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Historic Honolulu Walking Tour

A self-guided walking tour of the historic Honolulu capitol district. Includes photos and information about the Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha Statue, the Kawaiahao Church, the Lunalilo Mausoleum, the Mission Houses Museum, the State Capitol Building, and many more sites in historic downtown Honolulu.

Honolulu Customs House 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.

Aliiolani Hale
The Aliiolani Hale is one of the most photographed buildings in Hawaii because it sits behind the golden statue of the first King Kamehameha.
Aliiolani Hale

King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center

This museum inside the Aioolani Hale features multimedia presentations and exhibits, including a restored courtroom and historic items.

Kawaiahao Church Kawaiahao Church
The Kawaiahao Church in downtown Honolulu was Honolulu's first permanent church. Portraits of the Royal family are on the walls of the second floor.

Lunalilo Mausoleum
King William Charles Lunalilo and his father Kanaina are buried in this Mausoleum on the grounds of the Kawaiahao Church.
Lunalilo Mausoleum

Kawaiahao Mission cemetery Kawaiahao Mission cemetery
Located between the historic Kawaiahao Church and the Mission Houses Museum.

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.
Mission Houses Museum

Territorial Building

Hawaii State Library
The library holds 525,000 books and is the center of the only statewide library system in the United States.

Honolulu Hale
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.

Iolani Palace
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 crowned.

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.

Liliuokalani Statue
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
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.
Washington Place in Honolulu

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
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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.

See also:
- Other Historic Sites in Honolulu
- Driving Tours of Oahu
- Chinatown Honolulu Walking Tour
- Waterfront Honolulu Walking Tour
- Honolulu Business District
- Honolulu History Tour Resources on the Web

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