Every tourist destination has its attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular place to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” You may find more information about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, there may be “Walking Tours” of these places available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
The enchanted islands of Hawaii are best accessed through Honolulu, the state’s capital city. There are many attractions to be sampled within the city limits prior to moving out into the countryside. Honolulu should be on everyone’s Hawaii itinerary for at least the following reasons:
1. Honolulu features the only royal palace in America. The Iolani Palace was the residence of Hawaiian kings and queens prior to the territory becoming a state.
2. King Kamehameha united the islands and became Hawaii’s first king. He is commemorated with a lovely statue across the street from Iolani Palace.
3. Waikiki Beach is the most popular spot in Honolulu and is a perennial member of the “Best Beaches of the World” list.
Diamond Head Crater, also shown in the above photo, is another iconic image of Hawaii.
4. Surfboarding is the major water activity in Hawaii. A statue of one of Hawaii’s greatest surfers, Duke Kohanamoku, can be found along Waikiki Beach.