South O’ahu / Honolulu
I live in the Makiki neighborhood in the City of Honolulu in the County of O’ahu in the State of Hawaii. Some facts: the island of O’ahu is 597.1 square miles with 112 miles of coastline. East to west, O’ahu is 60 miles long, and north to south, O’ahu is 30 miles wide. The population of O’ahu is 952,000, with 374,000 living in Honolulu.
Downtown Honolulu is a rich mix of historic buildings where ali’i (members of Hawaiian nobility) once live and sleek new modern-days structures that reflect the mid-day sun. A visit to Hawaii’s Capital District illustrates the state’s unusual place in history – a state that was once ruled by its own monarchy. On King Street, you’ll find the stately Iolani Palace, designed in American Florentine style. It was the first building in Honolulu to have electricity.
Many historic buildings sit in this three-mile radius including the Iolani Barracks on the palace grounds; the King Kamehameha V Post Office; the Ali’iolani Hale, which is home to the Hawaii Supreme Court; the Kawaiah’o Church; the Hawaiian Mission Houses; the Honolulu Hale, where the Honolulu Mayor and city council work; the Hawaii State Library; and the Washington Palace where Queen Lili’uokalani was arrested during the overthrow of the Hawaiian government.
Celebrate Honolulu’s First Friday with self-guided tours each first Friday, 5:00pm through 9:00pm. Galleries and studios present art exhibits, entertainment, and refreshments. For more infor-mation, check out www.firstfridayhawaii.com
Cites: O’ahu This Week; Welcome to O’ahu