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Honolulu Introduction


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Visitors to Honolulu may hear that, because it's Hawaii's largest city, it is less "Hawaiian" than the rest of the state. The high-rise office buildings and traffic of Honolulu don't match people's romantic ideal of what Hawaii should be—remote, palm-fringed beaches and lavish resorts.  Click here to see the full Honolulu travel guide on Travel42 »

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Honolulu Geography


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Honolulu is on the south shore of Oahu; it dominates the island. The city's government administers all of Oahu, and this is also the state's capital. Oahu itself is a volcanic mass divided into sections by two separate mountain ranges. Both ranges run northwest to southeast: the Waianae Range on the western side of the island, and the Koolau Range to the east. The Koolau separates the city of Honolulu and its hotel-choked neighborhood of Waikiki from the windward side of the island and the towns of Kailua and Kaneohe.  Click here to see the full Honolulu travel guide on Travel42 »

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Honolulu History


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The history of Honolulu is really the history of Oahu. The island was an independent fiefdom controlled by a succession of Polynesian chiefs until the 1780s. That's when the ambitious king of Maui, Kahekili, conquered Oahu and killed its chief—his own stepson—in a bid to enlarge his territories.   Click here to see the full Honolulu travel guide on Travel42 »

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Honolulu Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The best way to see Honolulu is to first decide what most interests you and then group your choices according to their physical location. You might spend a morning exploring Chinatown, stop for lunch at one of the many excellent Asian restaurants there and relax on the beach at Ala Moana or Waikiki in the late afternoon when the sun's rays are less intense.   Click here to see the full Honolulu travel guide on Travel42 »

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Honolulu Nightlife


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Honolulu's nightlife—mostly clustered in Waikiki—showcases an eclectic mix of Hawaiian, country-western, jazz, alternative, contemporary and even Las Vegas-style entertainment. Check local listings for performances by one of Hawaii's excellent entertainers, such as musicians Jake Shimabukuro, Makana, Fiji, Henry Kapono, the Brothers Cazimero, and comedians Andy Bumatai, Augie Tulba and Frank DeLima, who pokes good-natured fun at every nationality in Hawaii, including his own Portuguese ancestry. Also watch for the Female Comics of Hawaii—five ladies with different styles who perform together monthly in nightclubs and dinner-show settings.  Click here to see the full Honolulu travel guide on Travel42 »

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Honolulu Restaurants & Dining


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If the physical surroundings of Honolulu don't tempt you to stay a few extra days, the food will. Hawaiian regional cuisine, an easy blend of Asian, Polynesian, U.S. and European traditions, pleases a wide variety of tastes, and the local chefs are inventive. You'll find scrumptious cross-cultural dishes based on fresh local ingredients—especially seafood, vegetables, herbs and fruit—as well as pure Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, French, German, Swiss and Italian favorites.  Click here to see the full Honolulu travel guide on Travel42 »

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