A cultural walking tour through downtown Honolulu comes alive with storytelling of the past and present. Path to Ho‘okipa is following the footprints of Hawaiian Monarchs who long ago lived in Honolulu and established laws for the well being of society. The historic buildings stand as reminders of their accomplishments and are relevant to this day.
We begin by telling the story of the great King of O‘ahu, Ma’ilikukahi, whose laws directly resulted in our present practice of ho‘okipa – hospitality Hawaiian style. An example is The Law of Nī‘aupi‘o Kolowalu, that all must feed anyone who came to their door. Consequently, no one went hungry. Path to Ho‘okipa is also an opportunity for you to give back to the community as proceeds support local charities.
This special walk often begins or ends at the historic and iconic Mission Houses, in downtown Honolulu, known to be the original dwellings built by missionaries who arrived on these shores some 300 years ago.
- Walk is led by a Master Hawaiian Storyteller in period dress & setting
- Learn about the history & accomplishments of Hawaiian Monarchs where it all happened
- See historic Honolulu sites and some of the best survived structures in all of Hawaii
- Learn about Ho‘okipa – hospitality Hawai‘i style, and its historic connection to the ancient law of Ni‘aupi‘o Kolowalu
- Learn how Ho‘okipa is still in practice having a positive impact on our land and communities
- Participate in a traditional ceremony of honoring our ancestors by presenting a Ho‘okupu to others.
- Make a Ho‘okupu keepsake, similar to the one presented during the ceremony.
- Experience a hula of the era when Hawaiian Monarchs lived in Honolulu.
- Walk on a comfortable path of about one mile with stops to hear stories of the past and present.
Know before you book
- must be able to stay on feet and walk over even pavement with occasional steps for entire duration of the journey in intense sun and rain at times (up to 3 hours, and up to 3 miles, but usually less).