Top Attractions of Hawaii

Hawaii is a tropical paradise with a diverse range of attractions, from stunning beaches to volcanic landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and outdoor adventures. Here are some of the top attractions in Hawaii:

Waikiki Beach Oahu Hawaii
Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater

Waikiki Beach (Oahu) – Enjoy the iconic sandy beach and clear blue waters ideal for swimming, learning to surf, outrigger canoe rides or sunbathing with a backdrop of Diamond Head Crater, high-rise hotels and avenues offering vibrant dining and shopping experiences along with hula shows and live music providing a taste of Hawaiian culture and hospitality.

Pearl harbor
Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu

Pearl Harbor (Oahu) – Visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to learn about the history of the December 7, 1941, attack and pay your respects to the fallen.

Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park (Big Island) – Explore an active volcanic landscape, with opportunities to see flowing lava, craters, and unique geological formations.

Road To Hana
The scenic road To Hana on Maui

The Road to Hana (Maui) is one of the most iconic and scenic drives in the world. This winding coastal road takes you through lush rainforests, along dramatic cliffs, past waterfalls, and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Haleakalā National Park crater

Haleakalā National Park (Maui) – Witness the sunrise from the summit of Haleakalā, a massive dormant volcano, and explore its otherworldly landscapes.

Waimea Canyon on the Island of Kauai

Waimea Canyon (Kauai) – Often called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” this stunning canyon offers panoramic views, waterfalls and hiking trails.

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast (Kauai) – Take a boat tour or hike to witness the dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, and lush valleys of the Na Pali Coast. This iconic Kauai coastline set the scene for visitors to “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World” the dinosaur-populated island.

Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center on the Island of Oahu

Polynesian Cultural Center (Oahu) – Immerse yourself in the cultures of the Pacific Islands through traditional performances, exhibits, and activities.

Mauna Kea Observatories (Big Island) – Visit one of the world’s premier astronomical observatories and stargaze from the summit of Mauna Kea.

Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay (Oahu) – Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of this protected marine area, home to colorful coral reefs and abundant marine life. Around 400 species of fish are known to inhabit the bay.

Iolani Palace Oahu
Iolani Palace Oahu

Iolani Palace (Oahu) – Tour the only royal palace in the United States and learn about Hawaii’s royal history.

Lahaina (Maui) – A historic town known for its charming streets, art galleries, harbor and a glimpse of Hawaii’s whaling past. Sadly Lahaina was devastated by a deadly wildfire tearing through the town in 2023 including the historic hotel we stayed in. Hopefully we will be able to visit again.

Lanikai Beach (Oahu) – Relax on the soft sands and take in the stunning views of the Mokulua Islands from this serene beach.

Sunset at Haleakalā (Maui) – Witness a breathtaking sunset from the summit of Haleakalā, a truly unforgettable experience.

Akaka Falls State Park (Big Island) – Hike through lush rainforests to see the impressive Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls.

Waipio Valley (Big Island) – Visit this stunning valley, known for its steep cliffs, lush vegetation, and black sand beach.

Waimea (Big Island) – Explore the charming town of Waimea, known for its paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture and cool upcountry atmosphere.

Molokini Crater (Maui) – Take a snorkeling or scuba diving trip to Molokini Crater, a partially submerged volcanic crater with crystal-clear waters.

Hiking in Koke’e State Park (Kauai) – Discover a network of hiking trails that lead to beautiful overlooks, valleys, and waterfalls.

North Shore Banzai Pipeline
North Shore Banzai Pipeline sunset

North Shore Surfing (Oahu) – Watch or try your hand at surfing on the legendary waves of Oahu’s North Shore, famous among surfers worldwide.

These attractions offer just a glimpse of the incredible experiences Hawaii has to offer, making it a dream destination for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, beach goers, and those seeking cultural enrichment.

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