Highlights of the Honolulu high life - Metro US

Highlights of the Honolulu high life

The best way to surf and turf your way around Hawaii.

Iolani Palace
As the only remaining royal palace in the U.S., Iolani is a historical landmark. Find out more about the palace’s history — built by King Kalakaua in 1882 — with a guided tour.

Tropical Tunes
By day, Chinatown is a bustling area where you can wander around market stalls slurping on noodles or sampling dim sum. By night, it’s a musical hub with great live music. Hank’s Café Honolulu on the edge of Chinatown is a friendly hotspot popular with the locals.

Fusion & Fish
Alan Wong’s restaurant is one of the best for fusion food where seafood and island specialties are dished up with a twist. Try the ginger crusted red snapper ‘onaga’ or the ‘poki pines,’ won ton poke balls served with avocado and wasabi.

Mai Tai
Where else would you drink a Mai Tai but the Mai Tai Bar? The open-air venue hosts weekly music gigs and the happy hour deals will leave you smiling. Traditional Mai Tai, Mango Mai Tai, Lychee Mai Tai or Icy Mai Tai…? Possibly the most difficult decision you’ll make on your holiday.

Surf n’ Turf
Water activities are the thing to do. Try your hand at boogie boarding, surfing, snorkeling, or challenge the waves by hopping into an outrigger canoe. Exploring surrounding islands on a kayak is great fun. Kailua Beach has some good waves, but Waikiki is best for beginners.

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