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Art Mu­se­ums BISHOP MU­SEUM

In Honolulu’s Kal­ihi dis­trict, this over 125-year-old mu­seum is the world’s most sig­nif­i­cant repos­i­tory of Pa­cific and Poly­ne­sian ar­ti­facts - an im­pos­ing stone struc­ture with more than twenty-five mil­lion ar­ti­facts in its col­lec­tion. Ex­hibits in­clude a plan­e­tar­ium and science cen­ter, the sto­ried Hawai­ian Hall, and precious ar­ti­facts from pre­con­tact times. 1525 Ber­nice St., 808.847.3511. www.bish­op­mu­seum.org

HAWAII ARMY MU­SEUM

He­li­copters, tanks and va­cant bunkers can be ex­plored at this for­mer fort in the heart of Waikiki. The struc­ture now houses a mu­seum that tells the mil­i­tary story of Hawaii, from an­cient times to the first Gulf War to the re­cent war in Iraq. Free ad­mis­sion. 2161 Kalia Road, 808.955.9552. www.hiarmy­mu­se­um­soc.org

HAWAII STATE ART MU­SEUM (HISAM)

HiSAM fea­tures col­lec­tions that pro­motes Hawaii’s his­tory and cul­ture; open Tuesdays-Satur­days 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On the first Fri­day of each month, HiSAM opens for First Fri­day Down­town Gallery Walk. Guests can view ex­hibits and en­joy live per­for­mances from 6 - 9 p.m. Ev­ery sec­ond Sat­ur­day, pro­fes­sional artists lead hands-on art ac­tiv­i­ties from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ev­ery last Tues­day, HiSAM hosts a noon­time artist lec­ture se­ries. Ad­mis­sion is free. Do­na­tions are ac­cepted. No. 1 Cap­i­tal Dis­trict Build­ing, 250 S. Ho­tel St., 808.586.0300. www.sfca.hawaii.gov

HAWAII’S PLANTATION VILLAGE

Step back in time when sugar was king in the Is­lands at this out­door mu­seum show­cas­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of Hawaii’s mi­grant plantation work­ers from circa 1850s-1950s. 94- 695 Waipahu Street, 808.677.0110. www.hawai­iplan­ta­tionvil­lage.org

HONOLULU MU­SEUM OF ART

Hawaii’s fine arts mu­seum with a col­lec­tion of 50,000+ works. Its ma­jor strengths are in Asian art, Eu­ro­pean and Amer­i­can paint­ing, and graphic and dec­o­ra­tive arts. The mu­seum’s Hawai­ian col­lec­tions con­tain pieces from the time of the first Eu­ro­pean con­tact in Hawaii to to­day. Closed Mon­days. 900 S. Bere­ta­nia St., 808.532.8700. www.hon­olu­lu­mu­seum.org

JAPANESE CUL­TURAL CEN­TER

Hawaii’s im­mi­grant his­tory has deep-seeded roots in Asia. Since the first wave of im­mi­grants came from Ja­pan in the 1800s, Hawaii has em­braced them and their cul­ture. At the Japanese Cul­tural Cen­ter of Hawaii, their mis­sion is to ed­u­cate peo­ple about the Japanese Amer­i­can cul­ture in the Is­lands. The Cen­ter has five lev­els and is made up of the Com­mu­nity and His­tor­i­cal Gallery, Gift Shop, ban­quet hall, re­source cen­ter, and a mar­tial arts dojo where kendo, karate, aikido and nag­i­nata are prac­ticed. 2454 S. Bere­ta­nia St., 808.945.7633. www.jcch.com

MIS­SION HOUSES MU­SEUM

In­cludes three mis­sion houses that served as homes and work­places of the first Chris­tian mis­sion­ar­ies in Hawaii. A li­brary con­tains the ear­li­est books printed in the Hawai­ian lan­guage, and visiting exhibition­s show­case Amer­i­can his­tory. 553 S. King St., 808.447.3910. www.mis­sion­houses.org

SHANGRI LA

Doris Duke’s artis­tic vision is fi­nally avail­able for pub­lic view­ing. She called her Black Point res­i­dence Shangri-La and it lives up to its name in ev­ery way. The art­work that is show­cased here is cat­e­go­rized as Is­lamic, and was pur­chased by Duke dur­ing her trips to the Mid­dle East. The 2.5-hour tour takes you from room to room and then through the gar­dens. Honolulu Mu­seum of Art, 4055 Papu Cir­cle, Tours must be booked by ad­vance reser­va­tion, 808.734.1941. www.shangri­la­hawaii.org

SPALD­ING HOUSE

Less than three miles away from the Honolulu Mu­seum of Art (HoMA), Spald­ing House was founded in 1986 as the Con­tem­po­rary Mu­seum of Honolulu and is now part of HoMA. The only per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion is an in­stal­la­tion by David Hock­ney, so be sure to check the mu­seum’s on­line list­ings for cur­rent in­for­ma­tion. Many vis­i­tors will find the grounds them­selves to be the high­light of a Spald­ing House visit—de­signed as a pri­vate res­i­dence, the mu­seum cas­cades down the slope of Mt. Tan­talus, and its lush gar­dens are walk­a­ble via a paved path­way. . 2411 Makiki Heights Dr., 808.526.1322. www.hon­olu­lu­mu­seum.org

Is­land Sights BAT­TLE­SHIP MIS­SOURI ME­MO­RIAL

The USS Mis­souri, Amer­ica’s last bat­tle­ship, served her coun­try through three wars, and is best known as the site of the sign­ing of the For­mal In­stru­ment of Sur­ren­der, mark­ing the end of World War II. To­day, the “Mighty Mo” stands proudly over­look­ing her fallen sis­ter ship, the USS Ari­zona, in Pearl Har­bor. Vis­i­tors are wel­come daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (to 5 p.m. June, July and Au­gust). The “Mighty Mo Pass” is $27 per adult and $13 per child (ages 4–12) and in­cludes the choice of three op­tional tours. Other pack­ages and tour op­tions are avail­able. 63 Cow­pens St., 808.455.1600. www.uss­mis­souri.org

CHI­NA­TOWN

A vi­brant com­mu­nity dat­ing back to the 1800s, this his­toric wedge in Honolulu was es­tab­lished by the first Chi­nese im­mi­grants to Hawaii. Many build­ings and store­fronts from that era still re­main, and dur­ing the day crowds mill past the col­or­ful restau­rants, dim sum shops, street ven­dors sell­ing ex­otic fruits and Chi­nese her­bal shops. Dur­ing World War II, Chi­na­town was no­to­ri­ous for its broth­els and opium dens and over the years, the neigh­bor­hood de­vel­oped a seedy edge. But the re-open­ing of the his­toric Hawaii Theatre, an inf lux of new art gal­leries, up­scale restau­rants and bou­tiques have turned the neigh­bor­hood into the city’s bur­geon­ing arts dis­trict. On the first Fri­day of ev­ery month, the gal­leries open late for an in­for­mal, self-guided art walk, at­tract­ing the city’s young and chic pro­fes­sional crowd.

DOWN­TOWN HONOLULU

The fi­nan­cial and busi­ness cen­ter of the Pa­cific. By day the busy streets are packed with area work­ers, where sky­scrapers and of­fices sit ad­ja­cent to his­toric build­ings. Lo­cated in the cen­ter of town is the Hawaii State Cap­i­tal Build­ing, Ali­iolani Hale and the highly-pho­tographed statue of King Kame­hameha and Iolani Palace. Nearby on the wa­ter­front is the iconic Aloha Tower, once the tallest build­ing in Honolulu that greeted ar­riv­ing cruise ships, now sur­rounded by the Aloha Tower Mar­ket Place and its wide va­ri­ety of restau­rants, bars, cafes and gift shops. Take in the many dif­fer­ent styles of unique ar­chi­tec­ture.

DI­A­MOND HEAD STATE MON­U­MENT

One of the most vis­ited des­ti­na­tions on Oahu, fea­tures a two-hour, 1.6-mile hike from the in­side of the crater to the sum­mit. At the sum­mit, hik­ers are awarded with the most breath­tak­ing views daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is lim­ited park­ing dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods. To avoid crowds, opt to ar­rive be­tween 1 and 4 p.m. $5 per car, $1 per pedes­trian. 4200 Di­a­mond Head Road.

For more in­for­ma­tion call the Dept. of Land & Nat­u­ral Re­sources, 808.587.0300. www.hawai­is­tateparks.org

DOLE PLANTATION

Many Hawaii res­i­dents can trace their an­ces­tral roots to the plantation days of Hawaii, when work­ers from other coun­tries ar­rived to work in the plan­ta­tions in the early 1900s. Cul­tural inf lu­ences from those days linger, and at Dole Plantation, vis­i­tors can learn about them. You can ride on the Pineap­ple Ex­press, tour the Plantation Gar­den and walk in the World’s Largest Maze, shaped like a pineap­ple. The snack shop and gen­eral store sells pineap­ple ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing Dole Whip Pineap­ple Ice Cream. 64-1550 Kame­hameha Hwy., 808.621.8408. www.dole­plan­ta­tion.com

HANAUMA BAY NA­TURE PRESERVE

Snorkel­ers of all lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence can ex­plore this marine life con­ser­va­tion area. Stun­ning from the look­out and stag­ger­ing from in the wa­ter, the tur­tles, sea urchins, eels and a liv­ing coral for­est are pure un­der­wa­ter eye candy. Vis­i­tors can rent equip­ment and lock­ers at the beach and are re­quired to watch an ed­u­ca­tional video be­fore en­ter­ing the park. It can get crowded dur­ing peak hours. Daily ex­cept Tuesdays. Park­ing: $1 per car. Gen­eral $7.50, chil­dren 12 and un­der and Hawaii res­i­dents free with proof of res­i­dency. 7455 Kala­ni­anaole Hwy., 808.396.4229. www.hanaum­abaystatep­ark.com

HONOLULU ZOO

The largest zoo within a ra­dius of 2,500 miles. Honolulu Zoo is home to 900+ mam­mals, birds and rep­tiles, in habi­tats that in­clude the African sa­vanna, trop­i­cal for­est, is­lands of the Pa­cific and the chil­dren’s zoo. Some of the en­dan­gered an­i­mals in­clude the nene (Hawai­ian goose), koloa maoli (Hawai­ian duck) and the Su­ma­tran tiger. 151 Ka­pahulu Ave., 808.971.7171. www.onolu­lu­zoo.org

HOOMALUHIA BOTANICAL GAR­DENS

En­dan­gered and rare plants, di­vided ac­cord­ing to geo­graphic re­gions, are pam­pered in this 400-acre botanic gar­den in the folds of the Ko‘olau Moun­tains. Vis­i­tors me­an­der through a net­work of trails lead­ing to a 32-acre lake. Free guided tours Sat­ur­day 10 a.m. and Sun­day 1 p.m. There are also camp­grounds, a pic­nic area, a vis­i­tor cen­ter and ex­ten­sive botanical li­brary, and camp­ing is al­lowed with a per­mit. 45- 680 Lu­luku Rd., 808.233.7323. www.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg.html

IOLANI PALACE

The mag­is­te­rial palace is the for­mer home of the Hawai­ian monar­chy and the only of­fi­cial royal res­i­dence in the United States. Selfguided au­dio tours: adults - $14.75, youth ages 5-12 - $6. Reser­va­tions rec­om­mended for do­cent-led tours: adults - $21.75, youth - $6 Base­ment gallery ex­hibits: adults - $5, youth - $3. 364 S. King St., 808.522.0822. www.iola­ni­palace.org

KAWAIAHAO CHURCH

Known as the “West­min­ster Abbey of Hawaii,” this is the first Chris­tian church in Hawaii, com­mis­sioned by Kaahu­manu, wife of Kame­hameha I in the early 1800s. Hawai­ian roy­alty wor­shipped here for many years, and ser­vices in Hawai­ian are still of­fered. The church is listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places and is an ar­chi­tec­tural mar­vel. 957 Punch­bowl St., 808.469.3000. www.kawaiahao.org

KING KAME­HAMEHA STATUE

This land­mark gold-leaf statue (and pop­u­lar photo op­por­tu­nity) in the mid­dle of Down­town Honolulu hon­ors King Kame­hameha the Great, who uni­fied the Hawai­ian Is­lands and founded the Hawai­ian monar­chy. Fronting Ali­iolani Hale, the Hawaii State Supreme Court, 447 S. King St.

NUUANU PALI STATE WAY­SIDE

Perched nearly 1,000 feet high in the Koolau Mountain Range, this look­out from the pali (cliffs) of­fers as­ton­ish­ing views of the val­leys, coast­line and blue wa­ters of Oahu’s wind­ward side. A haunt­ing twist frames this pop­u­lar at­trac­tion: a grue­some bat­tle that de­ter­mined the fate of the Hawai­ian Is­lands. When King Kame­hameha and a ri­val chief bat­tled here for con­trol of the Is­lands, thou­sands of war­riors, pushed off the es­carp­ment, plum­meted to their deaths in the val­ley be­low. With the pow­er­ful winds sweep­ing through this look­out point, it’s a multi-sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence. $3 park­ing fee. On Nuuanu Pali Dr. www.hawai­is­tateparks.org

POLY­NE­SIAN CUL­TURAL CEN­TER

With its six na­tive is­land vil­lages, a Hawai­ian luau and “Ha: Breath of Life,” a Poly­ne­sian show, the PCC is a liv­ing mu­seum and en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter. With Poly­ne­sian dance, mu­sic and fire-knife danc­ing, the show tells the story of Mana and his beloved Lani. Daily ex­cept Sun­day. 55-370 Kame­hameha Hwy., 808.293.3333. www.poly­ne­sia.com

USS ARI­ZONA ME­MO­RIAL (PEARL HAR­BOR)

The largest vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tion in Hawaii, the USS Ari­zona Me­mo­rial is the fi­nal rest­ing place for 1,117 of the ships’ crew who lost their lives on De­cem­ber 7, 1941. A di­min­ish­ing num­ber of World War II vet­er­ans gather yearly at the me­mo­rial, a re­minder of the day when the U. S. en­tered World War II. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the Me­mo­rial are of­fered ev­ery 15 min­utes from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1,300 free tick­ets are avail­able ev­ery day on a first come first serve ba­sis. Half day and full day tours avail­able. 1 Ari­zona Me­mo­rial Pl., 808.422.3300. www.pearl­har­borhis­toric­sites.org

USS BOWFIN SUB­MA­RINE & MU­SEUM (PEARL HAR­BOR)

Ad­mis­sion in­cludes two tours. The Sub­ma­rine Mu­seum tour ed­u­cates vis­i­tors of the his­tory of un­der­sea war­fare and the USS Bowfin tour cov­ers the Bowfin and how it be­came one of the most dec­o­rated sub­marines of WWII. Both tours in­clude free self-guided nar­rated au­dio tours. Other on-site at­trac­tions in­clude a Wa­ter­front Me­mo­rial honor­ing 52 Amer­i­can sub­marines and 3,500 sub­mariners, a mini-the­ater fea­tur­ing sub­ma­rine videos and a mu­seum. 11 Ari­zona Me­mo­rial Dr., 808.423.1341. www.pearl­har­borhis­toric­sites.org

VAL­LEY OF THE TEMPLES

Tucked away in the Koolau Moun­tains, the By­odo-In Tem­ple is a replica of 1,000 yearold Bud­dhist tem­ple in Ja­pan and fea­tures a statue of Bud­dha sit­ting on a gold-leaf lo­tus blos­som. The grounds are home to wild pea­cocks and hun­dreds of Japanese koi carp. 47-200 Ka­hek­ili High­way, Ka­neohe, HI 96744., 808.239.8811. www.by­odo-in.com

WAIKIKI AQUARIUM

The third-old­est aquarium in the coun­try is world-renowned as the first fa­cil­ity in the world to suc­cess­fully prop­a­gate the Cham­bered Nau­tilus. With a liv­ing reef, monk seals, coral farm and reef ex­plo­ration pro­grams plus Jun Kaneko ce­ramic sculp­tures f lank­ing the en­trance, it’s one of Oahu’s jewels. Open daily. 2777 Kalakaua Ave., 808.923.9741. www.waikiki­aquar­ium.org

WAIMEA VAL­LEY

Waimea Val­ley is an ex­pan­sive, 1,875 acre pri­vately-owned prop­erty run by a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. Filled with na­tive f lora, the val­ley is rich in his­tory and a cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant wahi pana (sto­ried place). Ex­pe­ri­ence Waimea Val­ley with a walk through a sa­cred ahupua`a (Hawai­ian land di­vi­sion that ex­tends from the moun­tains to the sea), which hap­pens to have a world­class Botanical Gar­den in the mid­dle of it. 59-864 Kame­hameha Hwy., 808.638.7766. www.waimeaval­ley.net

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