We will meet at your hotel in Waikiki, then run along the beachfront towards downtown. We will pass the Honolulu boat harbor, which is famous from the opening credits of Gilligan’s Island. We will then reach Ala Moana Beach Park where we will run along the Pacific Ocean, smell the salty air, and feel the breeze coming off of the water! Next, we will pass the Fisherman’s Wharf before we cross over into the Kakaako neighborhood, where you will see just a few of the amazing murals from the global event Pow!Wow! Street artists from around the world paint huge murals on the sides of the buildings, which create a very colorful backdrop for touring the neighborhood. Here you will find many interesting food trucks that are always innovative and inventive with unique items only found in the Pacific Rim.
We will head past 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. 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 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, 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 even more murals!