Honolulu, like many great cities, developed around a harbor; in fact, hono means, “bay,” and lulu means, “calm,” in Hawaiian.
Today, ALOHA TOWER and HONOLULU HARBOR bring to mind a time when Honolulu was known as the “Crossroads of the Pacifi c,” fi lled with ships from lands far and wide — fi rst from explorers, then merchants, and now, the giant vessels of leisure travelers.
Heading inland from the shoreline, history breathes in places like ‘ IOLANI PALACE, HAWAIIAN MISSION HOUSES complex and WASHINGTON PLACE. CHINATOWN, a 15-block melting pot of multiethnic infl uences that dates back to the 1800s, when immigrant Chinese families established stores in the area.
HAWAI‘I THEATRE, fi rst opened in 1922, has been restored and is now a striking multipurpose performance center.
Get a taste of Little Italy at J. DOLAN’S , which boasts genuine handcrafted New York-style pizza. This eatery infuses East Coast fare with Waialua asparagus, Maui sweet onions and other local produce. CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF PEACE 808-536-7036