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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Richmond, Missouri
"Get to know HAWAII!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2018 NEW
This is the best education on the history of Hawaii. I learned so much and our tour guide was amazing. This is such a cool place and you could be here for forever. I would recommend the guided tours then go explore on your own. You will get so much more out of it! This was on our last day there, and my brother whom lived there heard poor reviews and they are WRONG! If you want history of Hawaii and about the culture you need to go here!
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Beavercreek, Ohio
"Lava show interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2018 NEW
There are a lot of exhibits reflecting Hawaiian history..I was very involved for the first floor..by the third floor..less interested..we went over to some type of science building and attended the lava show...that event was extremely interesting especially considering what was happening on the big island of Hawaii.
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Princeton, Kentucky
"Live and learn and enjoy!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
I have been a few times many years ago....it has been remodeled and updated! It is even better now! Hands on stations for kids! Love the docent stories and information! Educational and a fun, easy place to navigate!
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Andrew M
Jacksonville, Florida
"Awesome museum with many educational displays "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
This very large and amazing museum had plenty to see, experience and learn. Had I known there was this much to see here I would have spent an entire day, but unfortunately I came in the mid afternoon and only had a couple hours to try to see as much as I could which was obviously insufficient for the amount of things to see on display here. There was plenty of parking space in the parking lot here. This museum is very big so you should give yourself several hours (preferably all day) if you want to see everything and take your time exploring the exhibits. I explored the Hawaiian hall which has the exhibit VOYAGERS showcasing the history and culture of Hawaii and Polynesia. Impressive display of artifacts and cultural objects! Lots to learn and look at! I highly recommend visiting this museum in Honolulu. It is NOT cheap, but if you like history, culture and learning then it is definitely worth visiting. I will add that in case you get hungry there are plenty of dining options at the nearby Kamehameha Shopping Center, so you could take a break from sightseeing at this museum to go grab a meal and then return to finish exploring.
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Auckland, New Zealand
"Must Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
If you want to learn about history of Hawaii, this is excellent place. I joined to guided tour about for 40 minutes with Japanese guide which was brilliant. I totally enjoyed visiting here. We stayed here quite long hours. There are little cafe for lunch or coffee.
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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.