The Ultimate Oahu Family Guide
Historic Buildings, Monuments and Points of Interest in Oahu
Aloha Tower Marketplace
Pier 9, Honolulu Harbor (808) 528-
This marketplace houses stores and restaurants with outdoor seating. Visitors can go to the top of the clock tower to get a good view of Honolulu Harbor, where all of the cruise ships dock, and the mountains.
Many points of interest are found throughout this colorful, enegetic neighborhood
including The Wo Fat Building, the Dr. Sun Yat-
Eternal Flame Memorial
Across the street from the State Capitol, this memorial is dedicated to World War II soldiers.
Fort Street Mall
Fort Street, Honolulu
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
7455 Kalaniana’ole Hwy. (808) 396-
The Marine Education Center next to this popular spot for scuba diving and swimming has interactive exhibits relating to local marine inhabitants and geology.
Hawaii Maritime Center
Pier 7, Honolulu Harbor (808) 523-
Maritime history museum which opened in 1988. It houses Falls of Clyde, a 266-
Corner of King St. And Richards St., Honolulu (808) 522-
Commissioned by King David Kalakaua and was fashioned after Victorian England, this
is the only royal palace in the United States. Queen Liliuokalani was imprisoned
here for nine months following her two year reign. The palace was then the set for
the TV series Hawaii Five-
957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu (808) 522-
Many Hawaiian monarchs and their families were baptized and crowned in this church.
King Kamehameha’s Statue
Just outside of the Judiciary Building at 417 S. King St., Honolulu
Bronze statue of Kamehameha the Great welcomes all to Hawaii.
Mission Houses Museum
553 South King St., Honolulu (808) 531-
This museum contains the oldest timber frame house in Hawaii. Come to see the clothes
worn by Christian missionaries in the mid-
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and the Honolulu Memorial
2177 Puowaina Dr., Honolulu (808) 532-
Almost 40,000 military graves arranged in circles on the floor of the crater of an ancient volcano.
Queen Emma’s Summer Palace
2913 Pali Hwy., Honolulu (808) 595-
This was the summer vacation home for King Kamahameha and Queen Emma and contains Hawaiian artifacts.
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu (808) 524-
This church was built in the French-
This historic home can be accessed by shuttle from the Honolulu Academy of Arts. This is a private residence overloking the Pacific that was built by Doris Duke, heir to the American Tobacco and Duke Energy fortunes. It is filled with Islamic and Hawaiian artifacts.
415 S. Beretania St., Honolulu (808) 586-
Unusual open, airy architecture meant to convey the openness of the government. The number eight is found throughout the capitol buildings, signifying the eight Hawaiian islands. Tours are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 pm.
Replica of the 11th century Temple at Uji in Japan. In addition to the building,
there are beautiful gardens and a mediation house. Have the kids rung the 5-
306 S. Kalaheo Ave., Kailua (808) 262-
A landmark is Kailua since 1932, this grocery store has a great selection of wine and a good place to pick up lunch before heading to the beach.
These tiny villages each consist of a beach park, a store and a post office but each one has something distinct to come and see; fruit stands, art galleries, a woodworking shop, and a photo studio.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Luaus, cultural demonstrations, restaurants, fire dancing, and an open-
Waimea Valley Audobon Center
Native species abound in this 1,800 acre garden and you’ll also find the remains of the Hale O Lono temple. The Waihi Falls waterfall at the back end of the valley goes down 45 feet into a swimming pond.
Pu’uomahuka Keiau State Monument
Pupukea Rd., Haleiwa
On the National Register of Historic Places, this monument was once the site of human sacrifices and is a great stop to see a view of Waimea Bay.
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge
160 acres of wetland habitat devoted to the recovery of four of Hawaii's six endemic water birds: the Hawaiian stilt, the Hawaiian moorhen, the Hawaiian coot, and the Hawaiian duck. An interpretive trail and guided tours are available to the public.
Hawaii Plantation Village
Outdoor museum exploring the lifestyle of Hawaiian plantation workers who were the backbone of the sugar industry. Eight ethnic groups are represented here.