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Cityscape of Honolulu. Photo Little Stocker
Cityscape of Honolulu. Photo Little Stocker
Kalakaua Shopping District. Photo Jeff Whyte
Kalakaua Shopping District. Photo Jeff Whyte
Ali'iolani Hale Honolulu. cleanfotos/Shutterstock
Ali'iolani Hale Honolulu. cleanfotos/Shutterstock
Surf Rental Shop Kona Beach. Photo Vacclav
Surf Rental Shop Kona Beach. Photo Vacclav
Lifeguard Station, Waikiki Beach. Joakim Raboff
Lifeguard Station, Waikiki Beach. Joakim Raboff
Pride of America, Honolulu Harbor. Bruce Murray
Pride of America, Honolulu Harbor. Bruce Murray
Mariott Resort. Photo WellyWelly/Shutterstock
Mariott Resort. Photo WellyWelly/Shutterstock
Prince Kuhlo Celebration Parade. Alberto Loyo
Prince Kuhlo Celebration Parade. Alberto Loyo

Honolulu Information

Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii, which is the only U.S state located in Oceania. The city is a major tourist destination especially for Americans with around 8 million tourists visiting Hawaii annually. The word Honolulu means ”Sheltered Harbour” a fitting name since the city is situated on the harbour at Oahu, the islands main gateway.

Many holidaymakers come to Honolulu to enjoy the lovely warm tropical climate, pristine beaches and of course surfers come for the waves as Hawaii can be traced back to being the birthplace of modern surfing. If you are into surfing then the place to go is the Pipeline at Ehukai Beach in Pupukea on O’ahu’s North Shore. If you can’t surf then at least visit the Honolulu Surfing Museum eager to educate and enthral tourists.

Hawaii dates back to the 11th century with Polynesian migrants first settling the area. After several centuries King Kamehameha I first conquered the islands and established the Kingdom of Hawaii. In 1898 America formally annexed Hawaii making it part of the United States and using the island as a military naval base. Nearby Honolulu to the west lies Pearl Harbour well known for its attack in 1941 that lead the USA to enter the Second World War.

With its military history, some other attractions to see include the USS Arizona Memorial, the Pearl Harbour WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Battleship Missouri Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park just to mention a few.

When on holiday in Honolulu make sure to venture outside the city to see the wildlife of the many nearby islands. Some of the best-rated nature attractions include Na Pali Coast, then Haleakala Crater, Waimea Canyon, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Of course if nature is not your thing and you just want to laze at the beach then Waikiki Beach, Hapuna, Ka’anapali, and Hanalei beaches along with Ho’okipa Beach Park are the best to go to.

For more tourist information on Honolulu, you may also want to visit the Go Hawaii , the official Hawaii Tourism Authority website and enjoy your holiday!

Tourists Sunbathing Waikiki Beach, Honolulu. Photo Jeff Whyte/Shutterstock
Tourists Sunbathing Waikiki Beach, Honolulu. Photo Jeff Whyte/Shutterstock
Aerial Skyline view of Honolulu. Photo by Lorcel/Shutterstock
Aerial Skyline view of Honolulu. Photo by Lorcel/Shutterstock