Set on the south shore of the island of Oahu, and framed by the towering Diamond Head volcano, the bustling metropolis of Honolulu is both the capital and the largest city of the beautiful state of Hawaii. This historic city serves as a commercial centre, a transport hub, an entertainment hot spot, and a convenient gateway to the surrounding islands. Honolulu is centred around the vibrant Waikiki neighborhood which features the best of the city’s fine dining, nightlife and shopping. It here that visitors will find the iconic crescent-shaped Waikiki Beach, lined with palm-trees and numerous luxury high-rise hotels. Other popular attractions include the impressive Iolani Palace, the former residence of the Hawaiian monarchy; the fascinating Bishop Museum, which focuses on the state’s intriguing history; and the Honolulu Museum of Art featuring masterpieces by the likes of Picasso, Monet and Modigliani.