Magazine article Sunset

Honolulu Tours That Relive History

Magazine article Sunset

Honolulu Tours That Relive History

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Go sleuthing downtown at dusk with a famous Honolulu detective of 60 years ago. Stroll Iolani Palace grounds with costumed palace members who describe the site in 1893, when the Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown. Walk the Waikiki Beach that visitors saw in the 1920s.

The places are real, but your guides are only actors. These are just three of a dozen Stories of Honolulu adventures offered monthly by Kapiolani Community College and conducted by experts, some of whom also teach commercial tour guides. The inexpensive, imaginative walking tours or storytelling gatherings of 2 or 3 hours can be good learning experiences even for long-time residents. Each is limited to 20 participants; register and pay in advance. New schedules are issued quarterly.

On the beat, on the barricades, on the waterfront

On "Honolulu: The Crime Beat," your guide takes on the persona of Detective Arthur McDuffie, who sports a brown fedora and a red carnation in his lapel and is accompanied by a briefcase-toting, nonEnglish-speaking secretary he calls China. He walks you through downtown and Chinatown, working out notorious crimes of the 1920s and '30s. …

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