WWII was a scandalous time for the Red Light District of Honolulu's infamous Chinatown. Though the area is now best known for its strong drinks, those tumultuous years turned the district into a destination for "boogie houses" and practitioners of the world's oldest profession. The guides at Honolulu Exposed lead 75-minute walking tours that explore the debauchery of that era. Groups depart from the historic Hawaii Theatre, then weave through the neighborhood's surrounding streets. Guides spin a rich narrative of the district's past, and attendees should be warned: they may hear occasional profanity, but that's par for the course considering the subject matter.
Taking its name from the Hawaiian word for "adopt", Hanai Tours helps visitors become better acquainted with the people, food, and culture of Honolulu. Over the past 10 years, founder [Ed Korybski] http://www.hanaitours.com/about.html) has promoted Honolulu's Chinatown by producing street festivals, setting up commemorative plaques, and rehabilitating the facades of historical buildings. Today, he and his guides lead curious tourists through the beloved neighborhood, taking them through pub crawls and restaurant samplings that allow them to taste some of the local specialties and ethnic dishes. A dessert tour, for example, might include a stop at Mauankea Marketplace and a taste of homemade mango ice cream or Chinese candies, while a tour of Pau Hana—once known as Chinatown's red light district—might focus on area nightlife destinations and samples of wine and sake. Regardless of the food served, each tour also includes interesting historical facts and stories enhanced by digital photographs and video.
Sometimes tours can feel awfully crowded—all those people huddled together, trying to glimpse the same landmark. That's why Holoholo Bicycles keeps its 90-minute tours of historic Honolulu to a maximum of four bikers, who pedal past notable sights such as Iolani Palace and the Kamehameha Statue. All treks start at Holoholo's Chinatown storefront, which stocks a fleet of Allant seven-speed bicycles by Trek. Besides tours, those bicycles—along with a helmet, lock, and basket—are rented out to visitors for as little as 2 hours or as long as 24.
Travel Plaza Transportation, LLC's distinctive yellow buses can go almost anywhere in Oahu or Maui. Guides specialize in putting together all-in-one itineraries that encompass sights such as the USS Arizona National Memoria and Haleakala National Park. In addition to regularly scheduled tours, the company can also charter motor coaches and limos for private groups.
Horrors leap from every corner of Nightmares Live's lengthy labyrinth, where courageous scare-seekers walk darkened halls rife costumed ghouls and special effects. Live actors dressed in scream-inducing threads stalk and haunt terror hunters making their way through a dark and foggy atmosphere illuminated by strobe lights with the creepy brilliance of a jack-o-lantern valedictorian. Spooky props accompany audio effects designed to make eardrums shudder, and special effects abound at the indoor haunted house, which changes each year like the socks of a sloth.