Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Honolulu

Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:43am EDT
 
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By Zorianna Kit

HONOLULU (Reuters) - The islands making up the state of Hawaii are an American paradise, filled with striking mountains and idyllic beaches whose most famous resident, Barack Obama, grew up to become the first black president of the United States.

Oahu is the third largest island with the state capital, Honolulu, nestled on the southeast coast. Waikiki Beach is the city's most popular neighborhood, boasting an array of resorts overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its rolling waves, which are perfect for surfing.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in Honolulu.

FRIDAY

6:00 p.m. - Most major hotel chains, including Marriott, Sheraton and Hilton, have several locations in and around the city, including Waikiki Beach.

7:00 p.m. - After unpacking, try some authentic Hawaiian cuisine at Ono Hawaiian Foods, a family-run 'hole in the wall' restaurant that has been in the neighborhood for 50 years. Dishes like Kalua Pig and Laulau wrapped in taro leaves are not something you'll easily find anywhere else, and the little old lady serving you will happily explain how to eat it.

9:00 p.m. - Take a stroll on Waikiki's main strip, Kalakaua Avenue, which runs the entire length of Waikiki. Named after the last reigning king of Hawaii, the avenue is lined with shops, restaurants, hotels and bars. Everything from upscale boutiques and art galleries to duty free stores can be found and street performers keep visitors entertained.

10:30 p.m. - Stop in at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, also known as the Pink Palace due to its color. Order your favorite umbrella drink at the hotel's Mai Tai Bar. Sit down and relax, or get up and enjoy the live music.   Continued...

 
A view of the USS Arizona Memorial during the 50th anniversary ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii in this May 27, 2012 file photo. The islands making up the state of Hawaii are an American paradise, filled with striking mountains and idyllic beaches whose most famous resident, Barack Obama, grew up to become the first black president of the United States. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry/Files