The city was founded by Polynesian settlers in the 11th Century and played a central role in Hawaiian history long before the first Englishman set foot there in 1794.
Honolulu is known as a vacation destination, for its tropical beauty, diversity, and as a meeting place of Eastern and Western culture.
People Born in Honolulu
Honolulu in People's Lives
Agatha Christie: I visted here with my husband in 1923, and spent most of my time surfing, a sport I had become passionate about. I was one of the first Britons to surf standing up.
Brooklyn Decker: I traveled here in 2011 for charity work with Wounded Warriors project. I visited the hospital at Pearl Harbor and spent time with American soldiers that had come back to the United States injured overseas.
Hunter S. Thompson: I lived here for a few months, between 1980 - 1981, right after the divorce from my wife Sondri. While here, I wrote the book The Curse of Lono, about the Honolulu Marathon, on commission for Running magazine. I had eagerly accepted the job because I thought it would be a good holiday.
Jack London: I first traveled here in 1907, with my wife and soulmate Charmian Kittredge on a yacht cruise of our boat, the Snark. Hawaii deeply impressed me, and I fell in love with the island. I visited many times after that, and wrote many of my future stories about Hawaii. My last visit was for ten months from 1915 - 1916. We especially loved the neighborhood and beaches at Waikiki in this city.
Kanye West: I traveled here in 2008. My life had recently come apart - my mother had died unexpectedly, and I had just broken up with my longtime girlfriend and fiancee. I came here for peace, to record a new album letting out all of these emotions. I finished the album in only three weeks, and it became a massive hit. I loved recording in Hawaii so much, I returned to this city in 2009 to record my next album, working under a shadow of privacy and secrecy, forming a sort of community of people involved in the project.
Lois Lowry: I was born here in 1937, the middle daughter of an army dentist. My father was of Norwegian descent, and my mother had German, English, and Scots-Irish heritage. My parents originally named be "Cena" after my Norwegian grandmother, but after hearing this, my grandmother telegraphed my parents and insisted that I be given an American name. My name was chosen in honor of my father's two sisters, Lois and Ann. I did not live here very long, as my father's work with the military took him all over the country and the world. We moved to New York when I was two years old, in 1939.
Orlando Bloom: I traveled here in 2006, to film scenes of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
Vivienne Westwood: I have a showroom here of many of my fashion designs.