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  • Jessica
    11 contributions
    The amazing view makes the hike worth it!!
    We went to Diamond Head Crater our first day in Hawaii. It was hot, but definitely worth it! We saw birds and got our first amazing views of Oahu, the city of Honolulu, the beach, and the mountains. Take water, stay hydrated, and keep climbing! You can do it!
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Donna Marie
    8 contributions
    Humbling and surreal. If you travel all the way to Hawaii, no matter what island you are staying at, I highly recommend you do a day trip. This worked out wonderful for us. We got an early flight from Kauai to Oahu and returned on the second to last flight of the day. We couldn’t get advance tickets because they were sold out, but we were able to get on the ferry at 9:30 am. It was about an hour and a half wait, but one person stays on the line while the other goes through the history rooms and the rest room as well (and then switch). Please see the movie before or after. It is something we need to keep in our hearts and the short documentary makes sure it hits all the right places. Past, present and future military, I sincerely thank you.
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Teacher20052013
    DeLand, FL571 contributions
    It was amazing traveling back in time and seeing the history of Hawaii and the lineage of royalty. I can say that our docent was not the most amicable person and I thought I was back in grade school waiting to be put in time out. She presented a good deal of history but did not encourage taking photos as she spoke but rather chastised those that remained behind to get their photos after she spoke. The grounds are beautiful and the palace is spectacular.
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Linda W
    10 contributions
    A round trip 2-mile, paved hike to the top. It offers fantastic views of the area and light house, with gorgeous blue waters and beautiful beaches.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • AdventureSheSaid
    Brisbane, Australia215 contributions
    Very well done and well organized! If you don't book your free ticket to the monument (at least 1 day prior to your visit, there are limited available), the lines can get pretty long - we didn't & our wait was 20mins. It seems like they alternated boat loads between ticket & non-ticket holders. The memorial is always very busy, if you're worried about COVID be sure to wear a mask.

    In addition to the memorial there were videos and exhibitions that just were brilliant, we ended up spending 1/2 a day here. You really get an insight & on-the-ground view of the attack from an array of perspectives & a look into the consequences that followed. Some parts were quite harrowing, be prepared for a few tears.

    BOOKING A TICKET - Every day at 7:00 am, a limited number of “next day” USS Arizona Memorial tickets are released, they can be booked on the government website for non-refundable $1.00 fee.

    A NOTE ABOUT STORAGE - You cannot bring your bag with you - only a purse, water bottle and phone, there is a storage facility - all day small bag storage was $6USD, we didn't mind but just be aware.

    BOOKING A TOUR? We did not as there were numerous exhibitions and a cinema viewing on a loop that was very comprehensive. Also all the guides & U.S. sailors are brilliantly knowledgeable & helpful. But this would be a personal choice.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • Linda W
    10 contributions
    This was by far our favorite part of the day. The ship is a must see and experience part of Pearl Harbor.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • Paul S
    San Diego, California382 contributions
    The former home of heiress Doris Duke becomes Shangri La, a museum of Islamic art and design. The five-acre site is on the ocean with beautifully landscaped grounds. Access is via a fifteen-minute bus ride from the Honolulu Museum of Art. A reservation and additional ticket are required for Shangri La.
    The craftmanship of the architectural details is outstanding. Highlights include carved marble panels, amazing detailed walls, ceilings and columns, tile settings on the floors and walls, rare vases and other artwork.
    Tour is largely self-guided. Three docents were onsite to answer questions. There were three short oral presentations in the introduction gallery, the central courtyard and the Mihrab gallery. All three presentations were worthwhile. The new Qajar gallery was my favorite.
    Written 15 August 2022
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  • JK412
    Detroit, MI75 contributions
    On our way back to our hotel and down this incredible scenic drive, I noticed a small pull-off area with a narrow black stone staircase and platform. I ran right up the stairs to get the best views of the water. It was incredible. I also noticed a shrine on a platform with coins on it and remnants of broken statues. I hate seeing this as it's clearly been vandalized; sad to see something valuable to one can be worthless to another. Especially where they feel they have a right to destroy it. But, I digress; it stood there, tall and in command of the space. I didn't know what it was, but knew it was sacred. I simply said a prayer for protection and safety, took in the views, and some photos. After some research, I found out it's actually the Shrine to Drowned Fisherman. The shrine is a large chunk of volcanic rock. A small statue of a female deity used to face the sea, but has since been broken off. An old inscription credits the monument to the "Honolulu Japanese Casting Club."

    I found this write up online: "Fishing along Hawaii's rugged southeastern coast can be productive, and also treacherous -- countless fishermen have been caught off guard by giant waves and drowned. In the 1930s, members of the Honolulu Japanese Fishing Club took on the voluntary but vital task of posting signs at the most dangerous spots that were known to be frequented by "casters." While placing signs at Bamboo Ridge, one of them was swept off the rocks and drowned. The club placed a "Jizo" (Buddhist guardian) statue of O Jisan at the location to protect future fishermen. Fishermen and the faithful would visit to leave offerings for the blessings of the deity. A group of Vietnamese Buddhists now care for the site, replacing the Jizo (which had been vandalized years earlier and ultimately removed) with a statue of equally protective Quan Am Nam Hai. An annual memorial service is held in November. Find out more about these seaside deities in the book Guardian of the Sea: Jizo in Hawaii by John R. K. Clark (2007)."

    It's worth a stop to see the views and pay your respects. O'ahu has so much to offer along this coastal drive. This is a beautiful place and memorial for those who were bold enough to fish the unpredictable waters below and to the club member who gave their life to warn them.
    Written 17 September 2018
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  • laurenbh419
    Santa Cruz, CA12 contributions
    This is a beautiful cemetery. We are glad we took the time to visit on our trip to Oahu. We had seen Pearl Harbor the day before, so seeing the cemetery tied the two together. You drive up a long winding road, thru the entrance gate and can follow the paths around the cemetery. There were three funerals happening that day, so we stayed in our car on the road out of respect.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Denise R
    Sydney, Australia29 contributions
    By taking this walk in the morning you will experience Waikiki 'waking up' for the day. A great and relaxing way to get your ten thousand steps in tor the day.
    Written 3 August 2022
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  • sabrinak136
    New Orleans, LA661 contributions
    Visiting Hawaii is absolutely amazing! However, make sure to take some time to learn some history. I never learned any Hawaiian history as a student so I made sure to take an opportunity to learn more during my vacation. The statue of King Kamehameha should be a definite stop while visiting Hawaii. However, you will only have an opportunity to see the statue. Make sure to take time to read and expand your knowledge about how King Kamehameha united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. Also, June 11th of each year is Kamehameha Day. The statue is located directly across from the Iolani Palace which should also be quite interesting to visit.
    Written 4 September 2022
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  • Ben1275
    Oslo, Norway206 contributions
    Absolutely beautiful garden in forest area, with wide variation of trees and plants, many of them truly lovely. A small waterfall that can be accessed. Great location in a hilly area. Free entrance, but a donation is kindly requested, as the site is part of Honolulu University. We enjoyed it tremendously, strongly recommended!
    Written 27 July 2022
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  • Creeping_Death_LA
    Los Angeles, CA4,194 contributions
    I didn't have a rental car so I took the public bus to the closest stop near the park. Getting an Uber was almost impossible in that area. The hassle of getting there was well worth it in the end. The view and the surrounding area is beautiful and must be seen in person.
    Written 22 April 2021
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  • kccote
    3 contributions
    Definitely worth the visit if your into architecture, history and rain forests. I saw some complaints about the fees but you have to remember that the only thing supporting the museum are the entry tickets. I enjoyed learning more about Queen Emma and seeing the original furniture. What craftsmanship! Definitely check out the gift shop for locally crafted items. This is also a great stop on the way to Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout.
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • ITRT
    Virginia37,937 contributions
    We attended Easter mass at St Augustine by the Sea Roman Catholic Church. The church and service were beautiful and meaningful. The priest came in wearing sandals but took them off during the mass. The music provided by a man playing the piano and singing was so poignant. A palm fond was used to sprinkle holy water on attendees. This is a traditional Easter practice in all Catholic Churches on Easter. The church itself is an A-frame modernistic design and has a copper-covered roof. There are twenty magnificent stained-glass windows depicting the history of the Catholic Church in Hawaii. As you walk into the church, you can help but be awed with how interior’s wooden beams seem to flow from the floor to the ceiling. Near the entrance is a side altar dedicated to Father Damien, the priest who worked with the lepers on Molokai. A small courtyard is filled with native flowers and a statue of St. Augustine. I would suggest getting their early to find a parking space in their small parking lot.
    Written 5 May 2022
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