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Honolulu attractions not only include interesting landmarks but breathtaking landscapes. Stroll down Honolulu’s entertainment districts or simply tour the coastline –there are a million different things to keep you busy. You’ll marvel at the beauty of its waterfalls and volcanoes.
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A great start to your tour of Honolulu attractions is with the most important landmark of Hawaii and the United States: the Aloha Tower. This lighthouse opened in 1926 and since then it has become as important as the Statue of Liberty. Its gothic architecture stands tall as a welcoming beacon to hundreds of thousand of immigrants who landed on its the coasts.
The Iolani Palace is an important part of Hawaii’s history. It served as residence to two of the Monarchs that governed. It’s the only palace ever used as home of Monarchs in the United States.
Another important historical attraction is the USS Arizona Memorial. This site is the resting place for over one thousand soldiers who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The remains of the ship are listed as a National Historical Landmark.
Queen Emma Summer Palace is a must see for visitors. It was built in 1847 and provides insight into the life of Hawaii’s Monarchy. It houses their furnishings and personal belongings.
Ali’iolani Hale is another must of Honolulu attractions. This beautiful home was built in 1874. It was somewhat modernized and is currently Hawaii’s Supreme Court. It’s the oldest government building.
In honor of the first president of the United States, the Washington House was erected. It was built by John Dominis. His fame came from being the father of Queen Lili’uokalani’s husband.
In a show of affection for their Monarch, the people of Honolulu erected a statue to King Kamehameha. It stands at the entrance of the Ali’Iolani Hale. It was built in 1893 and unveiled as part of the coronation ceremony.
The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium honors the men who died during World War I. A large swimming pool in the center served as the training site of two Olympic athletes and continues to serve as such. The use of the site does not diminish its importance among Honolulu attractions.
One must not miss the Battleship Missouri Memorial. After serving the Navy for more than 50 years it became one of the most important historical sites. It’s known as the place where the Japanese surrendered, thus leading to the conclusion of World War II. It’s perhaps a Honolulu attraction of outmost importance.
Tip: Don’t miss the daily tours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. There’s a Flag Raising ceremony that takes place every year. If you’re able to visit Honolulu during this time, don’t miss the pomp and circumstance of these military events.
Take in the beauty of Honolulu attractions by visiting Diamond Head. This volcanic cone is shaped like the dorsal fin of a tuna. Or visit the white sandy beaches of Waikiki and the volcanic cliffs off the east coast.