Honolulu – Make it your next travel destination!

Honolulu, the name which I have heard infinite times by now but never paid attention to it until today while having a drink named the same. To those who do not know about this place, Honolulu is the capital city of an U.S. state called Hawaii. Hawaii is the most recent and the 50th state of United States which got statehood in 1959.

Not to be precise, Hawaii is a group of islands scattered in the Pacific ocean. To be precise, it is the only U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is the only U.S. state not located in the Americas and does not observe daylight saving time.

Coming back to Honolulu, as said earlier it is the county area of the city and county of Honolulu. Hawaii is a major tourist destination and Honolulu, situated on the island of Oahu, is the main gateway to Hawaii and a major gateway into the United States. The city is also a major hub for international business, military defense, as well as famously being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific culture, cuisine, and traditions.

Honolulu is both the westernmost and the southernmost major American city. Call it, ‘Crossroads of the Pacific‘ or ‘Sheltered Bay‘, or ‘The Big Pineapple‘, it is the same Honolulu for you with the catchy nicknames.

The city of beaches: More than 100 beaches surround Honolulu, more than almost any other city in the world and hence this rightly deserved to be called as the city of beaches. Waikki beach,  the main beach destination of most people heading to Honolulu and the island of Oahu. This area is known for its large crescent shaped beach, where visitors come to lie out in the sun, swim, and learn to surf.

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Iolani Palace – The only royal palace on US soil. The Iolani Palace was the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii beginning with Kamehameha III under the Kamehameha Dynasty(1845). It is located in the capitol district of Downtown Honolulu. It is now a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The palace was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1978. This place was so ‘Royal’ that it had electricity 4 years prior to White House.

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Mu Ryang Sa – Broken Ridge Buddhist Temple
Honolulu has one of the largest concentrations of Buddhist temples in the Western world, with over 30 spread through the city. Mu Ryang Sa is a Korean Buddhist temple, the construction of which was tied up with many legal disputes and completed only in 2005.

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Source: Muryangsa.com

Pearl Harbor – Pearl Harbor is one of Honolulu’s biggest tourist attractions. Although it is home to the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, visitors can take a tour to see the USS Arizona Memorial, and the USS Missouri.

The city has been the capital of the Hawaii since 1845 and gained historical recognition following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan near the city on December 7, 1941. This incident has eventually led to World War II.

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Hanauma Bay
On the very east side of Honolulu, near an area of town called Hawaii Kai, is Hanauma Bay, one of the most famous places on the entire island for snorkeling.

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The bay, sunken into a crater with a gorgeous stretch of golden sand, is a nature reserve and marine sanctuary.

Honolulu Chinatown
Honolulu’s historic Chinatown is a mix of Asian cultures, all packed into a small area where tangy spices rule the cuisine, open-air markets have kept out the mini-malls, and the way to good health is through acupuncture and herbalists.

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Like all Chinatowns in the world, Honolulu’s Chinatown is an always bustling, energetic market section of the city. It’s not quite as chaotic at Chinatown in Bangkok or Manila, but even though it’s small, it still has that same thrilling rushed market feel to it.

Manoa Falls
While Diamond Head and Koko Head, two amazing hikes in Honolulu, are dry hikes, Manoa Falls is a lush green jungle hike

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Local Hawaiian Food – How can a journey end without a sumptuous meal of the local foodpolynesia

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