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Whether you live in Hawaii or are planning your next island-style vacation, please enjoy this short list of must-see places in Hawaii. Do you want to book your flight? You can choose an American Airlines contact number.
1. USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu is the #1 Visitor Destination in the Hawaiian Islands.
Over 2-million U.S. and international visitors choose to visit the Arizona Memorial every year to see where WWII began for America. There are 9 historic sites that contribute to the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument located in Alaska, California, and Hawaii. Five are at Pearl Harbor; the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Utah Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial, and areas within Battleship Row and Ford Island.
FREE tours are available from 8 am-3 pm daily, (except for certain holidays). For more information about daily guided tours of the USS Arizona Memorial visit Pearl Harbor Tours.
2. North Shore of Oahu
The North Shore of Oahu refers to the geographic area between West Oahu’s Ka’ena Point and East Oahu’s Kahuku Point. The North Shore is most well-renowned for its larger than life waves during the Winter, breathtaking coastlines, and for attracting surfers from all around the globe. Famous North Shore surf spots include Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, and Banzai Pipeline (Ehukai Beach).
3. Waikiki Beach
In ancient times, the coastal area of Waikiki in South Oahu once encompassed a larger area, including Manoa and Palolo Valley. The name Waikiki, in essence, means “spouting waters,” and refers to the freshwater rivers that once flowed towards the ocean. During the 1450‘s, Waikiki was designated as the very first government center in all of Hawaii.
4. Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
The Na Pali Coastline on Kauai is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places on earth. This coastal region isn’t just one of the best places to visit in Hawaii, but it is also super rich in Hawaiian cultural history. This area was home to Hawaiian Ali’i (royalty) and known for its lavishly flowing waterfalls and freshwater rivers, an abundance of Hawaiian flora and fauna, and an excess supply of natural food sources from valley to sea; taro, sweet potatoes, breadfruit, fresh fish and more. Since the Na Pali Coastline is only reached by foot or ocean vessel, it has remained somewhat isolated.
5. Haleakala National Park
Visit the magical Island of Maui, and feel the power of the 10,023-ft dormant Mt. Haleakala all around you! When on the Valley Isle, visitors must seek out an adventure to Haleakala for a sunrise or a sunset, guided activities, hiking and camping trips. When visiting Haleakala for sunrise or sunset, plan for at least a 1 1/2 hour drive from Central Maui (Kahului) to the summit.
6. Road to Hana
If you’re visiting Maui, do not miss out on a chance to witness one of Hawaii’s most beautiful landscapes by journeying to East Maui on the Hana Highway. The Road to Hana is one of the most popular activities to do in Hawaii and one that Maui lovers should do at least once in their lifetime. Most visitors choose to experience the road to Hana in two ways — by car or with a guided tour. The choice is yours, but a solo trip with just family and friends is probably the best scenario for those looking to explore more.
7. Molokai’s Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Established in 1980, the Kalaupapa National Historical Park pays homage to the Kalaupapa and Kalawao Settlements, the late Saint Damien and all helpers, and the residents that have suffered from Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy). Kalaupapa in Moloka’i is a remote destination that embodies a spirituality full of natural Hawaiian beauty and serves as a symbol of contemplation for those who suffered from diseases that were brought to the Hawaiian people that did not have immunities to Western illnesses. Since 1866, Kalaupapa housed more than 8,000 people that died from Hansen’s Disease.
8. Trip to Lanai
The Island of Lana’i is a breathtakingly gorgeous, privately owned island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is also known as the “Pineapple Isle,” a title gained from becoming one of the world’s foremost pineapple growing locations in history. Located within Maui County, Lana’i does not have direct service from outside of Hawaii but can be reached by an inter-island flight from the Honolulu or Kahului Airport, or by ferry from Maui’s Lahaina Harbor.
9. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Experience ‘Old Hawai’i’ while venturing to the Big Island’s powerful volcanic landscape, witnessing its ecological dominance firsthand. Since 1916, the Big Island’s Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has been the place to go for those who’d like to learn more about how the Hawaiian Islands were formed through a fascinating and eruptive timeline of events. Without a doubt, this is one of the most sought after places to go in all the Hawaiian Islands.
10. Kona Coffee Farms
Whether you’re a coffee lover or not, definitely take the time to visit at least one coffee farm while you are on the Big Island. Or you can also book your flight with Spirit airlines reservations. There are hundreds of coffee farms in Kona, so choose a few, and tour them throughout a day like on a wine tasting adventure! See coffee farms and mills and learn how the beans are processed. Taste all the unique flavors that are rich in Hawaii’s agricultural roots.