Where to Stay
Waikiki's renowned pink palace has been restored to 1927 grace, with all the conveniences (flat-screen TVs, rain showers) of a modern resort. The 1960s tower rooms are larger, but a little tired.
Tour 'Iolani Palace
The country's only official residence of royalty housed the Kingdom of Hawaii's last two monarchs, King Kalakaua and Queen Lili'uokalani. The palace's architecture has defied definition since it was completed in 1882, loosely labeled "American Florentine."
High tea is more common in Honolulu than you might expect, and Neiman Marcus does it right. Score a table on the lanai overlooking the water. Su 3-5 p.m.
Tour Shangri La
The 1937 five-acre former estate of Doris Duke, the "richest girl in the world," is home to an extensive collection of Islamic art. Make reservations through the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
ART after DARK/First Friday
On the last Friday of each month, the Honolulu Academy of Arts hosts ART after DARK, an evening of food, music and arts. On first Fridays, don't miss art tours and free entertainment in Chinatown.