King Kamehameha Statue Tours

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Planted firmly on the lawn of Aliiolani Hale, the State Supreme Court building, is the most visited of all the statues honoring King Kamehameha I in Hawaii. The 18-foot bronze icon with golden-colored detailing was erected in 1883 and depicts a spear-wielding and cloak-draped Kamehameha the Great, the first Hawaiian monarch and the ruler credited with uniting the Islands under single rule in 1810. 

Each year on a date near the June 11 state holiday commemorating King Kamehameha, community groups build massive flower lei garlands and drape them over the Honolulu statue using the ladder from a fire truck. The popular lei draping ceremony commemorates the King’s significance and kicks off week-long celebrations of colorful parades and festivals throughout the Islands.

The story of the statue’s procurement also undoubtedly adds to its allure: Constructed in Europe, the sculpture took several years to make, and, when finally finished and rounding the horn of South America, (the Panama Canal wasn’t completed until 1914) the ship carrying it wrecked near the Falkland Islands. Using insurance money, a second statue was quickly built and arrived in Honolulu without incident; this is the statue that stands here today. Meanwhile, Falkland fishermen were able to retrieve the sunken original and sold it to back to the then-U.S. territory, where the strikingly similar sculpture still stands not far from the king’s birthplace on Hawaii Island. Another Kamehameha figure, made from molds of the Honolulu version, is one of two statues representing the state of Hawaii in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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Honolulu’s King Kamehameha Statue sits in the center of Aliiolani Hale’s circular front lawn at 417 S. King Street in the downtown government district. Several TheBus public transit routes pass alongside the statue leaving from Waikiki, and visits to the statue are also included in many Honolulu-area tours. If you plan on watching lei draping commemorative ceremonies on or around June 11, be sure to arrive before the usual 5 p.m. start time to get the best vantage.
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Address: 447 S King St, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 96813, USA
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Skip the Line: Pearl Harbor Memorial Small Group Tour From Waikiki

Travel with a small group to Pearl Harbor and gain admission to the USS ‘Bowfin’ submarine, USS ‘Missouri’ battleship and USS ‘Oklahoma’ Memorial plus skip-the-line entry to the USS ‘Arizona’ Memorial. This 7-hour excursion includes audio tours and a visit to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Then take a narrated tour past the historic landmarks of downtown Honolulu, including the King Kamehameha statue, Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Capitol. Round-trip transport is available from Waikiki hotels and other locations.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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USS Missouri, USS Arizona Memorial, and Pearl Harbor Tour from Waikiki

Explore the sites of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu on this tour from Waikiki. You'll receive skip-the-line access for a guided tour of the USS Missouri and visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to learn about the Japanese attacks in 1941. Plus, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Honolulu to see attractions such as the King Kamehameha Statue and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl Cemetery).
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All-Inclusive Beyond the Call to Duty Tour of Pearl Harbor

Learn about the history of Pearl Harbor and World War II on this all-inclusive 10-hour tour. This tour includes admission to all attractions, including the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center museums and the USS Missouri, and guided narration for a comprehensive understanding of the role Pearl Harbor played in WWII.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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USS Arizona Memorial And USS Missouri Group Tour from Waikiki

Travel with a small group to Pearl Harbor, one of Oahu’s most significant attractions. This 6-hour excursion includes a guided tour of the USS ‘Missouri’ plus skip-the-line admission with an audio tour of the USS ‘Arizona’ Memorial. At the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, see film footage of the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. Then drive past the historic landmarks of downtown Honolulu including the King Kamehameha statue, Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Capitol.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Hawaii Five-0 TV Locations Tour

Fans of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ will love this guided, 4.5-hour tour of Oahu’s most memorable landmarks. Visit exclusive filming locations that will conjure up images and episodes of the hit television show. Enjoy a personalized adventure around the island where the show is currently being filmed. See the Kamehameha Statue in front of the Ali’iolani Hale, home to the Hawaii State Supreme Court; the hallowed Iolani Palace, the original Hawaii Five-0 Headquarters; plus Rachel's House, McGarrett's House, the Governor’s mansion and much more. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Tour and Pacific Aviation Museum Tour from Waikiki

Visit Pearl Harbor with private transportation for a hassle-free way to experience this historical Oahu site in your group limited to 3 people. Receive skip-the-line access to the USS Arizona Memorial, and visit other attractions at Pearl Harbor like the Visitor Center and Pacific Aviation Museum. Plus, enjoy a brief city tour of Honolulu to see landmarks like Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha I statue.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Pearl Harbor and Free Honolulu City Tour

The line to visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor starts forming at the crack of dawn and, due to high demand, there are often more people in line than tickets available. However, you can skip the line and hassle by booking this private guided tour. After visiting the memorial, accompanied by your guide, your excursion continues with a tour of downtown Honolulu, visiting such attractions as Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha statue.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona - Honolulu City Tour

Combine visits to downtown Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and the USS Arizona in a 5-hour tour departing from Waikiki or Kahala. In a climate-controlled tour vehicle, travel between the area's disbursed landmarks, spending time listening to your guide's informative commentary at each. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki and Kahala hotels provided.
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Private Transfer Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Complete Honolulu City Tour

Pearl Harbor is one of the most important WWII sites in the United States but with over 1.7 million annual visitors, it’s best to book ahead. This 5-hour tour includes private transfers and skip-the-line access to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial, plus a sightseeing tour of Honolulu’s most popular attractions.
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Pearl Harbor Small Group Tour From Waikiki

Visit some of the most-popular Pearl Harbor sites, including the USS Arizona and the USS Bowfin submarine, on this 6-hour, small-group tour. Enjoy a chauffeured transfer to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center where museums and galleries tell the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II. Explore one of the most famous submarines in the world and receive a complimentary audio set. Then enjoy a drive-through tour of some of the most popular sites and structures in the historical city of Honolulu. Waikiki hotel or port pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Historical Honolulu Bike Tour

Explore Honolulu on a half-day bike tour that provides an insider's look at the vibrant city's history, beaches, and sights. See street art in Kaka'ako park, taste fresh Hawaiian fruits in Chinatown, go up the Aloha Tower for the views, and discover the monuments around the Hawaii State Capitol, including the royal Iolani Palace. Your informative guide provides a bike and helmet, fascinating commentary throughout the leisurely tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Call to Duty Tour Pearl Harbor

The historical significance of Pearl Harbor resonates around the world, and this small spit of land in Hawaii has the crowds to match its reputation. Skip the lines and guarantee access to Pearl Harbor’s memorials, including the USS Arizona and Missouri, by booking in advance. This tour includes informative guided commentary, transportation in a comfortable minibus, and more to ensure a seamless and educational trip.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Small-Group Half-Day Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Tour from Honolulu

Join a small group for a half-day tour that delves into Honolulu's history, including a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona. Learn about old Hawaii when you visit the Iolani Palace and Kamehameha statue, then drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where many US soldiers are buried. Finally, take in the USS Arizona Memorial as you tour Pearl Harbor and see exhibits of War World II artifacts, videos, and photographs. Includes guide, admission ticket, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Waikiki.
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Oahu Day Trip: Full Day Pearl Harbor Tour From Maui

This comprehensive tour is perfect for history lovers and includes inter-island plane tickets, chauffeured airport transfers, a friendly driver and entrance to two of Hawaii's top naval attractions. Tour USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor with a small group, or venture through these historical icons on your own.  You don’t have to wait in line behind thousands for USS Arizona Memorial ticket, since they're included in the tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Oahu Day Trip: Skip-the-Line Pearl Harbor Experience from Kauai

Island hop to Oahu for a full-day immersion in Pearl Harbor history with this all-inclusive tour from Kauai. With all airfare, transfers, admission tickets, and skip-the-line entry to attractions arranged, you can focus on absorbing the importance of monuments like the USS 'Arizona’ Memorial and Ford Island’s USS 'Missouri’ battleship, and delve deep into Hawaii’s World War II history with entry to the Road to War and Pacific Aviation Museums.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Oahu Day Trip: Pearl Harbor and Oahu North Shore Tour From the Big Island

Discover Oahu during this 9-hour excursion to Pearl Harbor and the island's North Shore. Fly to Honolulu and take a chauffeured transfer to this historic World War II site. Then enjoy skip-the-line access to the USS Arizona Memorial and a guided tour, plus time for independent exploration. Spend part two of your day visiting Hawaiian heritage sites like the Statue of King Kamehameha I plus North Shore attractions like Pali Lookout and Waimea Bay. Inter-island flights, transfers, site entrance tickets, plus Honolulu and North Shore tour, are included.
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Oahu Day Trip: Pearl Harbor and North Shore Tour from Maui

See Pearl Harbor on an inter-island day trip from Maui to Oahu, including plane tickets, chauffeured airport transfers, a driver/guide and entrance to two of Hawaii's top naval attractions. First skip the line inside the USS 'Arizona' Memorial, and learn about the history of Pearl Harbor from an audio guide. Afterward, a driver will pick you up for a guided tour of the North Shore, passing sites such as Pali Lookout and Turtle Bay.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Oahu Day Trip: Pearl Harbor Full Day Experience From Big Island

Relive history during this 8-hour excursion to Pearl Harbor from the Big Island. Fly to Honolulu Airport and take a chauffeured transfer to this historic World War II site. Once you arrive, enjoy skip-the-line access to the famous USS Arizona Memorial, access to Road to War Museum and the USS Missouri, a fully-narrated tour, time to explore on your own and much more. Before returning you’ll visit Honolulu history sites like Iolani Palace. Inter-island flights, transfers, site entrance tickets, plus the Honolulu history tour, are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Oahu Day Trip: Battleship Tour Of Pearl Harbor From Big Island

Relive history during this 7-hour excursion to Pearl Harbor from the Big Island. Fly to Honolulu Airport and take a chauffeured transfer to this historic World War II site. Once you arrive, enjoy skip-the-line access to the famous USS Arizona Memorial and a fully-narrated tour, plus time to explore on your own. Before returning to the Big Island you’ll visit a variety of Hawaiian heritage sites like Iolani Palace and the Statue of King Kamehameha I. Inter-island flights, transfers, site entrance tickets, plus the Honolulu history tour, are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Oahu Day Trip: Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and Punchbowl from Kauai

See Oahu’s historic sites and scenic highlights on a full-day trip from Kauai that includes Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Travel through the poignant WWII-era history of the Hawaiian Islands, from the 1941 attack on the USS Arizona to the 1945 armistice signing aboard the USS Missouri. Get a glimpse of Oahu’s royal and colonial past in downtown Honolulu then reflect on aisles of gravestones and the heartrending “courts of the missing,” a remarkable memorial to soldiers lost in the war.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Oahu Day Trip: Battleships of Pearl Harbor Tour from Kauai

Get a comprehensive overview of Pearl Harbor's history during this 7-hour trip from Kauai. Make the most of your time with skip-the-line access to the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri, then explore both sites with included audio guides. Round-trip flights from Kauai included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Oahu Shore Excursion: Pearl Harbor Group Tour

If you're visiting Honolulu on a cruise ship, book this shore excursion for hassle-free access to Pearl Harbor. You'll be picked up at the Honolulu port for transport to Pearl Harbor, where you can skip the ticket line to explore the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Bowfin.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Pacific Aviation Museum, USS Arizona, Punchbowl and Honolulu City Tour

Explore the naval and aviation history of Pearl Harbor during this 7.5-hour excursion offering a combined visit to the USS Arizona Memorial, a stop at the newly-opened Pacific Aviation Museum and sightseeing tour of downtown Honolulu. Take a moving trip by Navy launch to the USS Arizona. Then admire rare WWII Japanese and American planes at the Pacific Aviation Museum. Finish your day exploring some of Honolulu’s most famous landmarks. Your trip includes museum admission, a guide and round-trip hotel transport from Waikiki.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Pearl Harbor Group Tour from Waikiki

Enhance your experience of the Pearl Harbor Memorial with this group tour from Waikiki. Transfer from Waikiki directly to the memorial, and expedite your entry to the USS Missouri Battleship, the USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Oklahoma and the USS Arizona Memorial with prepaid tickets. Learn about the history of all the important Pearl Harbor sites from a combination of video footage, audio headset and local tour guide. On the return trip to Waikiki, enjoy a complimentary tour of downtown Honolulu.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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