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[:en]A Tale of Two Cities: Boston vs. Honolulu[:]

Courtesy of Sanish Sam.

Courtesy of Sanish Sam.

[:en]A cultural comparison of Boston and Honolulu, capital of Hawaii, gateway to the U.S. island chain, and home of our Affiliate of the Month this January, List Sotheby's International Realty,the leading luxury residential real estate brokerage on Oahu.

Whether you are intrigued by the legendary surf of Oahu,lush island terrain of Kauai, orsecluded luxury of Maui, the mystical island chain of Hawaii offers something for everyone. Perhapsthe most metropolitan is Oahu,the "Heart of Hawaii," where the juxtaposition of wild nature and urban metropolis is best appreciated from the 360-degree view at the top of WaikikisDiamond Head Trail Hike. Once you are ready for the gnarly waves, head to the iconicNorth Shore, where the lively beach scene is perfect for watching far braver athletes tackle the tremendous surf.

With its laid-back island vibe, diverse blend of cultures and ethnicities, and palm-lined business district that's just moments away from the sea, Honolulu continues to entice visitors to make their vacation a permanent one. And for Bay Staters looking for a tropical escape, this just became much simplerHawaiian Airlines launched non-stop flights between Boston and Honolululast year. Stay for weeks or months at a time, form friendships, and take advantage of those kamaaina (local) deals on popular attractions like whale watching tours and fishing excursions.

Honolulu is also undoubtedly the Hawaiian Islands' cultural and culinary hub. The metro area encompasses regions such as the retail-filled Kaka'ako, a Chinatown that is one of the oldest in the nation, and a collection of residential neighborhoods that span from the green Ko'olau mountains in the north and east to Pearl City and its famed harbor to the northwest.Locals also respect the city's nature spots as much as its urban scene. Art galleries, spas, museums, and luxury fashion boutiques are easy to come by, but you'll also find green mountains lined with hiking trails, and clean waters alive with reefs, whales, turtles, and dolphins.

Courtesy of Hideout Waikiki.

Courtesy of Hideout Waikiki.

Gibson Sothebys International Realtys vast network of real estate experts covers nearly every corner of the world. Looking to make the move to Hawaii? Contact our Relocation Director, Aimee Rideout, at


980,080 (2019)

City population


694,583 (2019)

Ohana really does mean familyHonolulu has a strong sense of community. People tend to look after one another. Respect local ways and you may make friends who become your extended ohana for life. City culture

A flourishing city with something for everyone: rich history, diverse neighborhoods, a bustling theater district, and some of the most renowned higher education institutions in the nation.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

ABC Stores

American Savings Bank

Largest companies

State Street Bank

Fidelity Investments

John Hancock

The Honolulu Festival Music festivals Boston Calling

Mai Tai

Famed beverage Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Kona Coffee

Famed coffee



Luau fare

Shave ice

Famed food

Clam chowder

Lobster roll


Aloha Stadium

Sports arenas

TD Garden

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Iconic landmarks

Old State House

USS Constitution

Waikiki Beach

Diamond Head State Monument

Tourist attractions

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Freedom Trail

Aloha Plate Food Tour

Oahu Nature Tours

Popular tours

Swan Boats

Boston Duck Tours

Honolulu Marathon Marathons

Boston Marathon

Take in the Honolulu City Lights

Snowboard on Mauna Kea

Check out asurf contest

Winter activities

Ice skate on the Boston Common Frog Pond

Shop at the Prudential Center

Hit the slopes at a nearby ski mountain


Courtesy of John Kowitz.

Courtesy of John Kowitz.

Courtesy of Blake Bronstad.

Courtesy of Blake Bronstad.

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Courtesy of Mitchell Brown.

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