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Downtown Honolulu

Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Ranked #80 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Type: Neighborhoods
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Dallas, Texas
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938 reviews 938 reviews
459 attraction reviews
1,021 helpful votes 1,021 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We enjoyed walking through Downtown Honolulu and experiencing the different sites. There is literally a mixture of everything. Old historic buildings, new buildings, hotels, bars, restaurants, shops etc. It's a real mix. I wouldn't say it was a must do attraction but if you have time it is nice to wonder around and get a feel of the city and... More

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Perth, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

It's crowded and noisy all along the main strip. For a more relaxing stay try the hotels at the ends of Waikiki beach, some have private beach access. The main beach is very very popular, hard to find space to stretch out and relax. There are a lot of homeless people around.

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Austin, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Downtown Honolulu has lots of building and concrete sidewalks. It is like any big city's downtown district with the congestion to prove it. The interior of Oahu and the north, west and east coasts are very nice. Manoa valley is very pretty and just directly up the mountain from Honolulu.

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Singapore, Singapore
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200 reviews 200 reviews
68 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Reviews below can be confusing downright.. some said it's t boring/dull whilst others said "very interesting". If you look at the googlemap balloon locater (right hand side top box) downtown shows the central business district but enlarge that, you will find Chinatown on the top and the historic district including Iolani Palace, King K statue, historic church and govt offices... More

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Traffic in Honolulu is absolutely insane! Downtown there is little parking and all the street names are so similar (like only one letter is different in each name) so it is difficult to navigate. Definitely need a gps and correct spelling of your destination! Shop and eat in the smaller towns around the island.

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I was amazed by the mass concrete high rise buildings in downtown Honolulu that traps the heat and humidity within its streets. It is very busy, everything you would need to purchase is within walking distance from your Hotel. It is very commercialised and lively! There are many people selling tours on the sidewalk and with hotels you gain free... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Honolulu is a bustling, busy capital! Traffic can be a little crazy at times and the one-way streets will throw you for a loop if you do not pay attention. In general, I found it incredibly easy to get around, streets are well-marked and the city is clean and friendly.

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Bellflower, CA
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Everything about Downtown Honolulu, in my opinion, was fake. It reminded me a lot of Los Angeles (where I'm from), which is not a compliment. It lives and breathes off of the tourist market, decorative tiki torches and all, and it was quite frankly the most disappointing part of Hawaii. There is very little that is actually "Hawaiian" about it,... More

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Cairns, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

If and when I do return to Honolulu, I will be giving the city a big miss and head straight to one of the islands. Granted I was there only for a night's stopover after a long RoadTrip on the Continent, I was so sad to see how many locals were sleeping next to trolleys in the street. I went... More

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Lansing, Mi
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

You may have heard horror stories about Honolulu traffic....and let me tell you they are mostly true. My advice for downtown Honolulu and the beach area is walk, don't try to drive. In the city fathers effort to try and make sense of traffic on the island they have created a vast network of one way streets and strange lane... More

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