Most People Don’t Know The Fascinating Story Behind Hawaii’s Legendary Pink Hotel
Hawaii hotels are a dime a dozen these days, but this historic spot sure is special. In the heart of Oahu’s tourist district and among the hoards of luxury hotels and resorts, stands a picturesque pink landmark you surely can’t miss as you stroll down the famous Waikiki Beach. This is the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and, at more than 90 years old, it is still just as legendary — and just as pink — as when it first opened in 1927.
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The OIYS Visitor Center
May 11, 2020
What is the history of tourism in Hawaii?
Tourism in Hawaii began in the 1860s with travelers coming from across the world to visit Kilauea Volcano, one of the world’s premier destinations for adventure travelers. A grass structure known as the Volcano House was built on the rim of Halemaumau Crater in 1865: this was Hawaii’s first hotel. Since then, the tourism industry has exploded in Hawaii, but we love looking back at these 13 rare vintage photographs that showcase the islands’ tourism industry.
How many tourists visit Hawaii each year?
More than 10 million visitors came to Hawaii in 2019, which was an increase of 5.4 percent as compared to 2018. On average, there were approximately 249,000 visitors in the Aloha State on any given day in 2019. These visitors spent approximately 17.75 billion dollars, making it obvious that tourism is the largest industry in Hawaii.
What are the most popular tourist destinations in Hawaii?
With breathtaking beaches in a variety of colors, lush greenery, towering mountains, and plenty of natural wonders, the Aloha State is home to some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Some of the most popular must-visit spots are Hawaii Island’s Mauna Kea, Kauai’s Na Pali Coast, Maui’s Road to Hana, and Oahu’s Hanauma Bay. Discover more can’t-miss tourist destinations in our previous article, “These Are The Top Three Things You Need To Do On Each Hawaiian Island.”
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
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