Is HONOLULU, Hawaii Safe? Travel Advisory 2024

Is HONOLULU, Hawaii Safe? Travel Advisory 2024

This American paradise is a melting pot of cultures, languages, cuisines and tourist offerings.

Being a major hub for finance, business, and tourism, Honolulu is also one of the safest destinations in the country. Some neighborhoods should be avoided, though, (read more below.)

Come visit this cosmopolitan city to indulge in world-class shopping, luxury dining, and unique beaches.

LATEST NEWS from Honolulu: 

Dozens of arrests have been made over the last few weeks in Honolulu, thanks to “hot spot,” the new strategy to combat crime, said Honolulu Police Chief Joe Logan.

“Hot spot” mostly consists in focusing resources on high-crime areas previously determined by data and crime trends.

“(Officers) made 74 arrests and 193 charges in the regional patrol bureau. So that’s everything outside of central Honolulu and East Honolulu,” Logan said. “And then 70 arrests and 149 charges in the central patrol bureau.”

So far, HPD has managed to reduce illegal game-rooms by 40 percent. This is a milestone in crime control because these “attract” drug addicts, firearms use and prostitution, said the officer.

Crime Statistics in Honolulu: 

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is safer than 7 percent of other American cities. Let’s explore other important safety statistics. 

Safest neighborhoods

The neighborhoods with the lowest level of crime in Honolulu include: Manoa, Portlock, Nui Rdge / Nui Lower, Hawaii Kai, Koko Head Terrace, Waialae Iki / Kalani Iki, Diamond Head

Napali Haweo / Kamiloiki, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Southeast.

Possibilities of becoming a victim of a violent crime

In Honolulu 1 in 374 people are victims of this crime. 

Possibilities of becoming a victim of property crime

In Honolulu 1 in 30 people are victims of this crime.

Annual crimes – Total

12,192 violent and property crimes are committed every year in Honolulu.

Areas to Avoid

HPD is allocating sources to combat crime across the island. However, some areas are still to be avoided. 

These include Makaha for high pickpocketing activity, Ewa Beach for kidnapping and robberies, Pahoa for sex offenders, and Wahiawa, Kahului, Waimea, and Kapaa for crime. 

Safety Tips for Honolulu

Honolulu offers hundreds of opportunities to enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, there are a handful of individuals looking for opportunities to commit crimes against locals and tourists. Please follow these recommendations to ensure an enjoyable visit. 

  • Don’t leave handbags and packages unattended on chairs or tables at restaurants or bars.
  • Lock your car doors.
  • Avoid leaving your valuables unattended on the beach.  
  • Don’t go swimming alone.
  • Don’t hop on wet rocks along cliffs.
  • Leave your valuables secure back in your accommodation.
  • Opt for exploring in groups when walking at night.
  • If you experience a medical emergency or see someone in trouble, call 911 immediately.
  • Only swim at lifeguarded beaches.