Honolulu is the capital and the largest city in the state of Hawaii. The city is located on the island of Oahu. The island Oahu is the third largest island and home to a majority of Hawaii's diverse population. Oahu offers a fine night life, opportunities to surf, snorkel, and hike. Oahu is nicknamed "The Gathering Place." Along with gathering, many people also make the move to this dream location permanently, keeping Honolulu movers busy.
Honolulu's economy is largely driven by tourism, but an array of manufacturing industries is also prominent. Among these are jewelry, clothing, rubber, electronics, and various computer equipments.
Honolulu was inhabited by Polynesians for several hundred years before any Europeans settled in the area. William Brown, of England, reached the area in 1794. The natives moved the capital of Hawaii to Honolulu in 1845. Over the 19th century, the city was occupied by the British, French, and Russians.
The United States annexed the islands of Hawaii in 1898 and it became an official state in 1959. The most notable event in Honolulu history was the bombing of Pearl Harbor which occurred on December 7, 1941. Tourism rose substantially in the city after World War II and is today a major resort area.
Honolulu is serviced by the Honolulu International Airport which is seven miles from the city. No professional teams exist in the city, although collegiate teams are in the area. The NFL Pro Bowl is held each year in the city.
Popular destinations of the city include the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Bishop Museum, which is the largest museum in the state, the Waikiki Aquarium and the Honolulu Zoo. The Honolulu Symphony, the oldest in the western United States, draws many visitors. Other spots to visit in the city include Pearl Harbor, the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Kawaiahao Church, and Waikiki Beach.