OK - well as someone who has actually been to Honolulu - let me weigh in.
Honolulu is a big city as far as Hawaii goes. During the summer there are a lot of tourists. I spent most of my time in Honolulu on Waikiki Beach - which was nice but crowded.
If you're headed out to Hawaii, I'd recommend the North Shore. It's less crowded - and just as nice. There's a resort called the Turtle Bay Resort that's quite nice. We loved it.