A Little Bit of HistorySee all 101 Things To Do on O‘ahu!

See an Old Plantation Village

Hawai‘i has a complex past many visitors don’t learn about on the beach. The most diverse state in the U.S., the islands have a LONG PLANTATION HISTORY that contributes to the rich cultural character—and controversy—of the land. Soon after Western missionaries arrived from the mainland to convert Native Hawaiians, they discovered the land’s potential to… Continue »

Visit the Pacific’s Premier Museum

For more than a century, BISHOP MUSEUM has been the keeper of Hawai‘i’s vast store of natural and cultural history. Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawai‘i and boasts the world’s largest collection of Polynesian artifacts. Charles Reed Bishop built the sprawling museum at 1525 Bernice St. in Honolulu in honor of… Continue »

Pause At A Cemetery For Heroes

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 pays… Continue »

Learn About an Aviation Pioneer

Seeing as Hawai‘i is a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it follows that it would be greatly affected by the advent of aviation. Legendary aviator AMELIA EARHART made two trips to Hawai‘i that are now immortalized in an intriguing exhibit at PEARL HARBOR AVIATION MUSEUM. The exhibit displays exclusive photos… Continue »

Pay Tribute to Pearl Harbor

Its striking black granite walls symbolize the massive hull of the formidable battleship it memorializes. The white marble standards represent the heroes who manned the USS OKLAHOMA, and are dedicated to the 429 sailors and marines who lost their lives when the ship sank during the 1941 strike on PEARL HARBOR. Located on Ford Island,… Continue »

Tour Hawai‘i’s Royal Palace

King Kalakaua built IOLANI PALACE to enhance the prestige of Hawai‘i overseas and to mark Hawai‘i’s status as a modern nation. Today, Iolani Palace remains the only palace to have housed ruling royalty in the United States. In August 1882, KING DAVID KALAKAUA opened the palace doors to welcome members of his legislative assembly and… Continue »

Explore Queen Emma’s Palace

QUEEN EMMA’S SUMMER PALACE 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 a summer retreat for Queen Emma, the wife of King Kamehameha IV. Together, they were the royal couple… 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 from 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 feet… Continue »

Board a Combat Submarine

Not a lot of people know what it’s like to live underwater in a “steel pipe,” particularly with a heavily armed enemy on your tail. To get a glimpse of combat submarine life, visit the USS BOWFIN SUBMARINE MUSEUM AND PARK. The museum and park are dedicated to the sacrifice of more than 3,500 submarine… Continue »

Escape to Shangri-La

The late tobacco heiress and philanthropist DORIS DUKE devoted many years of her life to collecting Islamic art, which she housed in her Diamond Head estate on O‘ahu. When she died, Duke willed a large share of her estate to the study of MIDDLE EASTERN ART AND CULTURE, and SHANGRI LA, her 5-acre residence, was… Continue »