Once you get to this section of Honolulu there are many attractions with in walking distance of each other. You can easily spend half a day or longer depending on what you would like to see in the area.
Honolulu’s Chinatown dates back to the 1800’s. Some of the original architecture is still standing today. It’s well worth spending a few hours checking out the area. There are many places to eat truly authentic Chinese Food. The open air market is full of exotic fruits and vegetables, and live fish to buy fresh out of the tank.
The busy streets are lined with noodle houses, bakeries and sovinier shops. Many of the shops have been owned by the same family for generations. The whole experience is full of people, sights, sounds, smells and tastes. It’s a real treat for the senses.
The Iolani Palace was the official state residence for the royalty of the Hawaiian Kingdom. We decided we have seen enough palaces in our travels and chose not to go inside. We admired the building and extensive grounds. There are enourmous trees adjacent to the palace parking lot. We think they are Banyan trees. Opening Times And Information
Next to the palace is the impressive State Capital building.
We had to laugh when we came across a Mumu Factory in the area.
There are a lot of restaurants and shops at the Aloha Tower waterfront, as well as the tower itself of course. It’s well worth going up the tower. The views of the harbour and the city of Honolulu are impressive.
We were surprised to see tropical fish when we looked down from a parking lot area in to the water just near the market place.