Hawaii Monarchs Tour at Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI

Bishop MuseumHotel Pick UpHonolulu, HI 96817
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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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Children 3 and younger are complimentary.
  • Participants must be able to climb and descend stairs.
  • Hotel pickup is available from select Waikīkī hotels.
  • Lunch at The Bishop Museum Café (Highway Inn) is included.


from Hawai`i Monarchs Tour
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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Nicole B
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
"Fascinating but shockingly overpriced"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2017 NEW
Very informative and well laid out. This museum documents the sad history of Hawaii, another victim of the selfish tourist industry. Unfortunately, the entry fee of $22.95 per person plus $5.00 parking brings the cost for two people to over $50.00! Compare this to free (donation based) admission to the Met in NYC, the V&A in London and most museums in Edinburgh and you will understand why I (regretfully) cannot recommend this museum.
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Wendy H
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
A must stop to learn about Hawaiian history and culture. They also have a small planetarium that teaches you how to use the stars to navigate and a rotating exhibit, which was Animation--completely different than the rest of the museum but super fun.
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Harry B
Bozeman, MT
"Great place to learn about Hawaii's history and see artifacts!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2017 NEW
Spent about a half a day in the main building on all 5 floors browsing Hawaii's history and displays! There are 4 or 5 other buildings that we did not experience due to our physical abilities. If you have the time would allow at least a whole day to do this facility justice.
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Rod T
Boise, Idaho
"A place to learn about the history of Hawaii"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2017 NEW
This is a beautiful museum and covers the history of the Hawian islands and its people. It is truly amazing when you consider that our 50th state was actually its own nation for many years.
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Renata H
Brisbane, Australia
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2017 NEW
We did this as we had nothing to do and like most museums it was what it was! We saw a little history but we really used it to kill time. To be fair I am not a museum enthusiast :-)
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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.