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Historic Honolulu

Things to see in historic downtown Honolulu.

Walking Tour of Historic Honolulu
This self-guided walking tour of the historic capitol district of downtown Honolulu includes photos, descriptions, and tips.

Bishop Museum Photos
This Bishop Museum was built in 1890 in honor of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishoop by her widowed husband Charles Reed Bishop. The collections include restored outrigger canoes, and ancient Hawaiian treasures such as royal feather capes, polynesian drums, historic surfboards, and a 50 foot whale skeleton. There is also a planetarium at the museum. Located at 1525 Bernice Street.

Queen Emma Summer Palace
This stately building was once the summer mountain home of King Kamehameha IV and his wife Queen Emma, who was a descendant of Hawaiian Chiefs and Englishman John Young.

Royal Mausoleum
Also in the Nuuanu Valley is the chapel where the Kamehameha and Kalahaua royal families were laid to rest before being moved to private vaults. The Royal Mausoleum, with its beautiful koa wood interior and later, is now used as a chapel,

Old Federal Building
M-F 7:45 - 4:30 (586-0221) Construction began on the Federal Building in 1917. World War I delayed the project until 1922. The building was designed by architects York & Sawyer of New York. Currently, it houses state government offices and the Downtown Station Post Office.

Honolulu Police Museum
Law Enforcement Museum Learn about the Police department’s royal beginnings as well as the real story behind the legendary Charlie Chan. For more information call 529-335.
[Official Web site]

St. Andrew's Cathedral
Tours led by docents will be offered including the Bell Tower, the kuono (sacred space) dedicated to King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma and the ancient meditation tool of the Labyrinth. Children are especially welcome. Most areas are wheelchair accessible. A short organ recital at 12:00 noon will display the sonic delights of the largest pipe organ in the Pacific. Tea and cookies will be served. For more information please call 524-2822 ext. 215. Limited free parking available. Enter via Beretania or Queen Emma Streets.

YWCA of Oahu
on Richards Street Guided tours of this "stately, beautiful, dignified" architectural gem of Julia Morgan, who also designed San Simeon, Hearst Castle. For more information call 538-7061. Café Laniakea, one of downtown’s popular lunch spots will be serving lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For lunch reservations call 524-8789.

Honolulu Academy of Arts
This bulding is noted for its beauty and architectural distinction. Free Admission to the finest collection of Asian art outside of Asia and two new exhibitions - "Vertical Landscapes" featuring the work of Fillippo Marignoli and the new works of Jeoong Sook Young and Hwa Ja Park. For more information call 532-8700. The Academy Shop will also be open. The Pavilion Café’ will be serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For lunch reservations, call 532-8734. Validated 3-hr. parking for $1 is available next to Academy Arts Center at Linekona with entrances on Young and Beretania Streets.
[Official Web site]

See also:
- Chinatown Honolulu Tour
- Waterfront Honolulu Tour
- Historic Honolulu Tours on the Web
- Hawaii Convention Center
- Honolulu Business District
- Neal Blaisdell Center
- Water Giver Statue
- Oahu Driving Tours

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