Bay where you will be surrounded by picturesque landscapes. As you drive towards the east, the Halona Blowhole acts like a geyser especially on a windy day when there is a high tide. About 4 miles from Hanauma Bay is the Makapu’u Point.

If you’re ready for refreshments, try the tofu black bean burger and wash it down with a peanut butter smoothie at the local road side restaurant – Sweet Home Waimanalo.

Day: 2 Evening

Head back to the city to experience the Hawaiian street fest at Chinatown. You are in for a buzzing surprise if you happen to be in town on the first Friday of a month. With live music and food stalls, there is no better way to interact with the locals.

It’s wise to plan an itinerary on the trails you wish to hike as well as the historic museums to visit, before your arrival in Honolulu. There is much to do and see in this beautiful, exotic city, so make the most of your time.

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This post is published as part of the Hipmunk City Love Project.

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