One of a chain of hops, skips and jumps across the Pacific deemed essential to U.S. security, Hawaii has held a special place in the hearts of Americans for nearly one hundred years. At once a place to commemorate the events that thrust the United States into World War II, and the hub for adventures in the lush forests and stunning volcanoes that make the island a tropical paradise, Hawaii remains a favorite destination for North Americans seeking a taste of island life.
Aloha Tower Marketplace
The Aloha Tower Marketplace offers restaurants and shopping along the beautiful Honolulu waterfront. The waterfront development is also home to the Falls of Clyde Museum, which showcases historic sailing as well as Polynesian sailing techniques and watercraft. Restaurants in and around the Marketplace offer ocean views and feature lively entertainment on weekends, while the proximity of Hawaii Pacific University guarantees fun nightlife in the student-heavy neighborhood west of the campus.
You'll also want to take a peek at the Honolulu Museum of Art, which showcases island talent and features touring exhibits. But the "peak" experience at the Marketplace is the view from the historic Aloha Tower. The 1926-built "Hawaiian Gothic" lighthouse and clock tower, which greeted generations of immigrants to Hawaii much as the Statue of Liberty did for New York arrivals, is visible from many hotels in Honolulu. The neighborhood itself is ringed by a number of large public parks, including the Foster Botanical Gardens, which showcase tropical plants from Hawaii and around the world.
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