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“Unexpected treat on Oahu”
Review of Shangri La

Shangri La
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US$109.00*
and up
Half-day Bike Tour and Hike to Diamond Head
Ranked #12 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Doris Duke's home, built in 1930, is an architecturally significant home which includes a collection of Islamic artwork.
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I had heard friends talking about Shangri La for years and never found time to visit until now - and so glad I did. My wife, two teenage boys and I all found something to like about this gem hidden in Hawaii Kai. From the beautiful garden, to the amazing architecture and collection of Islamic art, this is a rare combination. Our docent was both knowledgeable and entertaining and managed to intrigue both boys. The budding architect was intrigued by how this mansion was built. The explorer was fascinated by the artifacts from the Mid-East. Very different than most Hawaii destinations - and well worth a visit

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The Shangri La is very good value and a fantastic place if you like history / art. All up it's about half day. We did the 9:00am and walked to Cafe Julia at the YWCA for Lunch after.. Also Fantastic !!

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Great tour. Took bus #2 from the Hilton to the Honolulu museum of Art, where the tour left from there. Enjoyed the native experience.

The entire Shangri La experience was wonderful. Beautiful gardens, my tour guide, Barbara was knowledgeable and had a sense of humor. We could sit during the tour at several turns, which was a surprise and refreshing. The groups were divided into about 15 people, which made the tour more intimate.

It was, also, enlightening to know what people can do with their assets who had no heirs.

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

The former home of the interesting and very talented heiress, Doris Duke.

Go see it, if you are a culture " buff"

Fabulous mix of antiques, modern furnishings and Hollywood chic are displayed in this beautiful, ocean and cliff-front home.

A wonderful glimpse into Doris' world.

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

I visted Doris Duke's estate in Newport, Ri and the tour guide mentioned Shangri La. Since then it has been on my bucket list. Before arriving in Honolulu I booked the tour. The tours to
Shangri La are by small groups (@16 people) transported from the Honolulu Museum. One cannot go to Shangri La alone by car. There is no parking at the estate except for the mini busses from the Museum. I would suggest booking at least a week or more a head of time as spaces fill up. There isn't any air conditioning at Shangri La so a morning visit would be best. There are many stairs and different levals so this would not be a good tour for anybody with walking or mobility issues. The style and art at Shangri La is Islamic. The tour guides at the Shangri La were warm, inviting and very knowledgable. We had a great time!

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