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Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. Author Cristo Vlahos. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. Author Cristo Vlahos

Honolulu: the most important tourist destination in Hawaii

Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is the largest city in the state of Hawaii (377,000 inhabitants). It’s the main aviation gateway for the Hawaiian Islands and it’s served by most major American airlines from the mainland U.S, and by many international airlines from other countries around the Pacific Rim.

Hawaii’s capital is a cosmopolitan, modern and lively city, more than half of its population is of Asian origin, Honolulu became the permanent capital of the kingdom of Hawaii in the mid-nineteenth century, when King Kamehameha III moved the capital from Lahaina in Maui to Honolulu.

The city developed rapidly becoming the most important commercial center of the archipelago, and the place of fervent activities of missionaries in Hawaii. Bombed by the Japanese in 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor caused the United States entered the war.

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. Author Cristo Vlahos. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. Author Cristo Vlahos

Honolulu is located along the southeast coast of the island of Oahu. The city is a major tourist destination in the Hawaiian Islands, and is famous for its tourist district of Waikiki Beach, and the volcanic crater of Diamond Head. The center of Honolulu, called Downtown Honolulu is the part of town where there are the financial, business, and government activities of the Hawaiian Islands.

The city has a large Chinatown inhabited by immigrants from Asian countries, in this area there is also the Arts District of Honolulu, an area that is home to numerous arts and cultural institutions. For those who love shopping center and shops, Honolulu offers the largest open-air mall in the world Ala Moana Center, this downtown area is located between the districts of Kakaako and Waikiki.

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