Located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Honolulu is the islands' capital and largest city, attracting millions of visitors each year who are seduced by images of white sand beaches, roaring waves, and lush pineapple fields.
Further down the beach, Honolulu's biggest skyscraper looms overhead. Diamond Head dominates the horizon from nearly every point in the city. An ancient volcano rising 761 feet above sea level, Diamond Head is one of the island's biggest attractions. The 0.7 mile climb to the top is well worth it; hikers are rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of the crater, Honolulu's skyline, and the Pacific Ocean.
About 10 miles east of Waikiki is Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, a crescent-shaped bay formed in the crater of an extinct volcano. Beneath the turquoise waters lies an impressive marine habitat full of tropical fish, underwater caves, and a coral reef, making Hanauma Bay one of the islands' best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Away from the beaches, in the heart of Honolulu's Waikiki neighborhood, the International Market Place is a shopper's paradise. The Market Place is a Honolulu institution, with over 130 shops and craft stalls selling everything from clothing, jewelry, and beach gear to traditional Hawaiian souvenirs. Free Hawaiian entertainment is staged under the shade of palm trees five nights a week.
For those looking to learn more about Hawaii's history and culture, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a must-see. This “living museum” is located on the island's North Shore, about a 35-40 minute drive from Waikiki. Visitors can tour seven traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian villages, experience an authentic Hawaiian luau, or enjoy an evening show of traditional Polynesian entertainment.
Honolulu's other major historical attraction is the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, which serves as a grim reminder of the United States's involvement in World War II. Millions of visitors from America and other parts of the world tour this emotional site every year.
Products such as pineapples, sugar, macadamia nuts, nursery products such as exotic plants and flowers as well as diary products are the major agricultural imports from the port of Honolulu . These days, computer and electronic products, petroleum and coal products as well as transportation equipment are also in the forefront of Hawaii 's exports.
Tourism is one of the most income generating businesses in Hawaii . Gigantic Cruise ships from this port take travelers all around the group of Hawaiian Islands to see the fiery volcanoes, majestic mountains, awesome beaches, lush tropical rainforests and gushing waterfalls. The tourist attractions include the islands of Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Kona, Hilo , Maui and the Big Island . Ships from all over the world come to Honolulu .
According to the US Coast Guard, over 70,000 boats or ships come into the Honolulu harbor every year.
A trip to Honolulu isn't complete without sampling some of Hawaii's fresh pineapple. The Dole Plantation offers tours and tastings and boasts the world's largest maze. The plantation is about a 40-minute drive from Waikiki, but it is also accessible by public bus.