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While popular legend has it that Honolulu is Hawaiian for “fair haven,” that explanation actually conflates two separate moments in the city’s history. While the port was referred to as Fair Haven in English in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the region’s original indigenous name, “Honolulu,” more accurately translates to “sheltered bay” or “protected bay.” Honolulu is the only state capital with an autonomous name, and was founded by the indigenous people of Hawaii as long as 2000 years ago.
USS Arizona memorial: You need to take a short ferry ride to access the memorial and tickets are required, so you should get those as soon as you arrive. If you have to wait for your scheduled time there are 2 wonderful museums on site. We would recommend visiting these before your day is over. The video shown before your ferry ride is powerful. It really sets the mood for the reverence and respect the memorial deserves. You only get about 10 minutes at the memorial since there are so many visitors so try to pick a time when there as not a lot of visitors. travel light due to security.
The history section is well done and sets the scene for the memorial. The section salvaged from ARIZONA is new. The model of the memorial ties together well and let’s one begin to grasp the violence of the explosion that morning.
The alpha and omega of the Pacific War allows one to understand the scope of the war. The vast expanses of the Pacific are not easy to express. These exhibits present the history from the late 1800’s through the end of the war. It provides insight into the perspectives of both sides and how that led to the conflict. It also reflects on the war’s impact on civilian populations. We recommend you spend the time to observe and consider the information presented. We feel that the conditions than are relevant to the conditions today.
The Pearl Harbor area is something that has to be experienced. There is so much information on Pearl Harbor, the surprise Japanese attack, the USS Missouri and the USS Bowfin submarine. There is also a fantastic “gift” store that is full of books, DVD’s and various other paraphernalia about Pearl Harbor. A fantastic place to remember the courage of the brave men who without warning, gave their lives so that we can enjoy peace today. Must see place.
Battleship Missouri Memorial: The fact that Japanese surrender was signed in here makes this big ship interesting. You can take beautiful pictures in the main deck with many big weapons. Walking into the ship is interesting. The ship is huge. The staff are knowledgeable and love to tell you stories. Go on the tour at the start and then wander back to places you want to spend longer at. This is a must see attraction to help gain appreciation for the men and women that are currently serving but also for what life was like during war time.
Note: no bags of any kind are allowed inside and it can be warm on the ship deck so carry a water bottle in hand and you will be prepared. Make sure to not rush yourself but allow time to pause, reflect, and soak in the stories.
Iolani Palace: Pay attention to your guides, or docents, because they aren’t just retelling history. The anecdotes animate the historical lives and events of the Time, and will make the visitors marvel at how “modern” Hawaii was ahead of the other Mainland states. And, of course that’s not surprising as Hawaii was the only independent Nation absorbed by the US. Well organized, excellent audio visual equipment. Clear and concise information about Hawaii’s royalty and excellent display of historical art effects associated with the period. A must see. Wow! What a great opportunity to learn more about the TRUE history of Hawaii. Unfortunately, many visitors likely have never learned the specifics of Hawaiian culture, specifically that it was an independent kingdom. This was ABSOLUTELY the best part of our time in Oahu! It is not a long tour, but will definitely leave you and your party talking about what was and/or what could have been in Hawaii.
Manoa Falls: Immerse yourself in the beautiful nature found of Hawaii as you hike 2 miles to Manoa Falls in Oahu on this small-group excursion. Join a local hiking expert, and a group of no more than 14 guests, as you journey via the Manoa Trail on a moderate hike to the tallest accessible waterfall on the island, a location made famous as a film location for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Lost World.’ This Oahu waterfall excursion also includes a backpack and hiking staff plus round-trip transport from Waikiki hotels. What a great tour! Our guide was super friendly and knew such a lot about the rain-forest, the waterfall and about Hawaiian history – Plenty of photo stops and lots of information about movies that were made along the way.
Waikiki Beach: Very nice beach to visit. Great for families. Gets quite busy but is close walk from many hotels. Water usually calmer here as they have rock jutting out to protect from waves. Nice spot to hang out. Great view of Diamond Head from the beach too.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve: Terrific views, great snorkeling. Get there early, as the parking lot fills up quickly. Best snorkeling is very early in the morning before the crowds. A truly beautiful place to visit. The Bay was formed from an old volcano which is now almost entirely submerged. It has a sensational beach and beautiful coral reef and sea life. It provides great opportunities for budding snorkelers.
Diamond Head State Monument: Diamond Head State Monument is beautiful. You can get good views of Honolulu at the main entrance but if you want great views you need to hike up the volcanic cone. For experienced hikers, the trek is fairly simple. It could be challenging for those with some limitations as there are uneven, rocky paths and a lot of steep stairs. Once at the top you get a full view of Waikiki Beach.
Fort DeRussy Beach Park: Anyone who’s stayed at the Hale Koa Hotel (a military ‘rec camp’ located here) already knows about the superb beach and supporting beach services found here. What many don’t realize is that this part of Fort DeRussy is open to the public! The former coastal artillery fort is now a lovely 70+ acre mixed use facility supporting various military missions, with a large green space park area that’s home to a wide variety of outdoor activities. The wide sandy beach has excellent snorkeling offshore, and you can rent from the two beach service stands located at either end of the beach as well. Everything from umbrella & chair combos to paddleboards and kayaks are available to rent at the best prices along Waikiki Beach. Lovely park in front of the beach and military museum. Great from a break from usual tourist activities. It’s a great park area, with lots of grass and open areas. People were having picnics, grilling food, and playing games like Frisbee and cornhole, there are also 2 volleyball courts that looked like a lot of fun. The beach in front of the park was very nice and not as busy as the main area of Waikiki beach. There were also a couple spots right beside the beach where you could get a drink or some food. There was also a rental place where you could rent chairs, umbrellas, water sport equipment, etc.
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