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Animal Mosaic at Zoo Entrance in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

This colorful mosaic at the front entrance of the Honolulu Zoo showcases some of the 900 animals from 220 species you will see as you walk through the 42 acres in Queen Kapi’olani Park. The zoo specializes in birds, reptiles and mammals from tropical regions. The art was designed in 2011 by Honolulu native Leah […]

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Reticulated Giraffe Walking at Zoo in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

It is impressive to watch this reticulated giraffe’s huge strides as it walks at the Honolulu Zoo. A male’s height to the top of his ossicones or head bumps can reach 19 feet. His neck can measure eight feet. They weigh between 2,400 to 4,200 pounds and eat about 75 pounds of leaves a day. […]

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African Spurred Tortoise at Zoo in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

If you like tortoises, then you will love visiting the Honolulu Zoo because they display 13 species. This is an African spurred tortoise. He originates from the Sahara Desert in northern Africa. This largest mainland species weighs 100 to 200 pounds. They also live 100 years or longer. So, chances are good he will be […]

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Yokohama Specie Bank Building in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

In 1880, the Yokohama Specie Bank became the first branch in Hawaii owned by Imperial Japan. 19 years later, a famous architect named Henry Livingston Kerr designed this Italianate building. Immediately after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, the bank was seized and became a military police station for the balance of World War II. Today, […]

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Whale Mural by Eric Hawkey in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

This wall mural of whales in the Kakaako district of Honolulu is named “New Beginnings.” It was painted on an eight story wall at Waimanu Street by Eric Hawkey. His studio, Hawkey Designs, is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He collaborated on this larger-than-life street art with Reese Sutfin.

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Water Falls and Palm Trees in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

Waikīkī Beach can get extremely crowded during high season. If you want a quiet oasis, seek out Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon. It was named after the famous Hawaiian Olympian. There you will find this gorgeous island waterfall. The man-made, salt-water pond is surrounded by a sandy beach and boardwalk.

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Washington Place in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

Washington Place was built in 1847 by an American ship captain who was lost at sea before the house was finished. His son, John Owen Dominis, along with his wife, Lydia Kamakaeha Pāki, lived here until she became Queen Lili’uokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii. She moved to the ‘Iolani Palace. In 1893, the queen […]

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Waikīkī Beach and Diamond Head in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

Waikīkī means Spouting Water. The famous beach was named for the Kuekaunahi stream that once filled this area with fresh water. This 1.5 mile stretch on O’ahu’s south Pacific shore is lined with high-rise hotels, timeshares and condominiums. They house international tourists who come for the sandy beach, warm sun, high-end shopping and views of […]

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Royal Hawaiian Beach at Waikīkī in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

The Royal Hawaiian Beach section of Waikīkī is also called Royal Manoa Beach. The spot is a great place for swimming, people watching and staring at the grandeur of Diamond Head. Royal Hawaiian Beach is also where you can arrange for a catamaran charter or rent an outrigger canoe.