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Hawaii is for History Lovers

For some travelers, learning about the history and culture of a destination is key to a dream vacation. Fortunately, if your clients are headed to the Islands of Hawaii, there are plenty of places to see and activities to do that will leave them with a better understanding of its rich past. While all of the islands have historical attractions, the two essential islands for your clients to visit are Oahu and Hawaii Island. From volcanic origins to Hawaiian monarchs, these islands are filled with historical must-sees. Here are some landmarks that your clients will want to check out if they are history buffs.


  • U.S Naval Base Pearl Harbor – Any history buff traveling to Oahu must see the Pearl Harbor Naval Base, which was named a National Historic Landmark on January 29, 1964. Visitors will also be able to see other National Historic Landmarks here, such as the USS Arizona, the USS Bowfin (which is now a museum at Pearl Harbor), and the USS Utah.
  • Diamond Head – This U.S. National Natural Monument’s proximity to Honolulu’s resorts makes it a popular destination for tourists. It is part of what geologists call the Honolulu Volcanic Series, which is a series of volcanic eruptions that created some of Oahu’s popular landmarks.
  • National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific – This national cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at Punchbowl Crater, which is also part of the Honolulu Volcanic Series. It honors veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Iolani Palace – In 1962, Iolani Palace was designated a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can tour the royal residence, which dates back to 1879.
  • Bishop Museum – This museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and has an extensive collection of archives related to Hawaii and the Pacific, making it a history lover’s paradise.
  • Washington Place – Located in the Historic District in Honolulu, this National Historic Landmark was home to the last ruling monarch of Hawaii and was central to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893. Visitors can take tours and immerse themselves in the past.  

After visiting these places, your clients should take an inter-island flight to Hawaii Island for a few more historical sites that will deepen their appreciation for Hawaii’s complex and interesting past.

Hawaii Island

  • Volcanoes National Park – This national park was named a World Heritage site in 1987 and is made up of two volcanoes: Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive volcano. It’s not very often that you can say you’ve witnessed a volcano in action, making this a top destination.
  • Pu’uhonua O Honaunau – This national park is considered a sacred site and was once a place of refuge for those escaping punishment. If your clients want beautiful scenery coupled with a memorable cultural experience, they should definitely make a visit.
  • Pu’ukohola Heiau  National Historic Site – This site is home to the last major Hawaiian temple and was built by Kamehameha I. Visitors will find peaceful walking trails that teach them about Hawaii’s history and culture.
  • Kaloko-Honokohau – This national historical park will invite your clients to experience Hawaiian culture, where the spirit of Kaloko-Honokohau became a singular way of life for the people of the island. The park offers special events and activities year-round. 
  • Mookini Heiau State Monument –This National Historic Landmark was built in 1370 and is one of Hawaii’s oldest and most sacred monuments.

Between Oahu and Hawaii Island, your clients will get their fill of history, transforming their vacation by deepening their understanding of each place they visit. If your client is also a thrill-seeker, consider Kauai as an alternative. Here they can visit places like the Kilohana Estate, Waioli Mission House and Waimea Canyon State Park, while incorporating adventurous activities into the mix. Be sure to read Get Your Clients Ready for Adventure in Hawaii if you’re searching for activities to get your client’s adrenaline racing.

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