Monarchs & Missionaries: Hawaii's Royal History
HNL-305 | Honolulu, Hawaii |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- Pali Lookout
- Iolani Palace
You will see:
Approx. 4 hours
Max. Group Size: 24
Step back in time on this unforgettable and exciting adventure as you visit the historic highlights of the 1,000-year-old Kingdom of Hawaii. Join Oahu's most experienced eco-tour company for a fun and interesting adventure to see the crown jewels of this former sovereign nation. You should not miss this tour!
Travel into the lush Nuuanu Valley, through a tropical rainforest en route to the world famous Pali Lookout. The Nu'uanu Pali was the site of the Battle of Nu'uanu, one of the most important battles in Hawaiian history, in which Kamehameha I conquered the island of O'ahu, bringing it under his rule.
After driving through a spectacular tree-tunnel you arrive at Hawaii's sacred Royal Mausoleum,"Mauna 'Ala", the final resting place of six of the kingdom's last eight ruling monarchs.
A guided tour inside a true Hawaiian national treasure, Iolani Palace, is next. This is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States and was the home of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs - King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili'uokalani. A quick walk will bring you to additional sites of interest including the legendary King Kamehameha's statue and the unique Kawaiahao Church, "the Westminster Abbey of Hawaii".
The royal history would not be complete without understanding the role Christian missionaries played in shaping the islands. At the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (HMH) you will visit three restored houses, two of which are the oldest houses in Hawai'i, and learn about research archives which provides a unique glimpse into 19th-century Hawai'i both onsite and online. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
At the conclusion of the tour, you'll reboard the motorcoach for the scenic ride to the pier.
Guests must be able to walk 500 yards on flat sidewalks and inside venues. There is over 2.5 hours of standing and/or walking involved so comfortable shoes are recommended. Bring a hat and bottled water. No wheelchairs, scooters or walkers due to storage compartments on the minibus.
This tour is not available on Sundays or holidays when the Iolani Palace is closed.
12 years and under only