Aloha Tower

Pier 9, Nimitz Highway Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813 Phone: 528-5700

Hours: 9 A.M.-9 P.M., Sunday-Thursday; 9 A.M.-10 P.M. Friday and Saturday. The centerpiece of the Aloha Tower Mar­ketplace, this historic tower was the tall­est building on O’ahu when it opened in 1926. Spectacular views can lie enjoyed from the tenth-floor observation deck. Free.

Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center

U.S.S. Arizona Memorial 1 Arizona Memorial Place Honolulu, Hawai’i 96818 Phone: 422-0561

Hours: Visitor Center: 7:30 A.M.-5 P.M. daily except Thanksgiving. Christmas and New Year’s Day. Program runs 8 A.M.-3 P.M. Shuttle boats to the sunken USS Ari­zona leave approximately every fifteen minutes between 8 A.M. and 3 P.M. (Visi­tors should expect a one- to three-hour wait for tours.)

Operated by the National Park Service, the Visitor Center houses a museum which displays a variety of historic pho­tos, news clippings and other memora­bilia from December 7, 1941, the day Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor, propelling America into World War II. A twenty-three-minute film highlighting the events leading up to and including the attack of Pearl Harbor is shown before visitors are taken to the memorial by shuttle boat. Free.

Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice Street Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817 Phone: 847-3511 Hours: 9 A.M.-5 P.M. daily Founded in 1889, Bishop Museum fea­tures the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts including feather cloaks, weapons, clothing, koa calabashes and jewelry. Hula perfor­mances are held Monday through Friday and Hawaiian craft demonstrations are] presented daily. Unique Island gifts can be found in the museum’s Shop Pacifica. Admission.

Byodo-In Temple

47-200 Kahekili Highway Kane’ohe, Hawai’i 96744 Phone: 239-8811 Hours: 9 A.M.-4 P.M. daily Nestled at the foot of the Ko’olau moun-1 tains in the Valley of the Temples Memo-1 rial Park, the temple is a duplicate ofl Japan’s 900-year-old architectural trea­sure. Nearby is a beautiful Oriental garden, carp pool, nine-foot Buddha statue and a teahouse. Admission.

Children’s Discovery Center

Kaka’ako Waterfront Park

Honolulu, Hawai’i 96814

Phone-. 592-5437

Hours: To be determined

Formerly known as the Hawai’i Children’s

Museum, this $10-million, 20,000-square-foot educational center is scheduled to re-open in 1997 at a new facility near

Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. Among  the highlights are interactive exhibits, children’s workshops and the “Rainbow Experience,” a 360-degree theater that will be the first of its kind. Admission.

Chinatown Historical Society

100 North Beretania Street, Suite 129-Q Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817 Phone: 521-3045

Hours: 10 A.M. and 1 P.M. weekdays Bordered by Nimitz Highway and Nu’uanu, River and Beretania Streets in downtown Honolulu, Chinatown tells a fascinating story. Guided two-hour walk­ing tours take visitors to historic build­ings, shops selling ethnic wares, restau­rants, markets, lei stands and art galler­ies. Meet at the Chinatown Historical Society office at Asia Mall (see above address). Admission.

The Contemporary Museum

2411 Makiki Heights Drive Honolulu, Hawai’i 96822 Phone: 526-1322

Hours: 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 P.M. Sunday. Closed on Mondays and major holidays.

The museum’s seven galleries feature changing exhibits of works in all media by artists of local, national and interna­tional renown. Admission (waived on the third Thursday of every month). Free garden tours are offered by appointment only (call at least a week in advance to schedule).

Damien Museum

130 ‘Ohua Avenue Honolulu, Hawai’i 96815 Phone: 923-2690

Hours: 9 A.M.-3 P.M. Monday-Friday Clothing, books and religious objects are among the items that may be viewed at this museum, which is dedicated to the life and work of Father Damien de Veuster. Father Damien devoted his life ministering to Hansen’s Disease patients at the isolated settlement of Kalaupapa on Moloka’i.

Dole Cannery

650 Iwilei Road Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817 Phone: 528-2236

Hours-. 9 A.M.-6 P.M. Monday-Saturday; 9 A.M.-4 P.M. Sunday

Free tours, exhibits and a film chroni­cling the rich history of Hawai’i’s pine­apple industry are highlights of a visit to The Dole Cannery. This shopping mall also features more than sixty retail stores, a food court and free parking.

Dole Plantation

64-1550 Kamehameha Highway Wahiawa, Hawai’i 96786 Phone: 621-8408

Hours: 9 A.M.-6 P.M. daily except Christ­mas Day

This is the home of the freshest pine­apples in Hawai’i. Stroll through the pine­apple variety garden and learn the fasci­nating story of pineapple. Treat yourself to a DoleWhip and shop for unique gifts in the only Dole store in the world.

Foster Botanical Garden

50 North Vineyard Boulevard

Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817 Phone: 522-7066

Hours: 9 A.M.-4 P.M. daily except Christ­mas and New Year’s. Guided tours are available on weekdays at 1 P.M. Reserva­tions are recommended. Blooming in this fourteen-acre garden is the nation’s largest collection of tropical plants, including many rare and endan­gered species. Admission.

Hawai’i IMAX Theater

325 Seaside Avenue Honolulu, Hawai’i 96815 Phone: 923-IMAX Hours: 11 A.M.-9 P.M. Shows are screened every hour on the hour. Located in the heart of Waikiki, this the­ater boasts an immense screen, measur­ing over five stories high and seventy feet wide with six-channel digital stereo sur­round-sound. The feature film, Hidden Hawai’i, is a forty-minute documentary that gives viewers a glimpse of remote locations in the Islands, including Lo’ihi, the new volcanic island currently bein^ born underwater off the Big Island. Ad

Hawai’i Maritime Center

Pier 7, Honolulu Harbor Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813 Phone: 536-6373 Hours: 8:30 A.M.-5 P.M. daily Take an exciting audio/video trip throug Hawai’i’s ocean history. Fifty displa) focus on a variety of themes, includir the first Polynesians, rowdy whalers, sui ing and 1930s luxury liners. Board tl tall ship Falls of Clyde, the last fou masted, fully rigged vessel in the worl See the historic Polynesian voyaging c noe, Hokule’a. Admission.

Hawai’i’s Plantation Village

94-695 Waipahu Street Waipahu, Hawai’i 96797 Phone: 677-0110 or 676-6727 (fax) Hours: Hourly tours, 9 A.M.-3 P.M. M( day-Saturday.

The diverse cultures and lifestyles of ei ethnic groups of Hawai’i are shared ^ visitors through artifacts, photos i documents of early sugar plantat workers. The park also features a fa nating display of medicinal plants. S ated on three acres of land, the Plai tion Village is composed of twenty-r dwellings similar to those that shelK workers during the early plantation d Donation.

Hawaiian Railway Society

91-1001 Renton Road

‘Ewa, Hawai’i 96706

Phone: 681-5461

Hours: 9 A.M.-noon, Monday-Friday; 11:30 A.M.-5 P.M. Sunday

A gift shop, picnic area, and exhibits of old locomotives and cars are featured. Every Sunday at 12:30 and 2:30 P.M., the jociety offers train rides along a historic stretch of tracks. The ninety-minute ride goes from the society’s ‘Ewa Station to Paradise Cove. Groups can arrange rides on other days. There is a charge for the train ride; admission to the exhibit area is free.

Hilo Hattie—The Store of Hawaii

700 North Nimitz Highway Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817 Phone: 544-3500 or (800) 272-5282 Hours: 8:30 A.M.-6 P.M. daily Free transportation is provided between Waikiki and Hilo Hattie, which offers the largest selection of Hawaiian fashions, gifts, souvenirs and jewelry in the state. Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M., visitors can take a look inside the factory and watch garments being sewn. Free.

Honolulu Academy of Arts

900 South Beretania Street Honolulu, Hawai’i 96814 Phone: 532-8701

Hours: 10 A.M.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Satur­day, 1-5 P.M. Sunday

Exhibitions, films, concerts, and educa­tional and community programs make this the most comprehensive art center in I [awai’i. Dedicated in 1927, the mu­seum is noted for its fine collections of Asian and Pacific art as well as American and European masterpieces. Admission.

Honolulu Zoo

kapi olani Park Honolulu, Hawai’i 96815 Phone:971-7171

I lotus: 9 A.M.-4:30 P.M. daily except Christ­mas and New Year’s Day A petting zoo and free elephant show are highlights of a visit here. During the summer months, free twilight concerts are held each Wednesday, spotlighting some of the Islands’ best-known performers. Admission.

‘Iolani Palace

King and Richards Streets Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813 Phone: 522-0832

Hours: Tours (reservations required) leave every fifteen minutes between 9 A.M. and 2:15 P.M., Wednesday-Saturday. Children under five years old are not admitted into the palace. This historic, four-story Victorian struc­ture is a popular stop for thousands of visitors each year. Built in 1882, the pal­ate sraved as the official residence of Hawaii’s last two monarchs, King Ka-

lakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani. Admis­sion.

Island Guitars

1050 Ala Moana Boulevard

Bldg A-l, #41

Ward Warehouse

Honolulu, Hawai’i 96814

Phone: 591-2910

Hours: 10 A.M.-9 P.M. Monday-Friday, 10

A.M.-5 P.M. Saturday and Sunday.

A museum housing vintage guitars of various makes is located in this guitar specialty shop. Drop by to talk about guitars. Free.

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i

2454 South Beretania Street

Honolulu. Hawai’i 96826

Phone: 945-7633

Hours: The Historical Gallery is open 10

A.M.-4 P.M. Wednesday-Sunday

A 4,500-square-foot Historical Gallery features two exhibits—one changing, the other a permanent exhibit focusing on the history of the Japanese in Hawai’i from the time of the first immigration (1868) to the present. Entitled “Okage Sama De” (“I Am What I Am Because of You”), this exhibit includes charts, maps, photographs, tools, furniture, utensils and other artifacts. Admission. Facilities at the cultural center also include a teahouse and a martial arts dojo.

Kualoa Activity Club and Secret Island

P.O. Box 650 Ka’a’awa, Hawai’i 96730 Phone: 237-7321

Hours: Narrated tours and guided rides are offered Monday-Friday 9 A.M.-3 P.M. Kualoa is 4,000 acres of tropical para­dise. Activities include horseback riding, helicopter rides, mountain biking, hik­ing, dune cycling, scuba diving, catama­ran cruises, jet skiing, snorkeling, canoe­ing and windsurfing. You’ll enjoy history, legends, and beautiful scenery including a king’s fish pond, flower gardens and a private island—where guests are taken into Kane’ohe Bay to a coral reef teem­ing with aquatic life and the site where Jurassic Park wis filmed. Reservations.

Maui Divers’ Jewelry Design Center

1520 Liona Street Honolulu, Hawai’i 96814 Phone: 943-8383 Hours: 8 A.M.-4:30 P.M. daily During a free tour, watch master crafts­men create stunning jewelry made of precious coral that has been harvested from ocean depths of more than 200 feet. The rare coral is cut, polished and set with diamonds, pearls and other fine gems. Maui Divers boasts the world’s larg­est collection of Hawaiian black coral, Hawaii’s state gem. Free shuttle service is provided between Waikiki, Maui Divers and Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Mission Houses Museum

553 South King Street Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813 Phone: 531-0481

Hours: 9 A.M.-4 P.M. Tuesday-Saturday. Guided tours are scheduled at 9:30,10:30 and 11:30 A.M. and 1, 2 and 3 P.M. Hawai’i’s missionary days come to life in this complex of structures built between 1821 and 1841. Displayed are items used by the missionaries—furniture, books, quilts and other household belongings. Christmas candlelight tours and a Living History program with actors playing the roles of nineteenth-century missionaries are notable events. Admission.

Mormon Temple

55-600 Naniloa Loop La’ie, Hawai’i 96762 Phone: 293-9297 Hours: 9 A.M.-8 P.M. daily Constructed in  1919, the “Taj Mahal of the Pacific” was the first Mormon temple built outside the continental United States. Although non-members are not allowed inside, the grounds and the visitors cen­ter are open to the public. Free.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

2177 Puowaina Drive Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813 Phone: 566-1430

I lours: Open daily, 8 A.M.-5:30 P.M. Sep­tember 30-March 1; 8 A.M.-6:30 P.M. March 2-September 29; 7 A.M.-7 P.M. Memorial Day.

Located in Punchbowl Crater, this 116-acre cemetery is the final resting place for more than 25,000 men and women who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. A panoramic view of Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and Waikiki makes this one of the state’s most popular attractions. Afternoon guided walking tours are available through the American Legion. Call 946-6383 for addi­tional information.

Pacific Aerospace Museum

Main lobby, Honolulu International Airport

300 Rodgers Boulevard, #7 Honolulu, Hawai’i 96819 Phone: 839-0777

Hours: 9 A.M.-6 P.M. Sunday-Tuesday; 9 A.M.-7 P.M. Wednesday-Thursday; 9 A.M.-9 P.M. Friday; 9 A.M.-10 P.M. Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

This museum features a variety of exhib­its focused on aviation and space explo­ration, including a full-scale NASA space shuttle flight deck, a computerized globe that provides flight lengths and distances, and a  Great Skyquest Theater” that shows multimedia presentations. Admission.

Paradise Cove Lu’au Village

Ko ‘Olina Resort 82-1089 Ali’inui Kapolei, Hawai’i 96707 Phone: 973-5828 Hours: 4:45-8:30 P.M. daily This authentic village with thatched-roof huts presents an imu ceremony, arts and crafts displays, and one of the Islands’ best lu’aus nightly. Transportation is pro­vided from Waikiki. Admission.

Polynesian Cultural Center

55-370 Kamehameha Highway La’ie, Hawai’i 96762 Phone: 293-3333 Hours: 12:30-9 P.M. daily except Sunday

The unique cultures of seven Polynesian groups—Hawai’i, New Zealand, the Marquesas, Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa and Fiji— are shared in authentically rec­reated islands. The IMAX Polynesia experience; the col­orful “Ancient Legends of Polynesia” Canoe Pageant; and “Horizons! Where the Sea Meets the Sky” evening show, featuring more than 150 dancers and musicians; and the Ali’i Lu’au are highlights. Admission.

Queen Emma Summer Palace

2913 Pali Highway

Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817

Phone: 595-3167

Hours: 9 A.M.-4 P.M. daily except major


Many of the possessions of Queen Emma,

King Kamehameha IV and young Prince

Albert are displayed in this beautifully

restored home. Admission.

Queen’s Medical Center Historical Room

1301 Punchbowl Street Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813 Phone: 547-4397

Hours: 8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. Monday and Wednesday

Showcased here are exhibits illustrating the medical history of Hawai’i, early Ha­waiian medicine, the history of Hawaii’s hospitals and the history of various medi­cal specialties. Included are photographs, medical instruments, medical records and documents. Displays change every two or three months. Free.

Royal Mausoleum

2261 Nu’uanu Avenue

Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817

Phone: 536-7602

Hours: 8 A.M.-4 P.M. Monday-Friday

Considered the most sacred burial ground

in the Islands, this three-acre site serves as the resting place for six of the eight Hawaiian monarchs—King Kamehameha II, III, IV and V, King Kalakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani.

Sea Life Park

41-202 Kalaniana’ole Highway Waimanalo, Hawai’i 96795 Phone: 259-7933 Hours: 9:30 A.M.-5 P.M. daily Sea Life Park offers exciting shows fea­turing dolphins, false killer whales, sea lions and penguins and unique marine exhibits including green sea turtles and the world’s only “wholphin” (half false killer whale, half dolphin). The 300,000-gallon Hawaiian Reef Tank will allow you to see some of the thousands of reef fish and other sea creatures native to Hawai­ian and Pacific waters. Learn how to train a dolphin at Sea Life Park’s new, interac­tive “Splash University.” Admission.

Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gar­dens

47-285 Pulama Road Kane’ohe, Hawai’i 96744 Phone: 239-6775 ‘ Hours: 10 A.M.-4 P.M. daily This 725-acre attraction, owned by former U.S. Senator Hiram Fong and his family, includes gardens of exotic flowers, pan­oramic views of windward O’ahu, and more than 100 different edible fruits and nuts grown in orchards. Daily lei-mak­ing classes are offered. Guided tram ride tours (last tour departs at 3 P.M.) are avail­able. Paintball games, archery, hiking, mountain climbing, jeep rides into the rain forest and horseback riding are also available, but require twenty-four-hour notice. Admission.

Tropic Lightning Museum

Schofield Barracks, Hawai’i 96857 Phone: 655-0438

Hours: 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Tuesday-Saturday Artifacts, photographs and archival ma­terial document the history of Schofield Barracks and the 25th Infantry Division. Free.

U.S. Army Museum of Hawai’i

Battery Randolph, Fort DeRussy   , Corner of Kalia and Saratoga Roads Honolulu, Hawai’i 96815 Phone: 438-2821

Hours: 10 A.M.-4:30 P.M. Tuesday-Sunday except Christmas and New Year’s Day. The history of the LJ.S. Army in the Pa­cific and Hawaiian military history are spotlighted in this unique museum along Waikiki Beach. Photographs, weapons and military equipment, including tanks and helicopters, are on display. Free. Guided tours for groups are available by appointment.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum &


11 Ari?,ona Memorial Drive Honolulu, Hawaii 96818 Phone: 423-1341

Hours: 8 A.M.-5 P.M. daily except Thanks­giving, Christmas and New Year’s Day (The last tour of the submarine is at 4:30


Located within walking distance from the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center is the historic WWII submarine nicknamed the “Pearl Harbor Avenger,” USS Bowfin (SS-287). Visitors are invited to explore USS Bowfin, one of only fourteen U.S. submarines still in existence today. The park also features a museum of subma­rine history, a mini-theater and outdoor exhibits. Children under four are not al­lowed on the submarine for safety rea­sons but are welcome in the park. Ad­mission.

Waikiki Aquarium

2777 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, Hawai’i 96815 Phone: 923-9741

Hours: 9 A.M.-5 P.M. (admission desk doses at 4:30 P.M.) daily except Christ­inas.

Discover the wonders of an ocean world that is home to nearly 2,000 marine ani­mals from Hawai’i and the tropical Pa­cific. The Waikiki Aquarium offers visi­tors new experiences, coming face-to-face with Hawaiian monk seals, mahi-mahi, sharks, jellyfish, living corals and oilier sea creatures.

Waimea Valley, Home of Waimea Falls Park

59-864 Kamehameha Highway Hale’iwa, Hawai’i 96712 Phone: 638-8511 Hours: 10 A.M.-5:30 P.M. daily Spend a day in the country amidst 6,000 varieties of native and imported plants, trees and flowers. This lush 1,800-acre park also features ancient Hawaiian games, hula dancing, cliff-diving perfor­mances and a reconstructed Hawaiian village from the 1700s. Kayak expedi­tions, mountain bike tours and ATV (all-lerrain vehicle) rides are among the ac­tivities offered. Admission.

Wildlife Museum

1190 Dillingham Boulevard Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817 Phone: 848-0660 Hours: 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M. daily Showcased here are more than 370 ani­mals  that  museum   founder  W.T. Yoshimoto collected from forty-three countries. Admission.

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