Things to do & places to visit in Hawaii, United States

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From volcanic landscapes to hidden waterfalls… active adventures to an energetic nightlife… a holiday on the Hawaiian Islands offers infinite experiences in one destination. Each of the six major islands – Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii – has its own distinct personality, but no matter which ones you choose, you’ll discover endless opportunities for adventure, dining, culture and relaxation.

Hawaii #9 destination in United States 2023. The average rating score is 4.53 based on 380.5k traveler reviews, of 188 attractions. Timezone: Pacific/Honolulu, current date and time: Saturday, April 20, 2024, 19:55.

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  1. 5.0 Kauai Backcountry Adventures (15.7k reviews)
    - Floating Fun for Sure!
    Saturday: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM River Rafting & Tubing • Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    We enjoyed a family vacation in Kuaui and the Tube ride was a very fun activity for all of us. Briden was an informative guide! We were so fortunate as our original date was cancelled due so storms so we were able to rebook for another day. Everyone was friendly and responsive. While the tubing was fantastic we had the unique treat of being serenaded by one of the guides who played the ukulele and sang country/Hawaiian songs in the tunnels. It was absolutely beautiful and memorable! The tunnels provided great acoustics! Overall it was such a fun adventure. We watched the toddler grandkids another day so all adults could experience the fun! While everyone had a unique experience everyone felt it was a highlight of our week together! Thanks to Kauai Backcountry Adventures! We all bought tshirts as they are soft, well made and a reasonable price to remember our trip when we wear them! See more..
  2. 5.0 Waimea Canyon State Park (8.501 reviews)
    - Definitely worth a visit!
    State Parks • Canyons • Lookouts
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    Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, this scenic state park overlooks the colorful Waimea Canyon, which stretches over 14 miles and is more than 3,600 feet deep. The park itself is famous for its scenic drive, panoramic lookouts, and hikes of varying difficulty. Depending on the time you visit, the canyon’s appearance can seem to change throughout the day—it’s best to visit earlier in the morning for fewer crowds and better visibility. You might even spot a rainbow, especially during the summer months. There are many ways you can tour the canyon, including a bike tour, or even from up top on a helicopter ride. – Tripadvisor See more..
  3. 5.0 Warren & Annabelle's Magic (3.442 reviews)
    - The great night was no illusion, and the illusions were great
    Dinner Theaters • Theatre & Performances
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    Having read about Warren and Annabelle's in the Maui Revealed book didn't prepare us for the excellent time we had. The food and drinks were great and the atmosphere from entering to exiting was top notch. Most importantly, John George and Dana Daniels (with an assist from Dwayne the Psychic Bird) was worth the entire price of admission. With a packed but intimate theater, both magicians had us laughing and amazed at their illusions and waiting for the next one to come. Don't wait for the opportunity to visit; take the opportunity. You won't regret it. See more..
  4. 5.0 Haleakala National Park (2.583 reviews)
    - Spectacular sunrise
    National Parks
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    Also known as the "House of the Sun," this 30,000-acre national park is popular for hiking, camping, and catching sunrises and sunsets. See more..
  5. 5.0 Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden (2.251 reviews)
    - An amazing tropical experience
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Nature & Wildlife Areas • Gardens
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    The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and Educational non-profit, whose mission is to serve as a nature preserve and sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants of the tropical world. The Garden is dedicated to the collection and display of the world's tropical plants, and to the education of both children and adults about the plight of the world's rainforests. At a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working to preserve as many species as possible for the benefit of future generations. See more..
  6. 5.0 Lydgate Farms Kauai Chocolate (2.061 reviews)
    - So much more than we expected
    Saturday: Spent 2-3 hours Farms
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    Lydgate Farms is run by our fifth generation Kaua’i family. Our farm has twice been recognized as producing one of the best tasting chocolates in the world by the Cocoa of Excellence Awards in Paris, France (2017, 2021). We grow high-quality cacao to make the finest craft chocolate. We also grow award-winning vanilla and honey. Our 46-acre farm sits above the town of Kapa’a, between Sleeping Giant and Mt. Wai’ale’ale. Lydgate Farms is in an ahupua’a (land division) named Olohena, known for its rolling hills and the numerous springs and rivers that make this valley fertile for growing. Often called the Garden Island, Kaua’i is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and, as a result, has the most developed soils and fertile growing conditions. In addition to our specialty crops, you’ll find a wide variety of botanicals around our farm that influence the taste of our honey and chocolate. Visit us in Wailua for an interactive farm tour and chocolate tasting. Book online today. See more..
  7. 5.0 Nā Pali Coast State Park (1.978 reviews)
    - Good Workout
    State Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    This 15-mile coastal stretch of towering cliffs and narrow valleys in northwest Kauai is a hotspot for campers. But note: It's only accessible by hiking. See more..
  8. 4.5 USS Arizona Memorial (27.0k reviews) from $19.99
    - USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor are a must do (but make a reservation)
    Saturday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Historic Sites • Cemeteries • Monuments & Statues • History Museums
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    The most visited spot in Hawaii, this majestic floating memorial honors those who died during the WWII Pearl Harbor attack. See more..
  9. 4.5 ‪Diamond Head State Monument (24.1k reviews)
    - Amazing views!
    Saturday: 6:00 AM - 4:30 PM Spent < 1 hour Hiking Trails • Scenic Walking Areas
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    This dormant volcano crater is one of Honolulu’s major natural landmarks, known for its history, amazing hikes, and stunning coastal views. The way to the summit is an easy-to-moderate hike up—though there's a steep flight of steps—and you'll be treated to some of the best views on the island. There are also many lookouts surrounding the crater. If you have limited mobility, don't worry, multiple other hikes within the park are accessibility friendly. It can get busy (and hot!) so try to reach early in the morning and bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Online reservations are required for non-residents but are often included in guided tours of Diamond Head. – Tripadvisor See more..
  10. 4.5 Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (17.1k reviews)
    - Beautiful beach and waters
    Spent 1-2 hours Bodies of Water • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    This protected marine life conservation area, named after its unique curved bay, is a popular snorkeling spot in Hawaii. Formed within a volcanic cone on the eastern side of Oahu, this marine sanctuary is home to vibrant marine life and well-preserved corals. There is a limited number of visitors allowed in the bay daily, so make a reservation in advance to secure your spot. It's also closed on certain days so remember to check before you go. You can rent snorkeling equipment here—all you have to do is remember to pack some reef-safe sunscreen. Some tours of the North Shore also stop by the bay for a quick photo opportunity. – Tripadvisor See more..
  11. 4.5 Pearl Harbor National Memorial (13.7k reviews)
    - Every American should visit this site.
    Saturday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Historic Sites • Military Bases & Facilities • History Museums
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    A National Historic Landmark, this site consists of five memorials commemorating the events around WWII and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. See more..
  12. 4.5 Hana Highway - Road to Hana (9.998 reviews)
    Spent More than 3 hours Scenic Drives
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    This scenic road is an iconic drive that connects Kaluhui to Hana in east Maui. The 64-mile highway features narrow winding roads and over 50 bridges, taking you past gorgeous beaches, rugged coastlines, lush forests, waterfalls, pools, and hiking trails. It takes at least three hours to complete the Hana Highway, but you can make it a full-day trip, depending on how many stops you make. You can even spend the night at Waianapanapa State Park, where you can stay in a cabin or camp close to the shore. Don't miss all the best sights by joining a Road to Hana tour, which will have all transport sorted. – Tripadvisor See more..
  13. 4.5 Ka'anapali Beach (9.406 reviews)
    - Kaanapali is the Best Ocean Beach in the World
    Spent 2-3 hours Beaches
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    This stunning three-mile stretch of sand is regarded as one of North America's best beaches, and it's easy to see why. This former Hawaiian royal getaway has crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling and surfing, against a backdrop of lush mountains. Don't miss the daily cliff diving ceremony at Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock), held on the northern end of the beach at sunset. For the best views of the beach, take a scenic flight at sunset. If you visit in winter, be sure to take a whale-watching tour. It gets busy, so visit early in the morning for fewer crowds and to snag a good spot on the sand. – Tripadvisor See more..
  14. 4.5 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (8.567 reviews)
    - So amazing to see
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    Get up close and personal with a volcano at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Stop by the Kilauea Visitor Center to pick up a map and ask a ranger for their recommendation on the best route. Hike the Kilauea Iki lava field, check out the Nahuku Thurston lava tubes, and drive the Chain of Craters Road. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen, and don’t forget headlamps and binoculars if you’re planning to experience the molten lava’s glow at night. There’s so much to do at this experience of a lifetime—consider extending your visit by booking a stay at the Volcano House Hotel. – Tripadvisor See more..
  15. 4.5 Battleship Missouri Memorial (8.285 reviews)
    - Great visit to the "Mighty Mo"
    Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Ships
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    Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 9-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations. See more..
  16. 4.5 Haleakala Crater (8.072 reviews)
    - Sunset just as amazing
    Spent More than 3 hours Mountains • Geologic Formations • Volcanos
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    Part of the larger of the two volcanoes that make up Maui, this peak is more than 10,000 feet up and the highest point on the island. See more..
  17. 4.5 Iolani Palace (7.676 reviews)
    - Iolani and history
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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    Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls. Today, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular living restorations in all of Polynesia and immerse yourself in Hawaii’s royal heritage. E komo mai! Welcome! See more..
  18. 4.5 Lahaina Banyan Court Park (6.971 reviews)
    - Lovely spot in Lahaina
    Saturday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Parks
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    Once home to the old Lahaina Fort, the park now houses Hawaii's largest Banyan Tree, which is over 60 feet tall and spans almost two acres. See more..
  19. 4.5 Akaka Falls State Park (6.332 reviews)
    - Falls - if you have time…make your way to it!
    Spent More than 3 hours State Parks • Waterfalls
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    The one thing we realized the park was helping with human foot traffic was posting a sign that said ONE WAY - you enter to the right and walk and enjoy the local trees and fauna. Follow the trail and it will lead you to the falls itself! There are two lookout points for photo ops. Easy walk.ONE VERY short trail. Parking was a bit of a challenge / park outside the park lines and it’s free. Park inside the very small lot it’s 5.00 and it’s entry fee is 5.00 as well. There’s a machine that takes credit card and local attendants are checking. See more..
  20. 4.5 Maui Ocean Center (6.286 reviews)
    - Loved the aquariums!
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Aquariums
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    Named “Top 10 Aquariums in the World” by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, Maui Ocean Center is the premier destination to encounter and learn about Hawaii’s marine life. Home to one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals, the Aquarium exhibits only marine life found in Hawaiian waters including tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, octopuses, sea jellies, and more. The Aquarium highlights the beauty of Hawaii’s undersea world while perpetuating the deep connection between the Hawaiian people and the sea. The Aquarium’s mission is to foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. See more..
  21. 4.5 Lahaina Front Street (5.511 reviews)
    - Fun all the time
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    Hit Lahaina’s scenic seafront main street for endless shopping, eating, nightlife and people-watching amid historic buildings and scenic views of the neighboring islands. You can grab some shaved ice before snagging some artisanal local handicrafts, sweet deals at the Outlets of Maui or checking out the fine art galleries that line Front Street. Along the way, don’t miss the Banyan Court Park and Hawaii's largest banyan tree which spans 1.94 acres and is over 150 years old. During the winter season, you can consider a whale-watching tour that departs from Front Street too. – Tripadvisor See more..
  22. 4.5 Poipu Beach Park (4.899 reviews)
    - Come a half hour before sunset to see turtles
    Beaches • Parks
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    Located on Kauai's sunny shores, this beach is particularly popular for swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, and snorkeling. (And if you're lucky, you can spot Hawaiian monk seals here, too.) See more..
  23. 4.5 Mauna Kea Summit (4.611 reviews)
    - Star gazing experience of lifetime
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    At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa. See more..
  24. 4.5 USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park (3.966 reviews)
    - Excellent tour of successful WWII Submarine
    Saturday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Speciality Museums
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    Visited the first Friday in December. I had limited time due to the time constraints of being on a bus tour. Admission for 1 adult is $21.99, plus $1.54 "service fee." They will ask to see your proof of vaccination card and ID. I visited the museum first and found it to be excellent and informative with many exhibits and displays honoring the service and role of many of the US subs in service during the war. The exhibits included many operational details of sub patrols and battle flags honoring the many subs that served. Next, I visited the submarine itself and found it to be in excellent condition and well worth visiting. Be careful walking on or in the sub because there are many places you (or children) can trip and fall or hit your head going through the smaller sub doors. I spent less than an hour going through the museum and about 20-30 minutes on the sub itself, but I could have stayed longer if my time wasn't limited. See more..
  25. 4.5 Saddle Road (3.719 reviews)
    - Nice paved road
    Points of Interest & Landmarks • Scenic Drives
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    We took Saddle road driving from Kona to Hilo. It is a nice easy drive. It was pretty at sunset with the sky changing colors around the volcanos. We did drive past the Mauna Kea entrance and the protest was going on at the time so we saw all the tents and people camped out. It is a pretty dark road at night tho, tho only light was the reflectors on the roads. See more..
  26. 4.5 Manoa Falls (3.715 reviews)
    - Manoa Falls - worth the trip
    Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Waterfalls
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    This scenic 150-foot-tall falls is only accessible via a hike through the rainforest. It's a 1.5-mile round trip, which takes about an hour or two from the trailhead. Wear good shoes as the path can get muddy and slippery, and bring bug repellent and plenty of water. Manoa Falls is a great photography spot, and the location has featured in movies and television shows like Jurassic Park and Lost. Cool off in the pool at the base of the falls and grab a snack and a refreshing pineapple smoothie for your walk back to civilization. – Tripadvisor See more..
  27. 4.5 Wailua Falls (3.550 reviews)
    - Beautiful falls, but hard to get a good picture
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    This two-tiered 80-foot-tall waterfall located near Lihue is famous for being featured in the 1970s TV series, Fantasy Island. These spectacular falls are easily accessible—no hiking required—and can be seen from the nearby carpark. Visit after rainfall when the falls are exceptionally impressive, or in the morning for a chance to catch a rainbow when the light is just right. Be careful though—it's not recommended to hike to the base of the falls as it's steep and slippery. You can see the falls on a day trip or from up above on an air tour of Kauai. – Tripadvisor See more..
  28. 4.5 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (3.237 reviews)
    - Perfect Final Resting Place
    Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Cemeteries
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    The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars - World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War – this is truly the “Cemetery of Heroes.” Punchbowl was formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity. A crater resulted from the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs that, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range. Of special note is a monument honoring Hawaii-born astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who perished aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. Also noteworthy are the Courts of the Missing, white stone tablets bearing the names of those missing in action from World War II. See more..
  29. 4.5 Lanikai Beach (3.066 reviews)
    - Best beach
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    Also known as Kaʻōhao Beach, Lanikai Beach is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the world, and is famous for its stunning views of the Mokulua Islands. Book a kayak tour for a chance to see the green sea turtles that inhabit the 'The Mokes'. The beach is also a popular spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing, thanks to consistent and steady winds. Enjoy the beautiful colors of the sky as the sun rises and sets over the Pacific Ocean and admire the beautiful houses and gardens of the surrounding residential area of Kailu. Come prepared as there are no amenities at this beach. – Tripadvisor See more..
  30. 4.5 Kailua Beach Park (3.058 reviews)
    - Nice beach
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    Located on the southeast end of Kailua Beach, this pristine shoreline on Oahu's Windward side is popular for water sports and scenic strolls. See more..
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