Most people think about beautiful beaches, surfing and tropical flowers when they think of Hawaii, but it’s actually just as rich in history as it is in beautiful scenery and fun in the sun. Visitors to Hawaii are often quite surprised at how much history there is to be explored there.
Pearl Harbor: On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was hit by a devastating air attack by Japanese forces. This location honors this event that changed the course of history, killing over 1,000 U.S. sailors. You can follow the progress of events from the first attack all the way to the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri. Travel by naval launch to the white marble-clad USS Arizona Memorial to embark on a very poignant experience.
Take a historic tour of downtown Honolulu, Oahu: Honolulu is the center of business in Hawai’i as well as the state capital. There you can see unique Hawaiian architecture from bygone eras on Oahu. Visit Lolani Palace, a Renaissance Revivalist building constructed in 1882 that serves as a symbol of Hawaiian monarchy. See the statue of King Kamehameha and the elegant Capitol District Building, originally built in 1928. Today it houses the Hawaii State Art Museum—an absolute must-see.
When you travel with Collette on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America, you get to hop from island to island, exploring all the treasures this history lover’s paradise has to offer. Rates for a 10 day program including a 7-night cruise to Kauai, Maui and the Big Island aboard NCL’s Pride of America start from $3,489 ppdo including 22 meals.