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Historic Honolulu

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:44:05 PM

While recent empty nesters may dream of the white sands and tropical drinks offered on Honolulu, there's far more substantial history on this island to experience, so don't spend all your time on the beach! Hop off the plane, pick up your Honolulu car rental and get going, because there's plenty of history to enjoy on this island paradise.

Visit military sites
History lovers will love the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The memorial is dedicated to the 1,117 sailors killed during the attack that brought the U.S. into World War II, and proves to be a memorable destination to visit with your rental car in Honolulu. The recently rebuilt Pearl Harbor museum gives visitors a thorough picture of the events that occurred on the day of the attack. The museum looks over the sunken USS Arizona Memorial, which visitors can visit to pay their respects to those who died in the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. In the distance, visitors will be able to see the USS Missouri, another important battleship that was used during the war.

Explore the great outdoors
Diamond Head State Monument is one of the idyllic images of Hawaii. The park has nearly 500 acres of land, making plenty of room for hiking and taking in the beautiful scenery, so be sure to take your Honolulu rent a car to the mountain's trailhead. Diamond Head is known for its military history as well as its picturesque coastal views, making it a fascinating site to explore. Parts of the hike can be steep, so if you choose to make the trek, good hiking shoes are a must.

Take in traditional culture
No trip to Honolulu is complete without experiencing a historic Hawaiian luau. These feasts include Hawaiian delicacies like kalua pig, or pig cooked in a pit; lau lau, which is meat wrapped in taro leaves and poi, the traditional dish made of taro. After enjoying the meal, allow yourself to be entertained in the traditional Hawaiian style. Featuring hula dancers, Hawaiian music and sometimes even Samoan fire dancers, the entertainment at a luau is not to be missed.