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Things to Do in Hawaii

Comprised of a series of islands, the largest is Hawaii with Volcanoes National Park, forest reserves and state parks. To its north is Maui with Haleakala Crater, historic Lahaina and whale watching. Molokai is where Father Damien oversaw Kalaupapa Settlement, a leper colony. The most populated island is Oahu, home of the capital - Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial. Attractions on Kauai to the west are the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon. Throughout Hawaii discover beaches, ancient sites and golf courses. Things to do: surf, hike, sail, fish and snorkel.  Enjoy the local cuisine at island restaurants or take in a luau. Visitors typically stay in hotels and resorts.
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Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, Hawaii
Founded by the late Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who was the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. It preserves and tells the stories of the cultures and natural history of Hawaii and the Pacific including the royal family's heirlooms.

Each year the Watumull Planetarium at Bishop Museum provides a calendar of celestial events for the Hawaiian Islands - the dates and times of meteor showers, moon phases, eclipses and star maps, among...
Hours & Admission
Museum: Wednesday to Monday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours Planetarium: Wednesday to Monday; 30-45 minute shows; varying topics. Closed December 25. Admission.
Photo by: Linny Morris. Photo Courtesy: Bishop Museum

Dole Pineapple Pavilion

64-1550 Kamehameha Highway
Wahiawa, Hawaii
Tour Tickets - Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour with Dole Plantation
The plantation blends the traditional elements of Hawaii's plantation life and the early pineapple industry with present day diversified agriculture currently grown on the North Shore of Oahu.

Dole is dedicated to perpetuating the agricultural heritage of Hawaii and its place in the history, as well as the progress of the islands and its people. Visitors learn how James. D. Dole, founder of Dole Food Company, came to Hawaii in 1899 and began the pineapple industry....
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Dole Planation

Iolani Palace

364 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii
America's only royal residence, the palace was the official home of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs - King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili'uokalani. Guided tours reveal everything from throne rooms to meeting halls.
Hours & Admission
Hours (tickets): Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. self-guided - palace galleries with historic items; 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. docent-led - state apartments, private quarters and palace galleries; 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - self-guided audio tours - state apartments, private quarters and palace galleries. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace

Wahiawa Botanical Gardens

1396 California Avenue
Wahiawa, Hawaii
Situated between the Koolau and Waianae mountain ranges in central Oahu, this tropical rain forest is reputed to be the finest of the five Honolulu Botanical Gardens. This 27-acre site dates to the 1920s when sugar planters first used it as an experimental arboretum.

Take a self-guided tour and see Hawaiian palms, an aroid garden, and epiphytic and native plants....
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Honolulu Botanical Gardens

Waikiki Aquarium

2777 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii
The third oldest aquarium in the United States, it focuses on marine life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Of the 2,500 animals at the facility, highlights include coral reefs, reef sharks, monk seals, stingrays, snapper, grouper and jellyfish, among others.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Waikiki Aquarium

Whalers Village Museum

2435 Ka'anapali Parkway, Building H-6
Lahaina, Hawaii
This museum documents the transition of Lahaina from a sleepy port city to a whaling boomtown. Home to an impressive collection of whaling memorabilia, exhibits illustrate what life was like between 1825 and 1860 for the men involved in the whaling industry - tiny boats chasing 45-ton marine mammals. Harpoons and sea chests are featured, along with the re-created quarters for a six-man crew. Films about whales and whaling history are shown.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Whalers Village Museum

Atlantis Adventures

2005 Kalia Road
Attraction Tickets with Departures from Several Islands
The world's largest passenger submarine, Atlantis takes seafarers below the surface to reveal the underwater world of reefs and marine life during a 90-minute tour.

Navatek offers two-hour sunset dinner cruises along Waikiki Beach, past Diamond Head and the Kahala coast, and a 2.5-hour whale watching lunch cruise.

Note: height requirement for...
Hours & Admission
Submarine: 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Dinner cruise: 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Whale watching: mid-December to mid-April, 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. Admission.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

7455 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii
Snorkel Tour Tickets
This overlook is one of the most beautiful places in Hawaii; the view covers the entire bay on the southeastern tip of the island.

At the marine education center, visitors learn about this fragile marine eco-system and how they can positively impact the environment. After exploring a coral reef and learning about Hawaii geology, walk to the theater to view a presentation....
Hours & Admission
Wednesday to Monday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission.

Polynesian Cultural Center

55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie, Hawaii
Attraction Tickets or Twilight Package Ticket Option, or as part of Day Trip Tours from Other Islands
The center strives to preserve and portray the culture, arts, and crafts of Polynesia to the rest of the world. Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, the Marquesas, Easter Island, New Zealand and Tonga are represented.

The complete experience encompasses seven villages, the Rainbows of Paradise canoe show, an IMAX® theater presentation, a tram tour of Laie and the Horizons evening show....
Hours & Admission
Villages and IMAX: 12:00 noon to 6:30 p.m. Dinners: 5:00 p.m. Show only: 7:00 p.m. Admission.

USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center

400 Marshall Road
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Tour Tickets - Pearl Harbor, The Arizona Memorial and Punchbowl
**A new visitor center is under construction and slated to be completed in December 2010, but the old facility remains open.**

The USS Arizona, dedicated on Memorial Day 1962, is the final resting place for 1,177 crew members that lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The memorial honors and commemorates all members of the U.S. Armed Forces and civilians who gave their lives to their country during the attack on Pearl Harbor....
Hours & Admission
Visitor center: daily, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free; tickets required.
Information subject to change without notice.
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