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Top Five Historic Landmarks on Oahu, Hawaii

Want to get a glimpse of Hawaii back in time? Check out a list of our top five favorite
historic landmarks on the island of Oahu!

1. Iolani Palace
Located in downtown Honolulu, Iolani Palace was restored to its former grandeur, and tells of a time when King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls. Today, you can enjoy a tour of the Palace, which is the only royal residence in the U.S.

2. USS Arizona Memorial
This nationally revered memorial is the resting place of the 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and marines killed on the USS Arizona during the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Royal Star Hawaii offers daily tours to the Memorial along with other historic landmarks on Oʻahu, including the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Punchbowl National Cemetery and Downtown Honolulu.

3. Kawaiahao Church
Known as the national church of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kawaiahao Church was the first Christian church to be built on the island of Oahu. Also on the grounds of the church is Kawaiahao Fountain where the High Chiefess Hao frequented the freshwater spring.

4. Aloha Tower
Located at Pier 9 of Honolulu Harbor, Aloha Tower was once a lighthouse, and stood as the tallest building in Hawaii for four decades. Today, it is Aloha Tower Marketplace, which is home to a few restaurants as well as the ticket office of Star of Honolulu!

5. Washington Place
This historic residence is where Queen Liliuokalani was arrested during the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Washington Place later housed 13 Hawaii governors before being converted into a historic house museum.

Royal Star Hawaii offers the option to Create Your Own Tour to explore historic Hawaii sites! To book yours today, visit

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