Honolulu has been named by the esteemed National Geographic as one of the Best Cities in the U.S. According to the publication,
"The Aloha State’s largest city also goes big when it comes to music venues, Instagrammable moments, and art galleries and art stores. An experience that encapsulates all of Honolulu’s chart-topping attributes? The artfully photogenic Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club recently launched a Sunday brunch that grooves with music sets curated by Oahu-based record label Aloha Got Soul."
National Geographic compiled their list using the following process:
For this story, we partnered with Resonance Consultancy, a global destination branding advisor, to identify the top U.S. small cities based on unconventional metrics that we think lead to happiness: green spaces, galleries, coffee shops, breweries, music venues, Instagrammable moments, and more.
Next we sorted U.S. cities into three groups based on their population: 40K-100K, 100K-200K, and 200K-600K.
Resonance combined core statistics with social media data (from Yelp, Instagram, and other sources) on nightlife, culture, restaurants, and the like to determine the city leaders for each population group in categories from meatiest (lots of steakhouses and delis) to greenest (most parkland), based on per capita results.
We also highly recommend taking a look at their article, "Finding Paradise on Oahu," which features some of the most beautiful island locations for you to check out on your next vacation or your next "holo holo" day!