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Visit the Valley of the Temples

The chiseled KO‘OLAU MOUNTAINS, covered in a carpet of multi-textured green, form a fitting backdrop for the VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES MEMORIAL PARK. Located near Kane‘ohe, the park is dominated by a majestic BYODO-IN TEMPLE, a replica of the magnificent 900-year-old Byodo-In Temple of Equality in Japan. The O‘ahu replica was built in 1968 to… Continue »

Explore Queen Emma’s Palace

On your way to the Pali Lookout, you might want to stop for a quick tour of QUEEN EMMA’S SUMMER PALACE. It is an airy, colonnaded New England-style house of simple and practical design. Known as Hanai‘akamalama, the palace is named for a demigoddess who was a foster child of the moon. The house became… Continue »

Visit the State Capitol

In 1969, 10 years after Hawai‘i became the 50th U.S. state, dedication ceremonies were held for its first STATE CAPITOL BUILDING. The impressive structure rises out of the center of downtown Honolulu just a stone’s throw from ‘IOLANI PALACE, Hawai‘i’s first seat of government. The design and architecture of the capitol, which ascends approximately 100… Continue »

Visit Landmark Sites

The HAWAIIAN MISSION HOUSES HISTORIC SITE & ARCHIVES is the site of the oldest structures in Honolulu and serves as a link to an era of significant cultural change on the islands. Missionaries from New England began to arrive in 1820 with the goal of converting Native Hawaiians to Christianity, and they quickly began erecting… Continue »

Pause At A Cemetery For Heroes

The NATIONAL CEMETERY OF THE PACIFIC, also known as PUNCHBOWL, is the resting place of more than 25,000 people who served in one or more of three American wars. This 112-acre cemetery lies in the middle of an extinct volcano called PUOWAINA CRATER. (In Hawaiian, “puowaina” means “Consecrated Hill” or “Hill of Sacrifice.”) The cemetery… Continue »