Tag archives for Honolulu

Traveler Editor at Large Andrew McCarthy kept a home on Maui for nearly a decade in the late 1980s and early ’90s. “I always passed through Hawaii’s state capital as quickly as I could—a blemish on the face of paradise, was my uninformed opinion” he writes. Here he returns to Honolulu and goes beyond the mai tais and tiki torches to find a true-blue—and truly global—American city.

Just past the gleaming high-rises of Hawaii’s capital, in traditional neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Kakaako, locals keep the heart of aloha beating in Honolulu’s art-filled galleries and island-themed bars. Here’s the best this tropical haven has to offer.

Chinatown in Honolulu

An enclave of 19th- and 20th-century facades near downtown Honolulu, Chinatown turned gritty in the 1960s. But the markets, herbalists, and lei shops never lost their bustle, and a new wave of hot spots is bringing in a fashionable crowd.

Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption to Your Shot/Travel at ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all…

Parks, gardens, boat rides, beaches—get the most out of the great outdoors without spending a cent. We’ve got a list of 20 free outdoor activities in the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 20 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about a free outdoor activity in your neighborhood.…

Taylor Kennedy, who works in the National Geographic Image Collection, recently traveled to Hawaii to gather the photographs of Paul Chesley, a photographer who has worked with National Geographic for decades shooting Asia and the South Pacific. While visiting, Kennedy got out to explore the island, and sends us back some rainy-day activities that even…

“The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” from the series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” Japan, Edo period, c. 1830-1834, color woodblock print. Honolulu Academy of Arts: Gift of James A. Michener, 1955 His name may not be as familiar as Monet or Picasso, but Katsushika Hokusai created one of the most recognizable–and most reproduced–pieces of art…

Aloha, city-lovers! Today’s city is sunny Honolulu, and it comes to us courtesy of Malia Yoshioka. Want to see your hometown on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And if you’re still waiting for us to feature yours, fear…