The capital city of Honolulu is the gateway to Hawaii and its many islands. Cosmopolitan and diverse, rich culinary and cultural offerings stand alongside breathtaking natural beauty here. Surrounded by lush forests and volcanic cones – including Diamond Head on O’ahu island – the city is also home to Waikiki Beach, one of the world’s premier surfing destinations. Top-flight shopping, luxurious resorts and historic districts (including the country’s only royal palace) combine in this urban paradise.
The leading institution of its kind, the 130-year-old Bishop Museum and its six gallery spaces cover the peoples, cultures and natural history of Hawaii. Among its most exciting attractions is a “walk-in” volcano exhibit, where you can look inside the mouth of the volcano and see the mock molten lava.