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    About Honolulu

    Honolulu is the capital and largest city in the State of Hawaii. It is an unincorporated part of and the county seat of the City and County of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The city is the main gateway to Hawaii and a major portal into the United States. The city is also a major hub for international business, military defense, as well as famously being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific
    culture, cuisine, and traditions.


    Honolulu is the most remote city of its size in the world and is both the westernmost and
    the southernmost major U.S. city. For statistical purposes, the U.S. Census Bureau recognizes
    the approximate area commonly referred to as “City of Honolulu” (not to be confused with
    the City and County”) as a census county division (CCD). Honolulu is a major financial center
    of the islands and of the Pacific Ocean. The population of the city of Honolulu was 337,256
    as of the 2010 census, while the Honolulu CCD was 390,738[11] and the population of the
    consolidated city and county was 953,207.

    Honolulu means “sheltered harbor” or “calm port”. The old name is said to be Kou, a district
    roughly encompassing the area from Nuuanu Avenue to Alakea Street and from Hotel Street
    to Queen Street which is the heart of the present downtown district. The city has been the
    capital of the Hawaiian Islands since 1845 and gained historical recognition following the
    attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan on December 7, 1941.

    As of 2015, Honolulu was ranked high on world livability rankings, and was also ranked as the
    2nd safest city in the U.S.

    Neighborhoods, boroughs, and district

    Downtown Honolulu is the financial, commercial, and governmental center of Hawaii. On
    the waterfront is Aloha Tower, which for many years was the tallest building in Hawaii.
    Currently the tallest building is the 438-foot (134 m) tall First Hawaiian Center, located on
    King and Bishop Streets. The downtown campus of Hawaii Pacific University is also
    located there.
    The Arts District Honolulu in downtown/Chinatown is on the eastern edge of Chinatown.
    It is a 12-block area bounded by Bethel & Smith Streets and Nimitz Highway and
    Beretania Street – home to numerous arts and cultural institutions. It is located within the
    Chinatown Historic District, which includes the former Hotel Street Vice District.[28]
    The Capitol District is the eastern part of Downtown Honolulu. It is the current and
    historic center of Hawaii’s state government, incorporating the Hawaii State Capitol,
    ʻIolani Palace, Honolulu Hale (City Hall), State Library, and the statue of King
    Kamehameha I, along with numerous government buildings.
    Kakaʻako is a light-industrial district between Downtown and Waikīkī that has seen a
    large-scale redevelopment effort in the past decade. It is home to two major shopping
    areas, Ward Warehouse and Ward Centre. The Howard Hughes Corporation plans to
    transform Ward Centers into Ward Village over the next decade. The John A. Burns
    School of Medicine, part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, is also located there. A
    Memorial to the Ehime Maru Incident victims is built at the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park.
    Ala Moana is a district between Kakaʻako and Waikīkī and the home of Ala Moana
    Center, the “World’s largest open air shopping center” and the largest shopping mall in
    Hawaii.[29] Ala Moana Center boasts over 300 tenants and is a very popular location
    among tourists. Also in Ala Moana is the Honolulu Design Center and Ala Moana Beach
    Park, the second largest park in Honolulu.
    Waikīkī is the tourist district of Honolulu, located between the Ala Wai Canal and the
    Pacific Ocean next to Diamond Head. Numerous hotels, shops, and nightlife
    opportunities are located along Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues. It is a popular location for
    visitors and locals alike and attracts millions of visitors every year. A majority of the hotel
    rooms on Oahu are located in Waikīkī.
    Manoa and Makiki are residential neighborhoods located in adjacent valleys just inland
    of downtown and Waikīkī. Manoa Valley is home to the main campus of the University of
    Nuʻuanu and Pauoa are upper-middle-class residential districts located inland of
    downtown Honolulu. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is located in
    Punchbowl Crater fronting Pauoa Valley.
    Palolo and Kaimuki are neighborhoods east of Manoa and Makiki, inland from Diamond
    Head. Palolo Valley parallels Manoa and is a residential neighborhood. Kaimuki is
    primarily a residential neighborhood with a commercial strip centered on Waialae
    Avenue running behind Diamond Head. Chaminade University is located in Kaimuki.
    Waialae and Kahala are upper-class districts of Honolulu located directly east of
    Diamond Head, where there are many high-priced homes. Also found in these
    neighborhoods are the Waialae Country Club and the five-star Kahala Hotel & Resort.
    East Honolulu includes the residential communities of ʻĀina Haina, Niu Valley, and
    Hawaiʻi Kai. These are considered upper-middle-class neighborhoods. The upscale
    gated communities of Waiʻalae ʻiki and Hawaiʻi Loa Ridge are also located here.
    Kalihi and Palama are working-class neighborhoods with a number of government
    housing developments. Lower Kalihi, toward the ocean, is a light-industrial district.
    Salt Lake and Aliamanu are (mostly) residential areas built in extinct tuff cones along the
    western end of the Honolulu District, not far from the Honolulu International Airport.
    Moanalua is two neighborhoods and a valley at the western end of Honolulu, and home
    to Tripler Army Medical Center.

    Colleges and Universities in Honolulu
    Public institutions
    Community Colleges
    Honolulu Community College, Honolulu
    Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu

    Public Universities
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, doctoral university in Honolulu

    Private, non-profit institutions
    Chaminade University of Honolulu, master’s university affiliated with the
    Roman Catholic Church in Honolulu
    Hawaii Pacific University, nonsectarian undergraduate, graduate, and
    research university in Honolulu
    Hawaii Tokai International College, nonsectarian associate’s college in
    IUE International University of Entreprenology in Hawaii, USA, affiliated with
    Universities in Hungary, Singapore, Malaysia, BBA, MBA, PhD.

    For-profit institutions
    Argosy University, Honolulu
    University of Phoenix, Honolulu

    Special-focus institutions
    Institute for Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Honolulu
    World Medicine Institute, Honolulu

    Colleges and universities in Honolulu include Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chaminade University, and Hawaii Pacific University. UH Manoa houses the main offices of the University of Hawaii System.

    Public primary and secondary schools
    Queen Liliuokalani Building, Hawaii Department of Education headquarters
    in Honolulu CDP
    Hawaii Department of Education operates public schools in Honolulu.
    Public high schools within the CDP area include Wallace Rider Farrington, Kaiser, Kaimuki, Kalani, Moanalua, William McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt.

    Private primary and secondary schools
    Private schools include Academy of the Pacific, Damien Memorial School, Hawaii Baptist Academy, Iolani School, Lutheran High School of Hawaii, Kamehameha Schools, Maryknoll School, Mid-Pacific Institute, La Pietra, Punahou School, Sacred Hearts Academy, St. Andrew’s Priory School, Saint Francis School, Saint Louis School, the Education Laboratory School, Saint Patrick School, Trinity Christian School, and Varsity International School.