It is the capital of Hawaii which is easily accessible by direct flights from North America and Asia. It has become a major tourist destination where locals as well as visitors come to enjoy the beaches and tropical climate. Once you visit the city, you will find number of shops, restaurants, malls, hotels, museums, famous statues and historic buildings. The city experiences hot climate with majorly dry summer season with a little variation of temperatures. Honolulu welcomes a large tourism industry, bringing millions of visitors from all over the world. Transport of the city depends on bus, rails, bicycle sharing, highways and airport.
USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL
As the name depicts, USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen when Japanese Naval Forces bombed Pearl Harbor. The site includes two museums that tell the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II. You can visit the place without buying any ticket i.e. free of cost for approximately 75 minutes and it is open to all ages. The only way to visit the place is by USS Arizona ship, and it keeps open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
PEARL HARBOR / WW II VALOR IN THE PACIFIC NATIONAL MONUMENT
The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is a national monument which is known to honor people and events. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is part of WWII Valor where free programs are organized by the National Park Service. The visitor center is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Pearl Harbor tickets are totally free of cost. Programs to the site run about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Pearl Harbor Memorial ranks among the top three most heavily-visited tourist destinations in Hawaii.
DIAMOND HEAD STATE MONUMENT
The site encompasses over 475 acres and is known for its historic hiking trail, stunning coastal views, geological and military history. Tourists are advised to carry their own water bottles, wear good walking shoes and wear a hat and sunscreen. The site remains open daily and visiting hours are 6 am to 6 pm. The gates of Diamond Head State Monument are locked at 6:00 pm daily and all visitors must be out of the park by this time.
BATTLESHIP MISSOURI MEMORIAL
The Battleship Missouri Memorial is an American icon standing in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It is a world class building which educates, motivates and inspires all nationalities and generations on the universal values of duty, honor, strength, resolve, sacrifice and peace. Pearl Harbor USS Missouri Tour welcomes visitors from around the world daily but remains closed on Thanksgiving Day, New Years Day and Christmas Day. You can visit the site from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (September-May) and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (June-August).
Iolani Palace is a National Historic Landmark which was built in 1882 and restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1978. It is the only former royal palace on United States soil which is known for its opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Once you plan Iolani Palace tours, you will definitely enjoy one of the most spectacular living restorations and its royal heritage. Take shelter in Honolulu Hawaii hotels and visit the palace from Monday to Saturday at 9 am to 4 pm.
The place is a center of residencies for scholars, artists, guided tours and Islamic arts and cultures. Shangri La is completely based on the historical and architectural traditions. Tour timings of the museum are from Wednesday-Saturday at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. but it remains closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. It is advised to book the tickets in advance to avoid any discomfort. General admission ticket worth $25, there are no discounts for seniors, students, military and Honolulu Museum of Art members. Book Shangri La hotel and enjoy a variety of diverse public programs.
USS BOWFIN SUBMARINE MUSEUM & PARK
USS Bowfin is a complete dedication of individuals from both the military and the civilian communities. Fortunately, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum has not ended up as scrap metal or as target practice, but became one of only fifteen U.S. WWII submarines that survived today also. Visitors can take their tours daily from 7 am to 5 pm but the last admission to the submarine is 4:30 pm. The USS Bowfin Museum & Park remains closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
STATUE OF DUKE KAHANAMOKU
A bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku welcomes you on Kuhio Beach. In actual, Duke is one of the world’s greatest watermen and a master of swimming, surfing also. He broke the world record in the 100-yard freestyle during his very first competition. In addition, he also won two gold medals in 1920 and won a silver medal at age 34 in the 1924 Olympics. Known as “The father of modern surfing,” he became Hawaii’s first ambassador of goodwill.Duke Kahanamoku Statue is probably one of the best statues on the beach, his ashes were scattered at sea off Waikiki beach.