Like all other surrounding areas the island of Honolulu was inhabited first by the Polynesians. This inhabitation happened in the olden days however an exact date and time line cannot be traced back by the current evidence on the basis of the findings of researchers and historians. The original Polynesian migrants were the first to set foot in Honolulu and these mark the beginning of civilization on the archipelago.
Word of mouth as well as some artifacts suggest that the inhabitation of Honolulu by the migrants occurred as early as the 12 century and the site is the same as the present day settlement of Honolulu. The area however was not of significance to royalty until years later.
The islands of Hawaii were one after the other conquered by Kamehameha who established a dynasty on the big as well as small islands of Hawaii. Before the mission of Kamehameha began the areas were divided on the basis of tribes and these tribes fought with each other for power and survival.
After Kamehameha had conquered the island of Oahu in the battle of Nuuanu at the site of Nuuanu Pali he formed his court to the area called Waikiki which was a small neighborhood on the island of Oahu.
Later his court was relocated and the new center of all his strategic endeavors was the area which is today the downtown Honolulu of the Hawaiian state of the United States of America.
The first foreigner who sailed to the present day site of the Honolulu Harbor was England's William Brown and he made this journey in the year 1974.
Later the place started developing with the insurgence of more ships and Honolulu Harbor became a commonplace of merchant ships traveling between the continents of Asia and North America. The relocation of the capital city led to profound progress of the Honolulu Island under the reign of Kamehameha the third and it was transformed to a modern capital and there was rapid structural progress in the area. The most famous buildings of all times erected in Honolulu during that era are the Iolani Palace, St. Andrew's Cathedral iolani Hale.