The Exotic Magic of Honolulu


The Hawaiian Islands are a dream destination for many people; from the majestic volcanoes to the picturesque beaches, the charm and appeal of these Pacific islands is easy to understand. An easy place to base your vacation is the capital city of Honolulu; it’s the primary point of entry to the islands with regular direct flights going to the mainland of the United States as well as good transport to other sites in Hawaii.

To get you thinking about the possibilities when coming to Honolulu, here are some of the city’s top attractions.

Pearl Harbor

Commemorating a somber event in the history of the Hawaiian Islands, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is a good place to go to learn more about the past of the islands and the events of World War II. You can take a tour of the USS Arizona naval vessel and visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument dedicated to the soldiers who served during the war.


The most popular and visited beach of Honolulu is Waikiki; this resort-packed beach might get crowded, but it’s definitley worth the experience. To get in on the action, you can stay at one of the resorts located right on the sand with easy access to the beach and the various shops and restaurants of the area. Photographers in Honolulu will want to get a shot with the statue of Duke Kahanamoku, a famous surfer from Honolulu, that decorates the beach.

Diamond Head

Probably the most recognizable natural landmark of Honolulu is Diamond Head, a majestic mountain rising next to the coast. In the past, Diamond Head was used as a military defensive point, but today it is a popular tourist attraction; take the hike up to the top for the stunning view out over the city of Honolulu and the coast beyond. It’s a rigorous climb, but one with a great reward at the end.

Iolani Palace

A great place to visit in the city of Honolulu, Iolani Place was built in 1882 for the King Kalakaua. This Neoclassical landmark holds important historic significance for Honolulu and Hawaii; with the building restored, tourists can come to experience the former glory of the palace. In the throne room you’ll have the chance to see the original throne that the king used as well as other artifacts like the elegant chandelier and intricate stained-glass windows. Owing to its importance, the palace has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which makes it a good place to visit if you want to have a cultural experience in Honolulu.

The tropical charm of Honolulu makes it a top tourist destination for travelers around the world. Whether you’re traveling together with your whole family for summer vacation or by yourself on a weekend break from work, Honolulu will captivate you with its special island energy. From beaches to mountains, you’ll be able to make your trip as exciting or relaxing as you desire.

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Paul Tomaszewski is a science & tech writer as well as a programmer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of CosmoBC. He has a degree in computer science from John Abbott College, a bachelor's degree in technology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed some business and economics classes at Concordia University in Montreal. While in college he was the vice-president of the Astronomy Club. In his spare time he is an amateur astronomer and enjoys reading or watching science-fiction. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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