Honolulu is the capital and largest city of Hawaii and has for years
been the most important shipping port in Hawaii. Originally settled
by Polynesian Migrants possibly as long as 2000 years ago, Honolulu
was later westernized along with all the Hawaiian Islands, most
notably by the group of missionaries who arrived from New England
in 1820. For those who are interested in Hawaiian history, choosing
Honolulu vacation rentals will put you in the centre of this very
historic town and many walking tours can be taken from your Honolulu
home away from home.
Historic artifacts at the Bishop Museum will tell the tale of the
Hawaiian King Kamehameha l who moved his court from the Big Island
of Hawaii to Waikiki in 1804 after conquering Ohau. A visit to
Iolani Palace, the only royal palace standing on American soil, will
give you a rare insight into Hawaii's last two monarchs, King Kalahaua and Queen Liliuokalani.
The Aloha Tower, erected in 1926 to welcome passenger ships arriving
at Honolulu Harbour, is a famous Honolulu landmark and the 10 story
building used to be the tallest in the state. Surrounding the Aloha
Tower is the Aloha Tower Marketplace, a harborside complex of shops
Other sights of downtown Honolulu include
Chinatown with ethnic
eateries, lei stands, open markets, herbal shops and just plain old
ambiance. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii offers weekly
guided walking tours of Chinatown. Just another reason to choose
from the many Honolulu vacation rentals in the area.
Cruise ships doing tours of the Hawaiian Islands now dock at
Honolulu Harbor and from here visitors to Hawaii can experience the
essence of Old Hawaii.
If you stay in Honolulu you are also close to the U.S.S. Arizona
Memorial, where you can pay homage to our war heroes. Also the
Hawaii Maritime Center on Pier 7 at Honolulu Harbor has many
exhibits detailing the island's maritime history.
If you decide to choose Honolulu vacation rentals you are only a
short drive away from the famous Waikiki Beach resort area. The bus
transit system here is very good if you don't want to worry about
parking while you enjoy the Waikiki area of Honolulu before
returning to your Honolulu vacation home.