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Hawaii is a state of the United States of America located in the Pacific Ocean. It is the only U.S. state located outside North America, the only island state, and the only state in the tropics.

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While Hawaii is a great destination year-round, the best opportunity for good weather exists during April, May, September, and October. As the tradewinds pick up over the winter months, so do the showers, and surf swells, particularly on the north/northeast (windward) shores of each island.

Hawaii is one of the most-expensive areas in the United States, and the cost of food and lodging is notably higher than that of most other states. In Maui, travelers can expect to pay somewhere between $10 and $15 for breakfast, anywhere from $15 to $30 for lunch and considerably more for dinner.

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Visitors usually have an initial shock when they arrive in Honolulu. This is not a quiet resort town. Instead you are greeted by a thriving world-class city, with a beach that rivals any in the world. As a matter of fact this natural harbor was once home to the Hawaiian royal court.

The capital of Honolulu is the cultural, industrial, commercial, and governmental center of Hawaii. Waikiki Beach is the heart of the tourist industry with the famous Waikiki Beach. Along the beach, there are many shops with lots of neat things to buy as souvenirs, as well as fine restaurants to try as well. Sports enthusiasts can go canoing, snorkeling, surfing or horse-back riding along the beach.

Beaches

One of the most famous beaches in the world is Waikiki Beach. This 2 km beach is also therefore very crowded and popular. Waikiki is great for swimming, surfing, canoeing, diving, sailing, snorkeling, and fishing. Ala Moana Beach Park, located between downtown and Waikiki, is a midtown beach park.

The North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii is famous world-wide for its beaches and incredible surf. Here you can try: Banzai/Pipeline/Ehukai Beach Park, Pupukea Beach Park, Malaekahana Bay State Recreation Area, Sunset Beach Park, and Waimea Beach Park.

The Windward Coast has: Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach, Kualoa Regional Park, Kahana Bay Beach Park, Hauula Beach Park, Hauula Beach Park, and Pounders Beach.

Leeward Oahu/The Waianae Coast includes: Ko Olina, Makaha Beach Park, Yokohama Bay, and Pokai Bay Beach Park.

Finally try East Oahu at: Hanauma Bay, Sandy Beach, and Makapuu Beach Park.

Climate

The tropical Hawaiian climate is moderated by its mid-ocean location and by the California Current. The average daily low and high temperatures in January are 18° C and 27°C and in July are 23°C and 31°C.

Temperature in CelsiusJFMAMJJASOND
Maximum262627272830303131302827
Minimum181819202122222323222119
Rainfall (mm)806070302010101010506080

Geography

Hawaii is the 50th state of the United States of America. This archipelago of over nineteen distinct volcanic islands is located over the Pacific Ocean. Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is the capital and largest city of the state of Hawaii. It is the government, transportation, and commercial center for the state.

History

When Captain James Cook first arrived in 1778 h was welcomed by long ago migrated Polynesians which lived in established communities lead by the Kamehameha royal family. In 1809, King Kamehameha I moved his royal court from the island of Hawaii to Oahu.

Within a few years, the American missionaries came to the islands to spread Christianity. The royal family developed pineapple and sugar cane plantations and workers from other countries were imported as contract laborers. The Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893 by a group of American businessmen. In 1898 the United States annexed the islands and declared them a state in 1959.

On the morning of December 7, 1941, planes and submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy began a surprise attack on the U.S. This event brought the United States into World War II.

Nature

The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a bay formed in the crater of an extinct volcano and filled with a wonderful coral reef and fish. It is a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving. You'll want to get there early in the morning as they control the number of visitors per day.

The ancient volcanic crater Diamond Head State Monument is a former US military site with portions now open to the public. There is a hiking trail that winds up the inside of the crater to the summit on the western side of the crater wall.

If you have access to a car, the Wantalus/Round Top drive in Makiki Heights is a fabulous mountain drive that takes you about 600 m above sea level to various viewpoints providing panoramic views of the south shore of Oahu.

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Luaus are the best setting for tourists to enjoy a traditional Hawaiian feast. Luaus are found at various locations, often at major resort hotels. There is also Hawaiian music, hula, and other Polynesian entertainment..

Dishes that are often found at luaus include:

- Lomi salmon, salted salmon mixed with tomatoes, onions, pepper
- Kalua pig, pork wrapped in banana leaves and steamed
- Pipi kaula, Hawaiian style beef jerky
- Poi, ground and boiled taro root paste
- Laulau, pork & butterfish (black cod) wrapped in leaves then steamed
- Luau, seafood prepared in a mixture of boiled taro leaves and coconut milk
- Haupia, a gelatin-like dessert prepared from thickened coconut milk

  • Airport :
    Honolulu International Airport
  • Airport Tax :
    Departure tax is usually included in your ticket price, inquire on booking.
  • Distance from Airport :
    8km to downtown Honolulu
  • Tourist Office :
    Oahu Visitors Bureau: 733 Bishop Street, Suite 1520, Honolulu HI 96813. Tel 808-524 0722
  • Tourist Season :
    December through April
  • Festivals & Events

    Besides all the US official holidays, Oahu Island also celebrates:

    January
    - Ala Wai Challenge features ancient Hawaiian games
    - Narcissus Festival

    February
    - The Great Aloha Run

    March
    26 - Prince Kuhio Celebration

    April
    06 - Buddha Day

    May
    01 - Annual Lei Day Celebration
    - World Fire-Knife Dance Championships & Samoan Festival
    - Shinnyo-en Hawaii Temple Floating Lanterns Festival

    June
    - Around the 10th - King Kamehameha Celebration
    - King Kamehameha Hula Competition

    July
    - Hawaii International Jazz Festival
    - Ukulele Festival

    August
    - Hawaii State Fair
    - Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition
    21 - Admissions Day

    September
    - Aloha Festivals across Oahu

    October
    - Intertribal Powwow

    November
    - Hawaii International Film Festival
    - World Invitational Hula Festival

    December
    - Honolulu Marathon
    - Holiday Gift Fair

    Transportation

    Honolulu International Airport is the main gateway for the Hawaiian Islands. Its Inter-island Terminal is the home of Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines. The Airport Waikiki Express provides shuttle service to hotels in Waikiki. There is also a city bus and plenty of taxis to get you downtown or to your hotel.

    The best way to get around is with a rental car. Your will find rental counters at the airport and in Honolulu or Waikiki. The street system conforms in large part to the shorelines, valleys, and ridges, with lots of twists and turns. Directions are normally given in terms of local landmarks. There are two main highways in Honolulu: Nimitz Highway (Hawaii 92) and Interstate H-1.

    The local bus service in Honolulu is called TheBus. TheBus runs intercity services to other parts of Oahu as well. Ask for a free transfer ticket if you are continuing on another bus. Larger groups may want to tour the city via charter bus.

    Activities & Sports

    Hawaii has perfect running weather all year for jogger fanatics. Kapiolani Park and Ala Moana Park are where most joggers in Honolulu go as well as the loop around Diamond Head. The Honolulu Marathon is one of the world's largest marathons. Hiking and horse back riding in the nature trails is also very popular.

    An ice rink is probably the last thing you'd expect to find in Hawaii but the Ice Palace offers instruction in figure skating and hockey. Other unusual sports to practice here while on a holiday are Yoga and meditation classes.

    Waikiki Beach is the place to learn to surf where you can get private surfing lessons. A one hour lesson includes dry land and in-the-water instruction. Sea kayaking is a lot of fun here.

    Archaeology

    The Hawaii Plantation Village offers an hour long tour of this restored sugar plantation village. It was in operation from 1852 to 1947. Visitors will find 30 faithfully restored camp houses, Chinese and Japanese temples, the Plantation Store, and a sumo-wrestling ring.

    Attractions & Sights

    With Honolulu being such a modern and developed city, there is simply no shortage of attractions or sites to see. Here is a run down of must-sees:

    - Completed in September 1926, the Aloha Tower and Marketplace was for a long time the tallest building in Honolulu. Today it serves as the control center for Honolulu Harbor and a public observation deck.

    - The Hawaii State Capitol Building has a modern, open-air design, with pillars reminiscent of palm tree trunks, and two conical structures symbolizing volcanoes containing the House and Senate chambers, all surrounded by a moat of water representing the ocean.

    - Washington Place, private home of Hawaii's last monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, and presently the governor's mansion.

    - Iolani Palace was the historic seat of the Hawaiian monarchy, and the Iolani Barracks.

    - Churches: Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, the historic Kawaiahao Church of Hawaiian royalty, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace

    - The Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium.

    - Bishop Street is home to most of Honolulu's skyscrapers, including the First Hawaiian Center, the tallest building in the Hawaiian Islands.

    - Kapiolani Park is a large public park at the east end of Waikiki, home to the Waikiki Shell amphitheatre.

    - One of the more popular scenic vistas on Oahu and the site of one of the bloodiest battles in Hawaiian history, the Pali Lookout provides a panoramic view of Oahu.

    There are several fantastic museums to explore. The Bishop Museum, funded in 1889 by the last direct descendant of Kamehameha I, records, preserves and tells the stories of Hawaii and the Pacific. On display are Hawaiian artifacts, science-based exhibits, a large simulated volcano in the center that erupts regularly, the third largest entomology collection in the US, and a planetarium. See also the Contemporary Museum, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii Maritime Center, and the Workspace.

    War history buffs will rejoice with the many military memorials found on the island. The Battleship Missouri Memorial is the battleship best known as the site where World War II ended when the Japanese military surrendered to the Allied forces. The USS Arizona Memorial commemorates the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which brought the US into World War II. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is the final resting place of over 45,000 Americans who served their country.

    Nightlife

    Sunset On The Beach is an event where free movies are projected on the beach in Waikiki near the Honolulu zoo. Many tourists from around the world can view a movie on an outdoor 30ft screen.

    Catch a performance by the Honolulu Symphony, the oldest US symphony orchestra west of the Rocky Mountains. Other classical music ensembles include the Hawaii Opera Theater. Honolulu is also a center for Hawaiian music. The main music venues include the Neal Blaisdell Center Concert Hall, the Waikiki Shell, and the Hawaii Theater. Honolulu also includes several venues for live theater, including the Diamond Head Theater and the Manoa Valley Theater.

    When party arrives Waikiki is the center of the action. When the sun goes down, Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues come alive with visitors searching for restaurants, bars and clubs. The Mai Tai Bar is popular among locals. Also fun are Scruples Beach Club, Pipeline Café and Zanzabar.

    Side Trips

    Although not a big island, there are plenty of spots to spend a day away from your hotel. Here is a list of a few popular destinations:

    The North Shore is home to some of the largest waves on earth in the winter, and the ocean and surfing are a way of life here. Daily life is way more relaxed and laid back here. The region is anchored by the town of Haleiwa, home of the Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Kahuku is home to several shrimp farms. Many have a shrimp truck where visitors can buy raw and cooked shrimp. But the most popular attraction is the Polynesian Cultural Center located in Laie. This living museum invites visitors to observe cultural activities by the people who inhabit the islands. Each of the major Polynesian countries has its own area of the park. There is an Imax theatre, a lagoon, luau feasts and a show entitled Horizons: Where the Sea Meets the Sky.

    There is a definite contrast between the Windward’s Coast in the northern end, with many secluded beaches and sleepy villages, and in the southern end, home of one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the Pacific and two larger towns: Kailua and Kaneohe. See the Kailua Beach Park, Lanikai Beach, Kawai Nui Marsh, Mokulua islands, and the sea turtles of Hanauma Bay.

    The Leeward Coast is home to four rural communities (Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, and Makaha) and two up-and-coming resort areas. The mountains above Waianae and Makaha Valley offer some of the best hiking anywhere in the islands and the walk to Kaena Point is well worth the effort.

    Accommodations

    The majority of hotels in Honolulu are found in Waikiki but you can find smaller places around the island as well. To choose from are high-end resorts, mid-range and budget hotels, condos, B&Bs, vacation rentals and camping grounds.

    Eating Out

    Food in Hawaii is a medley of traditional Hawaiian, Portuguese, American, and Asian Pacific flavors. Local beef comes from ranches on Maui and coffee is grown on the Big Island. If you are roaming the island away from tourist areas, you may find restaurants are scarce.

    One of the most common ways that local food is served is in the form of plate lunch, usually meat or fish with two scoops of rice and macaroni salad. Luaus are the best way to enjoy a traditional Hawaiian feast. Dome restaurants to try in and around Honolulu are:

    Ono Hawaiian Foods
    Side Street Inn
    Alan Wong's Restaurant
    The Pineapple Room
    Lucy's Grill 'n Bar
    Hula Grill Waikiki

    Shopping

    - International Market Place has over 100 market stalls and shops laid out amongst a jungle-like backdrop of banyan trees.
    - Aloha Stadium Swap Meet open every Wed, Sat & Sun 6am-3pm.
    - Ala Moana Center is the largest shopping mall in Hawaii and the largest open-air shopping mall in the world.
    - Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
    - DFS Galleria (Duty Free Shops) is built around a cruise theme.
    - Waikiki Shopping Plaza
    - Victoria Ward Centers
    - Aloha Tower Marketplace
    - Kahala Mall
    - Koko Marina Shopping Center

    The area around Nuuanu and Pauahi is filled with art galleries and antique shops.

    China Town is an extremely interesting place to visit and shop during the day, if you like to walk.


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