The Honolulu Hot List

A sprawling metropolis with seaside skyscrapers and a lively arts scene, Honolulu has become the Islands' mecca for gourmet munchies, music, and design.

Nicknamed "The Gathering Place", this vibrant city on the island of O‘ahu offers a unique experience of traditional Hawaiian culture that, over time, has been beautifully melded together with various international influences - making it a highly-sought out destination for travelers all over the world.


Whether you're looking to relax on the beach, immerse yourself in Hawaiian history and culture, or explore the hottest restaurants in town, Honolulu offers a little bit of everything for you to enjoy. To help you decide where to go next, we've put together a list of our favorite shops, food, and sights to see around town.


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Places To Stay


The Surfjack
A playfully vibrant boutique hotel that offers a modern look into Waikīkī's heritage.


The Royal Hawaiian
Nicknamed the "Pink Palace of the Pacific". A hotel with luxurious rooms and a killer location - just steps away from the beautiful shoreline of Waikīkī.


Where To Eat


The Pig and The Lady
A trendy spot in Chinatown that offers a modern take on classic Vietnamese-inspired dishes.



Mud Hen Water
A creatively inventive restaurant from chef Ed Kenney that offers local-inspired gourmet fare that stays true to its island roots.


Tamura's, Tamashiro's, Maguro Brothers, and Foodland
Swing by one of these places to find the freshest poké in town.


Where To Shop



OluKai, Hilton Hawaiian Village
Stop in and say 'aloha' to our OluKai ‘ohana! Shop Island-only exclusives and check out our store events calendar to participate in cultural activities like lei making and lauhala weaving.


Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts
A popular shop with a large selection of unique and vintage Aloha shirts to commemorate your trip.


What To See


‘Iolani Place
A restored icon of Hawaiian national identity that was once home to the royal family from King Kamehameha III to Queen Liliʻuokalani, and is the only royal palace on U.S. soil. 


Head into Chinatown for some deliciously authentic dim sum and fresh lei around every corner.


Shangri La
Modernist design mingles with impressive Islamic décor from Middle Eastern and Indian artisans at this seaside estate of American tobacco heiress Doris Duke.


Bishop Museum
Step inside the world's largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts in the historic Kalihi district of Honolulu.


Where To Grab A Drink


Bar Leather Apron
A trendy, dimly lit bar in downtown Honolulu with speakeasy-vibes alongside exceptionally inventive craft cocktails.


An artsy, industrial-chic locale that serves up bespoke craft cocktails and eclectic small plates in the vibrant neighborhood of Kaka‘ako.



The Honolulu Hot List 2*Excerpts from the Wildsam x OluKai field guide to Hawaiʻi. Releasing late January 2020.