Foster Botanical Garden
Foster Botanical Garden was established in 1853 and bequeathed to the City of Honolulu as a public garden in 1930. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Of particular interest is the Prehistoric Glen with its ferns and cycads. Other areas include the Lyon Orchid Garden, the oldest section known as the Main Terrace, the Butterfly Garden, the Economic Garden of herbs and spices, the blooming orchid display in the Orchid Conservatory, and a number of "exceptional trees" which are spread throughout the property. The collections of tropical plants and orchids have been added to the garden over the past 15- years from around the world.
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Offering European and Oriental art, the Honolulu Academy of Arts is set around a series of garden courtyards.The fine Oriental collection features fabrics, furniture, porcelain, ceramics and sculptures from Japan, China, Korea and India.The European collection has strength in Italian Renaissance paintings which came from the Kress Collection.
Address: 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96814-1429, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4:30pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $10.00, Senior over 62 $5.00, Students $5.00, Military discount $5.00, Child 12 & under FREE
Useful tips: Open 2nd Thursday of each month 10am-9pm.
Guides: Interpretive sessions sometimes available.
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
Ward Center and Warehouse
This shopping center, located near to Ala Moana Shopping Center and divided into two linked complexes, has about 75 shops and restaurants.The Warehouse is the older of the two buildings and has been built to look as though it dates from an earlier time by the use of wooden beams and joists instead of steel.The shops have enjoyed increasing popularity as they sell mainly goods of very high quality. Those seeking souvenirs will find an extensive selection here. No fewer than ten shops sell art and craftwork. In both buildings there is a bookshop and in the Ward Center there are several shops selling men's and women's fashions.The shopping center is calmer than Ala Moana Shopping Center and the shops are both smaller and more specialized.
Hawaii Maritime Center, Falls of Clyde (closed)
The Hawaii Maritime Center displays maritime historical displays such as Polynesian navigation, whaling history in Hawaii, shipping companies which served Hawaii, plus the romantic days when ocean liners and flying clippers were the prime way of getting to the islands.The museum has a ten-story tower, the Aloha Tower, with good views of the harbor.Tied up alongside the pier on which the museum sits is the four-masted sailing ship Falls of Clyde. This square-rigger was build in 1878 started its career running passengers and freight between San Francisco and the islands. The Falls of Clyde ended its days as an oil tanker under sail.
Aloha tower once greeted a vast array of passenger ships before the airplane became the principle trans-Pacific mode. Now it serves as a viewpoint to see the harbor, the Maritime Center with the four-masted tall ship Falls of Clyde and the modern skyline of Honolulu.The Tower is also the centerpiece of a Marketplace which bears its name.
St Andrew's Cathedral
Construction of this Episcopal Cathedral was begun in 1862 under the patronage of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. The royal couple were quite taken with things English so not only does the building resemble an English Gothic country church, but even the stone was imported from England.The stained glass windows which cover the back and side walls range from traditional to some stunning modern designs.
Hawaii Theatre Center
The Hawaii Theatre Center opened in 1922, with major renovations leading to it's reopening in 1996. The 1400-seat, state-of-the art performance center features numerous types of productions including theater, dance, music and various other cultural activities.
Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace
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