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  • 1

    Waikiki Beach

    202 reviews

    I'm not normally a beach person, but I LOVED Hawaii beaches. While I usually don't mind crowds, I'm glad I lived there during the off-season (August-December). Because it's HAWAII. There are already so many people at Waikiki beach during the off-season, but there are an unearthly amount during the summer. Waikiki has pretty calm waters, so it's great for learning ...

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  • 2

    Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

    145 reviews

    This is a must do on Oahu. Go during the week early or later in the afternoon. Wonderful snorkeling. Fee to get into the park.

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  • 3

    Diamond Head State Monument

    125 reviews

    Diamond Head Monument offers one of the easiest hikes on the island. Although the general recommendation is to do all hikes early in the morning to beat the heat, this one is short enough that most folks will find it safe and easy. The view at the top makes it all worth the climb.

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  • 4

    Pearl Harbor

    120 reviews

    One of the free things to do. Free parking as well. See the exhibits and the movie that you won't see on TV, it's great. Enjoy the afternoon visiting the exhibits as well. Free ferry boat ride to the memorial as well No need to buy tickets or an overpriced tourist package.

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  • 5

    Lanikai Beach

    94 reviews

    The water here is just a little calmer than in Kailua. That's because it's more protected by the offshore reef. However, the strip of beach is eroding away. So, if you rent a place here, check and see if the beach is accesible or not. There are lots of great rental homes either on the beach (pricey) or a block ...

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  • 6

    Dole Plantation

    109 reviews

    If you like pineapples, you'll love the Dole Plantation. The tropical gardens provide great insight to tropical fruits and plants and it's fun for kids as well.

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  • 7

    Polynesian Cultural Center

    91 reviews

    It's a great show with fire and healthy dancing people. Dramatic and fun, in a Disney sort of a way. You can drive up or take a tour from Waikiki.

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  • 8

    Arizona Memorial

    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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  • 9

    Ala Moana Center

    78 reviews

    I don't know if I'd say I really liked or didn't like it. Really, it's just a shopping mall. I suppose it is convenient when you need to get something but not really a place to write home about.

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  • 10

    Kailua Beach Park

    58 reviews

    Located on the alternating side of the Island from Honolulu you can find a wonderful beach that has nice sand and not very many people. Enjoy the sun and gentle surf.

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  • 11

    Waimea Bay Beach Park

    54 reviews

    This stunning beach is home to some of the biggest surf in Oahu. You don't have to be a pro surfer to enjoy this place - there is a great beach surrounded by rain forest and in the summer the water is calm and there is great snorkeling to be found.

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  • 12

    Nuuanu Pali Lookout

    55 reviews

    The Pali Lookout is a must for anyone just visiting Hawaii. Even locals can feel a renewed appreciation for the island from this vantage point. To make the experience even more interesting, read up on Pele and some of the ghost stories that take place along the road leading up to this place. Additionally, take a dive into Hawaiiana with ...

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  • 13

    Sunset Beach Park

    46 reviews

    I really like the north shore, just casual and low key. Sunset Beach is a good surf spot in the winter. It's a good place to watch the sunset, obviously that's where it gets the name.

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  • 14

    Ala Moana Beach Park

    42 reviews

    This park, just south the of shopping center of the same name, tends to be less crowded than Waikiki. I think that it is also where more locals go.

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  • 15

    The Byodo-In Temple

    41 reviews

    This remains my favorite place in the world. Beautiful, peaceful, and just incredible. Don't miss it.

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  • 16

    Kualoa Ranch

    39 reviews

    Explore by ATV, horseback or open air bus. Fantastic movie tour, see where Pearl Harbor, Lost and over 100+ movies have been made. It's a working ranch and they sell their beef (organic feed) there, no where else. Enjoy their own hamburgers or take some meat back to the house for the grill. You won't be disappointed.

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  • 17

    Turtle Bay

    35 reviews

    Lovely location and just a great family place to play. TBR guests get 1 hour of free snorkeling gear a day. Lots of fun in the sun.

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  • 18

    Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail

    34 reviews

    The Makapu'u Lighthouse trail is a pretty easy trail to hike on when you're in Hawaii. There isn't too much of an elevation change, and I saw many people doing this hike in sandals.. or with baby strollers. The hike is short, and the view at the end is rewarding. There are no restrooms or water along the hike so ...

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  • 19

    Iolani Palace

    35 reviews

    If you are lucky enough to be in Honolulu on Smithsonian Museum Day, as I was, the guided tour is free! This is the best way to experience Hawaiian history first-hand, on-site. Go!

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  • 20

    Banzai Pipeline Beach (Ehukai)

    31 reviews

    If you want to surf and you've got pro skills, then Oahu's North Shore is the place you want to be. Banzai Pipeline at Ehukai Beach Park has monster waves in winter that are no joke even for those with lots of on-board experience. But when it comes to outdoor thrills in Hawaii, it's hard to beat this place!

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