After a long career, retirement is dead ahead. Or perhaps, you need a dramatic change in scenery. In both cases, Honolulu may be the move you’re looking for. With year-round tropical warmth, world-class beaches, and no shortage of things to do, this vibrant city ticks all the boxes.
In today’s post, we’ll share everything that will become yours, should you decide to move to our delightful slice of paradise
Be honest: when you hear the word “Hawaii”, you’ve likely envisioned our fantastic, white-sand beaches. As “cliche” as it might be, it’s true – everywhere you go on Oahu, you’ll find scores of hidden gems.
Honolulu is no exception to this rule. There is, of course, Waikiki Beach – stretching two miles from end-to-end, it consists of eight sections. Duke Kahanamoku is the most popular part, as many hotels line it. San Souci Beach, located near the Diamond Head end, is quieter, and thus, is more popular among locals.
Want to get away from Waikiki entirely? Head over to Waiʻalae Beach Park. Except for one small resort, this gem on the east side is blessedly free of tourists. I recommend you find a morning in your busy schedule and watch a majestical sunrise.
There is far more to Honolulu than the beach. Rather, you’ll find plenty of places to explore and discover during your free time.
Start with the USS Arizona Memorial – its sunken remains serve as the final resting place for over 1,100 sailors. Taken by surprise during the attack on Pearl Harbour, it has come to symbolize that day of infamy.
Do you love hiking? Get in a hike up Diamond Head. The remnants of this extinct volcanic crater looms 600 feet above Waikiki Beach. This trek will be a sweaty one, but it is well worth it in the end.
As Hawaii’s most substantial urban center, Honolulu offers the cultured plenty of diversions. Start with the Bishop Museum – within, you’ll find enough artifacts to keep you busy for hours.
Over at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, you’ll get to see the most extensive collection of Asian art in the US. They also have pieces by Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso in their collection, so don’t miss it. Are you looking for pieces by local artists? Appropriately enough, you’ll find numerous amazing examples at the Hawaii State Art Museum.
For over two thousand years, tattooing (kakau in Hawaiian) has been a part of Polynesian cultural tradition. The highly trained and revered master, or kahuna in Hawaii, would use their sacred knowledge to design geometric tattoos – each with multiple meanings appropriate to the individual person. Traditionally, Hawaiians used needles made of bird bone, turtle shell, bamboo, and occasionally shark teeth to cut the skin and inject the ink.
Even when you leave out the touristy parts of this city, Honolulu has a fantastic food scene. The native Hawaiian culture and generations of Asian immigration mean you’ll find plenty of excellent restaurants to try.
Start with a classic Hawaiian plate lunch at Bob’s Bar-B-Que. Located three miles away from Waikiki, you’ll find nobody but locals here. People come here from far and wide for their homemade teriyaki sauce. From chicken to kalbi, your lunch options are endless.
Want to get fancy? Reserve a table at Senia Restaurant. From glazed pork belly to the sea bass, frequent diners can’t stop raving about this spot.
Honolulu’s weather is the envy of the entire country. In winter, daytime highs sit in the low 80s, and upper 80s in the summer. Honolulu is also a dry, sunny place. Seventeen inches of rain falls annually, and more than 3,000 hours of sunshine bless this city every year.