2010: 337,256, #53 in U.S., #1 in Hawaii

1950: 248,034

2010 Metropolitan Area: 953,207, #53 in U.S.


Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is located on a narrow coastal plain between the  Ko'olau Range and the harbor and beaches. The area was first settled in the 12th century. In 1809 King Kamehameha moved his court to the area that is now downtown Honolulu.


Tallest building: First Hawaiian Center (1996, 429 feet)

List of tallest buildings

Most of Honolulu's tall hotels are in the Waikiki area, near downtown. Waikiki has a height limit of 350 feet, and many of the buildings are exactly 350 feet tall.

The Hawaii State Capitol (1969) is 100 feet tall.

The Aloha Tower (1926, 184 feet), located on the waterfront, has an observation deck.


Macy’s closed its downtown Honolulu department store in 2013. Walmart opened a store in the same location in 2014. The Aloha Tower Marketplace has shops, restaurants, and entertainment.


Hawaii has no train service.


The Iolani Palace, former home of Hawaiian royalty, is downtown, adjacent to the State Capitol.

Downtown Honolulu from Punchbowl Crater


The Consolidated Ward Theaters, just south of downtown, show first-run movies. The Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Academy of Arts shows independent films. The Hawaii Theatre (1922) is a restored vaudeville and movie theater that has plays and concerts.

The Blaisdell Concert Hall (1964) hosts the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the Hawaii Opera Theatre, and touring Broadway shows. The Kuma Kahua Theatre is located downtown.


Hawaii has no professional sports teams.

Map of Downtown Honolulu

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Historic Honolulu Buildings