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    Waikiki Beach

    4.5
    203 reviews

    Waikiki has it all. Spend a day learning to surf, canoe paddling, or riding on a catamaran sailboat. The famous beach may be crowded but it is the best place to people watch, sunbathe and swim.

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  • 2

    Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

    4.5
    147 reviews

    Hanauma Bay is a must-see spot on Oahu. The views from the top of the beach overlooking the bay are stunning, and a great place to park up on a bench early in the morning for some quiet time. The beach down below is full of corals, but has been overfished for years prior to becoming a reserve, so it's ...

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  • 3

    Diamond Head State Monument

    4.5
    125 reviews

    Very touristy. Don't ever expect to have the trail to yourself. Costs $1 to walk in and $5 for a car to park there. During peak times, you'll be waiting in the full lot for a space to park. Overall, its a relatively easy hike with decent views and a couple of scenic points up along the way. I see ...

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  • 4

    Pearl Harbor

    4.5
    120 reviews

    Pearl Harbor is legendary. We all know what happened in World War II and how it propelled America into the war. On this beautiful base, one can see remnants of that day at the USS Arizona Memorial. Located adjacent to Hickam Air Force Base, the decades had us going back and forth between the bases as they kept outdoing each ...

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  • 5

    Arizona Memorial

    4.5
    63 reviews

    There's a good reason this WWII historic site is the #1 most visited tourist attraction in Hawaii. Examining the events of December 7, 1941, when the Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor, this National Park Service (NPS) site is an emotionally moving place to visit, no matter what your political persuasion. A brand-new visitor center and museum opened in December 2010, ...

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  • 6

    Ala Moana Center

    4
    79 reviews

    If you can't find the merchandise you're looking for in this behemoth there's a chance it doesn't exist. Usually pretty easy to find a parking spot even though the mall is typically packed -- but it can be a maze trying to weave your way out. Ewa (west) end is undergoing major renovations.

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  • 7

    Nuuanu Pali Lookout

    4.5
    55 reviews

    This place is SUPER Windy. I don't know why. But if you're wearing a hat, it might get blown off! :) Don't wear a dress when you're coming here! Hahaha. This is a short 10 minutes or less thing you can do while you're in Hawaii. It's right along the highway and there isn't any hike or anything here. It's ...

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  • 8

    Ala Moana Beach Park

    4.5
    42 reviews

    Located in town of Honolulu this long stretch of park that meets the Pacific Ocean is known to the towns folks as Ala Moana Beach Park where families and tourist can visit to enjoy picnics, events and the waterfront close to town. Tonight for Memorial Day on Oahu it was the place where their annual Lantern Floating Ceremony was to ...

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  • 9

    Iolani Palace

    4.5
    37 reviews

    One can pay for either an audio guide or an actual guided tour of the palace. One is required for entrance and neither are cheap. Unfortunately, the latter is only available for a small portion of the day. I had to take the audio guide and it did a decent job of presenting the information. The restorers have done a ...

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  • 10

    The Honolulu Zoo

    4
    38 reviews

    It was a nice surprise! We found a big open space with great gardens and not too many people. It's very well located, just steps from Waikiki. There is a few exhibits under construction but there is plenty to see. It's right next to Kapiolani Park where there is always a Festival or Craft Fair going on. We spent 2 ...

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  • 11

    Halona Blowhole

    4
    34 reviews

    "CHILD FRIENDLY" Tourists and vacationers come to this outlook for just the Halona Blowhole and are brought here by the bus load... Locals however, come here for Halona Cove (known as COCKROACH COVE) Tourist are not well aware of this beach and if they see it while here they don't seem to bother finding a way down to get to ...

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  • 12

    Manoa Falls

    4.5
    30 reviews

    Fun hike with great photo ops at the falls. They have spread rocks/shells along most of the muddy areas (except near the top) so we managed to keep our shoes fairly clean!

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  • 13

    Mai Tai Bar

    4.5
    29 reviews

    Take a break from the sun and get a Mai Tai at this famous bar. They really are the best in the world.

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  • 14

    Waikiki Aquarium

    4
    34 reviews

    Came walking around at the Waikiki beach and happened to find this aquarium. It was pretty small but enough for exploration for an hour. General Admission - $9 If you have a.... Kama'aina (with proof of residency), Active Duty Military (with military ID), Students (with student ID), Seniors (65+ with ID) it'll be $6 if you are ... Youth Admission ...

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  • 15

    Makapu‘u Beach Park

    4.5
    26 reviews

    Makapu‘u Beach Park is along the beautiful eastern shore of Oahu, and provides a sheltered and scenic beach that is both great for sunbathing and picture taking, as well as being one of the most consistent body-surfing breaks on the island. In fact, the stunning scenery here, which includes a lighthouse and off-shore Rabbit Island (that indeed resembles the big ...

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  • 16

    Duke Kahanamoku Statue

    4
    26 reviews

    The classic souvenir postcard shot of Waikiki has to be the statue of Olympian swimmer and Waikiki "beachboy" surfer Duke Kahanamoku. Often draped with fresh flower lei, the statue caused some controversy because it shows Duke with his back turned to the sea, something smart surfers don't do.

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  • 17

    Chinatown

    4
    27 reviews

    Go to Chinatown hungry and try different local and cultural foods. There's even home made ice cream! Wonderful, trendy clothing, gift, and local arts -- calligraphy and treasures. Take your time to look around, shop, eat, and don't forget your leis and flowers --- Puakenikeni, Pikake -- oh my!

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  • 18

    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

    4.5
    23 reviews

    Not exactly the kind of place you bring your children to and let them run amok, this somber facility deserves reserved enthusiasm as it is the final resting place for thousands of America's bravest. Absolutely perfectly maintained, the landscaping and statues here show the great care taken to pay these fallen individuals their due respect. Thoughtful visitors could lose themselves ...

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  • 19

    Bishop Museum

    4.5
    21 reviews

    The Bishop Museum is pretty cool. Except for their Planetarium Show. That one was horrible :( The museum is big enough that you could spend few hours here.. but if you're the type of person that like to walk through pretty fast.. you could see a lot of it quickly too. There is a lot of the island's history shown ...

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  • 20

    Honolulu Museum of Art

    4.5
    18 reviews

    One of the many beautiful museums on the island that displays numerous past to present local artists that depict the beautiful culture that have assimulated on the islands of Hawai'i. This holds many stories to be told to generations who want to see the unfolding of the Hawaiian culture besides the people who have been inspired by the island and ...

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