Top Attractions in Hawaiian Islands

From authentic luaus and unique marine life to catching waves in Waikiki, your Hawaiian adventure awaits.

1. The Maui Ocean Center Aquarium 

One of Hawaii’s best attractions, The Maui Ocean Center Aquarium features 60 self-guided, engaging exhibits with a diverse array of marine life for guests to enjoy. This world-class aquarium features animals like the Red Hawaiian Reef Lobster, Flowery Flounder, Green Sea Turtles, Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, and Spotted Eagle Ray. One of the most impressive exhibits includes the Open Ocean, a 54-foot long clear acrylic tunnel that provides a 240-degree view of nearly 2,000 saltwater fish swimming amidst sharks and stingrays. Additionally, the new Marine Mammal Discovery Center 3,000 square foot exhibit focuses on various species of whales and dolphins that can be found in Hawaiian waters, as well as the endangered monk seal. 

2. Luaus

Enjoy traditional, elaborate imu ceremonies, arts and crafts demonstrations, exotic Hawaiian buffet feasts, and much more at any of these top-rated Hawaiian luaus:

3. Waikiki 

One of the most famous Hawaiian neighborhoods, Waikiki is the premier resort, hotel, and entertainment district in Oahu. Of course, you’re most likely familiar with picturesque beach scenes from the shores of Waikiki Beach, which is just as beautiful as you imagine. Visitors can also walk along Kalakaua Avenue to experience top notch dining, shopping, activities, and entertainment. Furthermore, the area boasts attractions like the Royal Hawaiian Center, the Waikiki Beach Walk, the Honolulu Zoo, and so many more. 

4. Dole Plantation

Fun for the whole family, guests can enjoy the historic pineapple plantation and its many engaging attractions. Visitors can wind their way through the 2008 World’s Largest Maze, take a ride on the Pineapple Express train, and learn about the history of the plantation as well as Hawaii’s agriculture. Additionally, you can tour the Plantation Gardens, which encompass a variety of flowers, native plants, and fruits arranged in mini gardens. 

5. Polynesian Cultural Center

Learn about the beauty and history of Polynesian culture around the world at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Representing the Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, Rapa Nui, Tonga, and Tahiti, guests can experience interactive exhibits such as eight simulated tropical villages. Furthermore, the center features IMAX shows, canoe rides, and parades, special events, the Alili Luau, and the Hā–Breath of Life evening show, among other attractions and events. 

6. Iolani Palace

Built in 1882 by the last king of Hawaii, King Kalakaua, Iolani Palace served as the royal residence until the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893. Afterward, the palace acted as the “capitol of the Provisional Government, Republic, Territory and State of Hawaii until 1969.” Now registered as a National Historic Landmark, the palace has been beautifully restored to showcase the opulence of the royal monarchy. Located in downtown Honolulu, this is a must-see attraction.

7. Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

The Kohala Waterfalls Adventure offers adventures for the entire family. This 8-hour tour includes an action-packed day trip up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines, Mount Kea and the Kohala Mountains, and more. Guests can enjoy scenic views of the lush Kohala vegetation, quaint plantation towns, waterfalls, tunnels, and more. You’ll also dig into Hawaii’s ancient history as well as its plantation history in the early 1900s. Moreover, this adventure tour comes complete with full walking gear, provided lunch and water, and transportation. 

8. Pearl Harbor National Memorial

The most visited destination in Oahu, the Pearl Harbor National Memorial pays tribute to the events leading to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II onward to reconciliation between the U.S. and Japanese government bodies. Now encompassing the USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, and USS Utah Memorials, as well as six officer bungalows, three mooring quays, and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, guests can honor the legacy of the fallen officers and vessels and learn more about the Pacific War in-depth overall. 

9. Sunset Cruises

Enjoy some of the most beautiful sights you will ever see on an island sunset cruise. Indulge in full menus and buffets, cocktails, and gorgeous views with top-class entertainment.

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