Honolulu is situated in the remotest heavily populated island chain in the world, yet it is regarded as a premier island resort destination called the “Paradise of the Pacific.” Tourism, the dominant industry in Hawaii with no close second, has made Honolulu world famous. This entry focuses on the universal aspects for any successful resort destination from its unique attractions, planning, and policy, as well as its successes and challenges.

Honolulu is located on Oahu, the third largest of the eight main islands in the Hawaiian chain with dimensions of only 44 by 30 miles. The entire island is officially known as the City and County of Honolulu, governed by one mayor. With a combined city-county population of almost one million (80% of the state), it ...

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