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About Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii is one of the most popular travel destinations in Hawaii, and is located on the south shore of Oahu. Waikiki is one of the most popular vacation destinations, with its lush sandy beaches, hotels for every budget, shopping, food, and entertainment. Polynesian migrants around the 11th century first settled Honolulu.


When visiting Honolulu, it’s essential to see some of the Polynesian entertainment that is available. From hula dancers, to the ukulele, there are many free shows at the Polynesian Cultural Centre. You may also attend one of the many theaters or arenas for concerts and sporting events.


The Ala Moana Center offers many keepsakes from Hawaii, from carvings to pineapples, Hawaiian shirts, and mums, both designed with colorful floral patterns. There is also an active nightlife here where you can shop at outdoor booths, then head to a tiki bar on the beach, or indoors to one of the many nightclubs. Visitors may also enjoy a luau, which combines traditional entertainment with a delicious Polynesian feast.


There are plenty of attractions to see during your trip to Honolulu:

  • Diamond Head: The Diamond Head volcanic crater can be seen for miles. This volcano was one of the part of the Honolulu Volcano Series that was responsible for creating the islands. It now lays dormant but is perfect for sightseeing opportunities.
  • Pearl Harbor: This setting is of major historical importance today, and is marked by a serene monument, the USS Arizona Memorial, in honor of the crew who died that day. You must take a boat out to the monument, as there is no bridge to get there.
  • Ala Moana Beach Park: This park is the second largest park in the city, and offers an opportunity to get away from the packed tourist locations for a few hours.
  • Iolani Palace: This palace was built during the 19th century where the last of Hawaiian royalty lived. Today, it’s a museum where you can tour the exhibits.
  • Hanuman Bay: Hanauma Bay beach is the perfect aqua marine blue, and is located on the southeastern coast of Oahu. Here you can enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing.
  • The Bishop Museum: Visitors who are interested in Polynesian history can visit this museum to learn more about Hawaiian heritage. There are plenty of exhibits on Hawaiian and Pacific Island culture. For those who want to go beyond the islands, there is also a planetarium.
  • Waikiki Aquarium: This small aquarium is part of the University of Hawaii, and is packed full of over 3000 different marine animals that call their home the tropical Pacific. There are also multiple exhibits to enjoy.

Visitors to this capital and largest city in the state of Hawaii will find much to occupy their time, but it’s still possible to step away to one of the many local parks for rest and relaxation. There are plenty of outdoor activities, but when you tire of the hot sun, you can step indoors to one of the many exciting shopping centers, or restaurants. 

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