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The Historic City Center

A walk through 19th century Hawaii

Statue of King Kamehameha the Great
Historic City Center walking tour route map




2 Hours

Available between 8AM to 5:30PM

Available all year


Walking tour of Kawaiaha'o Church and the Missionary Houses, Statue of Kamehameha the Great, Iolani Palace, Hawaii State Capital, St. Andrew's Cathedral


Meet your private guide at the street entrance to Kawaiaha'o Church. Private transportation for pickup and dropoff can be arranged for you at additional cost.

A walk along Honolulu's central King and Bretania streets is a walk through the most significant historic events in Hawaii of the 19th century that transformed the islands from a traditional Polynesian society to a modern territory of the United States in less than a century.

We begin our exploration at the Missionary Houses and Kawaiaha'o Church to learn about the arrival of the Protestant missionaries from Boston and why the Kamehameha dynasty was anxious to replace their ancient religion with Christianity.  Next, at the statue of King Kamehameha the Great we will hear some of the stories of this great king that united the islands. The Ali'iolani Building which the statue fronts is the site where Queen Lili'uokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii, was deposed.

Next, we'll cover the legacy of King Kalakaua, "the Merrie Monarch" at Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States before we tour Hawaii's current state capital building. (NOTE: state capital courtyard access is limited during the reflecting pool renovation).

Our final stop will be at St. Andrews Cathedral, the Episcopalian Church built by King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma during their unsuccessful attempt to transfer the sphere of influence back to Great Britain from the United States.  The largest stain glass window ever made in the United States up until that time with its controversial "surfing Jesus" fronts the cathedral. (Note: St. Andrews is currently open for Sunday services only).

This tour can also be added as an extension to any other Oahu Insights tour.

For more information you can request info, call 808-762-1500 or e-mail

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