The Back Story
Ala Moana (translated: "path to the sea"): A vast stretch of white sandy beaches and protected reef borders this district of Honolulu and visitors can shop their hearts out Ala Moana Center, the largest open-air shopping center in the world.
Waikiki: This popular tourist area was once the vacation spot of Hawaiian royals. Surfing was the activity of choice then, and this tradition continues today. Numerous surf competitions are held in Waikiki, as well as hula events and outrigger canoe races. A statue of Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian that popularized surfing, stands on the beach.
Diamond Head: Known by Hawaiians as Lēʻahi, this tuff cone volcano was received its English name from 18th century British sailors that thought calcite crystals in the rock were diamonds. Hikers enjoy the 3/4 mile hike to the crater's rim and the popular TV show Lost included scenes filmed in this area.