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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The humpbacked Diamond Head looms behind Waikiki Beach.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The humpbacked Diamond Head looms behind Waikiki Beach.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Chinatown’s Hotel Street is the city’s new epicenter for nightlife.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Chinatown’s Hotel Street is the city’s new epicenter for nightlife.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The meditation gardens at the Contemporary Museum in Makaha are laced with winding paths and unexpected views.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The meditation gardens at the Contemporary Museum in Makaha are laced with winding paths and unexpected views.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  At Moanalua Gardens, visitors gape at the giant monkeypod tree, famous in Japan for starring in Hitachi ads.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    At Moanalua Gardens, visitors gape at the giant monkeypod tree, famous in Japan for starring in Hitachi ads.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The senate chambers in the State Capitol Building were inspired by the volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian chain  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The senate chambers in the State Capitol Building were inspired by the volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian chain

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  A bowl of saimin and skewers of chicken satay at Palace Saimin are a tribute to Hawaii’s multiculturalism.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    A bowl of saimin and skewers of chicken satay at Palace Saimin are a tribute to Hawaii’s multiculturalism.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  A woman strings kukui nuts and mock orange leaves at Jenny’s Lei Shop in Chinatown.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    A woman strings kukui nuts and mock orange leaves at Jenny’s Lei Shop in Chinatown.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Surfers await the perfect wave off Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii’s biggest tourist destination since the 1960s.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Surfers await the perfect wave off Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii’s biggest tourist destination since the 1960s.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Men hang out on the street in Chinatown’s market area.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Men hang out on the street in Chinatown’s market area.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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