Friday, April 22, 2011

A time to reflect

The first day on our trip was spent traveling to the island of Oahu and getting ourselves settled in Honolulu. We spent the first night on the floor of Leroy's brother William apartment on a blow up mattress. It really wasn't to bad and it made this really interesting but then again we're really cheap.

The next day, Leroy decided to go into work with William to help him with a computer network problem. I figured it would be bonding time for them and it would be a good time to see some of the historical sites by myself. Leroy doesn't like going to museum and has different ideas on what he likes to do while on vacation. I took this time to hit up the palace and some of the museums that are right next to the palace. Here's a list of things to do while in Honolulu if your a history buff.

As one of the two palaces in the United States, a visit to the ‘Iolani Palace is definitely something you shouldn't’t miss. There are guided tours available that takes you to the first and second floors of the palace in addition to a self-guided tour of the basement gallery exhibits. If history is your thing, then this is one of the best places to experience and see Hawaiian history first-hand.

There are also things to see around the palace. Fronting it is the world-famous King Kamehameha Statue, and across Punchbowl Street from the statue is Kawaihao Church. On the same grounds as the church is the Mission Houses Museum and the King Lunalilo Mausoleum.

The Hawaii State Capitol is also just behind ‘Iolani Palace in addition to the Hawaii State Library. Honolulu Hale (city hall) is across Punchbowl Street from the palace as well.

The end of the Hawaiian monarchy is sad and depressing. I know this is a little bit sad of my part to admit but I have never been to any of these places before in Oahu. I used to live their and never went to the palace or any of the historical building. If you haven't been before and you're planning on returning back to Hawaii make sure to take a couple of hours to hit all of the historical sites. It's a very humbling experience.

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