• Tour code: 15419P1
  • Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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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.

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