Speciality Museums in Honolulu

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Speciality Museums in Honolulu

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  • Michael J
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So very happy that we chose the Docent led tour. Marybeth was a phenomenal guide. So much culture and history. Don't skip this if you've never done it before.
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • MJ_ontheBAY
    Honolulu, HI51 contributions
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    The Bowfin and Submarine Museum might not get as much notoriety as the Arizona and Missouri, but this spot shouldn’t be overlooked. The museum is well done and gives a completely different overview than other parts of the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Submarine warfare is a totally different beast than surface and air and these exhibits illustrate why.

    Walking the top and underdecks of the Bowfin is simply amazing and gives a raw picture of what these boats are all about.

    A couple tips.. The Bowfin itself is pretty tight space-wise and requires you to step through several elevated hatches. This can pose a challenge if you have young kids or are traveling with elderly folks with degraded mobility. For this reason, no strollers aboard and they don’t allow kids under 4. Also, recommend you take the time to walk through and learn from the pier-side museum exhibits prior to walking aboard the Bowfin. This way, what you see and absorb on the Bowfin will make a little more sense and enrich the experience, especially if you’re unfamiliar with submarines and/or naval history.
    Written 16 June 2024
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  • Ava H
    Galway, Ireland3 contributions
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    I visited Bishop Museum solo in August and it was an enriching experience that immersed me deeply in Hawaiian history and culture. Nestled in Honolulu, this museum stands out not only for its extensive collection but also for its captivating storytelling.. It was fascinating to learn how they used the stars to navigate the vast Pacific Ocean, underscoring their remarkable knowledge of astronomy and maritime prowess... For a moment I felt like Moana. Haha.. The museum caters to both casual visitors like mine and avid learners. It simply was perfect.
    Written 16 June 2024
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  • MJ_ontheBAY
    Honolulu, HI51 contributions
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    This is one of multiple great attractions the Pearl Harbor Memorial lineup has to offer and is definitely a must for those who have an affinity for aviation.

    My two young kids love this place as it provides interactive learning, the shock value of large aircraft and a walkable indoor/outdoor set-up. The main museum has multiple aircraft, an intro film, pay-to-play flight simulators, a cafe and one of the better military gift shops on the island.

    On the outside, don’t miss the many fighter jets, helicopters and support aircraft from multiple eras. You’ll even see a Navy Blue Angel and a Cold War era Russian MIG. Additionally, take some time to walk over to Hanger 79 to get a peak into how aviation relics are preserved and refurbished. On your way out, glance up at the glass windows to see bullet holes from Japanese Zeros (still there from the day of the attack), which is sobering.

    A couple things to consider.. this museum is located on Ford Island as opposed to pier side near the Visitor Center and other attractions. This means that you’ll have to arrange for a shuttle transfer and escort at the Visitor Center or 3rd party tour package service (unless you have a U.S military/govt ID). Ford Island is a part of the active naval base so this is for security protocol. Also, there is a minor cost for museum tickets, but this money goes back into museum/aircraft maintenance and making this awesome place what it is (totally worth it)

    Check it out and have fun!
    Written 2 June 2024
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  • Dana F
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My name is Ofcr, Dana Fatu I have been the Honolulu Police museum manager/storyteller since 2015. I want to thank TripAdvisor for being a fair review board for me and the museum. I hope HPD continues the great five star ratings that me and mentor Eddie Croom have earned for the HPD museum since 2015.

    I will be retiring and leaving the museum April 1, 2024. Best wishes For the history of Honolulu Police Museum and its continuation of great bookkeeping, maintenance and visitors still have the “Awe” factor…

    Since 2015, we were able to create a barcoding system for close to 10k unique pieces of HPD artifacts, documents, archives of our police history.

    I was the only officer in hpd history to generate and be awarded a $51k dept of justice grant. through the grant I coded 11 Samsung devices and set up in 11 different languages and now QR Codes throughout museum for our non-speaking visitors from across the world. Hopefully, the rigorous cleaning daily refreshing of the museum, to keep museum new. I pray the next successor picks up where we left to continue this magical time capsules museum, using 21st century technology. Crossing our fingers the $41k Fallen Officer Display will be set up in March or April of 2024 since I fought for it for almost 2 years.

    Just last year in 2023, close to 1,800 visitors walked through the museum doors,

    So, God what’s next for this soon to be retired police officer?…Mahalo and Alooooooha Officer Legaee Fatu jr “Dana” signing off
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    Written 20 March 2024
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  • Chelsey G
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I discovered the Mission Houses while walking to the Iolani Palace for a tour there, so these two are very close and you could do them in one day if you plan ahead. The tour guide was super knowledgeable and had answers to all of our questions about what we were seeing or what she was telling us. We were a small group of 5, which was a good size for maneuvering the smaller spaces and visiting the rooms.

    This tour added another layer to the history and my understanding of Hawaii. I especially enjoyed learning how the written Hawaiian language came about.
    Written 13 January 2024
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  • myifrach
    Tel Aviv, Israel277 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small (free of fee) museum almost hidden from sight but when you come in, you would find a new world: all sorts of corals and pearls not only from Hawaii but from around the globe. A visit there enriches the visitor who would be astound in front of the richness, especially of corals. Im memoriam of Mrs. Lu.
    Written 7 September 2015
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