Starting off at the edge of the bohemian Kakaako neighbourhood, we begin our tour with some of the most amazing murals, painted by street artist from around the world for the global Pow!Wow! event. These murals will provide a colourful backdrop as for touring the neighbourhood, where you will find many interesting food trucks that are always innovative with unique items only found in the Pacific Rim.
Skirting downtown, we will head to Aloha Tower, built in 1937, on our way to Chinatown. In Chinatown, we will grab some fresh fruit and water while we catch our breath. There’s food at these markets not found anywhere else outside of Hawaii. Just a few blocks over, we will reach the Historic Downtown Honolulu district. We’ll see the Mission Houses, which are the oldest standing Western structures in Hawaii. One of them dates back to 1821 and was cut and fitted in Boston. Also we’ll see The Kawaiaha`o Church and Cemetery built in 1842, which is considered the mother Protestant Church in Hawaii. And we will see the statue of King Kamehameha I, built in 1882, which was most recently featured in the opening credits of Hawaii Five-O.
Then we will see Iolani Palace, the only Royal palace in the United States, and formerly home of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Iolani Palace was built in 1882 by King Kalakaua. After he traveled to New York and met with Thomas Edison, King Kalakaua had electricity and telephones installed in the Palace in 1887; several years before The White House. Just behind the Palace is the State Capitol Building, which opened in 1969. Like the Hawaiian Islands, the Capitol is surrounded by water, and the outer columns that rise from the reflecting pools represent Hawaii’s palm trees. At this point, we’ll head back towards the meeting point, taking a slightly different path through Kakaako so you can see more murals. We will run along the ocean all the way back to your hotel.