Top Things to Do in Downtown Honolulu

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Downtown Honolulu

Top Things to Do in Downtown 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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  • brownie
    Atlanta, GA6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A humble retreat where plant/tree labels are good and you can walk peacefully for 1 hr. and get away from Honolulu bustle.
    Written 21 May 2024
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kamehameha is Hawaii's first king - the man who united all the islands in 1795 battle at Nu'uanu.
    It's imposing statue in gold robes stands in front of the Courthouse.
    Across the street is the royal Iolani palace - the seat of Kalakaua, the last king.
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • Dana F
    16 contributions
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    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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  • Canucksontheloose
    Victoria, Canada738 contributions
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    We visited in March 2023 when there was a large exhibit of students' artworks from local high schools which were competing for best photograph, best sculpture, etc. It was a fabulous display of up and coming Hawaiian artists in addition to the contemporary art of homegrown talent on show. I very much enjoyed the sculptures there, esp. the ones outside. A great free museum well-located near the Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Capitol building. Metered street-parking nearby as well as a parking garage.
    Written 27 May 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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  • Sally M
    Woodstown, NJ27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For a truly Hawaiian experience, even if you are not an Episcopalian, attend the Sunday 8 am hawaiian language service at this Cathedral. Very easy to access from Waikiki and near Iolani Palace and the Governor's Mansion if you are touring around Honolulu. We never miss it every time we go. The people are very friendly and hint hint sometimes the Royal Society is there to celebrate or commemorate a Royal's birthday! Fabulous piece of history
    Written 9 February 2020
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  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, MD3,819 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sits behind or in front of statue of King Kamehameha depending on where you're standing.
    Old art deco building which you can definitely go in and check out Monday thru Friday, has a historic wing too (on left side), but not open, guard told me closed "indefinitely", still building is nice to explore and it's marble staircases.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having visited over a half of US Capitols I can say this one is the most unusual one, and one of the most interesting.
    It's located just behind the Iolani palace, which I strongly recommend visiting.
    Unlike many neoclassic Capitols with the central dome all across the US, this one is a modern square building. The central inner space is open air, atrium like, while the offices and both houses are scattered around it on 5 floors.
    Upon entering is an airport style security checkpoint, after which you can proceed.
    I suggest first going up the top floor terrace from where you'll have great views over Honolulu. Then you can descend down via stairs and visit accessible areas depending if there's a session - we were let in the Governor's office.
    Written 13 June 2024
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  • Paul_in_Australia
    Mitcham, Australia452 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My partner and I used TheBus during our recent visit to Honolulu.

    We are seniors but purchased an adult weekly ticket for $32. It was a Holo card that can only be purchased at 7/11 stores. There are other outlets but not for weekly tickets

    A single ride costs $3 fur adults or $1.25 for seniors. A single ride is just that: no transfers.

    TheBus covers must if Oahu island and there are some wonderfully scenic routes to explore. We observed few tourists outside the Waikiki/Aka Moana/Downtown/Airport/Pearl Harbor corridor.

    The new automated Skykine rail line is a fascinating and scenic ride but its location is out of the way and not convenient to tourists and visitors.

    Information is hard to come by and we observed many tourists struggling. Some drivers were helpful; others decidedly not. But it must be remembered they are driving in heavy traffic much of the time.

    There is a telephone timetable inquiry number but I found the operators had trouble understanding people who spoke English but with a foreign accent. There is an information office but it is remotely located well away from tourist areas. My experience was the staff were hostile to anyone speaking English with a foreign accent and most reluctant to offer information.
    Written 23 April 2024
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  • fiamma11
    Tysons Corner, VA5,695 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Downtown Honolulu is not your ordinary city's downtown; even it is beautiful. It is very people friendly with lots of restaurants and shops and tropical foliage.
    Written 19 November 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,478 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We roamed by this important building downtown and appreciated its grandeur. Not the most important site, but pleasant enough.
    Written 21 June 2019
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  • Patti714
    Windsor, MA18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy access, reasonabe cost. Definetely a cultural learning opportunity. Temple is beautiful. Out of respect no pics inside.
    Written 4 June 2019
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  • Susan S
    Firestone, CO88 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a good place to get some local food. There is hot food, iced fish and lots of vegetables and fruit. The bread is really yummy too. We parked in the parking garage and walked up and down the street. It’s not the cleanest of places and sometimes the smells can be quite disgusting. But it was definitely worth a visit just to see what it’s all about. I even picked up a souvenir to take back home. It definitely quotes down after noon, so if you go then visit early.
    Written 12 May 2024
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  • Rick D
    Georgetown, TX20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are Catholic and here on a Sunday, this is a beautiful Cathedral with much history. We went to 1030 Mass and had an usher tell us about some of its history afterwards.
    Written 11 June 2022
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