Located on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is the most populous city in Hawaii and the most remote "big city" in the world. Honolulu is an important hub of international business and military defense. It is home to a rich history and a vibrant culture.
1. Iolani Palace
This National Historic Landmark was once home to the Hawaiian Monarchy. In 1882 King Kalakaua built the Iolani Palace. Both he and his successor Queen Liliuokalani ruled from the Iolani Palace. This Palace's extravagance and historical significance make it one of Honolulu's most fascinating sites.
2. Waikiki Beach
Waikiki is a beachfront, upscale neighborhood of Honolulu. This beautiful white sand beach is lined with world-class resorts such as the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Halekulani, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, the Marriott Waikiki, and our personal favorite at American Classic Tours--the Sheraton Waikiki.
3. USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial is the resting place for over 1,000 soldiers who were killed by the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. The memorial was formally established in 1962, it was registered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, and it was declared a National Landmark in 1989.
4. Punchbowl National Cemetery
Known officially as the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl National Cemetery serves as a memorial to honor the brave Americans who served in the United States Military. This memorial is called Punchbowl Cemetery because it sits atop the Punchbowl Crater within the city of Honolulu which is pictured below.
5. Diamond Head Mountain
Sitting majestically on the eastern edge of the Waikiki coastline is the beautiful Diamond Head Mountain. The Diamond Head Mountain peak is one of the most iconic and popular scenes of Hawaii. Known for its hiking trails and breath-taking coastal views, the top of Diamond Head Mountain makes for one of the best views of Honolulu.
All Photos Courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson