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Positioned along the edge of the Pacific Ocean on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is the largest city in the Hawaiian Islands, and its vibrant capital city.

Honolulu which means "sheltered bay" in Hawaiian, is a bustling, lively place and the epicenter for most Hawaiian travel, as from here it's an easy springboard to the outer islands.

Travelers from around the world journey to Honolulu to enjoy sparkling beaches, outstanding weather, and the Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian people. During their journey they often visit its major attractions of Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head and the breathtaking views along Waikiki Beach.

  • Located in Honolulu's City Center, Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States, and the traditional seat of the Hawaiian monarchy. The palace was illuminated with electric lights several years before the White House had them!
  • Parts, or all, of hundreds of movies and television shows were filmed in Honolulu. The popular 70's police drama, Hawaii Five-0, was one of the most memorable.

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Waikiki Beach Fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, Honolulu, U.S.A.
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honolulu attractions

  • USS Arizona Memorial
    The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor is indeed ground zero for Oahu visitors, as this is where World War II began for the U.S.

    The attack by the Empire of Japan in 1941 changed the course of history. The memorial is built over the hull of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, which is the moving resting place for many of the 1,177 Americans who lost their lives during the initial Japanese attack.

    The Arizona tour includes a sobering interpretive film presented at the visitor center, a short boat trip and a self-guided exploration of the memorial.

  • Waikiki Beach
    This one-acre zoo is the only outdoor rainforest zoo in the United States of America.

    Located in the heart of the Panaewa Forest Reserve on the Big Island, the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo is home to some 50 species of rainforest animals, including endangered Hawaiian birds.

    This is one of the few zoos to observe Sumatran tigers, Brazilian tapirs and the rare pygmy hippo, an endangered breed found only in Western Africa.

  • Diamond Head
    Located on Oahu, just two miles from Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head is the most famous volcanic crater in the world.

    The Diamond Head Volcano itself is the unofficial symbol of the Hawaii Islands. This volcano, extinct for 150,000 years, has a 3,520 feet diameter and a 760-foot summit.

    The unforgettable views at the top include panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the entire west side of the island.

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