Heritage Sites of Oahu
Heritage Sites of Hawaii are special places located throughout the islands that provide significant historical, cultural and environmental contributions to the understanding and enjoyment of Hawaii. Whether it’s a unique natural wonder; a National Park or Monument; or a sacred place that encapsulates Native Hawaiian customs, beliefs and practices; these are the sites that are “must see” destinations that have been visited by the people of Hawaii for generations.
There are eight Heritage Sites of Hawaii on Oahu. Diamond Head (Leahi) State Monument is one of Hawaii’s most recognized natural landmarks. Hike to the top of crater for panoramic views of Waikiki and Honolulu.
WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Pearl Harbor is where the attack of Pearl Harbor took place on December 7th, 1941 marking the beginning of the U.S.A.’s involvement in World War II. Best known for the USS Arizona Memorial, there are four other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites to experience including the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, the Pacific Aviation Museum and the USS Oklahoma Memorial.
Iolani Palace State Monument was dedicated in 1882 and is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. Iolani Palace’s grounds and galleries are now open to the public as a museum. The iconic King Kamehameha I statue stands just across the street.
Nuuanu Pali State Wayside (Pali Lookout) is a historic site that provides an impressive, 1,200-foot view of the Windward side. This is the site where King Kamehameha I conquered Oahu in one of the most famous battles in Hawaii’s history.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl is one of the nation’s prominent national cemeteries with more than 49,000 internments, including more than 13,000 soldiers and sailors who died during World War II. Over five million visitors come to pay their respects here. The memorial lookouts also offer panoramic views of Honolulu.
Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline (Makapuu Trail) is located on Oahu’s eastern coastline. The Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail is a one-mile hike that features breathtaking ocean views.
Known as Hanaiakamalama, the Queen Emma Summer Palace was the summer retreat of Queen Emma, wife of King Kamehameha IV. This museum houses a collection of her belongings, furnishings and artifacts. Learn more about the other Heritage Sites of Hawaii.
The premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific region, Bishop Museum is known through the world for its research projects, public education programs, and cultural exhibits – including a unique and unparalleled collection of Hawaii cultural artifacts.
Washington Place is most commonly known as the home of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch. This storied mansion sits in Downtown Honolulu in the heart of the Hawaii Capital Historic District and is registered as a National Historic Landmark.