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City and County of Honolulu
Flag of Honolulu
Official seal of Honolulu
Location in Honolulu County and the state of Hawaii
Location in Honolulu County and the state of Hawaii
Coordinates: 21°18′N 157°49′W / 21.300°N 157.817°W / 21.300; -157.817Coordinates: 21°18′N 157°49′W / 21.300°N 157.817°W / 21.300; -157.817
Country United States
State Hawaii
CountyFlag of Honolulu, Hawaii.svg Honolulu
IncorporatedApril 30, 1907[2]
 • MayorKirk Caldwell (D)
 • Council
 • City68.4 sq mi (177.2 km2)
 • Land60.5 sq mi (156.7 km2)
 • Water7.9 sq mi (20.5 km2)
19 ft (6 m)
 • City337,256 (55th)
 • Estimate 
 • Density5,791/sq mi (2,236.1/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC−10 (Hawaiian (HST))
Zip Code
FIPS code15-17000
GNIS feature ID366212[5]

Honolulu is the capital city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. It is also the largest city in Hawaii and it has the most important harbor. It is on the south-east shore of the island of Oahu.


Honolulu means "sheltered harbor" in the Hawaiian language. No one knows for sure when Honolulu was first settled or when the name was first used.


Honolulu harbor was called Kulolia before foreigners came. The first foreigner was Captain William Brown of the English ship Butterworth, in 1794. He named the harbor Fair Haven. Other foreign captains is started calling it Brown's Harbor. The name Honolulu was used some time after that.

Honolulu quickly became the most important harbor of Hawaii. At that time, sandalwood was a big export. Honolulu was also an important supply point for whalers.

Kamehameha III made Honolulu the capital city of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1850. It was also the capital of the Republic of Hawaii and the Territory of Hawaii. It stayed the capital when Hawaii became a state in 1959.

Notable people


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  2. "About the City, Official Website of the City and County of Honolulu". City and County of Honolulu. City and County of Honolulu. April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  3. "Geographic Ientifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Urban Honolulu CDP, Hawaii". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "American FactFinder – Results". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  5. "Honolulu". United States Geological Survey.