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Kawaiaha'o Church

Kawaiaha'o Church Tours and Activities

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Often referred to as 'the Westminster Abbey of the Pacific,' this historic stone church was the first of its kind to be built on the island of Oahu. Prior to its construction in 1843, Christian missionaries held weekly sermons in small, pili grass huts, but the Hawaiian royalty rapidly embraced Christianity and a long lineage of Hawaiian royalty has worshipped here at the church. Not only is King Kamehameha II buried on the grounds, but this is where Kamehameha III uttered the phrase that would eventually become the state motto: "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono"—"the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."

When it was completed, Kawaiaha'o Church was unlike any structure that had previously been built on Oahu. Over 14,000 coral blocks were carved from offshore reefs, and it's estimated that over 1,000 workers took nearly six years to completely finish the church. Today, the structure is an architectural highlight of Honolulu’s historic quarter, where visitors can also find 'Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha statue, in addition to the current state capital.

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Sanctuary open daily 8am-4:30pm
957 Punchbowl St, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813
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Pearl Harbor Arizona, Missouri and City Tour w/ Lunch

Pearl Harbor Arizona, Missouri and City Tour w/ Lunch

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Explore the sites of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu on this tour from Waikiki. YYou'll board the USS Missouri, visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to learn about the rich history of WWII. Plus, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Honolulu to see attractions such as the King Kamehameha Statue and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl Cemetery).
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  • 8 hours
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Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona - Honolulu City Tour

Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona - Honolulu City Tour

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Combine visits to downtown Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and the USS Arizona during a half-day tour departing from Waikiki or Kahala. In a climate-controlled tour vehicle, travel between the area's disbursed landmarks, spending time listening to your guide's informative commentary at each. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki and Kahala hotels provided.
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  • 5 hours
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Honolulu Scavenger Hunt: Royal Views Of Honolulu

Honolulu Scavenger Hunt: Royal Views Of Honolulu

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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Honolulu Downtown Walking Tour

Honolulu Downtown Walking Tour

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Welcome to Hawaii’s ONLY free tour created by and operated by locals! On this guided walking tour, you will learn about the history of Hawaii and see some of the 50th State’s renowned landmarks. Meet us at the King Kamehameha Statue in Downtown Honolulu and embark on a journey with one of our friendly, informative local tour guides. You will leave the tour with a better understanding of the true spirit of aloha rooted in Hawaiian history and orally passed down through generations from the ancient tribal Hawaiian times to the sugar plantation period to its current status as the world-renowned paradise destination on everyone’s bucket list!
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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O‘ahu Highlights Private Guided Tour: Landmarks & Architecture
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O‘ahu Highlights Private Guided Tour: Landmarks & Architecture

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Just arrived and don’t know what to see first? Take a relaxing 3-hour ride to Honolulu’s most iconic landmarks followed by jaw-dropping views as the venture continues across Southern O‘ahu’s mountainous highways. Our tours are private and just for your group!
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  • 3 hours
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Private Oahu Full Circle Island Tour From Waikiki
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Private Oahu Full Circle Island Tour From Waikiki

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Based on the fact that all of the tours are private, you go at your own pace and go where you want to, when you want to. Want to skip something? No problem! Want to go somewhere different? No worries! Our tour guides and vehicle provide a welcome change to traditional bus tours that last the entire day and stick to cookie-cutter itineraries. If you are looking for something more custom and unique, this exclusive Full Circle Island Tour From Waikiki is the perfect way to experience Oahu in one day, creating memories that will last a lifetime!
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History & Culture Tour in Honolulu via Segway

History & Culture Tour in Honolulu via Segway

Your tour begins as you glide to the iconic Aloha Tower at Honolulu Harbor and in to historic downtown Honolulu, Chinatown, colorful Hotel Street, Washington Place, Hawaii State Capitol, Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha State and many other statues and monuments, Kawaiahao Church and Mission Houses and closes at majestic Kaka'ako Waterfront Park for it's stunning ocean and cross-Island views. This tour offers an experiential glide through history of 19th Century Honolulu. NOTE: This tour requires two (2) guests to operate. We can add single guests if there are already two (2) guests reserved.
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Honolulu Walking Audio Tour through History and Culture

Honolulu Walking Audio Tour through History and Culture

Get to know Honolulu through its historical and architectural treasures located in the central part of the main city of Hawaii. This tour will guide you to the sites representing the city, nation, and Hawaiian royalty history. The mobile app helps you explore Honolulu with a private audio tour (included). The tour with an in-app audio guide is for the one who wants to have a look at the first Honolulu's highest building of older times, learn about the first king who founded the nation of Hawaii, get to know words that serve as the official motto of Hawaii, see the building with symbolic allusions to the natural features of Hawaii, understand how Honolulu Chinatown was born. The audio guide on the mobile app is the best way to enjoy the tour at your own pace and be independent of a group tour. The mobile app is available on App Store and Google Play and works offline. Enjoy your party only!
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What are Kawaiaha'o Church hours of operation?
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Kawaiaha'o Church hours of operation: Sanctuary open daily 8am-4:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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