Photo Courtesy of Kyle Johnson
Colonized by Polynesians and long a gathering place for visitors from Asia, the South Pacific, and North America, Hawaii has a culture that both reflects these influences and the archipelago's geographic isolation—some of the shops in Honolulu’s Chinatown date to the 19th century. The ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu—where Hawaii’s last royal family lived and ruled—should be the first stop for anyone interested in the islands' heritage. Also in Honolulu is the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, whose cultural artifacts range from ancient weapons to the feathered cloak of King Kamehameha the Great. To this day, the islands’ cultures are united by the uniquely Hawaiian spirit of aloha.