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Thriving City of Honolulu

Aug 17, 2007
The thriving city of Honolulu is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Koolau Mountains and framed by the brilliant blue Pacific Ocean. Honolulu is the heart of Hawaii.

It houses the state government and university and is widely recognized as the financial capital of the state. Honolulu is a city of contrasts. It has the military muscle of Pearl Harbour, the glamour of Waikiki, the tranquillity of the botanical gardens and even the seedier side of girlie shows and bars.

The sights in Honolulu are numerous and tourists can spend days wandering the city, seeing the sights and meeting the people. Like any modern cosmopolitan city, Honolulu boasts some world class shopping and restaurants and although these can be alluring, dont forget to see the sights that make Honolulu unique.

In Downtown Honolulu you will find the official home of the last Hawaiian monarchs, known as Iolani Palace. The palace was built for King David Kalakaua and passed on to the later overthrown Queen Liliuokalani. Visitors have the option of touring the palace with a guide who fully explores and describes the history of this landmark building.

After the Queen was ousted from the palace she moved in to Washington Place, a colonial style mansion, where she lived out the rest of her years. It is now the official residence of the governor of Hawaii and although it is not open to the public, you can still appreciate the beauty of the estate.

A little off the tourist trail is the Honolulu Academy of Arts that houses a superb collection of fine art. Works from the likes of Monet and Picasso are displayed proudly around this beautifully converted residential home.

Downtown is sure to visit The State Capital, Honolulu Hale, St Andrews Cathedral and the mission houses.

Chinatowns main appeal is its markets that attract those looking for a different kind of shopping experience. Should you need a bite to eat be sure to consider Wo Fats, Hawaiis longest standing restaurant at 100 years.

The Waterfront offers a more peaceful experience. Relax on the beautiful green lawn and sandy white beach of Beach County Park. This is where the city dwellers come, as opposed to Waikiki, to enjoy the sea, sun and serenity.

The Hawaii Maritime Centre illustrates Hawaiis history on, in and around the ocean. With displays on Captain Cook, the whaling industry, surfboards and more, the centre is both educational and entertaining. The main attractions are the two moored vessels outside Falls of Clyde and the Hokulea.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Honolulu Rental Site
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