Looking down on the Ala Moana beach area in Honolulu
Photo by: Gerald Farinas, Creative Commons
Honolulu, Hawaii is probably the most popular place in Hawaii. People think of Honolulu as synonymous to Hawaii.
Honolulu is home to the State Capitol. There are a host of historic landmarks in Honolulu. From world-renowned shopping havens to a flourishing arts and culture scene, Honolulu has them all. It is found in the island of Oahu.
The following are some of the most famous landmarks that you can find in Honolulu, Oahu:
- Aloha Tower is one of Honolulu’s historic landmarks. It is located at the Honolulu Harbor in Downtown Honolulu. The Aloha Tower was built in 1926 and it held the distinction of being the tallest building in the islands for about 4 decades. It has a distinctive clock which is considered as one of the largest in the US. It used to be a famous docking port when all travels were done by sea. It is still a docking port for cruise ships; however it has now been transformed into a shopping haven, the Aloha Tower Marketplace.
- In Downtown Honolulu you will find such iconic landmarks as Iolani Palace, the Kawaiahao Church, the King Kamehameha I statue, and of course the Aloha Tower. The Hawaii State Capitol, Washington Palace (official residence of Hawaii’s governor), and Honolulu Hale (or Honolulu’s City Hall) are also situated there.
- The Iolani Palace is the only royal palace found in the US. It was the official residence of the last two monarchs of the Hawaiian Kingdom (1182-1893), King Kalakaua and his sister and his successor, Queen Liliuokalani. This palace used to be the seat of power when Hawaii became the 50th state of the US, until 1968.
- Your trip to Honolulu is not complete without seeing the Diamond Head State Monument which sits along the Honolulu skyline. Its Hawaiian name is Leahi or brow of the tuna. When 19th century British sailors thought they found diamonds on the crater’s slope, they named the crater Diamond Head. The supposedly diamonds they found were just shiny calcite crystals. This natural structure was formed some 100,000 years ago. It was utilized as a strategic military lookout in the 1900s. It officially became a National Landmark in 1968. The Diamond Head is now a popular hiking destination.
Aren’t you excited already? What are you waiting for? Book a trip now, it’s perfect for a Christmas getaway for the whole family!