Hawaii is the only American state made up of islands—it consists of 132 islands in the central Pacific Ocean.The capital is Honolulu which is located on the island of Oahu, the most beautiful island in the Pacific.Hawaii appeals to tourists not just for its points of historic interest and scenic beauty, but also for its wonderful atmosphere and enthusiastic, friendly, and sincere local people. It has an ethnically diverse population, with its residents being mostly Caucasian Europeans and Americans as well as Japanese, followed by people of mixed race, Filipinos, and Chinese.It is hard to find a more tropical environment than Hawaii, which is both physically and mentally relaxing.The fresh air with its floral fragrance fills you with vibrancy. The warm and peaceful sea leaves you feeling refreshed. The breathtakingly beautiful natural island scenery sends your spirits soaring.
Pearl Harbor is a seaport located on the island of Oahu, west of the capital city of Honolulu. It is made up of three bays, and from the air it resembles a bird’s foot stretching into the land, with just a narrow channel linking it to the ocean.It is a world famous natural harbor, with sheltered conditions and a large body of waters. Native Hawaiians call Pearl Harbor "wai momi," which means water abounding with pearls. It used to be a habitat for clams. The native people fished and dived here, in the belief that Pearl Harbor was a sacred paradise protected by the Shark God.You can feel the charm of the natural environment, which is free from as much pollution as possible.
Address:Island of Oahu, about 30 minutes' drive from Waikiki, about one hour's bus ride on bus no. 20.
Waikiki Beach is probably the world's most famous beach, and is also the most typical Hawaiian beach in the opinion of most visitors.The beach stretches from Kapiolani Park at the foot of Diamond Head in the east, to Allawi Marina in the west, and is nearly one mile long. Every day, as many as 25,000 people come here.Activities include boating and surfing, and when the sun goes down you can take a leisurely walk along the beach and enjoy the spectacular sunsets.
Address:The beach area stretches from Kapiolani Park at the foot of Diamond Head in the east, to Allawi Marina in the west, with hundreds of meters of sand.
Volcanoes National Park
Here you will find the two most active volcanos in the world—Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Kilauea is currently hyperactive, yet is hailed as one of the world's safest volcanos.Here, you can witness an unforgettable spectacle where creation meets destruction.The park was built in 1916, and covers an area of 377 km², including the vast area from the Mauna Loa volcano—4169 m in height—to the sea.The park’s roads are arranged in a crisscross pattern, and the focal point of its tours is the erupting volcano.Attractions worth seeing include the sulfur springs, steam vents, and the fault lines. There is also a volcanic lava tube, which interested visitors can visit.
Address: 30 miles southwest of Hilo, 45 minutes' drive.Tickets are priced at $10, charged by the car, valid for a week with multiple entry allowed.
Ala Moana Center
Not far from Waikiki Beach, the Ala Moana Center is the world's largest open-air shopping mall, and Hawaii's largest shopping, dining, and entertainment complex.The mall has more than 290 stores, including big-name stores, a variety of local designer boutiques, and exclusive restaurants.The shopping mall also has four major department stores, including Macy's and Sears, the two largest American department stores in Hawaii.
Address:1450 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu.
Hawaiians are passionate about food, and you can experience the ethnic diversity through the distinctive local cuisine.Street stalls sell delicious seafood, taro, and coconut, as well as a range of different foods and flavors from all around the world.Seafood is plentiful here, and is used to create all kinds of delicious snacks to satisfy every palate.
LOCO MOCO Hawaiian Rice Burger
Visitors who consider themselves to be big eaters can try the Hawaiian rice burger (loco moco), which is rice topped with a hamburger patty, eggs, and drizzled with gravy.It is available in restaurants all over the island, but it is said that the name originated in a restaurant named Café 100 in Hilo.
No matter which island you are on, you can always cool yourself down with a cup of shave ice. Finely shaved ice is flavored with colorful syrup, and may be served with ice cream or red azuki beans at the bottom of the cup for a delicious sweet treat.
Recommended restaurant:Matsumoto Shave Ice
Address:66 Kamehameha H
PLATE LUNCH Hawaiian fast food
This Hawaiian fast food includes two scoops of rice, macaroni salad, and a choice of side dishes, including roast pork, Korean barbecue, deep-fried chicken, sizzling beef, or mahi mahi. It is a typical local main meal.From Mom and Pop shops to local fast food chains, you can always find great Hawaiian fast food.
Recommended restaurant:Duke's Waikiki
Address:2335 Kalakaua A