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Historical Sites & Museums on Oahu

Pearl Harbor

The Pearl Harbor Naval memorials include the USS Arizona, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Museum & Park, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. One of the most powerful parts of any trip to Oahu, many visitors are overcome with emotion by visiting such a historic place that serves as both a tribute and a memorial.

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Lucoral Museum

Do you go gaga for gemstones? Then you'll love this hidden spot in Waikiki. The Lucoral Museum offers a unique experience for visitors interested in pearls and other rare stones. Stop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their jewelry making class (how fun is that?) and to explore Hawaii's unique and precious minerals.

Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial commemorates the destruction of the battleship USS Arizona, part of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The USS Arizona Memorial experience begins with a short video describing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and then a ferry-ride to the actual Memorial that stands above the sunken battleship.

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Fort DeRussy

Named for General Rene Edward DeRussy, a Union soldier who served during America’s Civil War, Fort DeRussy in Honolulu shares its name with four other forts of the same name across the United States. Once consisting of coastal defense fortifications, this beautiful area is now mostly a landscaped park expanse that is open to the public.

Haleiwa Surf Museum

“Hanging Ten” in the North Shore Marketplace, the Haleiwa Surf Museum is dedicated to the pastime of surfing, its history and its impact on world culture. Much of the focus of this museum lies on the surfing history and culture of the North Shore, including an incredible collection of surfboards, records, collectible bottles, photos, videos and posters.

King Kamehameha Statue in front of Iolani Palace
King Kamehameha Statue

Honoring the monarch who first unified the Hawaiian Islands under a single ruling family, the Statue of King Kamehameha is a gigantic gold-leaf state of King Kamehameha the Great. On June 11th, the statue is adorned with fresh lei garlands and traditional hula demonstrations are performed at the Honolulu City Capitol Building.