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Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu

Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu

Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oahu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

1. Oahu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

Spend the day visiting the most important historical sites and landmarks of Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu City Hall, and more. Begin your tour with a visit to Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Enjoy the exhibits, galleries, and displays before boarding a Navy boat shuttle for a tour of the harbor along “Battleship Row.” Step off the boat to explore the USS Arizona Memorial, then continue to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater. See the historical landmark against a backdrop of rolling hills and lush foliage. Wrap up your experience with a narrated tour of downtown Honolulu. Spot the impressive state buildings and learn about the Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch and the only royal palace in the United States. Make your way to the Hawaii State Capitol grounds. See the Eternal Flame, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, Liberty Bell, the majestic statue of King Kamehameha, and Kawaiahao Church.

Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Honolulu City Tour

2. Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Honolulu City Tour

Hear fascinating stories on this tour of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu. Witness the key sites and memorials to the 1941 attack, and experience the island's wartime history. Begin this tour with pickup in Waikiki. Travel first to Pearl Harbor and ride the navy launch to the USS Arizona Memorial. Visit the sombre monument above a sunken battleship from the day of the attack. Explore the memorials to the many groups who lost their lives, and pause to reflect at the wall of remembrance. Return to your waiting van for a historic tour of downtown Honolulu. Your expert guide will explain what it was like to live on the island during wartime. See sights including Iolani Palace, the State Capitol, King Kamehameha Statue and Aloha Tower as you learn about the fascinating history of this historic place.

Pearl Harbor: USS Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri

3. Pearl Harbor: USS Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri

Visit Pearl Harbor and discover what really happened on that fateful day in 1941. Benefit from guaranteed access to the USS Arizona Memorial and board the Battleship Missouri on Ford Island. Start with a convenient pickup from Waikiki and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle to reach Pearl Harbor. Once there, your guide will escort you into the Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center and give you specific instructions on how to make the best of your visit. Explore the visitor center and the accompanying “Road to War” and “Attack” exhibit galleries that display pictures and recovered items from the events which transpired at Pearl Harbor and WWII. Then, watch a short film explaining the fateful day and its significance. Followed by a boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place of the ship's 1,177 crewmen. Take a short break for lunch and grab some refreshments from the snack shop or food truck, then set out to discover the USS Battleship Missouri. Visit the battleship lovingly known as "Mighty Mo". After fighting in the last year of the war with Japan, Mighty Mo served as the location where Japan would sign the official surrender documents. It also offers a glimpse into what life at sea was like aboard a battleship. On the way back to Waikiki, enjoy a quick drive through the city to check out the National Cemetery of the Pacific and Historic Honolulu City.

Waikiki: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, & Honolulu Tour

4. Waikiki: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, & Honolulu Tour

A trip to Hawaii isn’t complete without a visit to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial Center and the USS Arizona Memorial, let us take you there! With us you’ll: - Get picked up in Waikiki between 7:00am-7:30am - Get a briefing of the facilities prior to entrance - Watch a 23-minute documentary on the Attack at Pearl Harbor - View the exhibits galleries “Road to War” and “Attack” - Shop at the National Park Gift Shop. - Skip long wait lines for the USS Arizona Memorial* - Take an informative tour of Downtown Honolulu and Hawaii's political hub - See the following sites: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the State Capital, Washington Palace, Iolani Palace, and the King Kamehameha Statue. - Have a delicious lunch, don't forget to add it on! *Tickets to the USS Arizona are guaranteed for our tour. Boats however, are controlled by the US Navy and may be canceled due to poor weather or other safety concerns. Tour operator has no control of boat departures, no refunds will be offered for cancelled boats.

Oahu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Highlights Tour

5. Oahu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Highlights Tour

Visit the Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, and Honolulu's historic district. This tour will transport you to the morning of December 7, 1941, giving you insight into the moment that thrust America into World War II. Start with a pickup from your hotel and travel by bus to the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Visitor Center. Afterward, browse through the historic artifacts on display. Ride the Navy launch across Pearl Harbor to board the Arizona Memorial, which marks the resting place of soldiers killed in the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Your journey continues with a visit to the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific. You will also drive through the Courts of the Missing, a memorial that commemorates those missing in action from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The conclusion of your tour provides a relaxing drive through Honolulu's historic district including Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil, Kawaiahao Church, the State Library and Archives, the statue of King Kamehameha, Honolulu Hale, and the Mission Houses Museum. This wonderful Oahu tour to Pearl Harbor is an exciting and dynamic immersion into World War II history. See important landmarks and memorials, as well as other historically significant sites on land and sea excursions.

Oahu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, & Honolulu Tour

6. Oahu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, & Honolulu Tour

Experience the legacy of Pearl Harbor with a guided tour in Honolulu. Enter Pearl Harbor to explore the Battleship Missouri and listen to an audio-guided tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. Pass by iconic sites in Honolulu including the King Kamehameha Statue and City Hall. Be picked up from a select number of locations in Honolulu and spend the day exploring a part of US history in Honolulu. See Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona, Battleship Missouri, and Honolulu. Arrive at Pearl Harbor and be transported back in time with an audio guide tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. See footage and memorabilia from the attack on Pearl Harbor as you admire the final resting place of the sunken ship. See Mighty Mo, the Battleship Missouri, up close, and walk the decks while you listen to its storied history from your guide. Visit the Battleship Missouri, also known as Mighty Mo, and walk the decks of the battleship. Learn about the history of the ship and its role in ending WWII. From Pearl Harbor, head to Honolulu. Pass Hawaii icons like the King Kamehameha Statue, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Punchbowl, the Hawaii State Capitol, City Hall, and Kawaiahao Church.

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial and City Tour

7. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial and City Tour

Quick Facts Tickets Included: USS Arizona Tickets Included (Please Call Daniels Hawaii to confirm) Group Size: Small Group Tour 4 - 14 Duration: ~5-6 Hours Time at Pearl Harbor: 3 Hours Start: Coordinated Start Time ~630am-1030am (DanielsHawaii will contact you with your exact Start Time) End: Depend on Start Time Stops: ~ 5 Spots: more than 10 Pick up & Drop Off: Free at Waikiki Hotel, $50 Surcharge for Airport & Harbor Tour Overview (*denotes stops) Pearl Harbor Visitors Center* - Guided Tour to/from the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center USS Arizona Memorial* - Resting place of 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives during the attack Honolulu Harbor - Hawaii's lifeline Aloha Tower* - The Statue of Liberty of Hawaii I'olani Palace* - Only Royal Palace in the US with a rich history Queen Liliuokalani Statue* - Last Queen of all of Hawaii before the overthrow by the Americans Hawaii State Capitol* - Official statehouse of Hawaii Eternal Flame* - Always remember the fallen soldiers of Pearl Harbor King Kamehameha Statue* - First King of all of Hawaii and famous spot of Hawaii Five-0 TV Show Downtown Honolulu - Drive through the most important business district of Hawaii Kaka'ako - Where a one bedroom apt. starts at $800,000 Ala Moana Shopping Mall - Biggest Outdoor Shopping Mall in the USA Waikiki Drop Off* - Back at your Hotel in Waikiki Explore Pearl Harbor National Park, visit the USS Arizona Memorial, learn about Hawaiian history, and stroll through downtown Honolulu on this guided tour. Discover the only palace in the United States. See the headquarters for the TV show, Hawaii Five-0, and the famous King Kamehameha Statue. After pickup from your hotel, head to the Pearl Harbor Historic Site. Watch a short video about the attack on Pearl Harbor, explaining what happened prior to and during the attack in December 1941. Walk through the Hawaiian capital, learn about Father Damian, and spot the Eternal Flame. After three hours at Pearl Harbor, drive into downtown Honolulu. See Hawaii's business district and the Iolani Palace. Stop at the Ali'iolani Hale, also known as the headquarters for the Hawaii Five-0 TV show. Learn about the Hawaiian kings and queens and how Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. See the Hawaii Supreme Court Building, famous for its statue of King Kamehameha I and for being featured in Hawaii Five-0, before being dropped off back at your hotel in Waikiki.

Oahu: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

8. Oahu: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

This tour offers the complete Pearl Harbor Visitor Center experience and also includes a historic Honolulu tour. On the tour visit Chinatown, ’Iolani Palace, Washington Place, and the State Capitol Building. Make a stop for a photo opportunity at the popular statue of King Kamehameha, the king of the Hawaiian Islands. Afterward, the tour continues to the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater. Your tour guide will share special insider knowledge about living in Hawaii and Hawaiian history, along the way.

Oahu: Historic Honolulu Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

9. Oahu: Historic Honolulu Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Embark on a self-guided tour through the Hawaii Capital Historic District. Stroll past historical and modern landmarks while listening to the audio guide on your smartphone as we lead you on a journey through the capital city of Hawaii with the rich history and culture that defines this amazing place. Marvel at Ali'iolani Hale, home to Hawaii’s Supreme Court and the awe inspiring Hawaii Public Library. Take in the beauty of the Iolani Palace, once the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs and the only royal palace located in the United States. Appreciate Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, a magnificent place of worship and the Emma Square named for Queen Emma and James and Abigail Campbell. Learn about the Frank F Fasi Building, the origin of the Nagasaki Peace Bell and the Hawaii State Art Museum, dedicated to showcasing the art and culture of Hawaii. Hear the interesting stories behind the Sky Gate, Seagull Schools, the unique custom of Kapu Law and Father Damien and the Eternal Flame. Delight in the ancient folklore of Hawaii’s fabled "little-people" the Menehune. Learn the long history of Hawaii through the statues of King Kamehameha, Patsy Takemoto-Mink and her meaning to Hawaiians. You’ll hear about the inspiring Queen Lili’uokalani and her dedication to the people of Hawaii as well as the interesting history behind the regal manor called Washington Place. Explore the architecture in the Kana’ina Building, the impressive features of the Honolulu Hale and the Kawaiahao Church with its unusual building material and royal tomb. Visit the Hawaiian Mission Houses, among the oldest Western style houses on the islands, along with the Waianae sandstone Honolulu Police Station. Check out an example of early 20th century architecture in Honolulu at the Kuma Kahua Theatre. Stroll past the historic and cultural landmarks of the Queen’s Conference Center, the Queen’s Medical Center and the Boughaus designed Hawaii State Capitol Building. Take a break in the pedestrian-only Fort Street Mall and then check out the lavish style of the once famous “Pride of the Pacific”, now the Hawaii Theatre.

Hawaii‘s Historic Kingdom: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Hawaii‘s Historic Kingdom: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Unlock the storied heart of Hawaii‘s capital, Honolulu on this walking tour through its Downtown and Chinatown districts. We‘ll dive into the city‘s rich cultural heritage and learn about missionaries, diverse religions, and the way it fits into the wider world. We‘ll also explore the city‘s glitzy side by seeing iconic film and television locations, such as the headquarters of Queens Hospital and the Honolulu Police Department, which both feature in the popular television series, Hawaii Five-0. You’ll see the statue of Elvis Presley on Ward Avenue, where classic film or rock and roll buffs will enjoy hearing about his performances in Hawaii. Your guide on this adventure is Kapena, a local guide who was born and raised in Oahu. Our tour starts at the King Kamehameha Statue where you‘ll learn about some of his royal descendants’ international achievements. From there, you‘ll walk through Hawaii‘s oldest city park, Thomas Square Park. You‘ll swing through Chinatown, one of America‘s most historic, where you‘ll pass the beloved Hawaii Theatre and find out how it survived constant threats of demolition over the last 100-odd years. As you walk through the Aloha Tower Marketplace, you‘ll hear about how it was the tallest building in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked. From the start of this Honolulu tour to its end in front of the Queen Lili‘uokalani Statue by Iolani Palace, you‘ll learn all about the Hawaiian Kingdom. On this tour, you‘ll also have the opportunity to: • Hear about some of the businessmen who overthrew the Hawaiian Government • vVisit Smith‘s Union Bar, a classic navy watering hole which is the oldest in the state • Learn about the Hawaii State Capitol, one of 11 state capitol buildings without a prominent dome shape • See locations from Hawaii Five-0, both the original and the reboot • Find out what Chinatown was like during the Second World War • Visit the Honolulu Museum of Art • Order award-winning Vietnamese food at the Pig and the Lady in Chinatown This 3.5-mile tour will take at least an hour and a half to complete. However, you‘ll want to budget a minimum of two hours from start to finish to get the most out of your time, including a drink or some food in Chinatown. If you want to visit the Mission Houses, Honolulu Museum of Art, or Iolani Palace, you‘ll probably want to factor in another two hours. We‘ve also built several shortcuts into the tour, so you can break it into sections, or sneak it in between other excursions. Don’ʻt forget about the free and fun scavenger hunts and quizzes that accompany every tour. There are Easy(ish) 10 Question versions and Hard(er) 25 Question extras to enjoy. Now you donʻt have to worry about pulling the kids off their phones to enjoy the day!

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4.4 / 5

based on 772 reviews

Our guide Arthur was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. We had enough time to explore Pearl Harbor but would have liked to have more time to explore the USS Missouri since it is such a historic and massive ship. It was a really good comprehensive tour of the major historic landmarks. I would recommend this to those interested in an in depth overview of Pearl Harbor.

It was a really good and informative day. Our driver, Art, was very well informed. We had plenty of time to see all aspects of the tour and as indicated, Art’s insights added real value.

Georgia was a great host, very informative and you can tell she has a real passion for what she’s does and her culture. The tour was well run from start to finish.

I need ADA assistance and we were very well cared for.

Art was a great tour guide! Fun and knowledgeable!