Published on October 20th, 2014 | by Art News
Oahu’s Top Four Historical Destinations
Many of the best Oahu tours explore the rich history of Hawaii’s most populous island. Here are four historical locations you absolutely can’t miss if you visit Oahu:
The Pearl Harbor Tour
The Pearl Harbor Memorial commemorates the lives lost when the Empire of Japan launched an attack on Sunday, December 7, 1941, bringing the United States into World War II. It also features some of the most popular Oahu tours. The USS Missouri tour takes visitors through the historical battleship where the Japanese surrendered to the Allied Powers, and the USS Arizona Memorial spans the length of the ship of the same name that exploded and sank to the bottom of the harbor during the 1941 attack. Pearl Harbor provides several great educational discovery tours, and visitors should start early and allot a full day to seeing all the history it has to offer.
The Bishop Museum
The Bishop Museum was built in the late 1800s and was adapted into a center of Hawaiian Island and Polynesian cultural history. Visitors can attend hula demonstrations and fun, educational workshops. They can also view a large collection of shark skeletons, explore an ancient cave and view a demonstration of an erupting volcano. The museum is only 12 minutes away from Waikiki, in Honolulu.
This National Historic Landmark in the heart of Downtown Honolulu is easily one of the most stunning Oahu tours available to visitors. Iolani palace was built by King Kalakaua in 1882, only to become a prison for his sister and successor, Queen Lili’uokalani, when Hawaii’s monarchy came to an end.The beautiful property has been restored and maintained to capture the essence of the palace in its prime.
The Dole Plantation
The Dole Plantation teaches visitors and locals about Hawaii’s intriguing agricultural history through hands-on tours and experiences that are memorable and entertaining. Visitors can ride the Pineapple Express through the Plantation’s working fields, wander through the many gardens, or explore the largest garden maze in the world.
Many packaged tours will include these historical locations, but if they don’t, you can always do some exploring on your own. Understanding the history of Oahu is a great way to get the most out of your experience! Learn more about this topic here.