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Get acquainted with WWII’s red-light district in Honolulu on this 1.5-hour small-group walking tour. Get an idea of how and where American military men let loose as you explore their past go-to spots like bars, clubs, and tattoo shops in the neighborhood. 


  • 1.5-hour walking tour of the WWII red-light district in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Stroll around Maunakea Market Place, and see older locations of former brothels from WWII
  • Stop by bars and tattoo parlors, such as Old Ironside Tattoo and Smith's Union Bar
  • Please note this tour is not appropriate for children
  • Walk includes a moderate amount of walking
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible

What You Can Expect

World War II Red Light District Tour of Honolulu

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Head over to the Hawaii Theatre on Bethel Street in Honolulu’s Chinatown to meet your small group. Your group will be 12 people or less, so you’ll get more attention  from your guide and be able to ask all of your got-to-know questions.

Get ready to hear some racy stories about WWII sailors and the way they enjoyed spending their time when they were off duty during this 1-mile (1.6-km) walk. From brothels to bars to tattoo parlors and strip clubs, there was always some sort of trouble for them to get into.

Walk around Maunakea Market Place, and visit the locations of former WWI-era brothels. Stop at bars, such as Smith's Union Bar, and see where the men of WWI liked to sip on their favorite alcoholic beverages. Then, pass Old Ironside Tattoo and Club Hubba Hubba, key places of the WWI red-light district.

Customer Reviews

Vida H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I really enjoyed this tour, it was evocative, entertaining and fascinating. The guide, Carter, has a great presentation style and is clearly very knowledgable.

Nicolle L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a great informative tour, with lots of juicy information! Highly recommend it, especially after visiting Pearl Harbour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Very informative, well researched tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Hi. Carter our tour guide was fantastic. She was very knowledgable and knew all the facts about the area. Would highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour is a must do if you're interested in hearing and seeing a part of the war effort that is rarely if ever discussed. Carter does a terrific job of sharing the inside info of this very important district during a critical time of history. This tour and Carter do not disappoint...loved both! Can't wait to experience Carter's Bubonic Plaque tour!

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