Historic Honolulu Walking Tour
A self-guided walking tour of the
historic Honolulu capitol district. Includes photos and information
Iolani Palace, the
King Kamehameha Statue,
Kawaiahao Church, the
Lunalilo Mausoleum, the
Mission Houses Museum,
State Capitol Building,
and many more sites in historic downtown Honolulu.
Customs House and Post Office
Inside of this building at King and Mililani Streets there
is a customs house, a courthouse, and a post office.
It sits on a site formerly occupied by the Honolulu Opera House.
The Aliiolani Hale is one of the most photographed buildings
in Hawaii because it sits behind the golden statue of
the first King Kamehameha.
King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center
This museum inside the Aioolani Hale features multimedia presentations
and exhibits, including a restored courtroom and historic items.
The Kawaiahao Church in downtown Honolulu was
Honolulu's first permanent church. Portraits
of the Royal family are on the walls of the
King William Charles Lunalilo and his father
Kanaina are buried in this Mausoleum on the
grounds of the Kawaiahao Church.
Mission Houses Museum
The Mission Houses Museum is dedicated to
preserving the history of missionary life
in 19th century Hawaii. Tours of historic structures
are led by docents in period clothing. The museum
is located across the street from the Kawaiahao Church.
Hawaii State Library
The library holds 525,000 books and is the center of the only
statewide library system in the United States.
This California Spanish style building
is the center of the Government of the City
and County of Honolulu.
Eternal Flame September 11 Memorial
The eternal flame in front of the Honolulu Hale is
a memorial to those who died and those who put themselves
in harm's way during the
World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001.
A two story American Florentine style palace that
was the home of King Kalakaua and Queen
Liliuokalani. The only royal palace in the United States.
Located at King and Richard Streets.
Iolani Palace Barracks
These barracks on the grounds of the Iolani Palalce
in downtown Honolulu were once the home of the
Hawaiian Royal Palace Guard.
Iolani Palace Coronation Pavilion
This pavilion on the grounds of the Iolani
Palace in downtown Honolulu is the place
where King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani were
Iolani Palace Banyan Tree
Iolani Palace Protest Event
One of the banners displayed by a group of protesters
on the grounds of the Iolani Palace in January of 2006.
Hawaii State Capitol
The contemporary building where the Hawaii State Legislature meets
was built at in 1979.
This six foot tall statue of Queen Liliuokalani was dedicated
in April of 1982 and it sits between the state
Capitol and the Iolani Palace.
Father Damien Statue
Located on the opposite side of the Hawaii State Capitol building
from the Liliuokalani statue.
Hawaii Veterans Memorial
This memorial to Hawaii residents who have served
in the United State military is located across the
street from the Hawaii State Capitol Building.
Washington Place is of the oldest residences in Hawaii. It was built by a wealthy sea captain
in the 1840's and it became the home of the future Queen Liliuokalani
when she married the captain's son. It was later used as the Hawaii governor's
mansion and today it is a museum.
Hawaii State Art Gallery
This historic Spanish mission style building was originally the
Armed Services Y.M.C.A
Korean and Vietnam War Memorial
Near the Iolani Palace, the Hawaii State Art
Gallery, and the Hawaii State Capitol Building.
Hawaii Visitors Bureau Marker
Photo coming soon.
A NOTE FROM KATHIE:
I like to begin this tour at the Customs House, continue
on to the Aliiolani Hale, walk east on King Street to the
Kawaiahao Church and the Mission Houses
Museum, and then walk back down the other side of King Street.
Next I visit the Iolani Palace and then on to the Hawaii State Capitol
Building. After that I visit the Veterans Memorial, Washington Place,
the Hawaii State Art Museum, and the Korean and Vietnamese War Memorial.
You may want to use a different route, depending on where you
want to spend most of your time. Some visitors might be more interested
in visiting the Hawaii State Art Museum or the
Hawaii State Library then visiting Hawaiian monarchy and mission era
historic sites. You will probably want to read through the descriptions on this page
and develop your own route and priories.
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