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Honolulu is a sophisticated Pacific island capital with global cachet. That exists so far away in its own time zone, only adds to its universal appeal. Even its name, pronounced correctly (hoe new lu lu), conjures up exotica. A cosmopolitan Polynesian beauty, Honolulu invites cultural adventure. Its many different ethnic groups offer a rainbow of customs, styles, traditions, genes- and cuisine. You can get ahi poke, bentos, pho, gau gee, kim chee, laulaus, pancit, chili rice, haupia, lychees, malasadas, and Spam musubi, the local treat. Eat at Mavro's, Roy's and Sam Choy's. Sip a sake martini at Indigo in Chinatown. Sample ceviche at ...

Honolulu is a sophisticated Pacific island capital with global cachet. That exists so far away in its own time zone, only adds to its universal appeal. Even its name, pronounced correctly (hoe new lu lu), conjures up exotica. A cosmopolitan Polynesian beauty, Honolulu invites cultural adventure. Its many different ethnic groups offer a rainbow of customs, styles, traditions, genes- and cuisine. You can get ahi poke, bentos, pho, gau gee, kim chee, laulaus, pancit, chili rice, haupia, lychees, malasadas, and Spam musubi, the local treat. Eat at Mavro's, Roy's and Sam Choy's. Sip a sake martini at Indigo in Chinatown. Sample ceviche at Cassis overlooking Honolulu Harbor. Stay in 1901 beaux arts Moana Hotel. Shop eclectic Oahu Market in historic Chinatown where Hawaii Theater stages Broadway shows and Brasserie du Vin decants fine wine. Browse Gucci, Prada and Armani at Ala Moana. Gaze on Hitchcocks, Tennants and Taverniers at Honolulu Academy of Arts. See Chambered Nautilus at Waikiki Aquarium. Snorkel with Long-Nosed Butterfly Fish in Hanauma Bay. Climb 760-foot Diamond Head crater. Observe relics of Hawai'i's royal past inside Bishop Museum. Visit I'olani Palace where US Marines overthrew the Hawaiian kingdom in 1893,and dethroned Queen Liliuokalani. See Arizona and Missouri, two battleships that bookend WW2 at Pearl Harbor. Learn to surf, try two-finger poi, sip a Mai Tai at Duke's on the beach at Waikiki. Do a little hula. You're in Honolulu.

Rick Carroll
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Rick Carroll has written dozens of articles on Hawaii and the Pacific. His books include Great Outdoor Adventures of Hawaii, Madame Pele: True Encounters with Hawaii's Fire Goddess, and Travelers' Tales Hawaii.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Honolulu, situated on the island of Oahu, is the main gateway to Hawaii and the U.S. The city is also a major hub for international business, military defense, as well as famously being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific culture, cuisine.
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
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