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“Disney Does Hawaii”

King's Guard Museum
Ranked #165 of 333 things to do in Honolulu
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Owner description: A museum, opened in January 2003, that celebrates the history and traditions of the King's Guards, the award-winning rifle drill team that performs its ritual drill exhibitions each night at 6:15 p.m.sss
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Very dated, Disney-esque 5/8 sized, sannitized for tourists comical version of the developers concept of a sanitized "Old Honolulu" .

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Here is some information to help make your trip to this attraction more enjoyable:

This would be a good attraction to see AFTER viewing the king’s guards drill team, which starts nightly at 6:15 p.m. Both the guards’ performance and their museum are free.

At the time of this review, the website for the King’s Guard Museum needs to be updated. No longer does the museum house “vintage Hawaiian memorabilia from closed hotels, theaters, restaurants, stores or attractions”, as pictured on the website. There are no tiki mugs, aloha shirts, postcards or decanters. This has all been removed and replaced with guard memorabilia.

The museum hours have also changed. Now, the museum is open only at night, instead of all day.

Inside the one room building are numerous awards won by the drill team. Also on display are the Hawaiian State flag, T-shirts and jackets with guard logos, uniforms, boots, old rifles and toy soldiers. There is a dedication to people who served, in the military, in Iraq.

The 1880s guard uniforms are clean, sharp and attractive, with a Persian influence. However, the upper- half of the uniform looks similar to Keystone Cops customs: a dark blue shirt, light buttons, white belt, complete with rounded, domed white hat.

I would have liked to have seen more information than a few placards, about the history and awards of the king’s guard, in the museum.

Their website contains more extensive information compared to the museum. Before going to see this attraction, read the webpage from King’s Guard down, but stop before the outdated King’s Guard Museum section.

This will be a short trip, maybe 30 minutes to an hour to view and read everything here. Add another 20 to 30 minutes, if you are going to see the actual exhibition drill live.

Although, I am rating this museum as average, the King’s guard in full drill action, is really worth seeing. The team has been excellent every time I have seen them.

The changing of the guard ceremony starts with lowering the flag at the front of the King’s Village across from the Rock Island restaurant. The guards then march to the back of the shopping center to the last courtyard for a full precision drill routine. A good vantage point is the second story landing, instead of trying to see past people on the first floor.

Routines will change over time, but some of the signature highlights of the drill include the rhythmic high stepping, stomp marching and the rapid unison rifle-to-hand-to-ground pounding and twirling. There is the two rifles “juggler’s” toss, over a kneeling guard across the courtyard, between two other guards. A show stopping move is the ripple line where the guards, in sequence, toss the twirling rifle in the air, catch it and then in continuous succession twirl the rifle to the ground. The formations will change depending upon the number of guards in attendance.

Make sure to bring your camera and at the end of the ceremony the guards will take your picture with them.

1  Thank catnewman
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

It was very neat to see changing of the guards. The musem is small , but lots of good information. It is hard to find

Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

This museum was definitely not worth the price to go in, you can take all the great pics you want from outside for free! Experience the only monarchy guard station in the USA!

1  Thank Barbisurf
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Nothing really good to see here, just some dated shops that haven't been taken over by bigger ones yet. I guess that is good, you get a sense for the way Waikiki was geared for Tourists 50 years ago, but it was a tourist trap then, and isn't any better now. They advertise a special Changing of the Guard, where the King's Guard does their rifle drills. I don't know why this is still an attraction, or even draws a crowd. However, they have a farmers market there at least once a week, maybe more, in order to revitalize the place, and they have live art shows by Wayne Gabaylo, a talented artist who owns a gallery in the marketplace.

Thank walkabout2011
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