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South O AHU SEE MAP 1 ON PAGE 58 LET’S PLAY Hit the beach, play in a regal park, go to the zoo, learn to surf and paddle a canoe off Waikiki Beach. The ideal place to begin a self-guided tour is with the King Kamehameha Statue ( 3 on Historic Honolulu Map on page 59). The original statue of Kamehameha the Great, so named as the first warrior to unite all the Hawaiian Islands, was temporarily lost at sea during its transport from Europe and now stands in front of the Kapaau Courthouse in North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii. The replica on King Street, in front of Aliiolani Hale, home of the Hawaii State Supreme Court ( 4 on Historic Hono lulu Map), is a favorite photographic attraction, especially in June, when the statue is draped with dozens of 30-foot leis on King Kamehameha Day, a state holiday. LET’S SHOP Add a touch of aloha to your life, shopping like a local at a farmers’ market or selecting a handmade treasure created by an Island artist. T Darrell Ishii here are Chinatowns in major cities all around the world, and here in Honolulu you’ll find one of the most fascinating. The financial and political center of the state, downtown Honolulu and its colorful Chinatown boast history, high-rises, a bustling harbor and some of the best Asian restaurants this side of Hong Kong. Dating back more than 150 years, to soon after the first migrant laborers arrived in the Islands from Southern China, Honolulu’s China- town is much more than a tourist attrac- tion. Providing invaluable services and products for Oahu’s Chinese community, as well as recent immigrants from Vietnam and all over Southeast Asia, Chinatown is the perfect place to spend a morning or an afternoon on a walking tour of historic Honolulu and its surrounding neighborhoods (see detail map on page 59). 22 OAHU DRIVE GUIDE January-April 2015 Darrell Grindstaff LET’S EAT An international array of foods can be found from Kaimuki and Waikiki to Honolulu and Chinatown. Visitors who decide to dedicate a minimum of time to this area should make it a point to snap a few photos of Iolani Palace ( 2 on Historic Honolulu Map), Amer ica’s only royal residence (except for the summer retreat of the Queen Emma Summer Palace and the vacation residence of Hulihee Palace in Kailua-Kona). Iolani Palace was built in 1882 by King David Kalakaua, and last occupied by Hawaiian royalty in 1893 by deposed Queen Liliuokalani. There is limited public parking near the palace grounds, and a short walking tour of the area can include a peek at the fascinating architecture of the Hawaii State Capitol ( 6 on Historic Hono lulu Map), located a short stroll mauka (toward the mountains) of the palace. In-depth tours of the palace interior