Aloha friends and riders of the Waikiki Trolley. We have great updates to the Red Line the Downtown Honolulu Sightseeing Tour! The Red Line will give you the best cultural tour of Hawaii past and present. History and culture come alive aboard the Waikiki Trolley’s Red Line from Hawaii’s royal history to botanical gardens and even a shrine. Everyone from history buffs, art enthusiasts and shoppers will all enjoy the Red Line tour.
When you take the Red Line: Downtown Honolulu Sightseeing Tour look for the Trolly Stop sign. Every hour a Trolley will be in the designated area to pick you up and take you to your next location. Hop on and hop off at any of our 15 stops along the Red Line. The whole route is 2 hours. The first stop in Waikiki is at 8:30 am and the last stop is at 6:45 pm. Our newest destinations on this line are Punchbowl Cemetery, Foster Botanical Garden and Izumo Taishakyo Shrine.
Established in 1949, Punchbowl Crater was named National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The Waikiki Trolley visits Punchbowl Cemetery but no disembarking is allowed. You will see the famous female statue, known as Lady Columbia. The 30-foot statue is featured in the opening credits of Hawaii Five-0. The story of the Punchbowl Crater is very interesting; hundreds of years ago ancient Hawaiians called it Puowaina, or the Hill of Sacrifice. Learn all the details about the history of Punchbowl Crater on your Red Line tour.
Foster Botanical Garden
Imbibe in a refreshing garden in the heart of Honolulu. Foster Botanical Garden was started in the 1850s by Dr. William Hillebrand and has 14-acres to explore. While you are there make sure you see the Garden conservatory and the outdoor butterfly garden. There are all kinds of specialty palms in the palm garden to discover. Foster Botanical Garden also has a rare prehistoric Glen Cycad collection and all kinds of exceptional trees.
Insider tip: If you would like a free tour led by a docent reservations are recommended. Please call 808-768-7135. Tours are at 10:30 am every day.
Izumo Taishakyo Shrine
For a truly unique experience visit the Izumo Taishakyo Shrine Downtown. The Izumo Taishakyo Shrine is of the Shinto religion in Japan. However, Japanese people don’t don’t usually think of Shinto specifically as a religion it is seen as an aspect of Japanese life. This way of life enables Shinto to coexist happily with Buddhism. The Shrine was built in 1922 by a builder from Japan in a different location than where it currently resides. During World War II most of the Japanese devotees of the Shrine were sent to relocation camps on the U.S. mainland. In this time the Shrine became property of the City & County of Honolulu. After the war the community petitioned to have it returned to its rightful owners. 1962, the Hawaii Supreme court ordered for the return of the Shrine to the Izumo Taisha people and the city paid to have it moved to its current location.
Insider Tip: If you would like to receive a blessing, go to the Izumo Taishakyo website, https://www.izumotaishahawaii.com/services