History Museums in Honolulu

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History Museums in Honolulu

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dana Q
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States73 contributions
    Only downside was wish had more time to explore Pearl Harbor. A few extra tours require you to board a boat to see so did not have time to see those areas. You get super yummy donuts and coffee to start then see some landmarks on the way back to your hotel. I recommend.
    Written 22 August 2019
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  • dgunther
    Baton Rouge, LA44 contributions
    Found this here on Trip Advisor. Just one block from my hotel. Very well done museum. Being from Louisiana, the location of another leper colony, I was curious how this history would be presented. Very week done. No glossing over of the general ignorance that lead to formation of the colonies. A great deal,of dignity and respect given to the patients and caregivers.
    Written 22 January 2015
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