Honolulu Walking Tour: A Fun Day Activity For Kids

 

Get lost in Honolulu is a game suitable for kids of the age of six or above. It is designed as a city tour game with some riddles and interesting facts about the city of Honolulu. Playing a game is a great way to explore the city and its most famous sites.

 

There are 10 sites located not far from one another, marked with the numbers from 1 to 10. Use a map to locate the sites and solve the riddle when you reach each site. Take your time to explore the beautiful city of Honolulu and let the game be your tour guide for the day.

 

1. Iolani Barracks

How many towers are there in the Iolani Barracks building?

 

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Photo by Eric Fischer on Foter.com

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Iolani Barracks house was built in 1870 and stands directly adjacent to Iolani Palace. In the Hawaiian language, the house is called the “hale koa”, which can be translated into “house warriors”. The house was a place where around 80 members of the monarch’s Royal Guard were staying until the overthrow of the Monarchy in 1893. If you observe the building you might see that its architecture resembles the medieval castles of Europe. To construct the house and its towers, more than 4,000 coral block walls were used.

 

2. Iolani Palace

Which flag can you see on the pole on the top of the building?

 

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Photo by jimbowen0306 on Foter.com

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The Iolani Palace was the main residence of the Kingdom of Hawaii monarchy. From the era of a ruler Kamehameha III under the Kamehameha Dynasty (1845) and until the ruler Queen Liliʻuokalani (1893) under the Kalākaua Dynasty. The monarchy was over in 1893 and the building got a new purpose as the capitol building for the Provisional Government of Republic, Territory, and the State of Hawaii up until 1969. Today the palace is restored and open to visitors who can learn about Hawaiian history in the museum, located inside.

 

3. Aliiolani Hale

Whose statue is located in front of the Aliiolani Hale?

 

Photograph by D Ramey Logan, from Wikimedia Commons

Photograph by D Ramey Logan, from Wikimedia Commons

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The beginning of the Kingdom of Hawaii dates to 1795 when all the Hawaiian islands joined under one government. The Provisional Government of Hawaii ended on July 4, 1894, and became known as the Republic of Hawaii up until August 12, 1898, when it was annexed by the United States as a territory of the United States. Formally, the Territory of Hawaii is a part of the United States since June 14, 1900. Aliiolani Hale building used to be the seat of the government of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the Republic of Hawaii. Today, the building is a seat for the Hawaii State Supreme Court.

 

4. Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Where did the people if Hawaii get clean water in the past?

 

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Photo by cliff1066™ on Foter.com

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The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is one of the National Historic Landmarks, located in Hawaii. It includes three historical houses from which two are known to be the oldest houses in Hawaii. The archives store most of the important documents about Hawaii and are considered to be a crucial local source of information about 19th-century events.

 

5. Brothers in Valor Memorial

Copy the abstract shape of the statue from the memorial. What do you think it represents?

 

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Photo by billsoPHOTO on Foter.com

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The Brothers in Valor Memorial is a famous memorial in Hawaii, which honors the Japanese Americans who served in America during World War II. The memorial was built in 1998 and is important as it cherishes the role of the Japanese soldiers despite the fact that many Americans disagree about the importance of their contribution after the events of Pearl Harbor.

 

6. Princess Kaʻiulani Statue

Which animals is the Princess Kaʻiulani feeding?

 

By Daniel Ramirez from Honolulu, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

By Daniel Ramirez from Honolulu, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

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Victoria Kawēkiu Kaʻiulani Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Cleghorn (1875 – 1899) was the Crown Princess of Hawaii. She was said to be an intelligent and determined woman, who became known all around the world for her accomplishments. After the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, she visited the United States and announced the injustice toward her people in many of her public speeches.

 

7. Waikiki Beach

Which is the highest building you can find next to the Waikiki Beach?

 

Photo by Alan Light, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Alan Light, via Wikimedia Commons

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Waikiki Beach is located in the Waikiki neighborhood in Honolulu. The name Waikiki in the Hawaiian language means “spouting fresh water”. The name originates from many springs and streams of fresh water that run into the nearby wetlands which once separated Waikiki area from other parts of the island.

 

8. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue

What can you learn about Duke Paoa Kahanamoku from the board below the statue?

 

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Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (1890 – 1968) was a famous Hawaiian swimmer and first famous Hawaiian surfer. He won the Olympic medal for swimming five times in his career. Interestingly, he was also a law enforcement officer, an actor, a beach volleyball player, and businessman.

 

9. Kuhio Beach Park

Put your feet in the water and try to estimate the water’s temperature.

 

Chanilim714, via Wikimedia Commons

Chanilim714, via Wikimedia Commons

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Kuhio Beach Park is a public open space, located next to the Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. The park area used to be the personal property of Prince Kuhio and his wife, Princess Elizabeth Kahanu until July 1918, when the prince decided to remove the high fence and open a part of the beach to the public. After his death in 1922, the city became in charge of the property. The park, as there is today, was established in 1940, to honor the prince and princess. Today the park is a popular meeting place and a favorite outdoor area in Honolulu for many locals. Every year, there are several famous surfing competitions held in the area as well.

 

10. Waikiki Wall

How long is the Waikiki wall?

 

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By Prayitno, via Wikimedia Commons

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Waikiki Wall is a wall built by the Department of the Army Pacific Ocean Division due to many problems with erosion on the Waikiki beach. In the past, the sand had to be imported many times. In the 1920s and 1930s, the sand was imported from Manhattan Beach in California with a boat.