Honolulu is known for its uniqueness. It is the largest city in the middle of Pacific Ocean with a population of over one million people and is also the only city in the United States that is home to a royal palace.
More than 100 beaches surround Honolulu (more than almost any other city in the world), and has one of the largest concentrations of Buddhist temples with over 30 spread through the city. It is also a major hub for international business and military defense, as well as being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific cultures, cuisine, and traditions.
Honolulu, on the island of Oahu’s south shore, is the capital of Hawaii and gateway to the U.S. island chain. Sites relating to the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor include the USS Arizona Memorial.
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At the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is part of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, a National Park Service site. Pearl Harbor consistently ranks among the top three most heavily-visited tourist destinations in Hawaii. Daily visitation averages about 4,000 visitors.
There is no entry fee for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, and no ticket is required to see the museums. The USS Arizona Memorial program does require a ticket, but tickets are free. Visitors can get walk-in tickets on the day of their visit (based on availability), or they can reserve online at www.recreation.gov.
The Iolani Palace was the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii beginning with Kamehameha III under the Kamehameha Dynasty and ending with Queen Lili’uokalani under the Kalakaua Dynasty, founded by her brother, King David Kalakaua.
Registered as a National Historic Landmark since 1962 and the only official royal residence in the United States, the Palace is one of the most recognizable buildings in Hawaii. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, Iolani Palace tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani walked the grand halls.
Manoa Falls is a 150-foot waterfall located in the Manoa Falls Trail in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a short (0.8-mile trail), well-maintained trail suitable for all levels of hiking skill. The trail ends at a graveled viewing area from which the public can view the waterfall and pool.
Diamond Head is a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island of Oahu and known to Hawaiians as Leahi. The Hawaiian name is most likely derived from lae plus ‘ahi because the shape of the ridgeline resembles the shape of a tuna’s dorsal fin. The trail takes you to the edge of a 300,000 year old crater. While the hike isn’t that long in terms of distance, it can be somewhat challenging due to its ascent. Parts of the trail are over uneven rock, and the 99 steps near the end of the hike are steep.
The Honolulu Botanical gardens offers 5 different gardens to visit: Foster Botanical Garden, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Lili’uokalani Botanical Garden, Koko Crater Botanical Garden and Wahiawa Botanical Garden.
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