Best Things to See and Do in Hawaii

Hawaii is a state of the U.S. This is a separated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific. Its islands are renowned for their tough landscapes of cliffs, falls, tropical foliage, and also beaches with gold, red, black and also environment-friendly sands. Of the six primary islands, Oahu has Hawaii’s biggest city as well as funding, Honolulu, house to crescent Waikiki Coastline and also Pearl Harbor’s WWII memorials.

Hit the Road to Hana on Maui

Amazing views of waterfalls, lush forests, and the sparkling ocean are part of the pleasure of the twisting drive along the North Shore to tiny, timeless Hana in East Maui. The journey is the attraction, but once you take place, kick back and enjoy. Wave to pedestrians, “talk story” with locals in line at the Hasegawa store, and explore the multicolor beaches. We went with business partners to celebrate our 12th years in business together (, and we made lots of ‘friends’ with the locals who were so friendly and kind and welcoming. We highly recommend you spend some time smelling the local flowers and enjoying the local culture.

Visit Oahu’s Pearl Harbor

This top Honolulu site is not to be missed. Spend the better part of a day touring Missouri, the Arizona Memorial, and if you have time, the Bowfin.

Explore Kauai’s Napali Coast

Experiencing Kauai’s emerald green Napali Coast is a must-do. You can see these impressive cliffs on the northwest side of the island by boat, helicopter, or by hiking the Kalalau Trail. Whichever you pick, you won’t be disappointed.

Hike Maui’s Haleakala

Take time to trek down one of the trails into Haleakala National Park’s large bowl and see proof, at this dormant volcano, of how forceful the earth’s exhalations can be. The cinder cones have excellent swirls of subtle colors.

Surf at Waikiki Beach on Oahu

Waikiki, with its well-shaped but small waves, remains the perfect spot for grommets (surfing newbies), though surf schools operate at beaches (and many hotels) around the island.

Discover the Joy of Snorkeling on Maui

Either on your own with a buddy or on a snorkel cruise, snorkeling in Maui is a must. Maui has snorkel boats of all sizes to take you to spots. Wherever you duck under, you’ll be inducted into a mesmerizing world underwater.

Green Sands Beach

It’s a bit off the beaten track, but Green Sands Beach is one of the few places in the world to see green sand, which gets its unique color from the mineral olivine. And it happens to be surrounded by turquoise waters and dramatic cliffs.

Exploring Waipio Valley

Whichever way you choose to get there— on horseback, in a four-wheel drive, or on foot—you’ll discover that the Valley of the Kings, on the Hamakua Coast, is full of sky-high waterfalls, lush green cliffs, and mystical quality that can’t quite be described or rivaled.

Kailua Beach

Kailua is the beach you came to Hawaii for—and the reason why many have never left. This famous stretch of white sandy beaches on Oahu’s windward side is full and inviting, with several small offshore islands perfect for exploring on kayaks.

Explore Chinatown

Over the past few years, Chinatown has been transformed into the center of Oahu’s arts scene. This vibrant neighborhood, which pours into downtown Honolulu, boasts art galleries, eclectic restaurants, hip bars, trendy boutiques, and the historic Hawaii Theatre. There are a few guided tours of the cultural attractions, but you can easily wander the area on your own.

Hawaiian Music at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Before his untimely death in 1997, Israel Kamakawiwoole, or “IZ,” woke the world to the sound of modern Hawaiian music. Don’t leave without hearing it live. The Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului has top Hawaiian entertainers regularly, and so do many island bars and restaurants.

Go Mountain Tubing with Kauai Backcountry Adventures

Garden Island is known for its natural beauty and adventurous activities, and Kauai Backcountry Adventures offers one of the most memorable days of fun that visitors can find. It all starts with a four-wheel-drive through Kauai’s interior with a bit of education about the island from guides.