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There is so much to see in Honolulu, that the list of popuar attractions in the city seems endless. In addition to the vast array of gorgeous and scenic sand beaches, the city also has many other appealing highlights and attractions for visitors to see, such as:
>> 'Iolani Palace, situated in the capitol district of downtown Honolulu, a fabulous royal palace that serves as the official residence of King Kalakaua and Queen Lili'uokalani. This National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built it in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili‘uokalani, walked its celebrated halls. Visiting 'Iolani Palace, while staying in Honolulu, is a definitely ''must''.
>> Waikiki Aquarium, located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach, next to a living coral reef. The aquarium offers visitors a unique and unforgetable experience, bringing them face-to-fin with colorful tropical fish, reef sharks, living corals, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, sea jellies, squid, octopus and more. The exhibits offered contain over 3,500 marine animals, representing more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants.
>> USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure, spanning the mid-portion of the sunken battleship, consists of 3 main sections: the entry and assembly rooms, a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation, and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall.
>> Honolulu Zoo, which also contains a children's zoo, home to hundreds of animals, gathered from all over the world, which range from ''small'' to ''large'', including birds, mammals and reptiles, housed in beautiful natural habitats, such as the African Savanna, Tropical Forest and Pacific Islands.
The Honolulu Festival is the city's premier annual event.
It is a fun, colorful and exciting celebration which happens in March, a cultural event promoting understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region, drawing annually thousands of enthusiasts, offering them a blend of Asia, Pacific and Hawaiian cultures with the rest of the world.
The festival features dance performances and traditional art demonstrations, displayed by artisans from Japan, Australia, Tahiti, Philippines, Republic of China (Taiwan), Korea, Hawaii and the rest of the United States, culminating with a spectacular parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, Hawaii.
In 2011, The Honolulu Festival is scheduled on March 11 through 13.
Among the top places to shop in Honolulu, HI, there are:
- Ala Moana Shopping Center: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI.
- Royal Hawaiian Center: 2201 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI.
- Quiksilver - International Market Place: 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI.
- Waikiki Shopping Plaza: 2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI.
- Apple Store Ala Moana: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard 2243, Honolulu, HI.
- KICKS/HI: 1530 Makaloa Street, Honolulu, HI.
- Macy's Downtown: 1032 Fort Street, Honolulu, HI.
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