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Maritime Center, Honolulu

Maritime Center, Honolulu, Oct. 2002.
As of May 2009 the Maritime Center was temporarily closed due to lack of funding, and it stayed closed to the day of our most recent visit in Sep.2010

Falls of Clyde is no longer with the Bishop Museum. On September 30, 2008, Bishop Museum and the Hawai‘i Maritime Center transferred ownership of the Falls of Clyde to a local community group. The ship is almost completely dismantled. In Sep. 2010 she was in a 2nd year of restoration work, outcome and duration unknown.

More negative news: lots of the businesses around Aloha Tower have closed. In Sep. 2010 we saw what appeared to us over a 50% of the space upstairs abandoned and spooky. The description below dates from a "better time".


The Maritime Center is one of the must see attractions in Honolulu for every visitor interested in the story of native Hawaiians and later immigrants who shaped the history of these islands. We recommend all of the following sites.

1) Maritime Museum, opened 1988.
2) Tall Ship "Falls of Clyde", a four mast ship, launched 1878, served Hawaii in the sugar trade.
3) Aloha Tower, built in 1926, the tower is one of the most recognized symbols of Hawaii.
4) Shopping and dining pier offers interesting shops and some wonderful dining. We sat alongside the channel, watching the ships go by while enjoying cool drinks and tasty snacks.

On the day we visited Maritime Museum a Hawaiian navigator held a talk on the 57' long Hawai`iloa, a sister voyaging canoe of the famous Hokule'a. (Another sister canoe of Hokule'a is E'ala, but we never saw it.)

The presentation was made by a newly certified Hawaiian navigator, who learned the art of ancient navigation from Satawelese navigator Mau Piailug. Because Hawaiians had lost the knowledge to navigate the oceans without using instruments, Mau Piailug was invited to lead the first voyages of Hokulea from Hawaii to Tahiti and back. See Polynesian Voyaging Society for detailed information.

We were able to go aboard Hawai`iloa, which is a replica of an ancient Hawaiian long distance voyaging canoe. It was incredibly interesting to talk with the navigator. We talked about sailing and he told us about the years of training he'd just finished. We had no idea what was involved!

We were later invited to visit two new exhibitions in the museum. They were not yet opened to the public, so we had the privilege of doing a "behind the scenes" tour. One of the images shows a replica of a sand dune on one of the tiny north Hawaiian islands.

35-01-View from Aloha Tower
35-01-View from Aloha Tower
34N-19 Entry to Honolulu Harbor
34N-19 Entry to Honolulu Harbor
34N-16 View toward Ewa at the industrial harbor
34N-16 View toward Ewa at the industrial harbor
35C-03 View toward Pearl Harbor
35C-03 View toward Pearl Harbor
31C-31-Falls of Clyde
31C-31-Falls of Clyde
31C-25-Figure Head
31C-25-Figure Head
n9245 Falls of Clyde after 2009
n9245 Falls of Clyde after 2009
34N-02 Hawai'iloa
34N-02 Hawai'iloa
33C-25 Detail of the mast
33C-25 Detail of the mast
33C-26-No nails used in construction
33C-26-No nails used in construction
34N-05 Talk with Hawaiian Navigator
34N-05 Talk with Hawaiian Navigator
33C-27-Hull serving as a sleeping place
33C-27-Hull serving as a sleeping place
33C-28-Detail of the mast
33C-28-Detail of the mast
33C-13 Voyaging with living animals
33C-13 Voyaging with living animals
33C-14-Maritime Museum
33C-14-Maritime Museum
33C-15-Head of a whale
33C-15-Head of a whale
33C-17 View from the top level.
33C-17 View from the top level.
33C-18-Maritime Museum
33C-18-Maritime Museum
33C-19 One of the original outriggers
33C-19 One of the original outriggers
33C-20 Outrigger with sail
33C-20 Outrigger with sail
33C-21 Replica of Hackfeld's store
33C-21 Replica of Hackfeld's store
33C-22 Hackfeld's store
33C-22 Hackfeld's store
33C-31 Replica of a North Hawaiian Atol
33C-31 Replica of a North Hawaiian Atol
33C-35 Hawaiian Coffee
33C-35 Hawaiian Coffee
33C-34 Aloha Dog, guarding coffee?.
33C-34 Aloha Dog, guarding coffee?.
34N-08 Local Gordon Biersh
34N-08 Local Gordon Biersh
35C-04 Hula for visitors
35C-04 Hula for visitors