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Beautiful Honolulu is an absolute must on a cruise around Hawaii. Honolulu is situated on the island of Oahu and is both the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. As well as being a major tourist hotspot, the city and its surrounding area form the main gateway to Hawaii. Honolulu is a very important city, being the financial hub of not only Hawaii but the whole Pacific. This southernmost and westernmost American city is absolutely fascinating; it famously combines diverse east-west cultures and cuisine and offers a supremely edgy art and nightlife scene. Landmarks include the only royal palace in the USA and the interesting port with its famous Aloha Tower. And of course – Honolulu is the ultimate beach resort! Think bright, clear waters, white sandy beaches and lush green expanses. The whole island of Oahu is truly a paradise.
AHonolulu Harbour has had a long and interesting history. The harbour was the main catalyst for the development of the city and used to be an important port for the sandalwood, fur and whaling industries. The name Honolulu means ‘sheltered harbour’, which literally applies to the harbour since the British built a fort around it for protection. Today, Honolulu Harbour handles over 11 million tons of cargo annually. This is crucial for Hawaii since the state imports over 80% of its required goods.
As your ship docks you will catch sight of the world-famous Aloha Tower, which has stood on pier 9 of Honolulu Harbour since 1926. At the time of building, the Aloha Tower was the tallest building in Hawaii and as such became a beacon welcoming and guiding vessels to Honolulu; the Hawaiian equivalent of the Statue of Liberty. After the attacks on the nearby Pearl Harbour in 1941, the tower was painted in camouflage to protect it from bombing. In 1982 the Maritime Center was built near the tower showcasing the history of Honolulu. Today the Aloha Tower Marketplace remains a visitor attraction with retail and restaurant outlets as well as working areas – a great place to spend a few hours!