CULTURAL & HISTORIC EXPERIENCES
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The culture and history of our beautiful island is all around us—in the places, the people, and the food of Oahu. Experience, celebrate, and explore Oahu’s rich culture along these tours and activities handpicked for our guests.
Once the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, Iolani Palace is a marvel of opulence, innovation, and political intrigue. Today it stands as a meticulously restored, National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu. Plan a visit to immerse yourself in a living restoration of Polynesia and Hawaii’s royal heritage.
Bishop Museum is home to the largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific cultural artifacts and natural history specimens in the world. Immerse yourself in Hawaii’s history and living culture, learn about Polynesian way-finding, and experience the thrill of an erupting volcano.
QUEEN EMMA’S SUMMER PALACE
Spend a day wandering through the former summer home of Queen Emma, King Kamehameha IV, and their son Prince Albert. The secluded, mountain home served as the royal family’s summer retreat from 1857 to 1885. Today, the palace is on the National Historic Registry and houses a collection of Queen Emma’s belongings, antiques, furnishings, and royal regalia.
ROYAL MAUSOLEUM STATE MONUMENT
The Royal Mausoleum State Monument, or Mauna ‘Ala, is the final resting place of Hawaiian royalty. It includes members of the Kamehameha and Kalakaua Dynasties, the two most prominent royal families.
PEARL HARBOR/ARIZONA MEMORIAL
The number one visitor destination in Hawaii, the USS Arizona Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. Experience the majestic setting where World War II began for the United States in 1941.
HAWAII’S PLANTATION VILLAGE
Travel back to the 1900s at Hawaii’s Plantation Village and explore a living, outdoor history museum and botanical garden. The museum features more than 25 authentic plantation homes on the former sugar plantation.
HAWAIIAN MISSION HOUSES
Take a unique glimpse in the 19th-century at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (HMH). HMH is home to three restored houses, two of which are the oldest in Hawaii, and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.