I currently live in Honolulu. Previously I lived in Los Angeles for all of my life, and the difference is astounding. I love the family culture here and the dedication to Hawaiian history. Being in the city is very fun because all of the tourist attractions are on this part of the island. One of the best places to shop is the Ala Moana mall, because it is absolutely huge. In addition to the lively city life, the temperature never drops below 70 degrees and if it gets a little hot, the trade winds never fail to cool me down. Whenever I meet someone new in town, I'm always greeted with a smile and a shaka. And to make things even better, there's a huge entertainment scene during the evening, so I never run out of things to do when the city lights turn up. In particular, I love checking out the music at Rumfire in Waikiki.
While there are so many positive things to say about Honolulu, the only negative aspect I have to talk about is the traffic. Since it's an island, there's really only one freeway and it gets congested very easily. Attempting to drive from one side of the island to the other can become a really long mission depending on the time of the day. Moreover, since it's a small island, traffic can get people on edge very quickly, so road rage can be a bit of an issue. However, if you're a laid back person that's okay with sitting in some traffic in paradise, it's no problem.
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Where is the best beach in Honolulu, HI?I'm looking for a beach that isn't too overcrowded (if that exists) where I can catch the odd small/medium sized wave and do some boogie boarding. I'm an above average swimmer, so I can handle the odd wave, but I'd prefer to find a beach with small/medium waves where I can paddle around and enjoy the water. I've heard Waikiki is overcrowded, but worth visiting just to check it …