Hawaii Monarchs Tour at Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI

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Featured at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, the Hawai’i Monarchs Tour offers a unique experience for guests of all ages to learn about founders and warriors who ruled the island more than 2,000 years ago. Guests can enjoy meeting the Ali’i (royal class), exploring many different exhibits and discovering how Polynesian navigators used the stars to find their way across land and sea.


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Travel back in time to gain a better understanding and appreciation of a race of way finders and warriors who first arrived on these majestic shores over 2,000 years ago.

From completion of the `Iolani Palace in 1882 to the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, be captivated with stories about the Royal residents and how they lived, as you are led through the first-floor staterooms and second-floor private quarters.

Travel back further at the Bishop Museum and explore everything from the evolution of the Hawaiian Islands to the ancestral voyage to these islands and how Polynesian navigators used the stars to find their way!

Tie it all together in Hawaiian Hall and meet the Ali`i (royal class). Through over 3,900 exhibits hear their stories, experience their trials and triumphs and embrace the true spirit of these islands.

Arrive: `Iolani Palace 9:30 am
Depart: `Iolani Palace 11:00 am
Arrive: Bishop Museum 11:20 am
Depart: Bishop Museum 2:00 pm

Lunch at Bishop Museum Café (Highway Inn):
Kalua Pig Plate - Kalua Pig, 1 scoop rice, and 1 scoop macaroni or toss salad and bottled water
Pineapple Shoyu Chicken - 2 pieces of pineapple shoyu chicken, 1 scoop rice, 1 scoop macaroni or toss salad, and bottled water
Veggie Wrap - portabella mushroom, zucchini, eggplant, red bell peppers, jicama, lettuce, cucumbers and house-made cole slaw and bottled water.
*Soft drinks available for purchase

Note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Bishop Museum does not have an ATM on property.

Days of Operation:
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays

Pick-up Locations:
8:00 am - Ala Moana Hotel
8:05 am - Hilton Hawaiian Village
8:10 am - Hale Koa Hotel
8:15 am - Sheraton Waikiki
8:20 am - Seaside Avenue
8:25 am - Hyatt Regency Waikiki
8:30 am - Pacific Beach Hotel
8:35 am - Waikiki Beach Marriott

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Schaumburg, Illinois
"Very informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2018 NEW
Learned a great deal. Interactive and the buidlng itself is beautiful. Lots of artifact creatively displayed.
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TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2018 NEW
You still have to wait in the long line up because they cannot scan the tickets down the line. You should advertise the clearly so we don't spend all the time waiting outside as there is only so much time till the next trolley comes.
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L.d. H
"Well Worth Your Time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2018 NEW
Had a wonderful experience. Will bring our family back when we come to Hawaii in June. So much to see and learn.
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Lucerne, Switzerland
"A must see for understanding Hawaii's heritage."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2018 NEW
Despite having itself a long history, the Bishop Museum is a modern and very interesting display of Hawaii's rich cultural and historical heritage. A huge amount of original items and impressive models, allows the visitor to understand how life developed on the islands from early settlements until present times. Religión, food production, every day life and culture are very well explained. Also all important historical developments are clearly presented. A visit to Ohau would not be complete without experiencing the Bishop Museum!
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Kelly K
Winnipeg, Canada
"Good rainy day activity"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2018 NEW
This is an interesting place for those seeking to learn more about the history of Hawaii. Wouldn’t recommend this place for young kids
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hawai`i Monarchs Tour

How long is each stop on the tour?
Guests will arrive at `Iolani Palace at 9:30 am and depart for Bishop Museum at 11:00 am. Arrival at Bishop Museum is at approximately 11:20 am, and departure is 2:00 pm.

Is hotel transportation provided?
Yes. Transportation to and from major Waikiki hotels is available. The pick-up schedule is as follows:

  • 8:00 am - Ala Moana Hotel (Mahukona Street curbside)
  • 8:05 am - Ilikai Flagpole (directly in front of Ilikai Hotel)
  • 8:10 am - Hale Koa Hotel (Port Cochere)
  • 8:15 am - Sheraton Waikiki (Aloha Landing)
  • 8:20 am - Seaside Avenue (In front of RossDress for Less)
  • 8:25 am - Hyatt Regency (Koa Avenue entrance)
  • 8:30 am - Pacific Beach Hotel (Aloha Center Cafe) 
  • 8:35 am - Waikiki Beach Marriott (Paoakalani Ave)
  • 9:00 am - Pier (cruise ships)

Are meals provided?
Lunch is provided at the Bishop Museum Café.

When are tours available?
Tours operate every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

What should I wear?
It is recommended that guests wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.

What is the cancellation policy?
Any cancellations made by the listed cancellation date will receive a FULL REFUND with absolutely NO CANCELLATION FEES. Any reservations past the cancellation date cannot be changed or canceled.