The heart of Hawaii

Her warm friendly people, inspiring natural beauty and unique culture draw people to the immaculate shores of Oahu.

The sun sets on Honolulu, Hawaii's largest city.

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Colorful umbrellas block out the sun for visitors to the beachside Mai Tai Bar at the popular Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.

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Seniors exercise in the waters of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.

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The Ionlani Palace stands among banyan and palm tress behind guilded gates decorated with a royal seal in Honolulu. The Iolani palace is America's only official royal residence.

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Sunbathers on the beach.

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Waterfalls flow in the gardens of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. The museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family.

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Elani Mousos, 4, of Calgary, Canada, looks at the "Hunters of the Reef" at the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu. The Aquarium is built along side the shoreline next to a living reef.

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A U.S. flag flies at half mast aboard the USS Arizona Memorial during the ceremony honoring the 64th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 2005 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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A school of manini fish swim over the coral reef at Hanauma Bay, near Honolulu.

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The sun sets on Waikiki.

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