Honolulu on O’ahu

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Honolulu Harbor, outside the Hawaii Prince Hotel © flickr.com - Shawn Rossi/cc-by-2.0

Honolulu Harbor, outside the Hawaii Prince Hotel © flickr.com – Shawn Rossi/cc-by-2.0

Honolulu is the county seat of the City and County of Honolulu. It is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Hawaii. Situated on the island of Oahu, it is known worldwide as a major tourist destination; Honolulu is the main gateway to Hawaii and a major gateway into the United States of America. It 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, and traditions. In the Hawaiian language, Honolulu means “sheltered bay” or “place of shelter”; alternatively, it means “calm port”. The old name is said to be Kou, a district roughly encompassing the area from Nuuanu Avenue to Alakea Street and from Hotel Street to Queen Street which is the heart of the present downtown district. The city has been the capital of the Hawaiian islands since 1845 and gained historical recognition following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor near the city on December 7, 1941.

Honolulu is a major financial center of the islands and of the Pacific Ocean. The population is at 390,000, while the population of the consolidated city and county was 953,000. Honolulu is the most populous state capital relative to state population. The UK consulting firm Mercer, in a 2009 assessment “conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments”, ranked Honolulu 29th worldwide in quality of living; the survey factored in political stability, personal freedom, sanitation, crime, housing, the natural environment, recreation, banking facilities, availability of consumer goods, education, and public services including transportation.

Iolani Palace © Jiang Waikiki view from Diamond Head © Cristo Vlahos/cc-by-sa-3.0 Hawaii Theatre on National Register of Historic Places © Joel Bradshaw Diamond Head crater from Round Top Road © mar1865/cc-by-sa-3.0 Aliʻiōlani Hale - Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court © Cristo Vlahos/cc-by-sa-3.0 Honolulu Harbor, outside the Hawaii Prince Hotel © flickr.com - Shawn Rossi/cc-by-2.0
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Honolulu Harbor, outside the Hawaii Prince Hotel © flickr.com - Shawn Rossi/cc-by-2.0
An economic and tourism boom following statehood brought rapid economic growth to Honolulu and Hawaiʻi. Modern air travel brings, as of 2007, 7.6 million visitors annually to the islands, with 62.3% entering at Honolulu International Airport. Today, Honolulu is a modern city with numerous high-rise buildings, and Waikīkī is the center of the tourism industry in Hawaiʻi, with thousands of hotel rooms.

Read more on City and County of Honolulu, HonoluluMagazine.com, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Wikivoyage Honolulu and Wikipedia Honolulu. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Johns Hopkins University & Medicine - Coronavirus Resource Center - Global Passport Power Rank - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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