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Video:Tour Historic Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki Beach

with John Fischer

Join me on a tour of historic downtown Honolulu, Hawaii and nearby Waikiki Beach where hundreds of thousands come to play each year.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tour Historic Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki Beach

Hi, I'm John Fischer, your Guide to Hawaii for Visitors at About.com.

Honolulu and Aloha Tower

For almost 100 years Aloha Tower has greeted visitors to Hawaii at the Honolulu Harbor where once all visitors arrived in the islands by ship. Today Honolulu is a bustling metropolis where cruise ships dock several times a week to escort visitors around the Hawaiian Islands. Metropolitan Honolulu today is home to over 800,000 people.

Historic Honolulu

Within the center of this modern city lies the historic district and Washington Place where Hawaii's last queen, Lili'uokalani lived following her overthrow in 1893, today home of Hawaii's governor.

Nearby is the Iolani Palace, the only royal palace within the United States. Today the Hawaiian flag still flies overhead, a unifying symbol of the past and the present,

Across the street, in front of the building where the Supreme Court of Hawaii meets sits the statue of Kamehameha I, the King who unified all of the Hawaiian Islands in 1810.

Nearby lies the tomb of King Lunalilo, the first elected monarch of Hawaii and next to it the first Christian church in Hawai'i, which was built in the New England style of architecture.

Across the street are the restored homes of Hawaii's first missionaries.

Waikiki Beach

A short drive from Honolulu takes you to world famous Waikiki where Diamond Head looms large over the shore and where hundreds of thousands come to play in the sun every year.

And now, to the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band playing their Sunday concert in Kapiolani Park, we bid you a fond Aloha.

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