South Oahu is home to Hawaii’s State Capitol, Honolulu. Honolulu is a very busy and diverse city. Honolulu is home to the Aloha Tower. During the time before airplanes, all the cruise ships and steam liners brought visitors to the Island and into Honolulu Bay. This is where all of the visitors were welcomed and has become a symbol of welcome ever since. The Aloha Tower was once the Tallest structure on The Island.
Honolulu is also the Home to The Iolani Palace, the only Royal Palace on US soil and Chinatown.
South Oahu is also home to some of the top ten beaches. Traveling East into Waikiki you will pass beast beach #5 Ala Moana Beach Park and the Ala Moana Shopping center. Then you enter The Gateway to Waikiki and beach #7 Waikiki Beach. Waikiki Beach has become a city of Hotels and shops. Just a few blocks away is the beautiful Queen Kapiolani Park which is now registered as a state Historic site because some of the Banyan Trees in the park are more than 100 years old. Kapiolani park is home to the Honolulu Zoo and The Waikiki Aquarium. South Oahu is also home to the Ala Wai Canal. Waikiki was once a swampland only good for rice paddies. The Ala Wai Canal was built many years ago to drain the swamps so the land could become useful. You can watch kayakers and joggers get in their morning exercise in and around the canal.
A little further east is Diamond Head(Waikiki’s most famous landmark). You can drive into the crater or you can hike to the summit for some awesome views. Just past Diamond Head is the most exclusive and expensive areas in Hawaii called “kahala”. Kahala is home to the Kahala Mandarin hotel and the Kahala Mall. The Kahala mall is a really nice mall with 90 shops, restaurants and an 8 screen movie theatre.
Beachfront properties in Kahala in South Oahu are only 8,000 - 10,000 square feet and is some of the most expensive land in the United States. The hills above Kahala is called Waiale Iki. This is an exclusive area for people desiring more land than those living in Kahala. Just past Kahala is Hawaii Kai.
Hawaii Kai is a master planned community that had been started by Henry Kaiser in the early 1960’s. This area was once an area considered county for farmers but it has become on of the premiere suburbs of Oahu. There are good beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, movie theatres and restaurants. Just past Hawaii Kai is #6 beach Hanauma bay. Hanauma bay is known for it’s beautiful fish. This is one of the best places in Oahu to snorkel. Just around the corner is best beach #3 Sandy Beach. After Sandy Beach and Hanauma Bay you will see Koko Head Crater. Koko Head , the last active volcano that erupted 10,000 years ago. Inside the Crater is Koko Crater Botanical Garden. Here they raise rare and endangered dry land plants. Just past Koko head is the Japanese Fishing shrine and just past that is the Halona Blowhole. The Halona Blowhole is where the ocean water runs through a lava lube at high tide and shoots 30 feet into the air. The blowhole is best viewed at the area called Halona point.
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