Situated at the southern end of Oahu, Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii, but the state wasn't always a part of the United States. Hawaii was a monarchy until 1893, and Iolani Palace was the residence of the last Hawaiian King and Queen. In fact, it's the only royal palace on U.S. soil. Declared a National Historic Landmark and fully restored, guided tours are available to the public.
For another glimpse into the life of the former royal family, The Bishop Museum displays many of their possessions. Considered to be the best Polynesian anthropological museum in the world, the Bishop showcases many rare artifacts and is the home of Hawaii's only planetarium. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a popular stop for families, featuring shows, demonstrations... Read More