50 Reasons to Love This City

Not to break out that tired phrase again, but we Honolulu residents really are lucky. It’s easy to take for granted how cool, how eclectic, how just plain great this city is, so we thought we’d take a few pages to list just a few of the reasons, both big and little, that we love this place.


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47.  Fireworks

Friday-night fireworks in Waikiki. (We pretend they’re for us, and not the tourists.)
 

48. Citizen Soldiers

We’re grateful to all of our military service members, but we have a special place in our hearts for Hawaii’s Army Reserve and National Guard—the ones who help protect us at home and put their lives on hold to serve abroad. About 1,700 of Hawaii’s citizen soldiers will deploy to Kuwait this and next month.
 

49. Little Museums

From Hawaii Plantation Village, which replicates the experience of plantation life in the Islands, to the USS Bowfin, which explores World War II submarine history, Honolulu has more than a dozen of these historic gems. For a list of all 92 museums in the state, visit www.hawaiimuseums.org.
 

50. Entertaining Mainland guests

Not for too long, of course, but showing the Sheboygan relatives around town gives us a chance to re-experience all the touristy, fun things we never have time for. Hiking Diamond Head, snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, eating at Duke’s—hey, we do live in paradise, don’t we?
 

  

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