Honolulu, Hawaii

00 honolulu capitol downtownHonolulu, Hawaii

  • Hawaii became a state August 21, 1959, the 50th state admitted to the Union.
  • Honolulu became state capital: 1959
  • Established as capital of the kingdom: 1850
  • Name Origin: Derived from a Hawaiian term meaning sheltered harbor

The Harbor was first entered by Europeans in 1778; it was declared capital of the kingdom by King Kamehameha III in 1850. Long the main residence of the Hawaiian royal family, Honolulu became the capital of Hawaii in 1900. Honolulu remained the capital upon the state’s admission to the Union in 1959.

The Iolani Palace was the seat of government from 1893 to 1969. This handsome Victorian building had been the home of Hawaii’s royal family; the statue in front is of Kamehameha III, the king who united the peoples of the islands nearly 150 years ago. The State Seal is displayed over the entrance to the new capitol, which is built of concrete and steel. Dedicated in 1969, the building rises behind an 80,000 square foot reflecting pool.

Pearl Harbor naval base was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941; visitors may see the USS Arizona Memorial. Diamond Head, a collapsed crater, is a well-known landmark beyond Waikiki Beach.

Key Words: Pineapple, Harbor, Beach, Diamond, King, Palace

Things To Love About Honolulu

The wildness of diversity, the lushness of the mountainsides, the beauty of the sea and sky. The wind, the fierce defending of the past, the changing to the new. Palaces and palm trees.

Blogs To Read About Honolulu

Welcome To Honolulu  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=4150

The Ah Factor  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2260

Castles In The Sand  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=5077

The Black Tear  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2325

The Shopping Isle  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=5176

Pass It Forward  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2365

Aloha Is Love  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2399

Going In Circles  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=4025

Wear Your Slippers  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=4743

A Loverly Bunch Of Coconuts  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2512

Yellow On The Submarine  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2424

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=5346

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 337,256, 12th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 5,573 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 60.52 square miles
  • Elevation: 18 feet, 50th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 80/66, July 88/75. Annual rainfall: 17 inches
  • Time Zone: Hawaiian
  • Water near: Pacific Ocean
  • Mountains near: Waianae Range. The highest point on the island of Oahu is Mt Kaala at 4,003 feet. Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii is the highest point in the state of Hawaii at 13,803 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals (Air): Sacramento, CA 2,463; Carson City, NV & Salem, OR 2,564; Olympia, WA 2,640
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC (Air): 4,834

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 337,256           Population
  • 17.4%               Under 18
  • 17.8%               Over 65
  • 54.8%              Asian
  • 1.5%                 Black
  • 5.4%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.2%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 8.4%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 16.5%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 37.6%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 88.0%             High School Graduate
  • 33.6%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 11.6%               Below Poverty Level
  • $30,269          Per Capita Income
  • $56,939          Median Household Income
  • $545,700        Median Value of Home
  • 44.8%              Home Ownership

City: http://www.honolulu.gov/

Visitors: http://www.gohawaii.com/en/oahu/