Nicknamed Crossroads of the Pacific and the Big Pineapple, Honolulu is the state capital for Hawaii and is America’s 12th-most highly populated state capital city. Geographically, Honolulu is unique because it is America’s westernmost state capital and the only U.S. capital city south of Miami.
Guinness World Records points to Honolulu’s Wheeler Field as being the historic departure point for American female pilot Amelia Earhart who made the first successful solo flight to Oakland Airport in California on January 11, 1935. Earhart’s pioneering flight lasted 18 hours and covered a distance of 2,400 miles (3,862.4 kilometers).
A more recent Guinness record involving Honolulu happened when 92-year-old American Gladys Burrill completed the Honolulu Marathon on December 12, 2010 in roughly 9 hours and 53 minutes. Burrill became the oldest female to complete a legitimate marathon race.
Honolulu serves as headquarters for many large organizations and employers. Examples include: bank holding company First Hawaiian, Inc; electricity supplier Hawaiian Electric Industries; shipping services provider Matson, Inc; and non-profit health insurer Hawaii Medical Service Association.
Hawaii shipped U$1.239 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Hawaiian exports are helicopters, miscellaneous aircraft parts, petroleum oils, aromatic hydrocarbon mixtures, miscellaneous military equipment, civilian aircraft and scrap iron according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Honolulu was 2.6% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Honolulu, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Aloha Stadium, Battleship Missouri Memorial, Fort Shafter, Iolani Palace, Mendonca Building, Old Police Station Building, Shangri La and Yokohama Specie Bank Building
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Honolulu, United States:
- Bruno Mars, pop singer (born Oct. 8, 1985)
- Nicole Kidman, Academy Award-winning actress (born Jun. 20, 1967)
- Barack Obama, former U.S. president (born Aug. 4, 1961)
- Bette Midler, pop singer (born Dec. 1, 1945)
- Michelle Wie, professional golfer (born Oct. 11, 1989)
- Tia Carrere, actress (born Jan. 2, 1967)
- Steve Case, America Online co-founder & CEO (born Aug. 21, 1958)
- Ron Darling, professional MLB all-star pitcher (born Aug. 19, 1960)
- Kelly Preston, actress & former model (born Oct. 13, 1962)
- Duke Kahanamoku, Olympic swimming gold medalist & surfing pioneer (born Aug. 24, 1890)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Honolulu resident: Honolulan
Population: 352,000 (Honolulu city limits)
Density: 5,818 people per square mile (2,246 per square kilometer)
Population: 992,605 (Honolulu metropolitan area/Oahu)
Density: 1,663 people per square mile (642 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$61.072 billion as of March 2015 (Honolulu metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $61,527
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Honolulu: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 27, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 27, 2017
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Hawaii Business Magazine, Hawaii’s Top 250 2016. Accessed on May 27, 2017
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Official Government Website, City of Honolulu official website. Accessed on May 27, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 27, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 27, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 27, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 27, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Honolulu city flag. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Hawaii. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Honolulu. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Oahu. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Within city limits, Honolulu occupies 60.5 square miles (156.7 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 352,000 Honolulans in 2015.
Encompassing Oahu island, the Honolulu metropolitan area has a land area of 596.7 square miles (1,545 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 992,605 inhabitants.
At the city level, Honolulu’s population density is 5,818 residents per square mile (2,246 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Honolulu metropolitan area with an average 1,663 inhabitants per square mile (642 per square kilometer).
Honolulans celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.