Finding Apartments for Rent in Honolulu, HI
The city of Honolulu is a marked contrast of sleek, modern skyscrapers and historic buildings that have been standing for centuries. Palm trees dot the city streets, green open spaces contrast with the cityscape and the blue Pacific Ocean adds an element of exotic fun. When searching for you new home you might have a hard time choosing that perfect neighborhood. No matter whether you’re looking for a sky-high apartment with eye-popping views or a family-friendly area close to schools, Honolulu has it all.
Top Neighborhoods in Honolulu, HI
Waikiki is the most famous neighborhood in Honolulu. It is home to the equally famous Waikiki Beach and iconic Diamond Head. The area is a combination of hotels and condos. While much of the focus is on the tourist dollar, long term condominium and apartment rentals are available. You’ll never be bored. Restaurants, shops and entertainment venues are just steps from your door.Diamond Head-Kapahulu is north and east of Waikiki and is more family oriented. The University of Hawaii at Manoa is on the edge of this neighborhood, giving it a youthful vibe. Both are close to downtown Honolulu, an advantage for commuting. Downtown Honolulu is another option, filled with a mixture of high-rise condos and more vintage structures. Walk to work, shops and restaurants in Honolulu’s eclectic core
Cultural Attractions in Honolulu, HI
Downtown Honolulu is home to Iolani Palace, the only royal palace ever built on American soil. Opened in 1882 by King Kalakaua, it was the center of government of the Hawaiian Nation before it became part of the United States. The palace doubles as “Hawaii 5-0” headquarters and because of that television exposure is one of the most recognizable landmarks. Another local attraction is the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona, sunk in the Pearl Harbor attack, sits on the bottom of the harbor. The USS Missouri, site of the formal surrender, is just across the channel. Then of course there’s Waikiki and its signature beach. Learn to surf, climb Diamond Head or spend a lazy Sunday at Kapiolani Park’s “along the fence” art show.
Shopping and Dining in Honolulu, HI
Ala Moana Center is just west of Waikiki and one of the largest malls in the United States. The mall has four levels and is home to several department stores including Nordstrom and Nieman Marcus. Find Ralph Lauren and Jimmy Choo outlets along with your neighborhood ABC Store, a fixture throughout Oahu. The Makai Market Food Court on the first level has everything from curry to take-out Chinese food. Closer to downtown Honolulu is the Aloha Tower Marketplace built on the waterfront near the cruise ship pier. Find everything from jewelry to Aloha shirts to fine fashion. Some of the biggest draws are the restaurants, including Hooters, Gordon Biersch, the first micro-brewery in Hawaii, and the Bikini Cantina that combines the flavors of Hawaii and Mexico in a fun and lively setting.
Sports in Honolulu, HI
Much of Honolulu’s sports activities involve water. Surfing gets most of the attention with local radio and television stations giving out regular wave reports so you’ll know when to head for the beach. Snorkeling, body surfing, fishing and sailing are other favorite past times. Football is very big in Hawaii. Every year Honolulu hosts the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. That stadium is also home to the University of Hawaii’s football team, the Warriors. On Christmas Eve every year the home team hosts the Hawaii Bowl. Both events are greeted with noisy enthusiasm and more than a little Hawaiian charm.
Transportation in Honolulu, HI
Driving and parking in Honolulu are sometimes challenging. Highway H-1 runs through the center of the city and during commute hours often resembles a parking lot. The heaviest traffic times are between 6 am and 9 am and between 3 pm and 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Parking is usually metered or found in paid lots but both fill up quickly, particularly in the downtown core and in Waikiki. Oahu does have an efficient public transportation system, simply called TheBus. It circles the entire island and is an alternative for many who just don’t want to drive. A rail transit system is in the works but no opening date has been set.
Living in Waikiki is an adventure. The proximity to the beach, Kapiolani Park and tourist attractions make this one of the most sought after neighborhoods. It also makes this one of the most expensive. You’ll usually get less square footage for your rental dollar, space is at a premium. On the other hand with the Pacific Ocean on your doorstep you’ll most likely be spending lots of time outdoors. Most apartments and condos charge extra for parking, if they have lots available. Parking on the streets is challenging since most are metered or have extensive “No Parking” zones. The Food Pantry is the only true grocery store in Waikiki and prices tend to be higher than in other parts of the city. You’ll find an ABC Store on practically every block offering grocery basics and prepared foods. These stores are great for stocking up on Kona coffee, chocolate covered macadamia nuts, crazy T-shirts and souvenirs for the folks back home. ABC Stores also sell passes for TheBus, a convenience that makes it easier to get around.View Apartments in Honolulu, Hawaii
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