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If you have a desire to learn about the natural treasures of the sea, then this establishment in Waikiki is the place to visit. There are fascinating exhibits on how coral and pearls transform into beautiful jewelry and works of art. Other exhibits showcase endangered plants and birds of the islands, and there's a wonderful area devoted to Hawaii's volcanic past. There is a for-sale area where you can pick up local arts and crafts made from the natural materials of the Hawaiian Islands.
Built in 1882 by Hawaii's last king, David Kalakaua, this stately three-story building is a real treat to tour. After the overthrow of the King's sister Queen Liliuokalani in 1893, the structure served as the territorial and state capitol until 1969. The Palace Galleries showcase jewels and regalia from the days of Hawaiian royalty. Guided tours are offered every 30 minutes and reservations are suggested.
Usually associated only with seaside fun, Hawaii also has lots to offer in terms of art and aesthetics. A part of the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the HiSAM urges you to explore works of talent created within this gorgeous state. Located in beautiful Honolulu, the museum has three galleries, a resource room, a cafe, a gift shop and an information stand to its credit. Soak in not just the sun, but the culture, tradition and heritage captured by local artists in their works. Check the website for ongoing exhibitions and collections.
This beautiful country-style estate was built in 1847. A decade later, it was purchased by the Hawaiian monarchy as a retreat for Queen Emma, the consort of King Kamehameha IV. Today, the lovely plantation-style structure is furnished with Emma's possessions and maintained by the Daughters of Hawai'i society. These wonderful women all have the true spirit of Aloha. The old house is beautifully nestled in a deep canyon in the Koolau Mountains. Guided tours are given daily except on holidays. Purchase Hawaiian memorabilia and crafts in the gift shop. The facility is also available on a rental basis.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum provides a fascinating look into Hawaii's colorful past. Established in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop for his wife, the last descendant of the Kamehameha family, the museum has multiple permanent and special exhibits. From diverse subjects including Hawaiian royalty to hands on science exhibits to contemporary works by native American artists, it contains an array of artifacts.
Hawaii's Plantation Village is a museum that shows the lives of Hawaii's multi-ethnic plantation workers. The outdoor museum displays what life on a plantation was like in the early 1900s and there are guided tours each hour. There are homes and other buildings you can explore that showcase Hawaii's heritage, such as Asian art and original sculptures.
Located around 28 miles from Honolulu, Hawaiian Ethnic Art Museum is situated in the picturesque Hale'iwa. Visitors are treated to a display of Maui Loa rock image collection and other such ethnic art works. And while you're there, get a taste of aboriginal heritage and culture. Admission is free.