A New Travel Guide Shows You the Lesser-Known Side of Honolulu

Don’t judge a book by its cover, there’s more to do in Honolulu beyond the typical touristy attractions.
The Monocle Travel Guide Series
Photo: David Croxford

With a hula girl and surfers on the cover, it’s clear this new travel guide is about Hawaiʻi. But you might find it gives you an insider’s view of Honolulu that goes beyond typical tourist guides.


As a part of its ongoing travel guide series, MONOCLE, a London-based magazine turned multimedia brand, has focused its attention on Honolulu. Covering 13 other cities around the world, including Tokyo and New York, it’s an understatement to say this series is well-traveled.


At first glance, the guide looks touristy, but when you start to read onward, you quickly realize that this is not the case. It contains essays on Honolulu throughout history, and outlines for walks through different neighborhoods on Oʻahu, such as Kaimukī and Downtown.


The guide is split into multiple categories, including food and drink, retail, design and architecture, culture, and sport and fitness, making it an easy read.


Did you know you can get a handmade surfboard at James After Beach Club? Or that you can make your own chocolate bar using locally sourced cacao at Madre Chocolate?


Is it worth $15? If you’re interested in learning more about the island and its offerings, then this might be the book for you.


$15 (regular in-store price), $11.47 (preorder price), now available for preorder from Barnes and Noble, available on July 25, 2016, barnesandnoble.com, also available from Mono and Aloha Beach Club, alohabeachclub.com