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Honolulu: Haunted Walking Tour

1. Honolulu: Haunted Walking Tour

Experience the darker side of Honolulu – if you dare. On this walking tour of the historic downtown area, your guide will take you to the most haunted sites on the island. Explore the history of each location and hear creepy legends of encounters with ghosts. Learn the tale of a postal worker who still reports for his shift from beyond the grave. Hear about an encounter with the legendary Night Marchers, and other well-researched stories. Discover the dark history of this island paradise on a chilling guided tour.

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

2. 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 and Honolulu City Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

Honolulu Heritage: A Walk Through History

5. Honolulu Heritage: A Walk Through History

Embark on “Honolulu Heritage: A Walk Through History” to discover the rich cultural tapestry and historical landmarks of Honolulu. Begin your journey at the Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on US soil, a symbol of Hawaiian monarchy and national identity. Continue to the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, where you’ll delve into the lives of early missionaries and their impact on Hawaiian culture. Visit Kawaiahaʻo Church School, often referred to as the “Westminster Abbey of Hawaii,” a site of great historical and cultural significance. Conclude your tour at 417 S King St, a location that offers a unique aspect of Honolulu’s historical landscape. This walking tour provides a deep appreciation for Honolulu’s past, from its royal heritage to its missionary influences.

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

6. 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!

Downtown Honolulu Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

7. Downtown Honolulu Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour begins outside the Aloha Tower Marketplace, where many cruise ships dock. From there, you’ll head through Hawaii Pacific University toward downtown Honolulu. Along the way, you’ll get acquainted with the Kingdom of Hawaii and the threats it faced from without and within. Unearth a world of backroom bargains and scheming traitors as you make your way to Aliʻiolani Hale, one of the city’s most breathtaking landmarks. Next, pay your respects to King Kamehameha, the great unifier, before heading to Kawaiahaʻo Church to see a different side of Hawaiian history. Stroll past the awe-inspiring Honolulu City Hall next, then stop by the thought-provoking Sky Gate sculpture. Continuing on, you’ll hear all about the Honolulu Rifles and the Bayonet Constitution, when the Hawaiian monarchy really started losing ground. Next, you’ll get the story of Queen Liliʻuokalani, Hawaii’s first sovereign queen, last monarch, and fiercest champion. As you explore downtown, you’ll relive the events which led to the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Then pay a visit to Iolani Palace and find out what happened after the queen was deposed. At last, you’ll reach a statue of the queen just outside the Hawaii State Capitol. Your tour concludes here.

Honolulu In-App Audio Tour: Historical & Cultural Treasures

8. Honolulu In-App Audio Tour: Historical & Cultural Treasures

Embark on a captivating exploration of Honolulu's historical and architectural gems in the central part of Hawaii's main city with this in-app audio tour. Delve into the city's, nation's, and Hawaiian royalty's rich history at your own pace. Commence your journey near the iconic Aloha Tower by the ocean, a symbolic reminder to greet with "Aloha" Experience the maritime history with a 150-year-old ship, pondering its remarkable journey. Discover the royal legacy of Hawaii as you encounter the King David Kalakaua Building, learning about his pre-royal profession. Pass by his meticulously restored home, Iolani Palace, and encounter the statue of the first king of Hawaii at Aliiolani Hale. Visit a fascinating church crafted from coral rocks, standing since the 1840s. Explore the site where the initial copies of the Hawaiian Bible were printed and pause at the Hawaii State Capitol, a structure rich in architecture and history. Immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of the islands at the Hawaii State Art Museum, featuring hundreds of artworks that offer a deeper understanding of Hawaii's essence. Conclude your journey in Chinatown, where the interplay between Hawaiian and Chinese cultures unfolds, providing a fascinating connection between the two. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: [join the tour whenever you want and] explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

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(275 reviews)

It covered all genres of ghost stories which kept me captivated the entire 90 minutes! So much history and tragedy has occurred on the island, and it only makes sense that the paranormal would be present! Our guide was fantastic! I wish I had more cash so I could have tipped her better! I would do this same tour again if given the chance!

Such an informative and chilling tour!! I truly had goosebumps during some of the tales. Maggie was such a well-spoken, kind, and knowledgeable guide. We added the additional stops onto the basic tour and it was SO worth it! My only regret is not adding on the EMF sensor! Highly recommend!!

Very friendly driver. He had a lot of knowledge and talked a lot about Pearl Harbor and Honolulu. The time spent at Pearl Harbor was entirely appropriate. The bus was clean and in good condition.

It was very nice and informative. Had enough time to explore everything.

The city tour was great and pearl harbor was a trip back in history.