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Honolulu is a relatively small city housing approximately 10, 00,000 people. Residents are primarily of Asian American descent, as previous generations of people moved to the islands from Vietnam, Philippines, and Japan as well. This diversity also exists in the cuisine of Hawaii. One can indulge in Asian dishes from the authentic Japanese dish called sushi, which is a combination of rice and raw fish wrapped in an intricate seaweed paper to pho, which is a noodle soup broth served primarily with beef or chicken at Vietnamese restaurants. Local eateries hold some of the best Hawaiian dishes from the crispy chicken katsu to kalua pork, which is pork cooked in an underground oven, commonly served in luau feasts. Of course one can’t forget the ubiquitous spam musubis, made out of pork bits. Saimin, the Japanese inspired noodle soup, is yet another light snack to indulge in. For those with a sweet tooth, biting into the fluffy, sugar-coated malasadas, or Portuguese egg-sized balls of yeast, keep you wanting for more. Another popular cool

snack along the beach side is shave ice, an icy dessert made literally out of shaved ice. Available in multiple flavours and toppings, such as mochi balls, it is perfect relief on a hot summer day. Because the weather remains tropical in Hawaii most of the time, beaches are the best places to go. Waikiki Beach is a popular destination for many, with the cool winds blowing gently, as the waves caress the shores. For mood music, tourists can enjoy a live hula performance right there on the beachside. Local boutiques, surf shops, and restaurants line up along the Waikiki strip, as spectacular fireworks light up the skies every evening. Although the Waikiki strip is the most popular spot for relaxation, there are many other “nature-esque” places. If trudging through the hills sounds like fun, tourists can take up the challenge of hiking up the Diamond Head trail, or the far more difficult Koko Crater Trail Hike. Not only do you get a workout, but you also get some spectacular views for pleasure. Lookout points such as Tantalus and Nuuanu Pali

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(ABOVE) A man blows a conch shell. Image: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson (RIGHT) Kii of Hale O Keawe Heiau. Image: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

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