Did you know that Iolani Palace was so technologically advanced that it had electricity before the White House? That's right! The Iolani Palace isn't just a gorgeous building with a fascinating history. It's also an innovative marvel that was way ahead of its time! The palace was built in 1882 and was one of the first buildings in Hawaii to have electricity. Can you believe that?! Just a few years after Thomas Edison demonstrated the first practical incandescent light bulb in 1879, the palace already had electric lighting installed.
But wait, there's more! The palace also had a telephone system installed in 1887, which was practically unheard of in those days. It was so fancy that the palace even had its own in-house telephone exchange. Palace employees would connect calls between the palace and other parts of Honolulu. Can you imagine how exciting that must have been for the people who lived there?
In addition to all of that, the palace also had some other incredible features that made it an ultra-modern building for its time. It had indoor plumbing, which was super rare at the time, and the bathrooms were fitted with the latest technology, including flushing toilets and hot and cold running water. Plus, the palace had a central ventilation system that circulated fresh air throughout the building, keeping it cool in the tropical Hawaiian climate. All of these amazing features made Iolani Palace an incredibly advanced building for its time and a true marvel to behold.
Check out the 3D Virtual Tour: www.iolanipalace.org/virtualexperiences-resources/
My name is TARO!
I've just joined the team and I'll basically be posting about Hawaii on blog, YouTube, and social media. I'm psyched to show you guys this beautiful Oahu.
I’m gonna share the footage of the drone shooting around the Hilton Lagoon with you and it will be a good start-up for your amazing trip.
In this drone shooting, I was able to get a panoramic view of the horizon of the beautiful ocean, Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, famous for its beautiful sunset scenery, and downtown all in one luxurious view! The view of Diamond Head from Duke Kahanamoku Beach right in front of you is 100% paradise! Duke Kahanamoku Beach, which has been selected the No. 1 beach in the U.S. in the past, is a wonderful beach right in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village and is my favorite beach.
Wondering What Kind of Vehicle you will be in?
Dan and I have been too busy having fun and keep forgetting to update our blog! LOL
We are definitely ready to get out and explore Oahu with you!
During this pandemic we have been preparing to up our game and expanding what we can provide.
By Plane or Boat, we can definitely make your experience here on Oahu much less stressful and more enjoyable.
Leave the transportation to us and enjoy the views and spectacular experiences that are waiting for you to enjoy!
Send us an inquiry as you would a family member in a foreign country, and we will be happy to help you experience the island in your most ideal way.
No doubt we are in business and ready to show you around the Beautiful Island of OAHU!
We had a near miss this weekend with the incoming North Swell. Unfortunately, the peak of the swell will arrive in the night time on Monday night. Conditions will not be up to par and the contest is off... for now. However, the holding period for the contest continues until February 29. So fingers crossed that we will get another whopper of a swell sometime soon!
Regardless, get up to the North Shore on Monday or Tuesday to see the freesurfers at Waimea. Conditions should be pretty nice for a little exhibition!
The 2019 Honolulu Surf Film Festival is will be running until August 4 at the Doris Duke Theater (Honolulu Art Museum). Check out one of many new films by the best in the business, or even catch a classic. This year's throwback is Endless Summer II, showing on Aug 3 @ 7:30pm. See the link below to view the lineup.
Summertime ocean conditions on the North Shore are calm and perfect for snorkeling. There are many great spots along the Kamehameha Highway that offer great diving conditions for all ages and skill levels. The biodiversity is pretty mind blowing! Take time during your tour to get in the water and learn about all of the amazing species that exist in our waters!
Oahu offers so many fun activities and delicious food from all over the world! Why not combine the two? Our favorite tours involve doing the things that we would be doing on our days off. Choose to hike, snorkel, surf, or all three in one day. Next, grind (this means eat great food here in Hawaii)! We know the spots, the hidden gems, the hole in the walls where you can find real, local experiences and food without the Waikiki prices. Everything is totally flexible here at HI Private Tours. We will take you to do whatever you like, but what we recommend is to get outside and take in the nature. Then, go grind! Rinse, and repeat.
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