Honolulu is a popular holiday destination, not just due to its beautiful beaches, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and scuba diving. The cuisine is amazing with every type of restaurant and a vast range of flavours to enjoy. Nightlife is friendly and colourful and there is plenty of history, exploring Pearl Harbour is a revelation. Hiking up the famous Diamond Head Crater is rewarding and gives a unique and memorable view of Waikiki.
The flight from Auckland to Honolulu takes around 8 hours and 50 minutes direct. Air New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines and Fiji Airways have flights from Auckland to Honolulu. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.
Aloha is commonly used as a greeting in Hawaii however has a deeper cultural and spiritual meaning to Hawaiians. Mahalo is another word you will hear often, meaning thanks or regards.
Tourism is the top industry in Honolulu, with visitors from around the world. The island of Oahu is the most popular, where Honolulu is located and also features the famous Waikiki Beach as the main tourist area. Honolulu also boasts the largest shopping mall in Hawaii called the Ala Moana Center, which is also the largest open air Shopping Centre in the world. Hiring a car and exploring around the island of Oahu is popular, visiting the beaches and breathtaking scenery and experiencing the local food at the food trucks along the way.
The Defence Forces make up a large portion of Hawaii’s economy with Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and Air Force bases located in the state. Due to the large volume of military personel the government set up accommodation, golf courses and military newspapers for its employees.
Agricultural products feature significantly due to the tropical climate, with pineapple and sugarcane production along with coffee and macadamia nuts which are a large volume of Hawaii’s exports, they also generate a huge number of jobs in the state.