Beauty and Tragedy:
The Twin Symbols of Oahu
Welcome to Dream Vacations, a lifestyle column on travelling to amazing destinations with practical advice and my revelations about locales from years of personal experience. For many Americans, Pearl Harbour stands out as one of the most seminal points in our history. It symbolizes the strength our nation in tragedy can achieve. The Island of Oahu should be a pilgrimage all Americans make, not only for its beauty but for its historic significance and lessons.
A Nation Becomes a Beacon of Hope
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. ~President Franklin D. Roosevelt
After that fateful day, the United States joined with other nations the world over to rise against the combined threat of the Axis, Germany and Japan. America stood as a beacon of hope and a bastion of democracy and freedom that would light the way forward. Yet, much of that was hard to see in the direct aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbour. The powerful exhibits and commemoration at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, just 20 minutes drive from Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, is something every American should take part in.
The capital of the State of Hawaii is Honolulu in Oahu and the island boasts over 70% of the state’s population, most of which resides in and around Honolulu. As a pilgrim to Oahu staying on the island is better experienced by staying outside Honolulu, as driving around the island is easy. The beautiful Ko’Olina Beach Club on the southwest shore is a mere 30 minutes from Honolulu.
Oahu offers travelers an immense amount of activities, from Honolulu’s vibrant nightlife, amazing beaches (if Ko’Olina doesn’t quest your sun thirst) and tons of cultural activities on top of the amazing natural sights, hikes and water adventures. However, the history of the island is still front and center.
History Pervades the Island
Not only does Oahu serve as a reminder of our proud history in World War II, but it is also is the only place in the U.S. with a royal palace. The ʻIolani Palace, the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii was built in 1879, replacing an earlier royal palace. The history of Hawaii is ever-present in the state capital. If you are looking for a history lesson or a culture experience on Hawaiian native culture here are some excellent options:
- Iolani Palace
- Queen Emma Summer Palace
- Hawaii State Art Museum
- Bishop Museum
- Polynesian Cultural Center
The rich history of Oahu and the Hawaiian culture provides an amazing learning opportunity for you and your family. Take a day or two and explore the fantastic history that pervades this island paradise.
Looking to spend some time in Hawaii? Why not stay in style at Marriot’s Ko’Olina Beach Club? We have availability for July 2019. Contact me if you want to learn more about Oahu or our resorts.
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