Honolulu has some of the most beautiful natural scenery and landmarks in all of the world, so it’s no wonder it’s been featured in photography, television, and films for decades. While most areas are perfect for Instagram shots, Honolulu is home to some spectacular landmarks that you simply need to photograph. 

    From the iconic Diamond Head volcano to the idyllic Waikiki Beach, tranquil botanical gardens, and historic monuments, you’ll fill your Instagram feed with spectacular pictures of your time in Honolulu. Check out the most Instagrammable places in Honolulu to prepare for your trip.

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    Waikiki Beach

    Take keepsake pictures of a gorgeous beach

    Waikiki Beach is a beautiful beach on the south shore of Honolulu and is home to many hotels and resorts. It’s renowned for its beauty, making it one of the most Instagrammable places in Hawaii. Once the playground for Hawaiian royalty, Waikiki Beach was one of the earliest tourist attractions on the islands. People come from all over to surf here, but it’s also home to high-end resorts and world-class dining, shopping, and nightlife, so you’ll never run out of excellent photo opportunities. Waikiki is about a 15-minute drive from city centre.

    Location: Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

    Open: 24/7

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    Diamond Head

    Get pictures of an iconic volcano

    Diamond Head is a towering volcanic cone and US National Natural Monument. Named by British sailors who discovered volcanic crystals in the sand and mistook them for diamonds, Diamond Head has been an important feature of the natural landscape for centuries. When you visit, you can get stunning photos of Diamond Head from Waikiki and Honolulu’s beaches. If you want closer shots and panoramic views of the South Shore, you can visit the Diamond Head Lookout, a lookout point that was once used by the military. Diamond Head is 6 miles southeast of city centre Honolulu.

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    Location: Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

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    King Kamehameha Statue

    Photograph an important Hawaiian figure

    The King Kamehameha statue in Honolulu is an important monument to Hawaiian history. The statue was created for the warrior and leader King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian Islands into a royal kingdom. The islands have 4 statues honouring Kamehameha, but one of the most notable is the statue that stands before Aliiolani Hale across from the Iolani Palace. The statue stands 18 feet tall and is made of bronze, giving it a regal appearance. Found just a 3-minute walk from the heart of city centre, it's one of the most photographed landmarks in all of Hawaii, so why not add it to your Instagram list?

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    Location: 447 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

    Open: 24/7

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    Duke Kahanamoku Statue

    See a surfing legend

    The Duke Kahanamoku statue is an important landmark in Waikiki that honours the “father of modern surfing,” Duke Kahanamoku. He was a Hawaiian hero, a master of surfing and canoe paddling, an Olympic medal winner, and a record-breaking competitive swimmer. Duke also spread the word about surfing and created some of the iconic surf culture in Hawaii. His bronze statue is located on Kuhio Beach and makes for a great photo opportunity. After taking some pictures, you can visit Duke’s Canoe Club in the Outrigger Waikiki near the beach to see photos and memorabilia honouring the legend’s life. See the statue about 3.5 miles southeast of city centre.

    Location: Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

    Open: 24/7

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    Pink Pillbox

    Stop at lookout points on a beautiful hike

    The Pink Pillbox is a stunning hike that overlooks the western side of Oahu. While most of the hikes are on the east or central areas of the island, the Pink Pillbox gives you a unique vantage point of the landscape and opportunities for incredible photos. The hike is a short ridge hike that travels above the beaches with excellent overlooks along the way. The hike begins on Kaukama Road and stretches between the Nanakuli and Maili suburbs, but there are trail offshoots that allow you to see the views from other pillbox points. This hike is located about 30 miles from city centre, on Oahu's western shore.

    Location: Waianae, HI 96792, USA

    Open: 24/7

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    Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden

    Explore diverse gardens

    The Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden is a tropical rainforest garden that has plants from all over the world. The garden is separated into distinctive collections with native plants from Hawaii, India, Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Sri Lanka. In addition to themed sections with beautiful tropical plants, the garden also has a recreational lake, walking trails, campsites, leisure areas, and a visitor centre. If you want to take advantage of the educational programmes, the garden has an exhibition hall and botanical library. You can find it about 11 miles northeast of city centre Honolulu.

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    Location: 45-680 Luluku Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 808-233-7323

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    Kakaako wall murals

    Search for vibrant street art

    The Kakaako wall murals offer incredible opportunities to photograph local street art. The emerging area, a mile south of the heart of city centre, was once an industrial ghost town, but it’s now home to local artists who are creating studios and using the old warehouses as a canvas. If you want to search for street art, there’s no better place than Kakaako. You can walk the streets to discover incredible murals by local artists and spot hidden speakeasies and local microbreweries along the way. The area also hosts the popular Eat the Street food-truck festival each month.

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    Open: 24/7

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    Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside

    Take in views of the Oahu coast

    Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside is a beautiful park that offers stunning views of the Oahu coast from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbour. The park is about 4 miles east of city centre Honolulu and is one of the most popular places to take photos. If you want to get out and explore, Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside has hiking trails to various lookout points to see cityscapes, beach views, and coastal landscapes. You’ll also find scenic viewpoints and picnic tables and pavilions for short breaks during your trip.

    Location: 2760 Round Top Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 7.45 pm

    Phone: +1 808-587-0300

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    Moanalua Gardens

    See the famous Hitachi Tree

    Moanalua Gardens is an expansive park on the grounds of a historic royal home. Once the site of the Kamehameha V Cottage, the residence of King Kamehameha V, it's now a park that hosts the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival. When you visit, you can see the gardens and take pictures of the cottage, which is found on the western edge of the garden. Another highlight of Moanalua Gardens is the Hitachi Tree, which is a large monkeypod tree with a massive umbrella-like canopy. The gardens are located 5 miles north of city centre.

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    Location: 2850 Moanalua Rd A, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA

    Phone: +1 808-834-8612

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