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“This bit of history is worth stopping for!”

Royal Mausoleum State Monument (Mauna Ala)
Reviewed 11 July 2013

If you're traveling across Oahu on the Pali Highway, you'll be a short hop from one of the most historically significant sites on the island. Consider taking Nuuanu Avenue in order to stop at the Royal Mausoleum, a serene yet solemn royal ground in the midst of the busy city of Honolulu. Here you will see the grave sites or tombs of most of the Hawaiian royals and John Young, great friend and helper to King Kamehameha the Great.

At the time of this writing, it is open 8-4, Monday thru Friday, and on Memorial Day, and entrance is free. It is easy to pass, but driving up from Honolulu it will be on the right, just watch for the gates. If you notice that you've passed it, turn left on Kawananakoa Place and turn around, but not before snapping a picture of the Chinese Buddhist Association of Hawaii temple building! See picture below.

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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Absorb a little bit of Hawaiian history here and see the tombs of 4 kings and the last queen of Hawaii. It is only open Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm. No admission charge.

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Reviewed 7 October 2011

The grounds are very nice to view and the historical factor is very interesting. The site doesn't have too much to look at, but is nice to see once.

The actual tomb is in the center of the site, below ground. It is gated so you can't go into it, but you can view it from the top of the stairs.

If you have time, stop by to check it out.

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Reviewed 7 August 2011

If you go to Queen Emma's Summer Palace and/or the Iolani Palace, definitely come here. It is free and a peaceful 15 minute stop. It is the only sovereign Hawaiian land.

Once you go through the beautiful gates, you can see outside of the Chapel, the Kamehameha Dynasty Tomb, John Young's grave, and a few others. When I went, I was fortunate enough that a Hawaiian school group was there, so I got a peek down in to the Kalakaua Crypt, which is normally closed. There is also a very interesting (and very large) sausage tree, as well as public restrooms.

If you aren't adventurous enough to do this on your own, you can do it as part of Oahu Nature Tours "Two Palaces" tour (which is what I did).

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Reviewed 23 July 2016
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