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Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Honolulu is the capital and largest city of Hawaii. It is located on the southeast coast of the island of Oahu, and is considered to be the most remote major city in the world. The closest point on the US is the Point Arena Lighthouse in California, about 2,045 nautical miles (3,787 km) away. Honolulu's name derives from the native words meaning "sheltered harbour". Archaeological evidence shows that Polynesian migrants first settled here in the 11th century. Although Captain Cook noted this island during his voyage in 1778, the first European to sail into Honolulu Harbour was Captain William Brown of Great Britain in 1794. Soon, the port of Honolulu became a focal point for merchant ships trading between North America and Asia. Hawaii has been subject to strong pressures from many forces, including American missionaries, who arrived in 1820, and opportunistic whalers. These whalers played an important role in the development of Honolulu by bringing trade, commerce, and prosperity that led to expansion into the sugar and pineapple industries. The Honolulu area was bombed by Japan in a surprise attack on the unprepared U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii