Honolulu, Hawaii

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February 26, 2009
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  In the shadow of Waikiki’s high-rises, a twilight soccer game unfolds at the Ala Wai Neighborhood Park. The now-polluted Ala Wai Canal was created in the 1920s to drain the swampland that would become Waikiki.
    In the shadow of Waikiki’s high-rises, a twilight soccer game unfolds at the Ala Wai Neighborhood Park. The now-polluted Ala Wai Canal was created in the 1920s to drain the swampland that would become Waikiki.
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  A bowl of saimin and skewers of chicken satay at Palace Saimin are a tribute to Hawaii’s multiculturalism.
    A bowl of saimin and skewers of chicken satay at Palace Saimin are a tribute to Hawaii’s multiculturalism.
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  The senate chambers in the State Capitol Building were inspired by the volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian chain
    The senate chambers in the State Capitol Building were inspired by the volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian chain
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  Surfers await the perfect wave off Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii’s biggest tourist destination since the 1960s.
    Surfers await the perfect wave off Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii’s biggest tourist destination since the 1960s.
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  A crane-dotted night sky over Waikiki’s condos and hotels attests to the city’s recent building boom, as developers rush to accommodate the area’s teeming 4.5 million visitors per year.
    A crane-dotted night sky over Waikiki’s condos and hotels attests to the city’s recent building boom, as developers rush to accommodate the area’s teeming 4.5 million visitors per year.
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  Hidden in a courtyard at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Joanna Lau Sullivan Chinese Garden is a tranquil retreat, with its lion-head fountain and fish pond.
    Hidden in a courtyard at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Joanna Lau Sullivan Chinese Garden is a tranquil retreat, with its lion-head fountain and fish pond.
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  When Vladimir Ossipoff’s six-story Hawaiian Life Insurance Building was built in 1951, it was Hawaii’s tallest building. The aluminum fins, originally a pale blue-green but painted in rainbow shades in the ’60s, were designed to reduce sun glare.
    When Vladimir Ossipoff’s six-story Hawaiian Life Insurance Building was built in 1951, it was Hawaii’s tallest building. The aluminum fins, originally a pale blue-green but painted in rainbow shades in the ’60s, were designed to reduce sun glare.
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  Chinatown’s Hotel Street is the city’s new epicenter for nightlife.
    Chinatown’s Hotel Street is the city’s new epicenter for nightlife.
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  Honolulu IBM BuildingVladimir Ossipoff’s iconic IBM Building, with its graphic concrete sunshade cladding, is sited in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Honolulu IBM Building

    Vladimir Ossipoff’s iconic IBM Building, with its graphic concrete sunshade cladding, is sited in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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  The meditation gardens at the Contemporary Museum in Makaha are laced with winding paths and unexpected views.
    The meditation gardens at the Contemporary Museum in Makaha are laced with winding paths and unexpected views.
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  The humpbacked Diamond Head looms behind Waikiki Beach.
    The humpbacked Diamond Head looms behind Waikiki Beach.
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  Built in 1969, the Hawaii State Capitol is rich in symbolism: The columns recall native coconut palms and refer to the eight major Hawaiian islands.
    Built in 1969, the Hawaii State Capitol is rich in symbolism: The columns recall native coconut palms and refer to the eight major Hawaiian islands.
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  A woman strings kukui nuts and mock orange leaves at Jenny’s Lei Shop in Chinatown.
    A woman strings kukui nuts and mock orange leaves at Jenny’s Lei Shop in Chinatown.
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  Men hang out on the street in Chinatown’s market area.
    Men hang out on the street in Chinatown’s market area.
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  Widely considered Ossipoff’s best religious building, the intimate Thurston Memorial Chapel at the Puna-hou School has native koa wood pews and is built partially over a pond.
    Widely considered Ossipoff’s best religious building, the intimate Thurston Memorial Chapel at the Puna-hou School has native koa wood pews and is built partially over a pond.
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  At Moanalua Gardens, visitors gape at the giant monkeypod tree, famous in Japan for starring in Hitachi ads.
    At Moanalua Gardens, visitors gape at the giant monkeypod tree, famous in Japan for starring in Hitachi ads.
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