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HONOLULU

Capital of all the islands, Oahu is for beachcombers, honeymooners and adventurers of all ages. It has clear blue waters and pristine valleys, rainbows and waterfalls, quiet sandy beaches, fiery sunsets and lovely flowers which perfume the air. It is truly a jewel.

Honolulu, the capital, is set over five hills and surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches, attracting some seven million visitors each year.

It offers plazas, parks with cascading waterfalls, five star restaurants, nightclubs, world-class shopping, great art and architecture, exquisite hotels and friendly people with old fashioned aloha spirit.

A walking tour of the city must include the Aloha Tower and the fascinating Hawai\'i Maritime Centre, the Kawaiahao Church, the Mission Houses Museum, the stately Iolani Palace and across the street, the striking statue of King Kamehameha the Great.

A gourmet\'s paradise, the cuisine in Honolulu is a blend of the spices of Asia and the Pacific with European styles and sauces.
Make a special visit to Chinatown where several buildings erected at the turn of the century still remain intact. The architecture is reminiscent of a bygone era. The Chinatown Historical Society offers walking tours which include a stroll through the colorful arcades, past the exotic herb shops, the famous open market and historical buildings.

There\'s so much to see and do on Oahu, from a family hike to Diamond Head, a 760 foot peak, to a swim with 150 varieties of tropical fish in Hanauma Bay.

Where else can you snorkel a crystal lagoon, climb a dormant volcano, surf huge waves, kayak along a pristine tropical coastline, picnic on a sandbar, soar in a glider over tidepools, scuba dive over sunken airplanes, play golf at a championship course and sail into a magnificent sunset?

A change of pace is to visit Dole Plantation three miles past Wahiawa. Walk around the Pineapple Garden tasting the varieties of pineapple grown there, or surf the waves on Ka\'a\'awa Beach on the windward side of the island.

You can also enjoy a stroll through the Polynesian Cultural Centre and enjoy Sea Life Park with its killer whales, dolphins and penguins.

Then there\'s the chance to take a nostalgic trip to Pearl Harbor where you can step aboard the \'USS Bowfin\', a real WW2 submarine.

Learn more about this compelling wartime saga by visiting the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Centre displaying WW2 naval history and see a film about the sneak attack.

A visit to Hawai\'i would be incomplete without a swim at famous Waikiki beach with its inviting tropical ocean waters, or you can experience the thrill of windsurfing at Kailua Beach where experienced windsurfers offer lessons.

 

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