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Koko Head Hike, Makapuu Lighthouse & Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii

Best things to do in Honolulu Hawaii - Claire Tak - View of Hanauma Bay for snorkeling

View of Hanauma Bay, a favorite place for snorkeling.

I’m really excited to interview Claire Tak of Claire’s Holiday about Honolulu, Hawaii. Claire’s tips for the best things to do in Honolulu are awesome because she escaped to Hawaii after the lockdowns ended and never left. She believes that the island’s relaxed, happy Aloha culture is truly something special.

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Best things to do in Honolulu Hawaii - Claire Tak - View from Diamond Head walk

View from Diamond Head walk

Honolulu, Hawaii

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Go Hawaii, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.


If you’d like to learn how to travel for free using airline miles and hotel points, check out my free 7-day email course.

Best things to do in Honolulu Hawaii - Claire Tak - View from Koko Head hike

View from Koko Head hike

Getting around Honolulu

The local airport is Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), which is about a ten-minute drive to Honolulu. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Claire says that you should rent a car when visiting Honolulu so you can see different parts of the island. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to get around if you want to park your car and explore the more populated areas of the island. But, they aren’t a good option when visiting out-of-the-way destinations since it may be difficult to find a ride on your way back.

Best things to do in Honolulu Hawaii - Claire Tak - Iolani Palace throne

Iolani Palace throne

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Claire Tak about Honolulu, Hawaii. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Green dots = best things to do in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Honolulu, Hawaii

Who is Claire Tak?

Claire Tak is a writer, aspiring author, and wanderer currently living in Honolulu. She’s lived all over, including L.A., Oakland, New York City, Brooklyn, and Korea. In 2017, she quit her job to travel once a month for a year and started her travel blog,

Her professional background includes working as a tech writer, chief editor, and content strategist in Silicon Valley. She now freelance writes and consults while working on her first book.

Best things to do in Honolulu Hawaii - Claire Tak at Kamaina Beach

Claire at Kamaina Beach.

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Claire on her website and social media on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Best things to do in Honolulu Hawaii - Claire Tak - Sunset in Honolulu from my balcony

Sunset in Honolulu from my balcony

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Chihuahua Mexico - Juan Pablo Carvajal with Los Magos Sotol

Juan Pablo Carvajal with his Los Magos Sotol.

Listen to the next episode when Juan Pablo Carvajal of Los Magos Sotol shares the best things to do in Chihuahua, Mexico. In this episode, Juan and I talk about taking a trolley tour of the city, visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral of Chihuahua, and finding a speakeasy hidden inside a juice bar. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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