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>> See the Aloha Tower, an excellent view point to see the harbor, also featuring a great shopping area and beautiful monuments.
>> Visit the Pacific Aerospace Museum, on Rodgers Boulevard, where you can see interesting exhibits of aerospace and aviation history and technology. The main displays include the Space Shuttle cockpit mockup and Apollo Mission Lunar Landing module.
>> See the oldest cathedral in the region - Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace - dating from 1843, being currently located on the site of a Catholic Mission from 1827.
>> Visit the Hawaii Maritime Center, home of the ten-story tower - Aloha Tower - offering visitors historical maritime displays, such as shipping companies, Polynesian navigation, and whaling history in Hawaii.
>> Admire the beautiful displays from the Foster Botanical Garden, established in 1853 and open to the public in 1930, featuring the Prehistoric Glen with cycads and ferns, as well as a large collection of tropical plants, gathered for the past 15 years from all over the world.
The list of annual sport-related events that happen in Honolulu, HI includes:
The Ala Wai Challenge - happening in January - it takes place in Ala Wai Park and consists of a full, eventful day, featuring traditional Hawaiian games, including bowling, spear throwing and canoe races.
The NFL Pro Bowl - happening in February - represents the National Football League competition, an all-star game hosted at the Aloha Stadium.
The Great Aloha Run - also happening in February - thousands of runners participate at this annual race that starts Aloha Tower and ends at the Aloha Stadium.
The Honolulu International Bed Race Festival - celebrated in April - it is a popular fund raising event, benefiting several local charities, consisting of various rides and games for the little ones as well as a bed-pushing race through the city's street.
Na Wahine O Ke Kai - kept in the last weekend of September - consists of an exciting canoe race from Molokai to Waikiki.
Other sport-related events that are kept in Honolulu each year are: the King Kamehameha Hula Competition (June), the Walter J. McFarlane Regatta and Surf Race (July), the Duke Kahanamoku Beach Doubles Volleyball Championship (mid-August), the Waikiki Rough-Water Swim (Labor Day) and the Honolulu Marathon (early December).
The list of annual Honolulu Festivals includes:
The Chinese New Year, which takes place in late January, represents one of the largest celebrations in Honolulu Chinatown.
The Narcissus Festival is celebrated in February and it is a cultural event, filled with traditional Chinese cooking and fun family activities.
The Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is held in March and it is an annual celebration of Ireland's St. Patrick Day, surrounding Honolulu City with plenty of bagpipe playing and traditional Irish activities.
The Annual Lei Day Celebration, celebrated on May 1st, is a popular Hawaiian holiday featuring pageantry and fun, lei-making contests.
The Taste of Honolulu, happening in late June, is a premier outdoor food festival, offering beer and wine tasting, fun activities for children and interesting cooking demonstrations.
Other popular, annually celebrated events in Honolulu, HI include: the Fourth of July Fireworks (July 4th), the Hawaii International Jazz Festival (mid-July), the Hawaii State Fair (August), Intertribal Powwow (early October), the World Invitational Hula Festival (mid-November) and of course New Years Eve (December 31st).
The Honolulu nightlife scene consists of numerous bars, brew pubs, dance clubs and restaurants. The list of most popular restaurants in Honolulu includes Alan Wong's (1857 S King St), La Mer (2199 Kalia Rd, Halekulani Hotel), Roy's (6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Hawaii Kai Corporate Plaza), Michel's (2895 Kalakaua Ave, Colony Surf Condominiums) and Mekong Thai (1726 S King St).
The majority of the clubs are located at a distance of few blocks from the beach and at a 5-minute taxi-ride from the major hotels in Honolulu.
The casual and elegant lounge, called Rumfire, is one of the most popular nightspot in the city, situated on the beach, at Sheraton, offering club-goers great entertainment and a wide list of alcoholic beverages.
The favorite late night choices of locals, as well as tourists, are the Zanzabar (Waikiki Trade Center) and the Venus Nightclub & Lounge. Other popular and well appreciated nightspots in the city include The Ocean Club (at restaurant Row) and Lulu's Surf Club, offering great views of Waikiki Beach.
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