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Things to do in Hawaii

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The top 105 attractions in Hawaii

Beaches in Honolulu
Waikiki Beach
The first thing I thought, as a Spaniard who lives in a coastal spot and loves the see, is why did I travel so far for this beach? Then you are gifted with sunsets as spectacular as this, in front of Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, that leave you with your mouth open. Needless to say, that every good surf fan has to come here to practice, because here it isn't a sport but a lifestyle.
Nature Reserves in Hawaiian Paradise Park
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Really, the place is magical! It's protected and they give you a chat at the beginning about how to avoid damaging the environment. Aside from that, you can do whatever you like. The best part was when this big beautiful turtle decided to spend a few minutes swimming with me. Beyond exciting!
Cities in Hawaiian Beaches
Tip of a mountain of 1,800 m high jutting out of the water north of Hawaii. It is known and marked on navigation charts as "Black Man's Penis".
Beaches in Laie
Temple Beach
This is one of the nicest beaches and least known of the area, located in the island of Oahu, Hawaii. It is in the small town of Laie in the northeastern part of the island. The sand is white and the water is crystal blue. It is a divine place where you can dive or snorkel and you can see the wonders of the Pacific Ocean or you can simply swim and enjoy the warm waters and sun.
Volcanoes in Pukalani
Haleakala Crater
One of the must sees of the island of Maui. After climbing about 30 miles along a winding road, you come to the visitors center where you have stunning views across the crater. I was a bit lazy so I did none of the volcano trekking walks (the clouds were approaching and I feared that there would be nothing to see). The National Park entrance costs 10 dollars, but as in all national parks in the United States, if you arrive early or at sundown no one is controlling the entrance.
Of Cultural Interest in Pearl City
Pearl Harbor / World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Pearl Harbor is not only a sacred place for Hawaii, but for the rest of the United States as well. On 7th December 1941 Japan's attack against the American naval base killed 2,390 people and left the harbour and surrounding areas in ruins. There are several museums in the complex, however the biggest attraction is the USS Arizona where most of the people died that day and where their bodies are still under water.
Waterfalls in Hilo
Rainbow Falls
I can assure you that I have never seen it rain so much in a place as it did on the east coast of the Big Island in Hawaii, and of course it makes sense that where it rains, there are often waterfalls, streams, etc ... These waterfalls are on the outskirts of the city of Ice, less than 5 km from the city centre. There is no trail, so the only thing you can do is admire them from the viewpoint. Admission is free.
Of Touristic Interest in Honolulu
Ala Wai Canal
The Ala Wai Canal separates Waikiki from downtown Honolulu. The canal runs from Diamond Head to Ala Moana shopping center. On both sides there are lovely parks, trees and flowers. There are many people in kayaks and boats. On the side of Waikiki there are many places such as hotels, shops, restaurants and bars and in Honolulu this side of the convention center and apartment buildings and business. It's very relaxing walking around Ala Wai. A lovely place for a picnic.
Gardens in Kailua-Kona
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Through a circular path, the park takes us to an area where there was an ancient Hawaiian settlement. The trail, just over one hour, starts among trees that have survived the lava and ends up visiting the coastal area, where with a little luck you can see turtles. Admission is free, but you have to visit before 4 pm.
Cliffs in Waipio
Pololu Valley Lookout
The road ends at Pololu Valley at the immense gorge and cliffs that prevent you from continuing by vehicle. However, at the same time it offers spectacular views of one of the most pristine areas of the island. You can go down to the beach, coming to a place that could be easily be the beach seen in the film Castaway.
Of Cultural Interest in Honolulu
Global Village Hawaii
Aloha dear traveler, can you imagine studying English in a modern classroom with the tropical landscape for background? This isn't only a fantasy because now you can travel beyond the desktop background of your computer to this beach paradise. The Hawaii Global Village School is located in Honolulu. This is a small school of 15 classrooms which overlook the ocean, beautiful beaches. It is situated in a modern business building. You can find all kinds of shops and leisure activities in the surrounding area. The academy focuses on young people. They are especially warm with Spanish people, there are very few people from Spain who travel there and they are happy with our character. In fact, although there are good homes, we recommend that you stay with a Hawaiian family. If this is a rewarding experience in other countries imagine how it would be in the birthplace of surfing. Maybe you can have breakfast with one of their famous "Mauna Loa" cocktails.
Of Cultural Interest in Honolulu
Diamond Head State Monument
Travelling to Hawaii with my friends was more than just a fun experience; Hawaii actually teaches you to challenge your physical conditions, and learn a little about yourself. The Diamond Head mountain requires the maximum physical effort. While you are climbing, there's very little shade, but when you get to the top you can enjoy wonderful views. The climb is best made early in the morning or at dusk, as there are plenty of tourists. Be sure to take good shoes and plenty of water, and don't forget your camera.
Cliffs in Waimea in Kauai County
Catamaran on the Na Pali Coast
We took an early-riser expedition to discover the more rugged and unspoiled coast of the island. Departing from Port Allen, the catamaran will take you floating on the Pacific, with bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and sea turtles along the red cliffs of green meadows, where Native Hawaiians previously settled, because from here, they had access to difficult-to-catch delicacies in other waters. The final note here ... snorkelling! I recommend the tour given by Captain Andy due to his funny stories during the trip, his friendly crew, and respect to the environment. What I mean by this is that he did not harass the whales with his boat.
Beaches in Puu O Mahana
Papakolea Beach
One of the most curious places I have visited. The beach access is difficult because if you do not have a guided tour that drives you in a 4x4 you have to walk for over 1 hour to reach it. But after a swim in this beach with green sand, thanks to a mineral called olivine present on that coast, you will see that it is worth it. While it is necessary to warn that the green color is not as flashy as most are told I still recommend to visit this Big Island (Hawaii)
Beaches in Poipu
Sunsets on Poipu Beach
A large area of ​​many star resorts and private beaches makes Poipu stand out in a virgin area. Do not miss going to the beach of the Sheraton, to see the sun slip into the horizon, sitting on the sand, philosophizing and drinking (If yo drink alcohol, do not forget to cover it with the typical brown paper bag as is forbidden to drink it without any camouflage on the beach) equipped with cameras, capturing the incredible warm sunset tones on the turquoise blue South Pacific.
Nature Reserves in Lahaina
Whale Watching
Since almost all of the Hawaiian islands have whale watching cruises, you should know that the most important place is Lahaina Maui. For about $20 you can take a half hour cruise for whale watching. The season begins in December when the humpback whales migrate from Alaska and it ends in April and May.
Bays in Kailua-Kona
Kona Bay
Kailua-Kona is the second largest city in Big Island. It is a very calm and peaceful place. There is a stunning bay that annually hosts the famous Ironman competition. The street running along the bay is full of shops and terraces, where you can enjoy a mean for a decent price, while watching the sunset.
Islands in Waimea
Waimea Canyon
The Kauai Waimea Canyon is a place to visit. If you are lucky to come on a sunny day in good weather, it is really an inevitable feast of colors for the eyes and a pleasure ... we thought it had been colored by a painter.