Downtown Honolulu Walking Tour

Downtown in the 1800's

Translating to ‘sheltered bay’, Honolulu was first used as agricultural land before Kamehameha the Great’s rule . Although he is from Hawai’i island, Kamehameha had been living in Waikiki since 1804 with his army to conquer Oahu, and he decided to move his court of high-ranking chiefs and their retainers to Honolulu in 1809. Kamehameha stayed in Honolulu to plan his next attack on Kauaʻi, and during this time, Honolulu became the center of import/export through shipping. Being located in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaiʻi became a popular and convenient place for ships to restock on supplies .

Here is what you will see and learn about:

Audio Samples

Listen to clips from a few of the chapters


Each chapter corresponds to a location on the map below. Each chapter is 1-5min.
  1. John Papa ʻĪʻī
  2. ‘Iolani Palace
  3. Kauikeaouli: He Aupuni Palapala Koʻu
  4. Kamehameha Statue
  5. Aliʻiōlani Hale
  6. Kawaiahaʻo Church
  7. Lunalilo Mausoleum

About this walking tour

  • Starts at ʻIolani Barracks at ʻIolani Palace by RIchards Street
  • Ends at Lunalilo Mausoleum
  • Distance is about 0.5 mile 
  • Street parking available as indicated by city signs
  • 7 points of interest on this tour
  • Donʻt forget sun protection and water

Why Download our Walking Tour

Audio Tour

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Authentic stories

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Versus $4.99 like other tours. All proceeds go to sustaining this non profit and the creation of more available audio stories.

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