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Fodor Ebook: Honolulu/Waikiki

Fodors Travel Publications Inc.

Published July 1st 2001
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The first time I traveled from California to Hawaii, I wondered if I would ever touch ground again -- the flight seemed endless. Then, 5[1/2] hours and 2,390 mi later, a landscape new to me came into view. I could see the green spires of the KoolauMoreThe first time I traveled from California to Hawaii, I wondered if I would ever touch ground again -- the flight seemed endless. Then, 5[1/2] hours and 2,390 mi later, a landscape new to me came into view. I could see the green spires of the Koolau Mountains, the glimmering high-rises of Waikiki, the aqua intensity of the water, the fleets of white sails dotting the sea, and the network of crisscrossing freeways, pineapple plantations, and sugarcane fields.A trip to Hawaii from anywhere else in the world makes you aware of its remoteness -- it waits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean like a crossroads as well as a cloister. This island group is the most isolated archipelago in the world, more than 2,000 mi from the closest major land mass. The Hawaiians Islands are at the northernmost reaches of Polynesia (meaning many islands), within an area referred to as the Polynesian Triangle- New Zealand and Easter Island form the triangles other points. Yet, while its influenced by its distant Polynesian, Asian, and American neighbors, Hawaii remains very much its own destination. As a state, it often seems as exotic as a foreign land.Visitors often arrive with the sort of dazed, uncertain look that comes from spending hours cooped up inside a jumbo jet. Gradually their quizzical expressions will change to ones of delight, as the scent of tropical flowers carried aloft cool trade winds surrounds them and refreshes their weary lungs and limbs. Within hours theyre blissed out: Paradise has enveloped their hearts, and they become determined to stay forever.That is how many folks discover Hawaii: They come on vacation and then realize this is where they really want to live. YetHawaiis true nature is much more far-reaching and complex than ones first few deliciously seductive impressions. Relocating to the Islands is a big step -- you must learn a whole new way of life.Fodors eBooks bring you the best travel information