Honolulu Attractions

Discover Oahu’s largest city by visiting any of these points of interest
A more appropriate name for this area might be Asia Town, although the Chinese actually called it “Wah Fau” meaning “Chinese port”. Though three-quarters of Oahu’s Chinese lived closely packed in these 2.5 acres in the late 1800s, the neighborhood was nearly half Japanese even then. Today, you hear as much Vietnamese and Tagalog as you will Mandarin and Cantonese – Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Samoa, and the Marshall Islands are represented as well.

Cultural Plaza
This sprawling multi-story shopping square surrounds a courtyard with an incense-wreathed shrine and Moongate stage for holiday performances.


Izumo Taisha Shrine
Across a stone bridge (from Chinese Cultural Plaza) you will find Okuninushi No Mikoto, a kami (god) who is believed in Shinto tradition to bring good fortune if properly courted and thanked.

Oahu Marketplace
Here is a taste of old-style Chinatown, where you may be pushed aside by someone carrying a whole pig as you peruse the glassy eyed fish of every hue lying on ice. Bubble tea is a local drink (juice and flavored tea with tapioca bubbles inside) or you can try some strangely magenta dragonfruit.

‘Iolani Palace
America’s only royal residence was built in 1882 on the site of the earlier palace. It contains the thrones of King Kalakaia and his successor (and sister) Queen Lili’uokalani.  The guided tour includes a showcase of the royal jewelry and a glimpse behind the scenes at the palace kitchen and the offices of the monarchy. Reservations required.


Hawai’i Maritime Center
Anthropologists believe that the Hawaiian Islands were initially settled in 300 AD by brave Polynesians venturing by boat from the Marquesas and Society Islands. These early settlers were followed by more aggressive Tahitians, who quickly took over the Islands. The Center’s Kalakaua Boat House has interactive exhibits where you can learn about Hawaii’s whaling days, the history of Honolulu Harbor, the Clipper seaplane, surfing and windsurfing in Hawaii.

Emma Summer Palace
Honolulu in the mid-1800s was a hot and dusty place to spend the summer, so this gracious white house was built in 1848 as a retreat from the rigors of court life.

Bishop Museum Collection
This 8,000 square-foot branch of Hawaii's premier cultural archive illuminates life in Waikiki through the years.  Founded in 1889 by Charles R. Bishop as a memorial to his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the museum began as a repository for the royal possessions of this last direct descendant of King Kamehameha the Great.

Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
You'll get a panoramic view of the windward side of Oahu from this perch. Which is probably why this is the site of a historic battle between King Kamehameha I and Kalanikupule, chief of Maui and Oahu. In 1795, Kamehameha's men drove Kalanikupule's forces over the edges of the 1,000-foot-high cliffs, and won the decisive battle for control of Oahu. If the views don't blow you away, the wind might - it gets extremely windy at the lookout.

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