Honolulu is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Hawaii on the island of Oʻahu. The city is the main gateway to Hawaiʻi and a major portal into the United States. The city is also a major hub for international business and military defence. The city is characterised by a mix of various Asian, Western, and Pacific cultures, as reflected in its diverse demography, cuisine, and traditions.
Honolulu is a major financial centre of the islands and of the Pacific Ocean.
Honolulu is ranked high on world liveability rankings, and is the most populated Oceanian city outside Australasia and ranks second to Auckland as the most-populous city in Polynesia. Honolulu's favourable tropical climate, rich natural scenery, and extensive beaches makes it a popular global destination for tourists. As of May 2021, the city receives the bulk of visitors to Hawaii, between 7,000 and 11,000 daily.
The largest city and airport in the Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu acts as a natural gateway to the islands' large tourism industry, which brings millions of visitors and contributes $10 billion annually to the local economy. Honolulu's location in the Pacific also makes it a large business and trading hub, particularly between the East and the West. Other important aspects of the city's economy include military defence, research and development, and manufacturing.
Among the companies based in Honolulu are: Alexander & Baldwin • Bank of Hawaii • Central Pacific Bank • First Hawaiian Bank • Hawaii Medical Service Association • Hawaii Pacific Health • Hawaiian Electric Industries • Matson Navigation Company • The Queen's Health Systems.
Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air, and Aloha Air Cargo are headquartered in the city. Prior to its dissolution, Aloha Airlines was headquartered in the city. At one time Mid-Pacific Airlines had its headquarters on the property of Honolulu International Airport.
Since no US bank chains have any branches in Hawaiʻi, many visitors and new residents use different banks. First Hawaiian Bank is the largest and oldest bank in Hawaii and their headquarters are at the First Hawaiian Center, the tallest building in the State of Hawaiʻi.
Honolulu is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.
Honolulu is ranked #155 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Honolulu was ranked #85 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Honolulu has a population of over 345,064 people. Honolulu also forms part of the wider Honolulu metropolitan area which has a population of over 886,000 people. Honolulu is the #45 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 5.538 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.
Honolulu's sister cities are: • Baguio, Philippines, • Baku, Azerbaijan, • Bruyères, France, • Cali, Colombia, • Candon, Philippines, • Caracas, Venezuela, • Cebu City, Philippines, • Chengdu, China, • Chigasaki, Japan, • Fengxian (Shanghai), China, • Funchal, Portugal, • Haikou, China, • Noreña, Spain, • Hiroshima, Japan, • Huế, Vietnam, • Incheon, South Korea, • Kaohsiung, Taiwan • Kyzyl, Russia • Laoag, Philippines, • Majuro, Marshall Islands, • Mandaluyong, Philippines, • Manila, Philippines, • Mombasa, Kenya, • Mumbai, India, • Nagaoka, Japan, • Naha, Japan, • Qinhuangdao, China, • Rabat, Morocco, • San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA, • Seoul, South Korea, • Sintra, Portugal, • Uwajima, Japan, • Vigan, Philippines, • Zhangzhou, • Zhongshan, China,