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Honolulu is the capital and most populous city of the islands that make up Hawaii. Honolulu is located on the southeastern coast on the island of Oahu. The name Honolulu means ‘sheltered bay’, which refers to the area’s natural harbor. Honolulu was first settled by Polynesian migrants in the 12th century. In 1845, the ruler, Kamehameha III, transitioned the small village into a modern port city and was annexed in 1898 by the U.S.

Honolulu continued its turbulent past with the attacks at Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941 Japan launched an attack that resulted in nearly 2,500 deaths. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific honors those that served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The cemetery contains more than 63 separate memorials, most commemorating those killed at Pearl Harbor.

Honolulu is also a popular tourist destination. Waikiki is at the center of tourism. World famous Waikiki Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and houses many five star resorts. Kapiolani Park is another popular spot. It is the oldest park in Hawaii and features the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Shell.

Honolulu’s cultural center is The Arts District Honolulu located downtown, near Chinatown. The area is home to many art galleries, including the Honolulu Academy of Arts, which has the largest presenter of visual arts in Hawaii.



Honolulu Academy of Arts Kapiolani Park Waikiki