Honolulu is the state capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Hawaii.
It is the county seat of the City and County of Honolulu on the island of Oahu.
Honolulu 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. It is the most remote city of its size in the world and
is both the westernmost and the southernmost major American city. Honolulu is a
major financial center of the islands and of the Pacific Ocean. The population of
the city and county is 953,300.
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 near
the city 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 United
States. It is also the most populated oceanian city outside Australasia and
ranks second only to Auckland as the most populous city in Polynesia.