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HISTORICAL SITES & MUSEUMS ON OAHU

Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor

The Pearl Harbor Naval memorials include the USS Arizona, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Museum & Park, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. One of the most powerful parts of any trip to Oahu, many visitors are overcome with emotion by visiting such a historic place that serves as both a tribute to those serving in the protection of their country, and a memorial to those who have sacrificed their lives in its defense.

Arizona Memorial

Perhaps the most famous of the Naval memorials, the USS Arizona Memorial commemorates the destruction of the battleship USS Arizona, part of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 that led President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to declare war on Japan and marked the entrance of The Unite States in the Second World War. The USS Arizona Memorial experience begins with a video describing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and then a ferry ride to the actual Memorial that stands above the sunken battleship.

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Lucoral Museum

A hidden gem in Waikiki, the Lucoral Museum offers a unique experience for visitors interested in pearls and other rare stones. Stop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their jewelry making class and to explore Hawaii's precious minerals.A hidden gem in Waikiki, the Lucoral Museum offers a unique experience for visitors interested in pearls and other rare stones. Stop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their jewelry making class and to explore Hawaii's precious minerals.

Fort DeRussy

Named for General Rene Edward DeRussy, a Union soldier who served during America’s Civil War, Fort DeRussy in Honolulu shares its name with four other forts of the same name across the United States. Once consisting of coastal defense fortifications, this beautiful area is now mostly a landscaped park expanse that is open to the public. The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii is housed inside Battery Randolph, one of the decommissioned fortified coastal defenses.

Haleiwa Surf Museum

“Hanging Ten” in the North Shore Marketplace, the Haleiwa Surf Museum is dedicated to the pastime of surfing, its history and its impact on world culture. Officially named the North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum, this charming shrine to surfing and surfing culture is curated by a lively storyteller named Hurricane Bob. Much of the focus of this museum lies on the surfing history and culture of the North Shore. The collaection of surfboards alone is incredible, but the museum abounds with surfing-related memorabilia: records, collectible bottles, photos, videos and posters.

King Kamehameha Statue

Honoring the monarch who first unified the Hawaiian Islands under a single ruling family, the Statue of King Kamehameha is a gigantic gold-leaf state of King Kamehameha the Great. If you are on the island of Oahu on June 11th, stop by the statue to see a celebration of King Kamehameha Day. In a stunning ceremony, the statues are adored with fresh lei garlands and traditional hula demonstrations are performed at the Honolulu City Capitol Building.

Iolani Palace

Located in downtown Honolulu, the Iolani Palace stands as a monument to the monarchy that had ruled Hawaii until its annexation by the United States government in 1893. Tours travel through the throne room, reception areas and dining rooms, as well as the private living quarters of the royal family. Beautiful examples of furniture restored or returned to the residence display the amazing opulence of these monarchs. Precious jewelry including the golden and jeweled crowns of the King and Queen are also on display.

Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The museum houses an extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and also includes millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawaii and other Pacific island cultures. It is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections. The museum also features a state-of-the-art planetarium and various programs for children.

Honolulu Art Museum

One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Art Museum is located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings. The facility presents international-caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.

Hawaii State Art Museum

Located on the second floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, the Hawaii State Art Museum features four galleries dedicated to the arts and culture of the Hawaiian people. The museum’s inaugural exhibit, “Where We Live” showcases Hawaii’s art and cultural traditions, including a gallery of artwork dedicated to the unique environment and striking landscapes found in Hawaii.