Article

Mission Houses Museum

The museum (which consists of three restored houses — two of which are the oldest houses in Hawaii) tells the story of cultural change in 19th-century Hawaii and details the daily life and work of the missionaries. On display are original artifacts such as clothing, furnishings, books and other household items belonging to the missionary […]

Article

Honolulu Museum of Art

Founded in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is Hawaii’s largest private presenter of visual arts programs, with an internationally recognized collection of more than 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years.  In addition, film and concert programs, lectures, art classes and workshops make the museum the city’s cultural hub. Hours: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (Tuesday […]

Article

Hawaii State Capitol

This is the official capitol building of the U.S. state of Hawaii.  The Hawaii State Legislature convenes here. The Governor of Hawaii and the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii have their offices here, along with the Legislature. This building, opened in 1969, replaced the former statehouse – the Iolani Palace.  Given the current Capitol’s design, it’s […]

Article

Aloha Tower Marketplace

Located at Honolulu harbor, this is a waterfront shopping center (with over 75 stores and kiosks). Along with the restaurants and entertainment facilities here (where occasional live events are held), there is also a historical site within this mall called the Aloha Tower (built in 1926, which used to greet travelers who arrived in Honolulu […]

Article

Banzai Sushi Bar

Those who find themselves on the other side of Oahu island are drawn in to this bar for Happy Hour (5 pm – 6 pm) and tapas. The outdoor portion of this bar draws in groups of friends during the early evenings and weekends.  

Article

HASR Bistro

Located in the heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown and Art District, this highly-regarded Asian-themed restaurant’s serves tasty dishes such as Mahi Mahi Almandine, mussels marinara over pasta, pesto chicken tomato demi and roasted garlic, and herb-crusted pork tenderloin with three grain mustardi demi, among others. HASR also specializes in California wines.    

Article

BUS

Unlike other major American cities, there is no train or metro subway system in Honolulu. The main mode of public transportation is the bus system run by Oahu’s city transportation known locally as “The Bus” (which consists of 110 routes). Here are the fares (with transfers for up to two connections allowed): – Adult: $2.50 […]

Article

Shangri-La

This is an Islamic-style mansion that was built by heiress Doris Duke near Diamond Head (near Honolulu). Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Shangri La incorporates architectural features from the Islamic world and houses Duke’s extensive collection of Islamic art, which she assembled for nearly 60 years (mainly from Iran, Morocco, Turkey, Spain, Syria, Egypt and India). […]

Article

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Located just north of downtown Honolulu in a long-extinct volcano called Punchbowl Crater, this is the resting-place for almost 53,000 veterans (and eligible family members). The memorial, placed on the National Register of Historic Places, stands in honor of the sacrifices and achievements of the American Armed Forces and commemorates the soldiers of 20th century […]

Article

Kawaiaha’o Church

On July 21, 1842, 5,000 worshippers, led by King Kamehameha III, gathered to dedicate this “Great Stone Church.” It became known as the “Westminster Abbey of the Pacific,” and during the days of the Hawaiian monarchy, it was called “The Church of the Ali‘i.” – the first Christian church built on the island of Oahu. […]