Honolulu, Hawaii By: Alyssa Williams

Waianae and Koolau

Hawaii is the only American Island that is all on volcanic grounds. Honolulu lays on the debris of two prehistoric volcanoes, Waianae and Koolau. Honolulu takes up 86 square miles of the southeast coast on Oahu. Honolulu is 21.31 degrees north of the equator. From sea level up it is 2,013 feet. If you were to fly to Honolulu from Chicago, Illinois the trip would be 9 hours and 33 mins for a nonstop trip and 4,246 miles.

Waikiki Beach

Honolulu was first founded by settlers in 900 AD, and the settlers were from Marquesa Islands, it was settled in 1100. British captain James Cook arrived in 1778, James' countryman, Captain William Brown, was credited for being the first to sail in the harbor of Honolulu in 1794. Christian missionaries followed settlement in 1820, these settlers came from New England, and tried to go against Polynesian rituals on the island. The European settlers brought over diseases such as small pox which killed off most of the native population. By 1890 settlers made a monarchy. 1891 King David Kalakaua died and left his sister to the throne. Queen Liliuokalani was their ruler until 1893 when she got over ruled by an American business man, which left the monarchy and built a provisional government.

Shinto Shrine in Honolulu

Tourism is Hawaii's economic mainstay accounting for 25% of all employment in 2001. 70% of Hawaii's population has lived in or around Honolulu. Honolulu has many high rise buildings and takes the characteristics of china town. The majority of Honolulu's churches include the religion of Protestant, Taoist, Shinto, and Buddhist. Honolulu doesn't have much racial discrepancy, but the only discrepancy is between wealth from the residents.

Sailor at the USS Missouri

In Honolulu there are many things to do, places to see, and trails to hike. 'Iolani Palace, one of the 19th century homes that is open for tours. In this Palace they film Hawaii Five-O. Hike up to diamond head. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri ship, USS Bowfin, and visit the National Cemetery of the Pacific. Go snorkeling at Hanauma Beach. Hike up to Moana Falls. See the Makapuu Point light, which has the largest lends in the U.S. look at the panoramic view of Oahu from Nu'uanu Pali. Tour Queen Emma's summer Palace, Hanaikamalama. Go to ford island and look at the center of Pearl Harbor


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