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Top 25 Most Visited Tourist Destinations in Hawaii

By Edited May 13, 2015 2 3

Waikiki Beach, Oahu

This is one of the most famous beaches in the world with wonderful opportunities to swim, boogie board, surf or canoe. This beach is two miles of beautiful white sand and with many hotels.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island

This park has around three million visitors per year; it covers the reach of the world's most active volcano, Kilauea and the world's most monumental volcano, Mauna Loa. Visitors love the dramatic views of volcanic landscapes.

USS Arizona Memorial, Oahu

Tourists truly feel the sacrifice our military suffered during the Pearl Harbor attack when seeing the remains of the USS Arizona. The memorial is the mid-section of the sunken battleship where visitors can learn more about that unfortunate day.

Haleakala National Park, Maui

This national park preserves the Haleakala volcanic area on the island of Maui. The summit offers breath-taking views and scenes. The valley of Kipahulu is lavish and offers spectacular freshwater pools and waterfalls.

Hanawma Bay Nature Preserve

This is a rendered bay that is now beautiful but was once damaged due to years of too much use and neglect. It was restored into a pure marine ecosystem by limiting the number of visitors and creating an educational program.

Diamond Head State Monument - Oahu

The unique composure of Diamond Head sits near the edge of Waikiki's coastline has stunning coastal views, great hiking trails and military history. An eruption that happened 300,000 years ago formed his broad saucer-shaped crater.

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island

This is a 182-acre park full of archeological sites and reconstructions of an ancient Hawaiian "Place of Refuge" which is a sacred site that once was home to Hawaiian royalty. Take a self tour, photograph many green sea turtles enjoying the sun on the beach and play a game of konane while here.

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai

The ocean cliffs and open grassy slopes of an extinct volcano provide the grounds for native Hawaiian seabirds and nene and also endangered Hawaiian goose. At the Kilauea Point, you can view red-footed boobies, laysan albatrosses, shearwaters and other seabirds.

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo

This is the only zoo in the United States that is located in a rainforest. The zoo has more than 50 species of animals and 40 different species of plants, flowers and trees. The rare male white Bengal Tiger named Namaste is the most popular attraction at the zoo. These tigers come from India and are very extinct.

Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden - Oahu

This Arboretum and Gardens contains 36 major botanical collections in a valley stretches from sea level to 1,000 feet. Imagine walking along gentle paths, hiking old stream trails, delighting in the simple joys of nature and/or sharing a picnic with beautiful scenery; you can do all of this at Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Pearl Harbor - Oahu

Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbor surrounding a deep-water naval base. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan on December 7, 1941 brought the United States into World War II. The Navy base itself was recognized in January 1964 as a National Historic Landmark; it contains several other National Historic Landmarks associated with the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Waikiki Aquarium

Have you ever seen an octopus opening a jar? Would you like to look into the eye of a zebra shark? How would you like to meet the real-life versions of Dori and Nemo? Waikiki Aquarium is located next to a living coral reef. While there, you can see colorful tropical fish, reef sharks, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, squid, octopus, sea jellies, living corals and more.

Maui Ocean Center, Maui

Get an up close view of Hawaiian Marine Life without getting wt by visiting Maui Ocean Center. This is a great place to visit on a family vacation, a romantic honeymoon, a restful retreat or an adventurous tour.

Sea Life Park, Oahu

Get up close and personal with dolphins, play with funny sea lions and watch a penguin trainer talk at Sea Life Park. There is also a great array of sea life, entertaining shows and interesting marine life exhibits.

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Waimea Canyon is often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" because of its breath-taking, inspiring landscape. The deep gashes in the canyon look like claw marks of some prehistoric creature and the light and shadow throughout the day on the colorful rock is awesome. The overlook is a great place to become speechless as up take in this greatness of nature.

Whalers Village, Maui

Hula lessons, Sea Village, Lei Making, Polynesian and Tahitian dances and whale watching are all activities that can be enjoyed at Whalers Village

Polynesian Cultural Center

Visit 8 island villages and exhibits, watch the Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant on the lavish lagoon and catch one of the many shows such as "Ha Breath of Life".

Iolani Palace - Honolulu

This National Historic Landmark has a history going back to Majesties and King Kalakaua in 1880s. Visit The Palace, enjoy one of the most spectacular living restorations and immerse yourself in Hawaii's royal heritage.

Honolulu Zoo - Honolulu

Watch white rhinos graze on grasses or white handed gibbons enjoying a treat of sour sop fruit or listen to the red-footed tortoise males make a chucking sound like a chicken.

Mauna Kea Summit Kiailua-Kona

This 13,796 feet peak provides a breath-taking view of lava, desert, Mauna Loa and the valley.

Honolua Bay, Honolua

This marine sanctuary offers a variety of sea life and is a marvelous nature and wildlife area.

Manoa Falls, Honolulu

See a spectacular 100 feet waterfall that is worth the one hour hike!

US Army Museum of Hawaii, Honolulu

If you enjoy military history, you will want to be sure to visit this historical military museum. It is very moving to see paintings that were actually created by soldiers who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other similar places.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai

Enjoy a wonderful scenic area with beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs, geological formations, hiking trails and nature and wildlife area

Kauai Aerosports, Kauai

If you like roller coasters, flying and similar adventurous activities, you will love Kauai Aerosports! Take to the skies on aircraft that lofts you into the wild blue yonder and be amazed at the beautiful waterfalls, secret beaches and picture perfect scenery.



Feb 26, 2011 10:16pm
Great write up Ernie. We lived in Oahu, HI for almost 10yrs. I didn't get a chance to visit some of the neighboring islands, but plan to in the future. Maybe we'll get stationed there again. Thanks for sharing!
Feb 27, 2011 6:35am
Great article, my friend. It entices me to visit Hawaii, hahaha.
Feb 27, 2011 1:21pm
My family will be going to the Big Island this year and I'm looking forward to seeing the volcanoes. Thanks Ernie!
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