Hawaii a tropical vacation dream come true
The 50th state of the US, the island state of Hawaii is a tropical vacation dream come true for Americans and tourists from all over the world. The Hawaiian islands are really the tips of an undersea mountain range created by volcanic activity. There are five main islands and numerous smaller islands and coral reefs.
O’ahu is the third smallest of the five main islands, but the most populated, most diverse, and most visited of the islands. The result is an enchanting mix of skyscrapers, beaches, and vast plantations.
Honolulu is the state’s capital and for most the starting point of their vacation. Honolulu’s downtown is a medley of different architectural styles, shaped and reshaped by Hawaii’s immigrants. There is a Chinatown, Japanese-style temples, and even a Victorian-style royal palace, Iolani Palace.
Other attractions include Kawaiaha’o church, which was built by only using corals slabs; the famous bronze Statue of King Kamehameha; and of course, world famous Waikiki beach with the Diamond Head Crater forming the perfect backdrop. Finally, there is Pearl Harbor with the USS Arizona Memorial.
Elsewhere on O’ahu
While Honolulu offers much with city life, beaches, and history, there are other attractions worth visiting. A good example is Byodo-In Temple, a replica of a Japanese temple. Located in a secluded spot and set against an amazing backdrop of green and lush cliffs, Byodo-In Temple is the perfect place if you want to get away from it all.
If you are interested in the history of sugar making on Hawaii, give the restored Hawaii Plantation Village a try. And for those who simply came to surf or relax on the beach, the North Shore of the island is just what you were looking for.