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Top Destinations Near the Port of Honolulu

Situated on Oahu’s south side, near downtown Honolulu, the port of Honolulu has been stewarding ships for centuries. When King Kamehameha III declared Honolulu as the capitol of the Kingdom of Hawaii in the late 1800s, the harbor became the main port of call for trading vessels, fishing boats, tour boats and luxury cruises.

When your ship docks in Honolulu, head ashore and enjoy your new horizon in the island’s capitol, where the iconic 10-story Aloha Tower lighthouse will greet you. If you feel like stretching your sea legs and don’t want to rent a car or stray too far from the boat, get to know the city with fun activities and tasty restaurants within walking distance (or a quick cab ride) from Honolulu Harbor. 

Waikiki Trolley

Offering five routes throughout Honolulu and Oahu, the Waikiki Trolley offers transportation to the island’s major shopping hubs, as well as sightseeing tours. Choose from their different day passes to get unlimited boarding and re-boarding privileges.

Aloha Tower Marketplace

The historic Aloha Tower still stands at the waterfront marketplace, serving as a welcoming symbol to ships arriving at the Honolulu Harbor.

King Kamehameha Statue

This landmark gold-leaf statue (and popular photo opportunity) in the middle of Downtown Honolulu honors King Kamehameha the Great, who unified the Hawaiian Islands and founded the Hawaiian monarchy.

Iolani Palace

The magisterial palace is the former home of the Hawaiian monarchy and the only official royal residence in the United States. Self-guided audio tours: adults - $14.75, youth ages 5-12 - $6. Reservations recommended for docent-led tours: adults - $21.75, youth - $6 Basement gallery exhibits: adults - $5, youth - $3.

Ward Village

Minutes from Waikiki, the popular Ward Village offers more than 140 shops, 22 award-winning restaurants, and a state-of-the-art 16-screen cinema and entertainment center.

Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM)

HiSAM features collections that promotes Hawaii’s history and culture; open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On the first Friday of each month, HiSAM opens for First Friday Downtown Gallery Walk. Guests can view exhibits and enjoy live performances from 6 - 9 p.m.

Foster Botanical Garden

Exotic Plants and trees, collected over 140 years, flourish at this oasis of green near downtown Honolulu. Rare plants from Asia, an orchid garden, and a collection of rare palms both educate and delight.

Ala Moana Beach Park

The former swampland is now one of the most popular beaches on the island. The 100-acre, man-made park boasts calm waters, a half-mile stretch of golden sand, picnic tables, shaded by large trees.

Highway Inn

Highway Inn has been in business now for 68 years, serving traditional Hawaiian, local and American food.

Mai Tai Bar

Ala Moana Center’s laid-back, open-air bar is a gathering place for locals and visitors long after the shops have closed. A very happy hour, live music nightly, and people jockeying for the limited number of tables add to the social whirl.