Waikiki and Honolulu Hawaii

Honolulu Hawaii

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and the most populous city in the state.  The name Honolulu means ‘sheltered bay’ in the Hawaiian language, and with its natural harbor it has become a major gateway into the United States, as well as a primary tourist attraction, a hub for international business and for military defense.  The city extends from Pearl Harbor in the west to Makapu’u Point on Oahu’s southeastern shore, encompassing the world-famous area of Waikiki.  Waikiki best known for its popular white sand beach - it is an international destination and one of the most frequented locations in all of Hawaii.  Over the centuries, Waikiki has been an area where people come to play and relax.  When the Ali’I (Hawaiian royalty) ruled the land in the mid 1800’s, Waikiki was a retreat for the kings, queens and princesses.  Rivers and springs once flowed into the region and in the Hawaiian language Waikiki means ‘spouting waters’.  In the 1400’s an irrigation system was used to direct the springs into fishponds and taro patches.  At one stage, the area was the center of government on Oahu.  Nowadays the skyline is dotted with high-rise apartments, with every hotel room located just a short walk to the beach. READ MORE...