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Kona State Beach, Island of Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii, USA
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Hawaii's Oahu, "the Gathering Place"
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Hawaii's Oahu, "the Gathering Place"   by Terry Reim

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Oahu was likely the first of the Hawaiian Island sighted by the crew of HMS Resolution on January 18, 1778 during Captain James Cook's third Pacific expedition. It is one of 137 volcanic islands and atolls stretching 1,500 miles across the North Pacific Ocean, all but one of which (Midway) comprise the 50th US State of Hawaii.

In the two centuries since Cooke's famous discovery of the "Sandwich Islands" as he called them, Oahu has been transformed from an idyllic Gauginesque tropical paradise into one of the world's premier tourist destinations, financial capitals, and a US military stronghold anchored in the mid-Pacific.

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Of the southernmost 8 inhabited islands in the Hawaiian chain, Oahu is the third largest - approximately 44 miles long and 30 miles across, with a shoreline 227 miles - yet is home to 75% of the state's 1.2 million permanent residents, a population more diverse than any state in the nation.

Since it was first populated by immigrants traveling 2500miles from the Marquesas Islands around 600, this island has been an important commercial area and cultural center. With the help of European arms, Kamehameha I from the Big Island captured Oahu in a bloody battle near the Pali Lookout in 1795, thus unifying the islands for the first time.

Today, Oahu has become a tourism and business haven with over 5 million visitors annually (mainly from the American mainland and Japan). Many can't imagine visiting Hawaii without coming to "the Gathering Place." Honolulu Oahu's largest city, Honolulu, is the capital of Hawaii. It contains the principal port, the major airport, and is the business, educational and financial center not only of the state, but for the entire Pacific Rim, as well.

By the 1840s, under the influence of Christian missionaries, the sandalwood and sugar trades, this small Polynesian village, had grown into a major shipping port, becoming the commercial and political center of the islands. In 1845, Kamehameha III moved his kingdom's capital from Lahaina, Maui to Honolulu, which has remained the capital of the Hawaiian islands ever since.

In 1893 American businessman here illegally overthrew the native Hawaiian monarchy imprisoning Queen Liliuokalani in Iolani palace. Hawaii was annexed as a territory of the US until it was granted statehood in 1952. Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu, the only royal palace on American soil, has become a popular visitor attraction,

Pearl Harbor Almost a half-century later on December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy drew the United States into World War II with a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, aimed at the Pacific Fleet of the US Navy. The attack damaged or destroyed 12 American warships, destroyed 188 aircraft, and killed 2,403 American servicemen and 68 civilians.

The Arizona Memorial was constructed directly over the ship. Hundreds of thousands annually visit Pearl Harbor to see this memorial and the battleship USS Missouri, where General Douglas Macarthur accepted the surrender of the Japanese in 1945.

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Waikiki Cosmopolitan Waikiki is where Hawaiian tourism began. Its reputation as a retreat dates back centuries, and it was a favorite recreation site for long-ago kings of Oahu and Maui. Today it reigns as the center of Pacific tourism with its world-class hotels, shops, restaurants, shows, beach culture and nightlife.

Its primary appeal remains the 2-mile ribbon of white sand, Waikiki Beach, upon which dozens of world-class resorts now stand. Of the 100 resorts on Oahu, all but four are located in Waikiki. At any one time, 45% of visitors in the entire state are spending the night here.

Windward, West & North Shore Windward Oahu offers famous snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, swimming with Dolphins at Hawaii Sea Life Park and kayaking in Kailua Bay. Oahu's most popular activity attraction is the Polynesian Cultural Center in coastal La'ie.

Oahu's North Shore is famous for its big-wave surfing at Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. From the town of Haleiwa, visitors can experience shark cage encounters and sport fishing expeditions. At Turtle Bay and Ko Olina to the west, new resorts have made Oahu a world-class golfing destination as well.

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About the Author Terry Reim has more than 25 years' experience as an editor and writer in newspaper, magazine, trade book, textbook, and technical publishing, He has also authored numerous books himself, including the 13 annual editions of the Daily Planet Almanac (1975-1987) and Kicking the Bucket (with Kim Long, 1986).


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Aston Kona By The Sea, Kailua-Kona
Positioned on the rocky western coast of the Big Island, Aston Kona By The Sea is two miles from shopping, dining and entertainment in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Part of the allure of the Big Island is its contrasting geology. Active volcanoes, shimmering waterfalls, snowcapped mountains, tropical rainforests, a glacial lake and miles upon miles of golden, black, white and even green-sand beaches occupy an area smaller than the state of Connecticut. Unlike most properties along this stretch of coast, the resort features a sandy area, 70 by 15 yards, between the outdoor pool and the ocean. There is a sundeck with lounge chairs and a jetted tub surrounding the pool, and there are barbeque grills on site.
Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort Hawaii
An enchanting retreat on the east coast of Hawaii's Big Island, the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort quietly rests on 10 oceanfront acres in Kailua Kona - the only coffee-producing area in the United States. Guests of this seaside resort receive complimentary shuttle transportation to both the Keauhou Shopping Center and nearby golf courses. Catering to nature enthusiasts and leisure vacationers, the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort features handsome beaches and a mild climate. The smoke-free Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort is home to a thriving community of ocean life, including the endangered green sea turtle and an impressive barrier reef. The resort is also teeming with little surprises like shaded hammocks, rejuvenating spa services and 6 tennis courts. 
Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff Resort Condominium Hawaii
Situated on a lake, this Kailua-Kona property is close to Hulihee Palace. In addition to an outdoor pool and a spa tub, Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff features a garden and barbecue grills. Guest parking is complimentary. This is a smoke-free property (fines may apply for violations).  Amenities featured in guestrooms include air conditioning, coffee/tea makers, and clock radios. Business-friendly amenities include voice mail. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. All guestrooms at Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff are non-smoking. 


Aqua Hotel Molokai, Mauna Loa
This Kaunakakai property is situated on the beach. Aqua Hotel Molokai has an outdoor pool. This 3.0-star Kaunakakai property features massage and treatment rooms. The property offers meeting rooms for small groups. Aqua Hotel Molokai has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. Event space measures 2,400 square feet. This is a smoke-free property (fines may apply for violations). Amenities featured in guestrooms include clock radios. Business-friendly amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), direct-dial phones, and voice mail. All guestrooms provide microwaves and refrigerators. 
Castle Kaluakoi Villas, Mauna Loa
Kaluakoi Villas are located in the Kaluakoi Resort area on the west coast of the beautiful island of Molokai. Guests can sunbathe on the resort's exclusive white sand beach, take a cool dip in the freshwater swimming pool, or stroll through the beautifully landscaped grounds. This quiet resort allows you the privacy and serenity only Molokai can offer. This property also offers water sport rentals on the beach, movie rentals, gas grills in the barbecue and picnic areas, laundry facility, gift shop, and safe deposit boxes. The resort is a short walk away from other poipu resorts, restaurants and shops. Discover the charm of old Hawaii at the Kaluakoi villas. These lovely studio and 1-bedroom villas feature a kitchenette and spacious lanai (balcony) with partial ocean or oceanfront views.


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Aston Kauai Beach At Makaiwa, Kauai
Nestled in a large coconut grove amid hundreds of palm trees, the smoke-free Aston Kauai Beach at Makaiwa offers guests an opportunity to experience authentic Hawaiian luaus, excursions up Wailua River and helicopter sightseeing trips along the Napali Coast. Benches along the beach provide seats for watching sunsets and whale watching. Although swimming is not recommended due to unpredictable currents, visitors can relax on the beautiful sandy beach or take a stroll on the parallel jogging/walking trail. The Aston Kauai Beach at Makaiwa is within 15 minutes of two golf courses. Other activities include scuba diving, surfing and boogie boarding, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, hiking, biking and rafting. 
Kauai Marriott Resort Hawaii
The Kauai Marriott Resort is located on an island brimming with white beaches and sapphire lagoons. The Kauai makes it easy to be swept into the spirit of paradise while experiencing Hawaii in its purest form. The Kauai Marriott Resort offers one of the most relaxed and comfortable vacation spots in Hawaii, with various kinds of restaurants for the dining plesaure of guests and a fitness center so they can keep in shape, even when on vacation. If you would like to send your taste buds on an international journey, you must try Kukui's and its Pacific Rim buffet and international cuisine.
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Castle At Princeville
Settled atop a 200-foot cliff on Kauai's northern coast, Castle at Princeville is adjacent to the fairways of the Makai Course in Princeville, Hawaii. Dense rainforests, impenetrable valleys, majestic peaks and perfect golden beaches make Kauai one of Hawaii's most desirable destinations. Dominated by a sense of independence, the island has never fallen victim to the tourist culture that afflicts Oahu and the Big Island. The sights, smells and sounds of the island promote relaxation, with shimmering waterfalls, the scent of ginger and plumeria, and the sound of morning birdsong pleasing the senses. 
The St. Regis Princeville Resort
Situated on one of the world’s most beautiful sites, this new Princeville, Kauai resort overlooks Hanalei Bay and the emerald Napali Coast.  The oceanfront infinity pool overlooks the bay. The Halele’a Spa offers customized treatments based on native healing rituals. Dining venues include a Jean-Georges Vongerichten signature restaurant. Spacious guestrooms face the gardens, mountains, or bay. Beds are adorned with embroidered linens. Home theater systems include LCD TVs. Marble baths have electronically controlled windows for views or privacy.
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Ka'anapali Beach Hotel Kaanapali
Kaanapali Beach Hotel in Maui, Hawaii, stands on Kaanapali Beach amid lush palm groves and plumeria-scented gardens. Whalers village and Kaanapali golf course are one-half mile from the hotel. Lahaina town, Lahaina harbor and Kapalua airport are within four miles of this tropical retreat. On-site dining is available at the tiki terrace restaurant, which offers an open-air, casual ambience and specializes in Kulaiwi, traditional Hawaiian cuisine. Mixed plate restaurant tempts adventurous palates with a uniquely themed menu of local and international favorites. Recognized as Maui's "most Hawaiian hotel," Kaanapali Beach Hotel guestrooms have a Polynesian look and feel, with rattan furniture, furnished lanais and island décor.
Maui Beach Hotel Kahului
The Maui Beach Hotel is located on the shores of Kahului Bay in Kahului, Hawaii. Shopping at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center is across the street from the hotel. Kanaha Beach Park is two miles away. Kahului airport is three miles from the property. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport is available.  The hotel's rainbow dining room serves breakfast and dinner daily. Lunch is offered on Sundays, while drinks are available at the Lokelan lounge during evenings. A sundry & snack shop is located on site. Complimentary wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel's public areas. An outdoor pool is located on the second floor sundeck.

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