Despite the stigma many associate with winter, Oahu is an incredible place to visit during this time of year! “The Gathering Place” fortunately isn’t subjected to the cold that many experience in November, December, and January. One of the best reasons to travel to Oahu in winter is the Honolulu Marathon! Below, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about this world-class race through paradise. To prepare for your upcoming trip, be sure to claim your complimentary Oahu Travel Guide! It lists all of the best restaurants, outdoor activities, shopping spots, and more.
Your Guide to the Honolulu Marathon
The Honolulu Marathon is one of the best things to do on Oahu in December! For many, this race is one of the reasons winter is one of the best times to visit Oahu. It’s also one of the world’s biggest and best road races. The fourth largest marathon in the world takes place annually on the second Sunday of December. You’ll certainly experience the spirit of “Aloha” during this race—there is no time limit and every inch of the 26.2-mile route is absolutely stunning! Here’s everything you need to know before visiting.
When Does the Race Take Place?
Rise and shine! The Honolulu Marathon takes place at 5 a.m. on December 9 this year (it’s always held on the second Sunday of December). If you’re participating in the race or even just watching, we recommend getting an even earlier start to beat the crowds!
Where Do You Meet?
Making plans to attend this year’s race? The official starting line is located at the intersection of Queen Street and Ala Moana Boulevard in the urban center of Honolulu. If you’re planning on spectating, the route winds 26.2 miles through paradise! That means there are plenty of spots to watch and cheer on your friends and family. Be sure to check the course map before posting up!
Where is the best place to stay in Honolulu for the race? We’re glad you ask! There’s no better lodging option than a private vacation rental located right along the course! Our beautiful properties are spacious, bright, airy, beachfront/view, and large enough to accommodate your entire family or friend group. Best of all? Our stunning South Shore properties are close to all of Honolulu’s best natural and urban attractions! Here are the properties situated along the marathon route: