Walking Tours - Part 6: Hawaii

Hawaii is generally looked at as a single destination, so the last of our 6-part series on walking tours will look at walking tours that are offered around the islands. Rent a timeshare just about anywhere in Hawaii, and you'll find many walking tours to enjoy.

  1. Honolulu, Oahu
    Ohana Walking Tours will bring Hawaii's wonderful history and culture to life for you on its tour of Hawaii's capital city, Honolulu. Expert tour guides are eager to impart their graduate level knowledge of Hawaii's past and current issues. This tour includes several of Honolulu's premier landmarks and attractions.

    You'll discover 1842 Kawaiahao Church, called the "Westminster of the Pacific," built from coral reef rocks that were hand carried from the ocean. The Mission House is a National Historic Landmark and has been turned into an interpretive museum. And, no Honolulu tour would be complete without a visit to Iolani Palance (see photo), another National Historic Landmark, where two monarchs, King Kalakaua and Queen Lili'uokalani, governed.

  2. Lahaina, Maui
    A walking tour of this historic town is conducted by Maui Nei tours. A knowledgeable guide will take you into hidden areas and tell you little-known stories about Lahaina's remarkable past. You'll visit the Brick Palace of King Kamehameha I and explore Luakini Street where the immigrant plantation workers lived. And this tour has a little surprise for you - the hospitality of Pastor Laki, who will guide you through his garden of native plants and serve you fresh fruit and banana bread in his hale (thatched house).

    This tour also gives you the opportunity to visit Moku'ula, the home and final resting place of Hawaii's royalty. A Hawaiian character out of the past will explain the significance of this revered site. "Maui Nei" is a cultural tourism company in partnership with the "Friends of Moku'ula," a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration of Moku'ula.

  3. The Big Island
    Here you can enjoy a big walking tour just like you'd expect on this big island. Hawaiian Walkways Tours offers a hike called the "Waipio Waterfall Adventure." With exclusive access to a private trail, this tour company will take you through lush, exotic forests and past sparkling waterfalls. After learning the history of the trail, and hearing stories that the forest tells, you're rewarded with a majestic view of Wai'po Valley - the ocean and the valley floor are 1000 feet below.

    It's an enjoyable hike as you pass through rain forests and fields, cross streams on foot bridges, and the real treat is - you'll be able to stop and enjoy the many waterfalls and pools, so be sure to bring your swim suit and towel!
Walking Tours – Part 1: New York City
Walking Tours – Part 2: San Francisco
Walking Tours – Part 3: San Diego
Walking Tours – Part 4: Miami
Walking Tours – Part 5: New Orleans

(Photo credit: hawaiiforvisitors.com)
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