Downtown Honolulu and the surrounding cities are excellent starting points for classic Hawaii activities and tasting local cuisine. Alongside famous historical destinations like Pearl Harbor and ‘Iolani Palace are contemporary shopping malls and hipster cafes. A day is hardly enough time to engage in all the city’s offerings, but here are some tips to spending a quintessential day in Honolulu.
When thinking of mornings in Hawaii, surfing is probably the first thing that comes to mind for locals. Start your day early with a dawn patrol surf session at Ala Moana or Waikiki Beach. The shore is sprinkled with dozens of shacks, where you can rent a surfboard or standup paddleboard by the hour. For absolute beginners, you can sign up for a surf lesson too and learn the basics.