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An exciting and vibrant island, Oahu is home to most of Hawaii’s residents. Beautiful Waikiki Beach on the south shore is Hawaii’s top visitor destination along with nearby Hanauma Bay, which is Hawaii’s most popular snorkeling spot. Honolulu is Hawaii’s state capitol and also the center of business and commerce, and the historic district downtown reflects Hawaii’s rich cultural past from Iolani Palace to Kawaiahao Church. Nearby is Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. Oahu also has a thriving culture and arts community with many music and theater venues, museums, fine restaurants and an abundance of nightly entertainment. On the north shore of Oahu are the legendary big-wave surfing spots of Waimea Bay and the Banzai Pipeline.