Honolulu is the largest city in the state of Hawaiʻi and also home to the State Capitol. Honolulu, which means sheltered harbor or protected bay, is believed to have been founded as early as 2,000 years ago. The city was firmly established as the major center for the Hawaiian Islands by the mid-1800s. Hawaiʻi became the Aloha State in 1959 when it was formally admitted to the Union as the 50th state.

The UH Mānoa campus is nested in scenic Mānoa Valley, close to Waikiki and Diamond Head

Today, Honolulu is one of America’s safest cities with many unique features and characteristics. It’s home to America’s only royal palace and is known for its tropical climate, lush green landscape, diverse population, and community spirit known as aloha. We invite you to learn more about the Honolulu community by exploring the links below.