ALOHA!

We look forward to welcoming you to Honolulu as family participants of the 2019 United States Conference of Mayors. We are excited about the opportunity to share our island of Oahu with you – a place exceedingly rich in history, culture, and natural beauty.

An array of fun and inspiring activities is being planned. Detailed information regarding these complimentary offerings are provided below.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Confirmed activity participants should plan to meet at the Tapa Tower transportation depot at the Hilton Hawaiian Village to board transportation for the listed activities. Host City staff will be on hand to assist you to the appropriate transportation. We suggest that you meet fifteen (15) minutes prior to departure time for a smooth departure.

TROLLEY TOUR – DOWNTOWN HONOLULU (RED LINE)

FRIDAY

6/28

SATURDAY

6/29

SUNDAY

6/30

DEPARTURE TIMES: 9 AM ; 1 PM

See Honolulu’s cultural, architectural and artistic past on this narrated sightseeing tour in your exclusive Waikiki Trolley.

Some of the locations you will see include the Honolulu Museum of Art, the State Capitol, Chinatown and the Downtown business district. A stop is included at Iolani Palace, a national landmark and the only official state residence of royalty in the U.S. from 1882 to 1893, as well as a photo opportunity in front of the statue honoring King Kamehameha. On your way back to Waikiki, you will see the shopping areas at SALT, Ward Center and the Ala Moana Center.


Suggestion: Bring a hat/visor and sunscreen.

Activity Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

King Kamehameha

TROLLEY TOUR – WAIKIKI/DIAMOND HEAD (GREEN LINE)

FRIDAY

6/28

SATURDAY

6/29

SUNDAY

6/30

DEPARTURE TIMES: 10 AM ; 1 PM

Get ready to explore attractions and scenic spots around Diamond Head, Hawaii's most famous landmark, in your exclusive Waikiki Trolley.

This 90-minute narrated sighseeing tour will take you through the heart of Waikiki as you pass by the Duke Kahanamoku statue, the Honolulu Zoo, Kapiolani Park, and the Waikiki Aquarium. A roadside stop is included to enjoy panoramic views of Diamond Head Beach, a popular surfing spot, and the commemorative memorial of Amelia Earhart's solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935. You will continue on inside Diamond Head Crater, followed by a stop at Diamond Crater Lookout to see a side of Honolulu people call "The Gold Coast of Hawaii." Get a bird's eye view of the upscale Kahala residential neighborhood as you circle around the Kahala Mall before taking a winding road along the slopes of Diamond Head as you drive through Monsarrat Avenue with its artsy coffee houses, trendy boutiques and casual eateries.


Suggestion: Bring a hat/visor and sunscreen.

Activity Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

King Kamehameha

MENEHUNE MAC – CHOCOLATE FACTORY AND CANDY MAKING TOUR

FRIDAY

6/28

SATURDAY

6/29

DEPARTURE TIME: 9:30 AM

Want a behind the scenes peek at a real chocolate factory? You'll not only get a glimpse of the magic behind Menehune Mac's handmade chocolates and confections, you'll get to experience what it's like to actually make chocolates the Menehune Mac way...by hand!


Activity Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

Restriction: Children under 7 are able to participate in making candy, but are not allowed inside the active manufacturing facility.

Allergy Alert: Anyone allergic to any type of nuts, flour, or dairy should NOT register for this event.

Menehune Mac

LITTLE CIRCLE ISLAND EXCURSION

SATURDAY

6/29

SUNDAY

6/30

DEPARTURE TIME: 8 AM

This sightseeing adventure is perfectly designed as a quick tour of some of Oahu's natural attractions and scenic vistas in a short amount of time. Enjoy the views from Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and the Pali Lookout. Each stop will make for memorable pictures of your amazing Hawaiian visit. You get all of this while riding in a air-conditioned coach and enjoying expert narration from the friendly and informative driver. What are you waiting for...the beauty of the island awaits you!


Suggestion: Bring a hat/visor and sunscreen.

Activity Duration: Approximately 4 hours.

Hanauma Bay

DIAMOND HEAD HIKE

SATURDAY

6/29

SUNDAY

6/30

DEPARTURE TIME: 8 AM ; 11 AM

This exciting tour of the world-famous Diamond Head Crater begins with a short introductory talk by a trained nature guide.

You will learn about the fascinating volcanic creation, Hawaiian history, European discovery, early cattle ranching, and modern-day military use of the "Gibraltar of the Pacific" while being escorted on a 45-minute walk that ascends to the 763' summit. Along the way, you will have opportunities to stop at several points to rest and photograph the crater. Walking up stairways, going into a dark 200-foot tunnel and climbing a spiral staircase imparts a sense of adventure. From the summit, you will be thrilled by the incredible 360-degrees panoramic views of Waikiki Beach, the emerald green mountains and the sparkling aquamarine water of the Pacific Ocean below.

This is a moderately challenging hike with uneven terrain that is on an incline, with a 550' elevation gain.


Suggestion: Wear comfortable clothing and covered-toed walking shoes (tennis shoes or hiking boots are preferable). Sun block or sun screen is recommended.

Restriction: For your safety and comfort, sandals, slippers, flip-flops, high heels and platforms are not allowed on this hike.

Activity Duration: Approximately 3 hours.

Diamond Head Hike

PEARL HARBOR & HISTORIC HONOLULU

SATURDAY

6/29

SUNDAY

6/30

DEPARTURE TIME: 8:30 AM

The excursion begins at Pearl Harbor to relive the events that unfolded on that fateful Sunday morning in 1941, when U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor came under attack by Japan, catapulting the United States into World War II. A visit by boat to the USS Arizona Memorial then offers a real-time setting for reflecting on the extensive battle that took place, leading to the loss of life of 1,177 of the ship's crewmen.

The journey then moves onward to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where many of those who fought for their country are buried, and finally past Honolulu's most noteworthy historical landmarks, including Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Capitol and Honolulu City Hall.


Suggestion: Bring a hat/visor and sunscreen.

Activity Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours.

Restrictions/Recommendations: Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat/visor, and sunscreen. Due to heightened security, a valid photo identification or passport is required for all guests taking this tour. Bags, purses and strollers are not allowed. Cameras are permitted, but no cases. Storage facilities are available. Cost is $4 per bag. Cash only.

Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial

WALKING HISTORY TOUR OF HISTORIC FORD ISLAND

MONDAY

7/01

DEPARTURE TIME: 9 AM

Join a private, guided three-hour excursion to of historic Ford Island.  Located in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Ford Island housed aircraft hangers and ship mooring stations, and felt the large brunt of the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941.  Many of the original buildings from that era still remain, as well as battle scars. 

Your guide will take you on a bus to Pearl Harbor, and on to Ford Island over the bridge connecting the island to the harbor shore.  First stop will be at the USS Utah Memorial, which was sunk by Japanese torpedo bombers.  Its rusting hulk still rests partially on the surface, entombing those who lost their lives on that fateful day.  Hear a special story about the ship’s captain and his newborn daughter.  Afterwards, the bus will follow the old runway where Amelia Earhart crashed on takeoff in her attempt to circumnavigate the world.  The tour continues with a visit to a bomb crater and bullet holes that mark the Japanese attack.

The tour will conclude with a stop at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum where the history of that Japanese attack and the Air War in the Pacific can be relived.  It’s a history tour not to be missed.


Suggestion: Bring a hat/visor and sunscreen.

Activity Duration: Approximately 3 hours.

Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial

HAWAIIAN CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

SATURDAY

6/29

SUNDAY

6/30

CLASSES WILL BE HELD FROM 10 AM – 11 AM

Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian culture. Join us at the Hilton Hawaiian Village as we share some of our most popular Hawaiian activities.

Hula Lesson

Learn the basic dance steps and hand movements that are an integral part of Hawaiian music expression.

Lei Making

Learn the island craft of lei making. Create your own beautiful fresh floral lei that you can take with you and wear for the rest of your stay. Materials provided.

Ukulele Lesson

Learn to play this classic four-stringed Hawaiian instrument. Instruments will be provided and will be gifted to lucky participants at the end of the conference!

Lauhala Weaving

The sturdy lauhala (pandanus leaf) was used for roof thatching, woven into items like place mats, jewelry boxes, floor covering, sandals, pillows, hats, purses and more. You can still buy many woven handicrafts made from pandanus in Hawaii to take home as souvenirs. Try your hand at the ancient skill of turning natural materials into something useful and functional.

Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial