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Honolulu is known for its beautiful beaches and thriving arts and culture scene as well as historical attractions, great hikes and ocean adventures. With close access to great dining, shopping, activities and night life, staying in a Honolulu condo provides everything you need for a luxurious and relaxing Hawaii vacation.
Things To Do
Activities abound in the Honolulu region including water sports, land adventures, air tours and even submarine rides. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing and water sports at the iconic Waikiki Beach, and amazing snorkeling just east of Waikiki at Hanauma Bay. Visit Waikiki Aquarium to see a fascinating array of marine life at one of the nation's oldest aquariums.
Pearl Harbor in Honolulu is one of Hawaii's most visited attractions and a great place to learn about history. A new Visitor Center provides information about the Dec. 7, 1941 attack that entered the US into World War II. The USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri are the primary Pearl Harbor attractions, and aviation lovers will also want to stop in at the Pacific Aviation Museum.
A popular Honolulu hike is the trek to the top of Diamond Head Crater where you can take in stunning vistas of the southern coast including Waikiki. Other popular Honolulu hikes include the Manoa Trail following a mile-long route through bamboo and tropical terrain to the scenic Manoa Falls cascading about 150 feet into a pool. The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is another great south shore hike providing breathtaking views of the windward coast.
Golfers will enjoy numerous courses on the south shore including the Ala Wai Golf Course in Waikiki and the Executive Course and Championship Course in Hawaii Kai with sweeping ocean views. Head west from Honolulu to the Makaha Resort Golf Club and Ko Olina Golf Course, two top-rated courses known for their great views as well as exceptional grooming. On the east side the Olomana Golf Links (Obama's favorite) takes in views of the scenic Kooloau Mountains, and the Pali Golf Course is known for its stunning vistas of the windward shore. Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore is home to two seaside courses.
Historic sites abound in downtown Honolulu including the regal Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church and many other preserved and restored buildings from bygone eras. There are also numerous statues of important persons from Hawaii's past, and history lovers will enjoy a drive through the downtown area which also has great dining and shopping. If the history of Hawaii intrigues you make sure to stop in at the Bishop Museum and see the amazing exhibits of rare artifacts from centuries ago.
The south shore is lined with great beaches providing many options for water activities. Along the Waikiki shoreline you will find numerous vendors offering rentals for a variety of water sports including surfing and stand up paddle boarding. Take a guided excursion on an ocean kayak or outrigger canoe, or take a surfing lesson to benefit from local knowledge. One of Hawaii's most popular snorkeling spots is Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve located just east of Waikiki in a submerged volcanic crater. A visit to the Preserve's Marine Education Center will help you learn more about the many interesting fish and other marine life you will see in the bay. Farther east is Sandy Beach Park and Makapuu Beach Park. Just west of Waikiki is the 76-acre Ala Moana Beach Park with shaded areas, grass lawns and picnic facilities as well as a lifeguard station.
For more great beaches take a drive up the windward (eastern) shore to the Waimanalo Beach stretching for miles with the backdrop of the furrowed and verdant Koolau mountain range. A bit farther north is Kailua Bay, great for water activities with vendors along the shore renting equipment, and the picturesque Lanikai Beach known for its clear blue water, powdery white sand and scenic views with the Mokulua Islands offshore. Continue on to the north shore to see the renowned surfing beaches of Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay where world class surfing competitions are held every winter.
From downtown Honolulu to the Waikiki waterfront there are hundreds of dining choices on the south shore including the culinary creations of numerous world-class chefs who take advantage of the fresh local fish as well as the produce grown in the Islands. Taste Hawaii Regional Cuisine created by its founders at Roy's and Alan Wong's. Downtown Honolulu has a variety of nice restaurants including the eclectic eateries of Chinatown.
Visit the Aloha Tower Marketplace at Honolulu Harbor for several exceptional dining choices with live music. You can also find entertainment and great food at the Waikiki Beach Walk as well as the Royal Hawaiian Center in the heart of Waikiki. Many venues along the Waikiki shore offer seaside dining with live music in the evenings. There are also some exceptional, upscale restaurants in the Kahala and Diamond Head areas just west of Waikiki.
Honolulu offers and abundance of shopping opportunities with something for every budget from upscale to frugal. Browse along the Waikiki shore on Kalakaua Ave. and Kuhio Ave. to find a wide range of shops offering everything from high-end designer fashions and fine jewelry to hand-crafted Hawaiian souvenirs. The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki has more than 100 merchants while the Waikiki Beach Walk has more than 50, and both of these venues frequently feature live entertainment as well as Hawaiian cultural activities including hula, lei making and ukulele. Some fun upscale shopping can be found just of east of Waikiki at the Kahala Mall, and also west of Waikiki at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
Hawaii's largest mall is the Ala Moana Shopping Center with nearly 300 shops and restaurants. For more fun shopping visit downtown Honolulu to browse the eclectic shops of the Chinatown district which has a thriving arts scene. Fun day trips for great shopping include a visit to historic Haleiwa town on the north shore, and the walkable downtown district of charming Kailua town on the windward (eastern) shore.
A rental car is recommended when staying in a Honolulu condo so you can explore local beaches and attractions as well as day trips to the north shore and windward side. Honolulu also has taxis and trolleys, and most major populated areas can be reached on the public transit system known as "TheBus."
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Honolulu weather is pleasant throughout the year with temperatures ranging from about 70 to 85 degrees F., a bit cooler in winter and a bit warmer during summer with Hawaii's trade winds providing a pleasant, cooling effect. Rain and wind conditions vary in different areas throughout Oahu with the south and west shores a bit dryer and warmer than the north and eastern shores. Winter months typically see more rain than summer though the south shore sees very little rain overall. Rain showers are typically brief and light with plenty of sunshine even on the rainier days. Trade winds are usually calmest in the mornings so it's a good time for snorkeling and other beach activities.
Ocean conditions vary each day and through the seasons with many days of fairly calm water along the southern shore. During the summer intermittent south swells can bring high surf and strong currents while winter brings north swells that bring high surf to north facing shores. Some beaches provide more protection from the open ocean than others, and if the waves are too big at one beach you may be able to find a more sheltered beach where it is safer to go in the ocean. For swimming and other ocean activities visit Oahu's lifeguarded beaches, obey all posted warnings and ask the lifeguards about the conditions on that day for the water sports you choose.
Honolulu condos provide the perfect way to enjoy your Oahu vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and all the comforts of home. Browse through our Honolulu condo listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal at Hawaiian Beach Rentals is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Honolulu accommodation for your dream Hawaii vacation. We take pride in having the largest selection of high-quality condos on Oahu and we stand behind our product, making sure only the best Honolulu properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Honolulu condos or which Hawaii destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.See below for an overview of some of Honolulu's finest condo resorts.
Honolulu has a rich and storied past from the days of the Hawaiian monarchy through the eras of early explorers, missionaries, whaling ships, the sugarcane industry and also the era of modern development that has made Oahu's southern shore a major commercial and financial center as well as a premier vacation destination for visitors from around the world.
Beginning in the 1790s, Honolulu Harbor became a popular port for visiting merchant ships sailing between North America and Asia. Honolulu became the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the 1800s and also was home to King Kamehameha I. Later monarchs built many impressive structures in Honolulu including Iolani Palace, Washington Place and Honolulu Hale. To learn about the history of this region you can follow the self-guided tour of the Waikiki Historic Trail which starts at the Royal Hawaiian Center and is marked with informational plaques on bronze surfboards.
Overview of Some of Honolulu's Finest Condo Accommodations
Aston Waikiki Sunset is in a quiet residential area about one block from Waikiki Beach offering suites with complete kitchens as well as private lanais, with one or two bedrooms and views of Honolulu, the ocean or Diamond Head. Swimming pool, free WiFi and a business office with Internet access
Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort is located on 642 acres in the prestigious Ko Olina Resort. Spacious villas suites have state-of-the-art kitchens and private lanais. Amenities include gated grounds, lagoon-style pool, three jet spas, private fitness spa with high-quality exercise equipment, sauna and steam room, outdoor lap pool, exclusive beach bar, free WiFi, barbecue grills, picnic areas, door staff, security guard and beachfront access to the pristine ocean lagoons for water activities.
Waikiki Banyan has on-site management, an upscale lobby, recreation deck, swimming pool, lounge chairs, two hot tubs, sauna, play equipment, tennis and basketball courts, a putting green, barbecue grills, on-site coin laundry and a small restaurant. This is one of the most popular condo resorts in Waikiki and close to shopping and dining.
The Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk condos are located in the heart of Waikiki. Amenities include a lounge, fitness center, bar, free high-speed internet (WiFi), a restaurant and a pool. Condos have kitchenettes. Close to many shops and restaurants, with the beach just a five-minute walk away.
Outrigger Waikiki Shore offers spacious, apartment style accommodations right next to the Waikiki Beach Walk with an abundance of shops and restaurants. Guests have access to the pool, fitness center and restaurants next door at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel. Studios have a kitchenette while suites have a full kitchen All units have a washer and dryer and free WiFi.
The Waikiki Beach Condominiums offers units with well-equipped kitchens including an oven, refrigerator, four-burner stovetop, dishwashers as well as cookware and tableware and coffee/tea makers. The building has a rooftop swimming pool with great Honolulu views as well as a sauna, barbecue area, exercise facility and free parking. The beach is a 20-minute walk away. Close to shopping and dining including the International Market Place just three blocks away.
Royal Waikiki Condos has an outdoor pool as well as a fitness center and sauna, barbecue grills and an arcade/game room. Rooms have kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, cookware, dishes and utensils. Daily housekeeping is offered. Condos open to balconies. Close to Kuhio Beach Park, the Ala Wai Golf Course, and shops and dining at the Royal Hawaiian Center.
Castle Waikiki Shore Beachfront Condominiums offers studios as well as one and two bedroom suites with kitchenettes or full kitchens, washers/dryers and wide lanais (most have ocean views). Close access to great shopping and dining as well as the vibrant nightlife of Waikiki. Also close by is Fort DeRussy Park with a lawn and shaded areas nice for picnics.
The Aston Waikiki Beach Tower is across the street from Waikiki Beach with condos featuring gourmet kitchens, private lanais, air conditioning and washer/dryers. The building has a fitness room and also a recreation deck with a jet spa and pool. Close to shopping and dining at the International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center.
Ko Olina Beach Club is a family beach resort in a 642-acre gated community. Spacious one, two and three bedroom villas feature fully-equipped kitchens, washer/dryer, high-speed internet, TVs and more. Amenities include on-site spa, three swimming pools, seven whirlpool spas and tropical landscaping with waterfalls and fountains as well as the private, child-friendly lagoon and beach oasis. Close to Ko Olina Golf Club.
Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk offers boutique one and two-bedroom condominiums with gourmet kitchens with refrigerators, ceramic stovetops, microwaves, dishwashers and cookware. Rooms also have a flat screen television, free high-speed WiFi and a balcony to relax in the tropical breezes. Amenities include air conditioning and in-room safe. Located next to the popular Waikiki Beach Walk with lots of great shops and dining options.
Outrigger Reef on the Beach includes the Ocean Tower and Pacific Tower in Waikiki. Amenities include free high-speed internet, artful interiors and lobby, fitness center, Serenity Spa Hawaii, resort shops, cultural activities, port cochere, and new pool and pool deck. Dine at Kani Ka Pila Grille poolside restaurant featuring nightly live entertainment, Ocean House Restaurant or beachfront Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar. Just steps from the Waikiki Beach Walk for great shopping and dining.
Please browse through the Hawaiian Beach Rentals condo listings in Honolulu including the Discovery Bay Resolution Tower, Moana Lani Suite in the Nauru Tower, The Waikiki Watermark, Trump International Tower Waikiki, Waikiki Grand Hotel, Ala Moana Hotel, Waikiki Landmark Condos, Waikiki Mirage, The Ilikai Hotel, Hokua Panoramic Paradise,, Ilikai Marina Condos, Alii Nalu at Nauru Tower, Chateau Waikiki, The Bamboo Waikiki, Aston Pacific Monarch, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Royal Garden at Waikiki, The Royal Kuhio and Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk.