Discover Downtown Honolulu’s Rich History
Historic landmarks and attractions are scattered throughout the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii for hundreds of years, the area is brimming with historic sites that tell the story of Hawaii, Hawaiian Monarchy, and the development of the islands. Discover Downtown Honolulu’s rich history during your visit, and uncover what makes Hawaii so special.
Throughout Downtown Honolulu, the story of Hawaii unfolds, and the beautiful architecture combines with the tragic history of the islands to make for quite the story. If you’re driving through downtown, you’ll see many of these sites, but we encourage you to get out of the car, and enjoy their beauty
Iolani Palaceand there may not be a more concentrated historic area than Downtown Honolulu. As the hub of activity in
Thought of as the the most important historic site in Honolulu, and perhaps even in Hawaii, the Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States, and was played an integral role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Originally serving as the residence for Hawaii’s Monarchy, this is one of the most stunning structures you will ever see. Palace tours are available and tell the story of the overthrow, and the important role that the palace played in the years after, and the prominence of the palace today.
Just across the street from the Iolani Palace is the Ali’Iolani Hale, which currently serves as the home of the Hawaii State Supreme Court. Originally constructed during the days of the Kingdom of Hawaii, it was the former seat of the government, and is prominently featured as the backdrop of HQ in Hawaii 5-0. Visitors stop ere to take photos of the statue of King Kamehameha the Great, which stands in front of the building.
Kawaiaha’o Chruch & Mission Houses
If you don't know that they’re there, you might miss them while driving down King St. The Mission Houses were the residence of the first Christian Missionaries to arrive in Hawaii, and were constructed in the early 1900’s along with the historic Kawaiaha’o Church. The church is an incredible structure, and is built entirely out of coral bricks that were harvested from the reefs just offshore.
Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific
Way atop the extinct Punchbowl crater is the National Cemetery of the Pacific, the burial site for military personnel. In total, over 34,000 soldiers and sailors are resting for eternity inside the punchbowl, and the story of American wars are told in the mural at the top of the cemetery. The crater has a long history in Hawaiian history as well, and was the sight of sacrifice for hundreds of years. Upon exiting the cemetery grounds, the views of the island are incredible and provide amazing picture opportunities
The historic sites of Downtown Honolulu are not to be missed. Be sure to discover all you can about Hawaii’s history and see as many historic landmarks as possible. The unique history of the island should not be missed.
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