Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hawaii- Honolulu City Tour

Honolulu means "sheltered bay" or "place of shelter." Honolulu 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. It comprises the majority of the population of the Hawaiian Islands.

Ala Moana stretches from Honolulu Harbor to Waikiki and is home to Ala Moana Center, once the largest shopping center in the United States and today the largest open air shopping center in the world. Chabad Hawaii where we ate Shabbas dinner and lunch is in this area, a 30 minute walk from our hotel.

Waikiki is the tourist district of Honolulu, located between the Ala Wai Canal and the Pacific Ocean next to Diamond Head. Numerous hotels, shops, and nightlife opportunities are located along Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues which are like the Boardwalk in Atlantic City with constant foot traffic. It is a popular location for visitors and locals alike and attracts millions of visitors every year. A majority of the hotel rooms on Oahu are located in Waikiki.

We took a 5-hour city tour with Polynesian Adventure Tours which took us around the town. These photos of(from the top: Cemetery of the Pacific, Palaces in the downtown area and Downtown) were part of the tour. In the next post, I will share the highlight of the tour- Pearl Harbor.

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