Honolulu is located in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean and it is the capital of Hawaii. The weather is always warm, and the surf is always up in tropical Honolulu. This has become a favorite holiday spot for friends of mine who own CDM Waste Management. Honolulu is Hawaii’s biggest city, and it offers the perfect mix of shopping, sports, culture, and nature all in one place. There is a lot of history to discover here with the Pearl Harbor around the corner and America’s only royal palace at its core.
Visit this museum to learn about the Polynesian voyagers who came many years before 1778 when Captain Cook dropped anchor. The first Europeans and the Native Hawaiians were drawn to the Diamond Head Volcano majestic profile.
The locals call this place the backdrop of Lē’ahi. It is a constant reminder of Hawaii’s beginning wherever you are in the city. For a commanding view of its picture perfect coastline and its island, climb the trail to the circular rim. You can also see how Honolulu has turned to a modern urban center by going to the summit of the Aloha Tower.
Honolulu is the gathering place where locals come to do business but tourists come here for its water sports and beaches. You can sail in the harbor, stand up paddle boarding, or go swimming any day of the year. A quieter alternative to the popular Wakiki beach is the Ala Moana Beach Park. Explore the bay by renting a canoe or get surfing lessons if you start feeling active. You can buy everything from flowery local garments to upscale fashion by strolling over the boulevard.
Statue of King Kamehameha
While you are in Honolulu, don’t forget to visit the statue of the king who unified the Hawaiian Islands. Also, visit the Halekoa barracks and admire the architecture of Iolani Palace. You can try the Japanese fusion dish for lunch. The population here is largely Asian American, and this has left its mark on the culture and cuisine of the island.
The Kapiolani Park has an attractive beach front and ancient Banyan trees. It is also home to the Honolulu Zoo, so you can take your kids to see some exotic birds.
Set aside a day to see what is left of the US Pacific Fleet. Visit the aviation museum and pay your respects on the USS Arizona’s Memorial.
The warm waters of this beach will take your mind off any worldly affairs. You can take some shave ice to cool off.
Honolulu is a great destination in itself and a convenient stop over when going to other Hawaiian Islands.