Ali'iolani Hale Tours
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Located in downtown Honolulu, Ali'iolani Hale is the current home of the Hawaii Supreme Court, court administration offices, a law library, and the Judiciary History Center. Constructed in 1872, it was the first western-style building in Hawaii built by the Hawaiian monarchy.
Ali'iolani Hale was originally slated to be the Royal Palace, but ended up housing the Supreme Court and its legislative body. The building was the site of some of Hawaii’s pivotal historical moment, including the 1889 revolt by Robert Wilcox and over 100-armed insurgents. And, in 1893, the Committee of Public Safety overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy from here via a proclamation.
Over the years, Ali'iolani Hale has undergone renovations, and was spared demolition in 1937 when new renovation plans were approved. The bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and subsequent declaration of Martial Law put everything on hold, and Ali'iolani Hale became a center for military personnel. Once martial law was lifted, the building received a new wing and a second story several years later. During Ali'iolani Hale’s centennial celebration in 1972, it was bestowed the honor of being placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center features exhibits along with multimedia presentations on Hawaii’s legal history. Admission to Ali'iolani Hale is free, and it’s open Monday through Friday 7:45am to 4:30pm.
Address: 417 S King St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, USA
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:45am-4:30pm
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Ali'iolani Hale
Avoid crowds and the long lines to enter one of O'ahu's most-visited landmarks. This small-group tour (maximum 15 people) takes you to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. While visiting the somber sites you will learn all about the events of that infamous day. On the way back, you'll stop at sites important to the history of Hawaii.
If you want to learn more about Honolulu but are not a fan of guided tours, go on a self-guided tour and explore the city at your own pace. Dowload this fascinating audio tour and embark on a historic walk as you learn about the city's history and see sights such as the King Kamehameha statue and Iolani Palace.
Mountain Bike Tours
Explore the history of Honolulu and Waikiki on two wheels and see places missed by many visitors on this guided bike tour. In a small group of no more than eight people, pedal to palaces, memorials, and filming locations for classic movies while your guide provides insight into each. You’ll cover more ground than on foot and travel at a relaxed pace over mostly flat bicycle lanes, paths, and quiet streets.
Welcome to Hawaii’s ONLY free tour created by and operated by locals! On this guided walking tour, you will learn about the history of Hawaii and see some of the 50th State’s renowned landmarks. Meet us at the King Kamehameha Statue in Downtown Honolulu and embark on a journey with one of our friendly, informative local tour guides. You will leave the tour with a better understanding of the true spirit of aloha rooted in Hawaiian history and orally passed down through generations from the ancient tribal Hawaiian times to the sugar plantation period to its current status as the world-renowned paradise destination on everyone’s bucket list!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Ali'iolani Hale hours of operation?
Ali'iolani Hale hours of operation: Mon-Fri 7:45am-4:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Ali'iolani Hale?
The best ways to experience Ali'iolani Hale are:
- Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona and Hawaiian History Tour
- Honolulu Self-Guided Audio Tour
- Bike Tour of Historic Honolulu
- Honolulu Downtown Walking Tour