9 Most Impressive Tourist Attractions in Hawaii

Apr 14, 2016

If you’re planning your next island-style vacation or honeymoon, or you live in Hawaii and want to explore this fantastic destination, this list is sure to help you out. Nestled in the warm Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is home to a true underwater paradise, hundreds of fabulous beaches, majestic volcanoes, beautiful national parks, breathtaking mountains and many more. Hawaii offers many fascinating attractions that are perfect for backpackers, rich people, kids and families of all ages. Whether you are a totally new visitor or returning, you just have to check out at least 5 of these 9 most impressive tourist attractions in Hawaii.

1 Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island

Once a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers and the home of royal grounds, the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is renowned for its unique Hawaiian culture, archeological sites, including royal fishponds and temple platforms, and beautiful reconstructions of an ancient Hawaiian “Place of Refuge.” Explore the Great Wall, wooden images of gods, a sacred temple, the Keoneele Cove, the Keoua Stone, halau and other historical attractions while you visit the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

2 Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu

Formed within a volcanic cone, the circular-shaped shore of Hanauma Bay attracts around 3,000 visitors from around the world each day. It’s closed to the public each Tuesday and on holidays. The Hanauma Bay offers a pristine marine ecosystem that you, as a tourist, shouldn’t destroy. If you are a first time visitor, you will have to watch a little video before entering in order to find out more about preservation, the marine life, and critical safety rules for the State Park. Mistreating the marine animals and touching and walking on the coral heads are strictly prohibited. Snorkeling and swimming are among the most popular activities.

3 Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon is a must-see attraction in Kauai. Take a tour to experience the breathtaking views of the 3500-foot canyon, see the early 1800’s Russian Fort Elizabeth, and historic Koloa Town. Visit the Kokee Museum to learn some interesting facts about Waimea Canyon, and the Kalalau Valley to enjoy the fantastic views of the Na Pali coastline, the Blue Pacific and awesome waterfalls.

4 Diamond Head State Monument, Oahu

Take a short hike through the old military bunkers to enjoy the Diamond Head State Monument. The trail is an easy 1.4 mile hike that’s perfect for all ages, even families. There are few tough areas – several flights of stairs are probably the only difficulty. A lot of locals work out daily by visiting the summit. There are many places of interest and places to rest, so if you a first time visitor, you will have enough time and place to take short breaks. Make sure you have a flashlight. Since you will go through long, dark tunnels you will want to see where you go and what surrounds you.

5 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island

Every year, over 3 millions of tourists go to the park to see and experience Mauna Loa – the most massive volcano in the world, and Kilauea – the summit of the most active volcano in the world. Hiking and camping are the biggest activities that you can try. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day year round.

Begin your visit at the Kīlauea Visitor Center that’s situated beyond the park’s entrance station. Choose to discover captivating volcanic spots via Crater Rim Drive or drive down the Chain of Craters Road to see the place where lava flowed into the ocean in 2003. The Volcano House is a popular place to grab lunch, or relax and try delicious meals after exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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6 Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Oahu

The Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden, renowned as the Waimea Valley Audubon Center, is home to 36 major botanical collections. You will see lots of native Hawaiian plants, a great variety of Hawaiian birds, Waihi Falls and many more. This botanical garden is perfect for family picnics, not to mention that it’s a fun and educational way to let your children be closer to nature.

7 Haleakala National Park, Maui

If you are planning to visit Maui, make sure to stop at the Haleakala National Park to discover the coastal Kipahulu area and the summit area. Even though these areas aren’t connected by road, taking two separate trips is worth the time and efforts. The coastal Kipahulu area is beautifully lush, green and lined with spectacular waterfalls and freshwater pools, including the pools of Oheo. The summit area offers fantastic views and beautiful scenery to enjoy peace and quiet.

8 Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai

Situated on Kauai’s north shore, the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most impressive tourist attractions in Hawaii that we all need to visit at least once. Why? Because you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and learn about incredible Hawaii’s wildlife – from Laysan albatross and Pacific golden plover to cute Hawaiian monk seals, unusual humpback whales and super slender spinner dolphins. Visit the Kilauea Lighthouse to capture the most beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

9 USS Arizona Memorial, Oahu

Want to see what left from the USS Arizona? Oahu is your destination. Located in Pearl Harbor on the Island of Oahu, the 184-foot USS Arizona Memorial offers unforgettable experience. You will learn more about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and how Arizona exploded and sank. 1,177 officers and crewmen died. Take the USS Arizona Memorial guided tour that includes a short boat trip, a 23-minute documentary film, and a self-guided exploration of the Memorial.

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There’s no better place on earth like Hawaii. Apart from these nine fabulous tourist attractions, Hawaii has thousands of others. Many locals confess that they don’t know about all the hidden gems Hawaii boasts, so obviously, this list is endless. Have you ever visited any tourist attractions in Hawaii? What are your favorite spots?