Historic Downtown Honolulu Tour: Audio Tour Guide

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From the unification of the islands to the overthrow of the monarchy, Hawaii has a distinct history. This tour takes you in depth to learn about the people and history behind Oahu's iconic places.


  • Meet the big boss, Kamehameha, at his grand statue.
  • Visit Ali’iolani Hale, where big decisions are made.
  • Explore Kawaiahao Church's serene white beauty.
  • Pay respect at King Lunalilo’s peaceful tomb.
  • Step into history at Iolani Palace, fit for royalty.


Hey there, explorers! Welcome to the Historic Downtown Honolulu Tour, where we're gonna walk, talk, and uncover some awesome history together! First up, we've got the Kamehameha Statue. Imagine a big, shiny statue of a guy named Kamehameha, who was a super important leader in Hawaii's past. He's like the boss of bosses! Next stop, Ali'i-what-now? Ali’iolani Hale! It's a fancy building where important stuff happens, kinda like a super-sized clubhouse for big-shot folks. Now, let's head over to Kawaiahao Church. Picture a big white church with a tower that stretches up to the sky. People used to gather here to sing songs and say prayers. And check it out, we're at King Lunalilo’s Tomb! This is where a king rests in peace, surrounded by beautiful flowers and calm vibes. Hop, skip, and jump to Honolulu Hale! It's not a hale full of honolulus, don't worry. It's actually a place where the city's big decisions get made. Think of it as the headquarters of cool ideas! Get ready to dive into books at the State Library. Rows and rows of books waiting to be read, just like a treasure trove of stories waiting to be discovered! Last but definitely not least, we've got Iolani Palace. This place is fit for a king (literally!). It's like stepping into a real-life castle with fancy rooms and lush gardens. So, grab your walking shoes and your sense of adventure, because we're about to journey through time and soak up some serious history! Let's go, history buffs! *Download the Shaka Guide app to access your purchased tours.*


Hours of audio narration with stories, travel tips and music Audio narration that plays automatically as you drive Turn-by-turn directions using GPS Freedom to explore at your own pace Tour highlights with activity and restaurant recommendations Offline map (no wifi or data needed) Tours NEVER expire Take the tour when you want Tour Start is Customizable

Important Information

  • *Download the Shaka Guide app to access your purchased tours.* Self-led audio tours of Iolani Palace cost $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for teens (13-17), $11.95 for children (5-12), and ages below 4 are FREE. The tour takes about an hour without stops. Plan to spend about two hours total (more if you’re doing the Iolani Palace tour, which we highlight recommend). You’ll be walking so wear comfortable shoes. If you’re traveling in a group, everyone will need to purchase the tour individually or use a headphone splitter.

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