Island Living

Whether you are a visitor or kama’iana (resident), we think it’s important to immerse yourself in the culture of your surroundings. In addition to the National and State Parks on Oahu there are plenty of other historical places, monuments, and memorials to check out, and below are some of our favorites.

  • Diamond Head State Monument

    Just past Waikiki, sits the iconic volcanic cone known as Diamond Head. The hike up to the top of Diamond Head is one of the most popular hikes on the island and offers stunning ocean and city views.

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  • Duke Kahanamoku Statue

    This large bronze statue greets you as you walk onto Kuhio Beach in Waikiki and honors one of the greatest water men of all time, Duke Kahanakomu. Duke is known as the father of modern surfing and was also a master at swimming and at the outrigger canoe. He also was considered as the “ambassador of aloha” and was the first person to be inducted into the Swimming and Surfing Halls of Fame.

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  • Hanaiakamalama

    Also known as Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, Hanaiakamalama is a historic landmark and museum located right outside of Downtown Honolulu. The palace served as a summer retreat for the Queen and her husband from 1857 – 1885 and is now maintained by the Daughters of Hawaii. Admissions fees for the palace goes towards preservation of this historic site.

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  • Honouliuli

    Designated as a National Monument in 2015, Honouliuli will tell the story of incarceration and martial Law during World II. While it is not yet open to the public, it will be a place of reflection and learning for all visitors.

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  • Iolani Palace

    Iolani Palace was built in 1882 and was the official home of Hawaiian monarchs and following the overthrow of the monarchy has remained an important building for Hawaiian Government including serving as the Capitol Building for almost 80 years.

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  • King Kamehameha Statue

    In front of the Aliiolani Hale in Honolulu is this statue of King Kamehameha I, the King that first unified the Hawaiian islands in 1810. The statue honors the famed warrior and King and is one of four statues found across the US. Two of the other statues are on the Big Island and the fourth statue can found in Washington, DC.

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  • Kukaniloko Birth Stones

    Within the 5 acre cultural site are 180 large birthing stones, which were used as a royal birthplace for centuries. While there are many birth stones throughout the islands, Kukaniloko is one of the only two birthing stone sits that was reserved for the highest ranking children, children who would grow up to be powerful royalty of the islands.

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  • Pearl Harbor

    The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, located in Honolulu, was the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial, and USS Utah Memorials. Also at the Center are six officer bungalows, three mooring quays and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

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  • Polynesian Cultural Center

    Learn about the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Tour through 6 island villages, enjoy a traditional Polynesian buffet, watch a Luau or spend the day and experience all three! This center has been voted as the #1 paid attraction in Hawaii.

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