Historic Honolulu County Hawaii

Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

Come walk beside me through a Honolulu History tour. Your presence is required and with mind, heart and soul front and center you'll experience a history unfolding right before your very eyes.

Iolani Palace- A National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historical Places, Iolani Palace is the only royal palace used as an official residence by a reigning monarch in the United States. The original palace was built in 1845 during the reign of Kamehameha III, You can visit the palace and see the magnificent feather cloak of Kiwala'o, the Crown Jewels, the Chamberlain's Office and other treasures of the Monarchy period.

Iolani Palace

Waimea was given the title of the "Valley of the Priests" around the year 1090 and erected two of the Heiau's or ancient temples (pronounced hay ee ow) around this area. Puu O Mahuka Heiau is on the bluffs of Pupukea and above Waimea (first picture taken from this heiau) and is the largest heiau on the island of Oahu covering 5 acres of land. It is also a national landmark and registered historical site. 

Heiau on Pupukea Mountain

Heiau Kupopolo was built during the reign of Kahahana and in one legend he asks his priest (Kaopulupulu) to ask the gods if they approve of him and whether the island of Kauai would surrender if he invaded their shores. It was built right off the beach of Waimea Bay but when High Priest Kaopulupulu used the heiau he received no answer from Kauai. (they believed that thoughts are little gods and travel in space and fly freely as soaring birds) There's more to it than this ....which I surely will cover in another post!

Hale o Lono Heiau (pictured below) is a temple that was excavated and dates between 1470 A.D and 1700 A.D. and located in Waimea Falls Park.

Heiau in Waimea Valley

The King Kamehameha Statue was cast in Paris by an American artist T.R. Gould and located in front of Ali' Iolani Hale (currently the home of the Hawaii State Supreme Court). King Kamehameha unified the Hawaiian Islands. Even under strong Western influence Kamehameha's government kept peace and the traditional Hawaiian values in place.  The statue was dedicated in 1893 as part of King Kalakaua's coronation ceremony.

Kamehameha Statue

The Kahuku Sugar Mill was built in 1890 on the North Shore of Oahu in a town called Kahuku. Many different immigrants came to Hawaii to work this plantation and did so for eight decades.  Everyone in this tiny little town grew up around this mill and everyone seemed to have a connection to it. The Mormons are the ones who started the cultivation of sugar when they settled there in the mid 1800's. After 81 years of operation, the sugar mill closed in 1971. The remaining majority of people in Kahuku had relatives who once labored in the fields or worked in the mill. 

Kahuku Sugar Mill

The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor  December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on this site, propelling the U.S. into World War II. This floating memorial in Pearl Harbor is the resting place for many of the 1,177 crew members killed on the USS Arizona battleship.                                             

uss arizona pearl harbor

Oh, Hawaii. So  rich in history....so rich in diversity with so many different ethnic groups that settled in our islands from the beginning of time. 

The mysteries surround us on this tropical island paradise.

We embrace it.


Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents. Website: www.hawaiihomesmarket.com



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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Sally-That is most definitely eye candy cause it is sweet. Thank you for sharing beautiful Hawaii. <SMILE>

May 01, 2009 06:23 PM #2
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

WOW, Woo Hoo, what a wonderful post. Love it. This is the Sally I know, the one who knows where she lives , loves it and and wants to share it with the world. That post at the Dept of Tourism awaits you. Now, who couldn't fall in love with this history lesson. Wonderful!!!!!!

May 01, 2009 07:07 PM #3
Luke Constantino
Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate - Brooklyn, NY
Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY

I have never been to Hawaii but always wanted to go. At least I'll know alittle more before I take my trip...

Thank you.

May 01, 2009 10:15 PM #4
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

I have said before I dont know how you get any work done in such a playland. Great history lesson and you know your area!

May 01, 2009 10:52 PM #5
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

It is all so beautiful and here I am looking out a grey sky and rain.  No fair!!!  Have a great day. 

May 01, 2009 11:08 PM #6
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Whoo-hoo this is an excellent contest entry. But I think that you have an unfair advantage because you live in paradise! ;)

May 01, 2009 11:34 PM #7
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Thanks for the tour and the excellent entry into the contest Sally.  My new camera feel out of the bag and needs to be repaired. I am sad:( but it won't be long until I can start my new photo journey and share!

May 02, 2009 12:14 AM #8
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Sally, Hmm..Cleveland/Hawaii? Which one to choose? LOL Beautiful pics and history..a very worthy entry!

May 02, 2009 01:13 AM #9
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Sally-- I love the wonderful Hawaiian history you provide with your beautiful pictures of your state.

May 02, 2009 02:02 AM #10
Elizabeth Benefield
Montana Country Real Estate - Libby, MT

Thanks for the history. I'm always fascinated with what went on especially in such a beautiful place.


May 02, 2009 02:35 AM #11
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

All Right! I knew you would come through with some excellent pictures for the Eye Candy contest! You live in such a beautiful place that it's hard to choose sometimes! Best of luck in the event!

May 02, 2009 05:06 AM #12
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sally- Going to The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor has always been on my bucket list... now I know what else I need to see while I'm there.  And now that my sis-in-law lives there, maybe it will sooner rather than later.  Great post and photographs.

May 02, 2009 05:29 AM #13
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

What a lovely place to live. I have soooo gotta get here at least once in my lifetime. Awesome eye candy! I hope you can squeeze in a minute and a half of video on something to see in your neck of the woods. Yes, I'm begging (LOL). I want video! Seriously. :-)

May 02, 2009 05:30 AM #14
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Sally - GREAT pictures!  I would love to visit Hawaii someday.  Good luck in the contest.

May 02, 2009 08:09 AM #15
Ron Bridges
ERA Wilder Realty, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Sally, enjoyed the pictures and the history lesson on the islands.  What a great place to visit and live.  Thanks for sharing.

May 02, 2009 08:25 AM #16
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally thank you for the history lesson.  I had never seen pictures of these places before except the last one of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

May 02, 2009 09:48 AM #17
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Wow, Sally!  I knew there was a lot of history in Hawaii, but I never realized how much!  When I get a chance to come out there and visit I'm hoping you will be my tour guide for a day!  You should be nominated as Hawaii's Premier Ambassador!  :)

May 02, 2009 10:00 AM #18
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher


Those pictures are incredible!  Talk about eye candy, they're just beautiful.   And I love hearing some of the history of Hawaii and the legends and beliefs, it always facinates me.

May 02, 2009 11:54 AM #19
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

What beautiful photos, Sally.  I'd love to see them in person.  Especially Pearl Harbor.

May 02, 2009 03:59 PM #20
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Sally - I certainly got my history lesson today and got to see a little bit of paradise.  Your photos are fabulous!

May 03, 2009 03:14 AM #21
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