2020 Forum | Tours and Places of Interest

As you consider visiting historic and cultural sites in Hawai'i, we suggest that you learn more about how to support appropriate visitation, sensitive sharing, and good stewardship. 

 

Many of Hawai'i’s archaeological sites, historic buildings or other cultural resources are fragile and susceptible to damage. Please be careful and thoughtful when visiting, whether it is a cultural site or historic building. When visiting historic or cultural sites, please be respectful and considerate. Some guidelines for good visitations include:

  • Learn before you go. Read up on Hawaiian culture and history before you visit. Many sites do not have interpretive signs or brochures. Learning about their importance will give you a greater appreciation and deeper connection to them.

  • Visit from the outside. This is especially true for places with rock walls. Don’t climb on or over the walls. The stacked rocks are unstable and may collapse.

  • Don’t take anything. It’s unlawful to take from, excavate, destroy or alter any historic site.

  • Don’t leave anything. It’s not appropriate to leave offerings at the historic and cultural sites. The best way to honor a site is to leave it unchanged.

  • Heed signs and be aware that historic residences are private property. Do not trespass, and try not to loiter or display suspicious behavior around private homes or property.

  • Be quiet. It’s important to be respectful, and that can mean just being quiet and taking it all in. Many places are sacred to those affiliated with the sites, whether they are Native Hawaiians at cultural sites, veterans at war memorials, or congregations at historic churches or temples. Many people are seeking to learn or be inspired by these places.

  • Do not litter, leave items behind, or damage the historic buildings, sites, landscapes or archaeological sites. Restrict eating and smoking only to designated areas.


Courtesy of Historic Hawai'i Foundation. You can check out guided and self-guided tours like these on the island of O'ahu.

Featured Guided Tours

Honouliuli National Historic Site

Presented by Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i

Join the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i and the National Park Service for a visit to the Honouliuli National Historic Site, Hawai'i’s largest and longest operating World War II detention camp. Walk the site, visit landmarks and learn the personal stories of Japanese American prisoners and their families.

 

Additionally, the Honouliuli Education Center, located in the JCCH Community Gallery in Mō'ili'ili, is open Monday through Saturday and is free to the public. The Honouliuli Education Center showcases photos of Honouliuli Internment Camp, artifacts from the internees, oral history videos and virtual tours of the Honouliuli National Historic Site. For those who cannot visit in person, JCCH also has an online, searchable directory of the internees from Hawai'i

More details provided to Forum registrants upon registration. Visit this website here for more information. UPDATE (Jaunary 30, 2020): These tours are FULL. 

Guided Tours (by reservation)

Chinatown Food, History, and Culture Walking Tours

Presented by Hawaii Heritage Center

1040 Smith St

Honolulu, HI 96817

(808)521- 2497

Visit their website here for more information. 

  • Every Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 am. No reservations needed, but call 9 am to 1:30 pm Monday - Friday for location, parking and public transportation options.  All tours start at the HHC gallery and begin with a brief talk about Chinatown and its history.

Hawaiian Mission Houses  

553 S. King Street  

Honolulu, HI 96813  (808) 447-3910

Visit their website here for more information. 

  • Guided house tours on Tuesday - Saturday

  • History Buff tour on Fridays at 3pm 

He'eia Fishpond

Managed by Paepae o He'eia

46-077 Ipuka Street

Kaneohe, HI 96744

Visit their website here for more information. 

  • Advanced reservations required (online form or call (808)236-6278)

'Iolani Palace

364 South King Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

Visit their website here for more information. 

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 9:00 am - 10:00am

  • Friday: 9:00 am - 11:15 am

  • Tours begin every 15 minutes and reservations are highly recommended.

  • Self-guided audio tours available.

Mānoa Heritage Center

2856 O‘ahu Avenue

Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822

Visit their website here for more information. 

Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design

4055 Papu Circle

Honolulu, HI 96816

Visit their website here for more information. 

  • NOTE: Access to Shangri La is by reservation or business appointment only.

Washington Place 

320 S Beretania Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

(808) 586-0248 (Tour Reservations)

  • Public tours are held on Thursdays at 10am. For online tour reservations, visit here

 

Self-Guided Tours

East-West Center 

1601 East-West Road

Honolulu, HI USA 96848-1601

Maps of this tour will be provided at Registration.

Hawai'i Capital District Walking Tour

Visit here for the interactive map. 

Hawai'i State Capitol Building

415 S Beretania Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

Visit here for the PDF map. 

Historic Downtown Honolulu 

Created by Historic Hawai'i Foundation

Visit here for the PDF map. 

King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center

417 S King Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

Visit their website here for more information. 

Maunawila

Hauula Homestead Road

Hauula, HI 96717

Visit their website here for more information. 

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Created by Docomomo US/Hawai'i chapter

Visit here for the PDF map. 

Waikīkī Modern 

Created by Docomomo US/Hawai'i chapter

Visit here for the PDF map. 
 

Places of Interest

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice Street

Honolulu, HI 96817

Visit their website here for more information. 

Hawai'i’s Plantation Village

94-695 Waipahu Street  

Waipahu, HI  96797

Visit their website here for more information. 

Mānoa Falls Trail

Na Ala Hele

Honolulu, HI 96822

Visit here for more information. 

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

1845 Wasp Blvd. Bldg. 176

Honolulu, HI 96818

Visit their website here for more information. 

Polynesian Cultural Center

55-370 Kamehameha Hwy

Laie, HI 96762

Visit their website here for more information. 

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