Sights & Attractions in Honolulu and Oahu

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Name Category Location
 
Aloha Tower Marketplace
In two stories of shops and kiosks you can find island-inspired...
Marinas / Piers, Viewpoints, Stores / Malls Downtown Honolulu
 
Bishop Museum
Founded in 1889 by Charles R. Bishop as a memorial to his wife...
Museums / Galleries Greater Honolulu and Diamond Head
 
Byodo-In Temple
Tucked away in the back of the Valley of the Temples cemetery...
Religious Sites Windward Oahu
 
Chinatown Cultural Plaza
This sprawling multistory shopping square surrounds a courtyard...
Squares Chinatown
 
Diamond Head State Monument and Park
Panoramas from this 760-foot extinct volcanic peak, once used...
Parks, Geological Sites Greater Honolulu and Diamond Head
 
Dole Plantation
Pineapple plantation days are nearly defunct in Hawaii, but you...
Educational Institutions, Farms Central Oahu
 
Foster Botanical Gardens
Some of the trees in this botanical garden, open since 1931...
Gardens / Arboretums Chinatown
 
Haleiwa
Today Haleiwa is a fun mix of old and new, with charming general...
Towns North Shore Oahu
 
Hawaii State Art Museum
Hawaii was one of the first states in the nation to legislate...
Museums / Galleries Downtown Honolulu
 
Hawaii State Capitol
The capitol's architecture is richly symbolic: the columns resemble...
Government Buildings Downtown Honolulu
 
Hawaii State Library
This beautifully renovated main library was built in 1913. Its...
Libraries Downtown Honolulu
 
Hawaii Theatre
Opened in 1922, this theater earned rave reviews for its neoclassical...
Arts / Performance Venues Chinatown
 
Hawaii's Plantation Village
Starting in the 1800s, immigrants seeking work on the sugar plantations...
Museums / Galleries West (Leeward) Oahu
 
Hawaiian Mission Houses
The determined Hawaii missionaries arrived in 1820, gaining royal...
Museums / Galleries Downtown Honolulu
 
Honolulu Hale
This Mediterranean Renaissance–style building was constructed...
Government Buildings Downtown Honolulu
 
Honolulu Museum of Art
Originally built around the collection of a Honolulu matron who...
Museums / Galleries Downtown Honolulu
 
Honolulu Zoo
There are bigger and better zoos, but this one, though showing...
Zoos / Aquariums Waikiki
 
Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens
The name, which means "to make a place of peace and tranquillity,"...
Gardens / Arboretums Windward Oahu
 
Iolani Palace
America's only royal residence was built in 1882 on the site...
Castles / Palaces Downtown Honolulu
 
Izumo Taisha Shrine
From Chinatown Cultural Plaza, cross a stone bridge to the Izumo...
Religious Sites Chinatown
 
Kaena Point State Recreation Area
The name means "the heat" and, indeed, this windy barren coast...
Parks North Shore Oahu
 
Kakaako Waterfront Park
Rolling hills carpeted in lush green grass greet the visitor...
Parks Downtown Honolulu
 
Kamehameha I Statue
Paying tribute to the Big Island chieftain who united all the...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Downtown Honolulu
 
Kapiolani Bandstand
The Victorian-style Kapiolani Bandstand, which was originally...
Arts / Performance Venues Waikiki
 
Kawaiahao Church
Fancifully called Hawaii's Westminster Abbey, this historic house...
Religious Sites Downtown Honolulu
 
Kualoa Ranch
Encompassing 4,000 acres, about 45 minutes by car from Waikiki...
Film / TV Studios, Farms Windward Oahu
 
Kuan Yin Temple
A couple of blocks mauka (toward the mountains) from Chinatown...
Religious Sites Chinatown
 
Kukaniloko Birthstone State Monument
In the cool uplands of Wahiawa is haunting Kukaniloko, where...
Memorials / Monuments Central Oahu
 
Lyon Arboretum
Tucked all the way back in Manoa Valley, this is a gem of an...
Gardens / Arboretums Greater Honolulu and Diamond Head
 
Maunakea Marketplace
On the corner of Maunakea and Hotel streets is this busy plaza...
Markets / Bazaars Chinatown
 
Moanalua Gardens
This lovely park is a great place to bring a picnic, spread out...
Gardens / Arboretums Greater Honolulu and Diamond Head
 
Moiliili
Packed into the neighborhood of Moiliili are flower and lei shops...
Neighborhoods / Streets Greater Honolulu and Diamond Head
 
Mokolii
As you drive the Windward and North shores along Kamehameha Highway...
Geological Sites Windward Oahu
 
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Nestled in the bowl of Puowaina, or Punchbowl Crater, this 112-acre...
Cemeteries Greater Honolulu and Diamond Head
 
Nuuanu Avenue
Here on Chinatown's main mauka-makai drag and on Bethel Street...
Neighborhoods / Streets Chinatown
 
Nuuanu Pali Lookout
This panoramic perch looks out to expansive views of Windward...
Viewpoints Windward Oahu
 
Oahu Market
In this market founded in 1904, you'll find a taste of old-style...
Markets / Bazaars Chinatown
 
Pokai Bay Beach Park
This gorgeous swimming and snorkeling beach is protected by a...
Beaches West (Leeward) Oahu
 
Polynesian Cultural Center
Recreated individual villages showcase the lifestyles and traditions...
Museum Village, Museums / Galleries Windward Oahu
 
Puuomahuka Heiau
Worth a stop for its spectacular views from a bluff high above...
Religious Sites, Viewpoints North Shore Oahu
 
Queen Emma Summer Palace
Queen Emma, King Kamehameha IV's wife, used this stately white...
Houses / Mansions Greater Honolulu and Diamond Head
 
Sea Life Park
Dolphins leap and spin and penguins frolic at this marine-life...
Zoos / Aquariums Windward Oahu
 
Spalding House
In the exclusive Makiki Heights neighborhood, just minutes from...
Museums / Galleries Greater Honolulu and Diamond Head
 
Tantalus and Round Top Scenic Drive
A few minutes and a world away from Waikiki and Honolulu, this...
Scenic Drives Greater Honolulu and Diamond Head
 
Ulupo Heiau
Though they may look like piles of rocks to the uninitiated...
Archaeological Sites Windward Oahu
 
Waikiki Aquarium
This amazing little attraction harbors more than 3,500 organisms...
Zoos / Aquariums Waikiki
 
Waikiki Shell
Grab one of the 6,000 "grass seats" (i.e., lawn seating) for...
Arts / Performance Venues Waikiki
 
Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium
This Beaux-Arts-style, 1927 World War I monument, dedicated to...
Memorials / Monuments Waikiki
 
Waimanalo
This modest little seaside town flanked by chiseled cliffs is...
Towns Windward Oahu
 
Waimea Valley Park
Waimea may get lots of press for the giant winter waves in the...
Nature Preserves, Parks North Shore Oahu
 
Washington Place
For many years the home of Hawaii's governors, this white-columned...
Houses / Mansions Downtown Honolulu
 
Wet'n'Wild Hawaii
This 25-acre family attraction has waterslides, water cannons...
Amusement Parks West (Leeward) Oahu
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