This building (which opened in 1874) was a proud symbol of stability and prosperity for the Hawaiian nation. At the time, it housed both the Legislature and Supreme Court. Today, the Supreme Court still convenes within the walls and welcomes visitors to explore O'ahu's past through audiovisual presentations, exhibitions and a museum. There is no charge to get into the building but security measures are in place.
The arrival of the Chinese in Honolulu can be traced back to 1788 and Chinatown was established in the 1800s. But it wasn't until 1852 that the Chinese became the first contract laborers to arrive in the islands. With the growth of the sugar industry, the need for plantation laborers became very important and China was selected as the best source of immediate cheap labor due to proximity and the interest of the Chinese in coming to Hawaii to work.
By 1884, the Chinese population in Honolulu reached 5,000, and the number of Chinese doing plantation work declined. As a group they became very important in business in Hawaii, and 75% of them were concentrated in the 25 acres of downtown called Chinatown where they built their clubhouses, herb shops, restaurants, temples and retail stores.
The famous bronze statue in front of Ali-iolani Hale just across the road from Lolani Palace is King Kamehameha the Great who through warfare and diplomacy between 1790-1810 gained control of the islands to established the Hawaiian monarchy.
The famous 184 ft clock tower was built in 1926 and used to be the tallest structure on Oahu. It is open free to the public. It is certainly one of the most recognisable landmarks in Oahu.
It was built to symbolise the hospitality and friendliness of the Hawaiian Islands and fond remembrances of `Boat Days.` You can take the elevator to the 11th floor, and get great views overlooking the harbour and right back to Diamond Head.
Honolulu is the business district of Oahu and there are many good restaurants, cafe's and bars found here as well as such places as The Academy of Arts, City Hall and the Iolani Palace.
Chinatown is also located here and not only has an abundance of restaurants as well as shops selling herbal remedies, but also local Hawaiian delicacies.
The Wo Fat Building is one of Chinatown's most distinctive structures. 'Wo Fat' means Peace and prosperity.
Honolulu was originally selected as the best port of call for ships involved in the China Trade. Today, there are several cruise companies have their trips departing from the Aloha Tower, downtown Honolulu.
This village is designed in the turn of the century Honolulu style. There are several shops and also a changing of the guard at 6.00p.m. daily.