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Top Five Historic Landmarks on Oahu, Hawaii

July 11, 2018

Want to get a glimpse of Hawaii back in time? Check out a list of our top five favorite
historic landmarks on the island of Oahu!

1. Iolani Palace
Located in downtown Honolulu, Iolani Palace was restored to its former grandeur, and tells of a time when King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls. Today, you can enjoy a tour of the Palace, which is the only royal residence in the U.S.
www.iolanipalace.org

2. USS Arizona Memorial
This nationally revered memorial is the resting place of the 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and marines killed on the USS Arizona during the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Royal Star Hawaii offers daily tours to the Memorial along with other historic landmarks on Oʻahu, including the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Punchbowl National Cemetery and Downtown Honolulu.
www.gopearlharbor.com

3. Kawaiahao Church
Known as the national church of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kawaiahao Church was the first Christian church to be built on the island of Oahu. Also on the grounds of the church is Kawaiahao Fountain where the High Chiefess Hao frequented the freshwater spring.
www.kawaiahao.org

4. Aloha Tower
Located at Pier 9 of Honolulu Harbor, Aloha Tower was once a lighthouse, and stood as the tallest building in Hawaii for four decades. Today, it is Aloha Tower Marketplace, which is home to a few restaurants as well as the ticket office of Star of Honolulu!
www.alohatower.com

5. Washington Place
This historic residence is where Queen Liliuokalani was arrested during the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Washington Place later housed 13 Hawaii governors before being converted into a historic house museum.
www.washingtonplacefoundation.org

Royal Star Hawaii offers the option to Create Your Own Tour to explore historic Hawaii sites! To book yours today, visit RoyalStarHawaii.com.

Private and Charter Transportation for your Wedding

April 9, 2018


Wedding season is almost here! If you’re planning your nuptials, transportation may not be the first thing on your mind, but we’re here to help! Getting the bride and groom, or even your wedding party and guests to the venue is important, so come see us at Royal Star Hawaii where you can select from a variety of vehicles that will get everyone to your destination on time and in style.

From a luxury SUV to a 58-passenger motorcoach, we offer stylish and comfortable options for transportation on your special day! Not only can we get your party to your venue, but we can also take you to and from rehearsal dinners or even on private island tours. For couples who are entertaining out-of-town guests, you can choose our Create Your Own Tour option, which allows you to customize a personal tour to explore the best sights our island has to offer!

For information or to book your transportation, call (808) 841-7827 or visit royalstarhawaii.com.

7 Best Shopping Destinations on Oahu

February 22, 2018

When you fantasize about your dream vacation to Hawaii, you probably imagine pristine beaches, lush hiking adventures and luaus. But, beyond the tropical escape, Oahu has a variety of shopping destinations throughout the island. From bargains to luxury, we can show you where you can shop ‘til you drop, and we can take you there in one of our luxury vehicles! When you create your own tour with Royal Star, we will pick you up and drop you off so that you don’t have to take the bus with all of your newly-made purchases.

  1. Ala Moana Center

The world’s largest outdoor mall can be found in the heart of Honolulu! With over 350 shops– from local boutiques to department store anchors – you’re sure to find what you need here. The Center is constantly expanding and recently opened several new stores in its Mauka Wing, including a Target and a new food court-style dining option dubbed “The Lanai.”

  1. International Marketplace

This luxury shopping center recently re-opened in 2016, following major renovations. What used to be a row of touristy kiosks and small shops is now home to chic, upscale stores, including Hawaii’s first Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2017, the center also introduced a new dining concept: “The Street, A Michael Mina Social House.”

  1. Waikele Premium Outlets

Looking for fashion and beauty on a budget? Check out the island’s only outlet mall on Oahu’s west side! For a luxe shopping experience on a dime, these premium outlets are your go-to for designer shopping. These stores, such as Coach Factory, Barney’s New York and Tory Burch, are selling luxury merchandise at reduced prices.  This outdoor shopping destination also offers a few local boutiques and food trucks so you can fuel up for more shopping!

  1. Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

For even better deals, head to Aloha Stadium where the shopping deals live!  From island soaps and jewelry to Aloha shirts and muumuus, you’re sure to find a Hawaiian souvenir for everyone. And, when it starts to heat up and you’ve exhausted your bargaining, pick up a shave ice at one of the booths! The swap meet is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  1. SALT at Our Kakaako

This new complex is built on land that used to hold salt ponds, hence its name! What was once a wetland is now a hub for a diverse selection of apparel, lifestyle and dining businesses.  It’s also home to the very “Instagram-able” and popular coffee shop, Arvo.  If you happen to be in town during the first Friday of the month, stop by for Honolulu Night Market: a block party where local vendors gather to sell their products, ranging from hand-painted bags to jewelry and clothing.

  1. Kailua Town

Experience why so many people are drawn to this charming, small town on Oahu. With many shopping and dining options, it’s no wonder why it has become a must-see tourist destination! The town center offers small local boutiques like Mahina and SoHa – perfect for finding resort wear and coastal home décor – in addition to many casual food joints.

  1. Chinatown

Chinatown has really transformed over the years, becoming the hot spot for hip cuisine and culture! What used to be the epicenter for the Chinese community in Hawaii is now a place in downtown Honolulu for all the trendy clothing boutiques, vintage shops and modern eating-houses. Just a ten-minute drive from Waikiki, Chinatown is a convenient location for the young shopper.

Now what are you waiting for?  Plan your Hawaii road trip with Royal Star Hawaii today!

Create Your Own Tour – Custom Tour to USS Arizona Memorial

February 6, 2018

Don’t miss Hawaii’s #1 attraction! Your friends at Royal Star Hawaii invite you explore Hawaii’s most popular landmark: the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor with our private charter services and the option of a “Create Your Own” tour.

Design a more intimate, personalized experience with a small group tour to visit Oahu’s most historic landmarks. Your well-versed driver will take you on a journey through history with reserved tickets to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument with Arizona Memorial, then through a wonderfully scenic tour of the Punchbowl National Cemetery and Downtown Honolulu. If you’re a history junky, you will definitely find our Arizona Memorial and City Tour fascinating. For a more in-depth experience of the Pearl Harbor sites, join our Arizona Memorial, City & USS Missouri Tour!

Here are some interesting facts about the USS Arizona Memorial:

• Dwight D. Eisenhower approved creation of the USS Arizona Memorial in 1958 to commemorate fallen military personnel in the Pearl Harbor attack.
• On December 5, 2008, the USS Arizona Memorial and other Pearl Harbor sites were established as part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor.
• The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument interprets and preserves sites and artifacts of the December 7, 1941, Japanese military attack on Oahu.
• Pearl Harbor serves as a focal point to honor and commemorate the sacrifices made during the Pacific War, which killed more than 2,400 military personnel and civilians.
• Pearl Harbor is the final resting place of over 1,000 crewmembers of the USS Arizona and USS Utah, resulting in the greatest loss of life during a single event in US Naval history.

Pay your respects to this honorable monument with Royal Star Hawaii. With a “Create Your Own” tour, you can escape the crowds of large tour groups and see the island’s best-kept landmarks in comfort. Enjoy a unique experience with our original in-depth video, professional and friendly Royal Star driver, and mint and hand towelette service, all in the comfort of a Royal Star vehicle.

For more information or to book your next Hawaii road trip, visit https://www.royalstarhawaii.com/book-a-tour/.

Royal Star Hawaii Commemorates End of World War II 70th Anniversary with Special Offer

August 13, 2015

HONOLULU, HAWAII (Aug. 13, 2015) – In honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Royal Star Hawaii is inviting guests to join its USS Arizona Memorial & USS Battleship Missouri Combo Tour at a special price. To honor the signing of surrender aboard the USS Missouri, from October 1 – December 31, 2015, Royal Star passengers can visit the site that marked the United States’ entry into World War II and the ship where it officially ended for $70 per adult.

“We wanted to provide our guests the chance to visit two of the most significant sites of World War II that are right here in Hawaii,” said Marc Rubenstein, Vice President and General Manager for Royal Star Hawaii Motorcoach Tours & Destination Services. “We hope that guests make the most of our special 70th anniversary offer and tour both the Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri to remember and honor the bravery and sacrifices that were made to defend the US.”

In addition to the stop at Pearl Harbor, the Royal Star tour also includes a visit to Punchbowl National Cemetery, where some of Hawaii’s most valiant soldiers are interred, and a drive
through historic Downtown Honolulu, which features ‘Iolani Palace and the iconic King Kamehameha statue. Friendly and knowledgeable Royal Star drivers lead all tours on deluxe gold vehicles.

The 70th anniversary special pricing is available exclusively for reservations made online or via phone. Use the code 70ANV when booking the tour to receive the offer.

For more information or to book a deluxe tour today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit www.RoyalStarHawaii.