Historic Sites

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Honolulu, users recommend paying a visit to USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, in the Pearl City area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.

Battleship Missouri Memorial


In commission from 1944 until 1998, this imposing battleship, nicknamed "Mighty Mo," saw her share of protection and peacekeeping missions. However, her most notable presence was in Hawaii in 1945, when the papers formalizing Japan's surrender...  Read More

Royal Mausoleum


At this serene site, watched over by graceful palm trees, are the final resting places of many of Hawaii's last monarchs. Kings Kamehameha II, III, IV, and V are buried here, along with King David Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, who was deposed...  Read More

Queen Emma's Summer Palace
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Set in the Nuuanu Valley, this simple frame house, distinguished by a colonnade, was inherited by Queen Emma (wife of Kamehameha IV) from her uncle, John Young II. A respite from the city to the south, the home was a Victorian showplace that has...  Read More

Kawaiaha'o Church


A monument to the work of Christian missionaries and to the Hawaiian people, this sturdy church was completed in 1842 after five years of effort. Built of 14,000 hand-cut slabs of coral (weighing 1000 pounds each), the church is a tribute to...  Read More



Originally intended as a royal residence, this historic building was reconfigured to house government offices when Iolani Palace was constructed. Today, it is still the home of Hawaii's supreme court. The elegant interiors, complete with...  Read More

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument


Commemorating the service men who laid down their lives during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, this memorial is a sobering experience for visitors. Prefaced by onshore exhibits and a video remembrance of the attack, tours also include a ride to the...  Read More

'Iolani Palace


Built in the early 1880s, this graceful Italian Renaissance structure is America's only royal palace and was home to Hawaii's last two rulers. When American businessmen overthrew the monarchy, they used the palace as the capitol until 1969;...  Read More



Honolulu's City Hall, a California-inspired Spanish Colonial-style building, was completed in 1928 to house the island's relatively new municipal government. Modeled after a Florentine palace, its interior courtyard adds an elegant note, as do...  Read More



Nestled in downtown Honolulu is this sacred structure, the oldest cathedral in continuous use in the US. The first Catholic missionaries arrived on Hawaiian shores in 1827, and the construction of the church was completed in 1843. The land on...  Read More



Once Oahu's largest religious site, Puu o Mahuka is now a national historic landmark. Covering several acres, the site overlooks Waimea Bay and was likely the locale for sacrificial ceremonies. Some historians have even speculated that three of...  Read More