Hickam Air Force Base Tour, Honolulu

Hickham Air Force Base was opened in 1935 and named after Lieutenant Colonel Horace Meek Hickam. The air force base began operations three years later and in 1941 the first bombers arrived there. In 1980, this site was declared a National Historic Landmark for its high importance during World War II. Today, it is of huge importance in the history of the U.S. Take the Hickam Air Force Base Tour and get a feel for the true World War II experience.
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Hickam Air Force Base Tour Map

Guide Name: Hickam Air Force Base Tour
Guide Location: USA » Honolulu (See other walking tours in Honolulu)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: helenp
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Patriotism Park

1) Patriotism Park

Patriotism Park is a small, green area located near Pearl Harbor, in the Hickam housing area. It is a great place to start your journey through the Air Force Base, because it has a monument of flying jet planes - the symbol of Hickam. The park is situated on the coastline and is a great place to watch battleships passing by through the channel.
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Battery Hasbrouck

2) Battery Hasbrouck

Battery Hasbrouck, sometimes wrongly called Hasebrock, was built during the period between 1909 and 1914. This weapon was used for protecting the Hickam Air Base and Pearl Harbor, especially its minefield. The battery has eight, 30-centimeter mortars. Battery Hasbrouck is situated in the eastern part of Pearl Harbor. It got its name from General Henry Cornelius Hasbrouck, who lived between 1839 and 1910.
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Battery Jackson

3) Battery Jackson

Battery Jackson was built in 1913 and installed near the coastline to protect Pearl Harbor. Its equipment consists of two, 15-centimeter guns that have disappearing carriages. It has an adjacent air raid shelter constructed from concrete in 1915. The battery was named after a famous American Civil War General - Richard H. Jackson.
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Battery Hawkins

4) Battery Hawkins

Battery Hawkins was built in 1914 and is situated between Jackson and Hasbrouck batteries. It has only two 8-centimeter guns that can shoot at a range of several miles. The Hawkins battery is included in the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places. The battery got its name from General Hamilton Smith Hawkins and although it's the smallest one, it is very easy to maneuver.
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Battery Selfridge

5) Battery Selfridge

Battery Selfridge was built during 1907-1913. This coastal artillery battery had the purpose of protecting the Pearl harbor military reservation situated nearby. The battery is located in the Fort Kamehameha Military Reservation in Honolulu. It was equipped with 30-centimeter guns on disappearing carriages and it has the largest range of all the batteries in Fort Kamehameha - 27 miles or so. It was named in honor of Lieutenant Thomas Etholen Selfridge.
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Hickam Harbor

6) Hickam Harbor

Hickam Harbor is situated on the coastline of Oahu in the city of Honolulu. It represents not only the final attraction of this tour, but is also the exit point of the Pearl Harbor area. Compared to the huge dimensions of Hickam Air Base, the harbor is tiny. It has a small dock area and an amazing lookout platform. Hickam Harbor is ideal for watching the sunset or sunrise over the Pacific Ocean.

Walking Tours in Honolulu, Hawaii

Create Your Own Walk in Honolulu

Create Your Own Walk in Honolulu

Creating your own self-guided walk in Honolulu is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Honolulu without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Honolulu, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
The Capitol District Tour in Honolulu

The Capitol District Tour in Honolulu

The Capitol District represents a historic area in downtown Honolulu. This civic center includes the biggest majority of governmental buildings at federal, state and city levels. The district is situated among Richards Street, Ward Avenue, Vineyard Boulevard and Nimitz Highway. Some of the largest buildings in the city are located here. Take this walking tour and enjoy the treasures of historic Honolulu.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Business District Self-Guided Tour in Honolulu

Business District Self-Guided Tour in Honolulu

The Central Business District is situated in Honolulu's downtown, between Bishop Street and Fort Street Mall. This area holds most of the subsidiaries of local companies. Also, it's Honolulu's skyscraper district. You can see popular sites, such as Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew and First Hawaiian Center. We invite you to take this self-guided tour and admire the Business District of Honolulu.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
Pearl Harbor Tour

Pearl Harbor Tour

Pearl Harbor, a US deep-water naval base in Honolulu, made history in 1941 when came under attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service prompting the United States' entering World War II. Since 1964, Pearl Harbor has been declared a National Historic Landmark, featuring a number of military objects and installations turned-monuments. This self-guided tour invites you to pay tribute to the fallen heroes and to learn more about those days at Pearl Harbor.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Cultural Tour of Honolulu

Cultural Tour of Honolulu

From ancient times, the cultural life of Honolulu has been diverse due to numerous influences. The Hawaiian islands are inhabited by more than seven ethnic groups. Nowadays, Honolulu is full of museums, art galleries and theaters that represent the 200-year history of the island. We invite you to discover the most popular cultural spots in Honolulu on this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Diamond Head Volcano Tour

Diamond Head Volcano Tour

Diamond Head Volcano is perhaps one of the best-known attractions on the island of Oahu. The volcano's rugged cone is seen from almost every part of the island. However, at its base, along the coastal line, are situated a couple of other spectacular sights. Take this walking tour to admire one of the most ancient treasures of Hawaii - Diamond Head.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km

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