Destination guide

Enjoy perfect Hawaiian holidays from Honolulu vacation rentals

Pack your sunglasses and sunscreen and say aloha to a tropical getaway in Honolulu! Hawaii's capital city on the island of Oahu draws everyone from solo travellers and groups to honeymooners and families. Rent a beachfront condo in Waikiki and you'll find the Pacific Ocean practically at your doorstep, while comfy and spacious vacation houses in Downtown Honolulu will put you close to shopping centres and historic sites. If mountains are your thing, book one of the cottage rentals near the foot of Mount Tantalus or the extinct Diamond Head volcano, where the lookout points offer breathtaking views of land and sea.

History

Honolulu played a starring role in Hawaiian monarchy, from the reign of Kamehameha I in 1804 to the overthrow of Queen Lili'uokalani in 1893. To learn more about Hawaii's royal heritage, visit the Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu. Built in 1845 in the Hawaiian renaissance architecture style, today it's a museum and a National Historic Landmark. Pearl Harbor is another major historical site that you can visit from your Honolulu vacation home rental. Here, military vessels like the USS Bowfin submarine and the USS Missouri battleship allow visitors to see what daily life was like for crew members during World War II.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Honolulu

Do you want to find top things to see and do in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Honolulu a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Honolulu Zoo (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Waikiki Aquarium (4 mi / 6.4 km)
  • Sea Life Park (12.7 mi / 20.5 km)
  • Wet'n'Wild Hawaii (14.7 mi / 23.7 km)
  • Ala Wai Golf Course (3.5 mi / 5.7 km)
  • Judd Trail (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Honolulu

Travelers speak highly of Honolulu for its surfing. If you're planning a vacation around the weather, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 89°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Honolulu

Travelers enjoy Honolulu for its seaside, island views and tropical locale. Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Honolulu is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Diamond Head (4.8 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Kailua Beach (10.6 mi / 17.1 km)
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (10.8 mi / 17.3 km)
  • Lanikai Beach (11 mi / 17.7 km)
  • Foster Botanical Garden (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Lili'uokalani Botanical Garden (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Honolulu

Fly into Honolulu, HI (HNL-Daniel K. Inouye Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.1 mi (6.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Kapolei, HI (JRF-Kalaeloa), which is 13.4 mi (21.6 km) away.

How to get around

Navigating your way around Honolulu from your vacation rental

Exploring Honolulu on foot is a good way to discover the city's landmarks and its neighbourhoods' hidden gems. Go on a walkabout in Downtown Honolulu and climb the 56-metre-high Aloha Tower lighthouse, see the government buildings in the Capitol District, or go shopping in Chinatown's open-air Oahu Market. The city's Biki bike-share program is a cheap, fast, and safe way to get around town, with many kilometres of bike paths and bike lanes and 1,000 bikes available. Public transit in Honolulu comes in the form of TheBus system, which operates more than 100 routes in Honolulu and other cities and towns on the island.

Food & drink 

Feast on Honolulu's favourite eats, from poi to poke

No Hawaiian holiday is truly complete without tasting some of the hearty local favourites. Arguably the most popular is poi – a pudding-like dish made from the root of the taro plant. Try it with salted fish or lomi salmon on the side. Taro also figures in laulau, another traditional island dish. Pork, chicken, or fish is wrapped in taro leaves and baked in an underground oven for hours, resulting in a soft, smoke-flavoured concoction. Cubes of raw tuna or salmon are the main ingredients of poke – Hawaii's version of sushi or ceviche – and it's an easy dish you can make in your Honolulu vacation rental.

Essential info

Essential facts for your vacation rental holiday in Honolulu

Sitting on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii. It's also the state's largest city, covering an area of 157 sq km with more than 350,000 residents. English and Hawaiian are the official languages, and the US dollar is the currency. Leave the jacket behind when you pack after booking your Honolulu vacation rental; the tropical temperature averages between 18–32°C pretty much throughout the year. Tap water is safe to drink and use, and if you'd like something stronger, remember that you have to be 21 or older to buy alcohol. If you find yourself in an emergency, dial 911 for assistance.

How many vacation rentals are available around Honolulu?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 3,458 house rentals around Honolulu. From 523 Houses to 2,161 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Honolulu is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Honolulu?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Honolulu:

  • Waikiki: 2,522 vacation rentals
  • Hawaii Kai: 3,393 vacation rentals
  • Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis: 1,859 vacation rentals
  • Ala Moana: 1,055 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Honolulu: 260 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Honolulu?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Honolulu. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Diamond Head State Monument: 2,827 home rentals
  • Fort DeRussy: 4,110 home rentals
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa: 3,548 home rentals
  • Ala Moana Center: 4,153 home rentals
  • Hickam Air Force Base: 4,415 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Honolulu listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Honolulu?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 523 Houses in Honolulu. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Honolulu include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,161 lodging choices
  • Villas: 50 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 66 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Honolulu?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,160 vacation homes with pool available in Honolulu.

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