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The Hawaii Maritime Center is a spot you don’t want to miss. Explorers have used the center as a place to start out their explorations and learn more about the Pacific Ocean. There are four main attractions here: the main Kalakaua Boathouse, the Aloha Tower, The "Hokule’a," and "The Falls of Clyde."
• The Kalakaua Boathouse. This is a museum honoring the most important explorers and sailors from Hawaii. You’ll see plenty of artifacts from the times of King Kalakaua and information on ancient fishing techniques. At the boathouse museum you can also learn how land and sea were separated among the public the private owners. Another exciting part of the museum is its display of how surfing has developed through the years. You can see early surfboards and how Hawaiians have mastered the skill throughout time. One area of the museum is also dedicated to the famous Hawaiian tattooing. You can see traditional western and polynesian tattoos that were quite popular among Hawaiians. The entire second floor of the boathouse is meant to educate the public on how Hawaii was originally explored and founded.
• The Aloha Tower. This was built in 1926 and is the tallest building on Oahu. It’s a landmark that was once used to greet visitors to the island. Passenger ships would dock at the pier and let tourists off to enjoy the beginning of their stay on Oahu. You can go to the top of the tower and get a breathtaking view of the island and the surrounding waters. Don’t forget to bring your cameras. It’s an incredible experience.
• The "Hokule’a." The Hokule’a is an amazing recreation of a canoe that got the attention of the world in the mid 1970's. The double-hulled canoe was used to make a journey to Tahiti and back. That’s a 6,000-mile excursion!
• "The Falls of Clyde." Here you can tour a four-masted ship. It was the last fully rigged such ship that is still afloat on any of the oceans of the world. It was supposed to be destroyed in the early 1960s. But when Hawaiians heard the news, they raised enough money to bring the ship back to Honolulu.