From the hilarious to the jaw-dropping, 4 things to do in Honolulu
This is not my first time in Honolulu and when I set out looking for some fun and unique things to do I decided to mix it up a bit. I wanted a bit of culture, history, activity and something uniquely Hawaiian. I’ve found them. Four things to do in Honolulu. One will get your blood pumping, one will make you sing, another will teach you about Hawaii before it became part of the United States and the last one will take your breath away. Here are four things to do in Honolulu for visitors of every age.
Before I get into my new adventures and suggestions, here is a link to my previous Honolulu adventures which include visits to Iolani Palace, Shangri-La, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Take a Hula Lesson – There are plenty of options available to you throughout Honolulu but I think the best and most fun way to learn is to take a Hot Hula fitness class with Nickie Manibusan. She does work out of a local gym with regularly scheduled classes or you can book her directly to give you and your friends a private class.
Nickie came to the Queen Kapiolani Hotel where I was there and gave a few of my friends and me a real work out. It is not 100% hula but it does use the some of the most important moves and best of all it gets you to sweat. I’m sure you’ve had one or two Mai Tais that need to be worked off. I sure did.
Sing Karaoke – Now who hasn’t dreamed of taking the stage and becoming a rock star? In Honolulu, the hottest place to belt out a tune is Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar. There is the public bar in the front and a private room at the back that is bookable if you have a large group or are perhaps a bit shy. The Crispy Chicken fingers are off the chain crunchy and the songbook to choose from is endless. If you’re itching for a good time out this is the place to be!
Oh and by the way the staff can also sing. What happens at the Karaoke Bar stays at the Karaoke Bar. Everybody Wang Chung tonight!
Tour a Museum – The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is, without doubt, one of the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. The Bishop Museum was opened in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honour of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family.
It is the largest Museum in Hawai’i and houses a truly impressive collection of royal family heirlooms and objects along with housing one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world.
If you have the time I would suggest booking the Monarchs Tour which gives you access to both the Iolani Palance and the Bishop Museum. To this day they are still one of the most awesome things I have done in all of Hawai’i.
Take a Sunset Cruise of Kewalo Harbor – We have come to the jaw-dropping activity and one I can’t recommend enough if you want some of the most spectacular views of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach that you will ever see.
Hop aboard with Hawaii Nautical at around 5:30 pm and let them take you on a west Waikiki sunset cruise this is guaranteed to wow. Is your camera ready? Pupus are served along with drinks and plenty of amazing sights to see.
Solo or with a group of friends this is bound to be one of the wow moments of your trip.
Even though I’ve been to Honolulu three times now I still feel I’ve barely scratched the surface. I hope these four things to do in Honolulu along with my past adventures give you some inspiration of what to do when you are not lounging on the beach or shopping till you drop. Aloha.