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[hon-uh-loo-loo] /ˌhɒn əˈlu lu/
a seaport in and the capital of Hawaii, on S Oahu.


or Hawai'i

[huh-wahy-ee, -wah-, -wah-yuh, hah-vah-ee] /həˈwaɪ i, -ˈwɑ-, -ˈwɑ yə, hɑˈvɑ i/
a state of the United States comprising the N Pacific islands of Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, and Oahu: a U.S. territory 1900–59; admitted to the Union 1959. 6424 sq. mi. (16,715 sq. km).
Capital: Honolulu.
Abbreviation: HI (for use with zip code), Haw.
the largest island of Hawaii, in the SE part. 4021 sq. mi. (10,415 sq. km). Unabridged
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  • On reaching the island of Waihou, Freycinet dropped anchor off Honolulu.

  • When the cruiser "Honolulu" made its trial run in the spring of 1938, Boldt was on board.

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
  • Alix had been ill, and she and Peter had been away--a few brief weeks--to Honolulu and return.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • Nuuanu (Nu'u--nu) a valley back of Honolulu that leads to the "Pali."

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • Since we were then headed due south, he added, we must be bound for Honolulu.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
British Dictionary definitions for Honolulu


a port in Hawaii, on S Oahu island: the state capital. Pop: 380 149 (2003 est)


a state of the US in the central Pacific, consisting of over 20 volcanic islands and atolls, including Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and Molokai: discovered by Captain Cook in 1778; annexed by the US in 1898; naval base at Pearl Harbor attacked by the Japanese in 1941, a major cause of US entry into World War II; became a state in 1959. Capital: Honolulu. Pop: 1 257 608 (2003 est). Area: 16 640 sq km (6425 sq miles) Former name Sandwich Islands Abbreviation Ha, (with zip code) HI
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Word Origin and History for Honolulu

chief city of Hawaii, from Hawaiian hono "port" + lulu "calm."


from Hawaiian Hawai'i, from Proto-Polynesian *hawaiki. Said to mean "Place of the Gods" and be a reference to Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. See also sandwich. Related: Hawaiian (1825). First record of Hawaiian shirt is from 1955.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Honolulu in Culture

Honolulu definition

Capital of Hawaii and largest city in the state, located on the island of Oahu.

Hawaii definition

State located in the Pacific Ocean southwest of the mainland United States; consists mainly of a chain of eight islands, including Hawaii, the largest, and Oahu, location of Honolulu, the state's capital and largest city.

Note: Fiftieth state, admitted in 1959.
Note: Location of Pearl Harbor.
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