Aloha! Now that you’ve traveled all the way to the Hawaiian Islands, it’s time to take a look at the state capital of Honolulu.
Settlements here have been traced back almost 1,000 years, but the area became the center of the empire when King Kamehameha I moved his royal court to Waikiki in the early 19th century. Nowadays, tourists flock here for the beaches, warm weather, gentle trade winds and amazing cultural attractions.
Sometimes known as the “Big Pineapple,” Honolulu’s population is about 350,000. The island is a mecca for surfers and sun tanners, history buffs and art aficionados alike. Local music and dance are everywhere, and there’s an abundance of sculptures and paintings by both traditional and modern creators. There are many different neighborhoods to explore: the glitzy and glamorous Waikiki, the upscale Kahala, the artsy and epicurean Chinatown, the vibrant Manoa (home to the University of Hawaii) and Hawaii Kai, known for great hiking with terrific views.