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  • 1. Anaehoomalu Bay

    This gorgeous, expansive stretch of white sand, fringed with coconut palms, fronts the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and is a perfect spot for swimming, windsurfing, snorkeling,...Read More

  • 2. Greenwell Farms

    Depending on the season, the 20-minute walking tour of this working farm takes in various stages of coffee production, including a look at the 100-year-old...Read More

  • 3. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

    One of Hawaii's most breathtaking beaches, Hapuna is a ½-mile-long stretch of white perfection, with turquoise water that is calm in summer, so it's good...Read More

  • 4. Kaloko–Honokohau National Historical Park

    The trails at this sheltered 1,160-acre coastal park near Honokohau Harbor, just north of Kailua-Kona, are popular with walkers and hikers, and it's a good...Read More

  • 5. Kalopa State Recreation Area

    Northwest of the old plantation town of Paauilo, at a cool elevation of 2,000 feet, lies this sweet 100-acre state park with a lush forested...Read More

  • 6. Kaunaoa Beach

    Hands down one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, if not the whole state, Kaunaoa features a short crescent of pure white sand...Read More

  • 7. Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

    Billed as "the only natural tropical rain forest zoo in the United States," this 12-acre county zoo features native Hawaiian species such as the nene...Read More

  • 8. Botanical World Adventures

    Just off the highway, this garden park on more than 300 acres of former sugarcane land has wide views of the countryside and the ocean;...Read More

  • 9. Hookena Beach Park

    The 2½-mile road to this secluded little gem feels like you're venturing off the beaten path, through an area rich in history. Remnants of an...Read More

  • 10. Kamakahonu Beach

    This beach is where King Kamehameha spent his final days—the replica of the Ahuena Heiau sits on a platform across from the sand. Adjacent to...Read More

  • 11. Kekaha Kai State Park—Kua Bay Side

    On the northernmost stretch of the park's coastline, this lovely beach fronts an absolutely beautiful bay with crystal-clear, deep aquamarine water. It's peaceful in summer,...Read More

  • 12. Kilauea Military Camp

    Located inside the park, Kilauea Military Camp, established in 1916, offers visitor accommodations to members of the military and their families but also has places...Read More

  • 13. Kilauea Visitor Center

    Rangers and volunteers greet people and answer all questions at this visitor center, located just beyond the park entrance. There are lots of educational murals...Read More

  • 14. Laupahoehoe Train Museum

    Behind a stone loading platform of the once-famous Hawaii Consolidated Railway, constructed about 1900, the former manager's house is now a museum and a reminder...Read More

  • 15. Manuka State Wayside

    This lowland forest reserve spreads across several relatively recent lava flows, and a semirugged trail follows a 2-mile loop past a pit crater, winding around...Read More

  • 16. Moku Ola

    Also known as Coconut Island, this small island sits just offshore from Liliuokalani Gardens and is a nicely manicured spot where children play in the...Read More

  • 17. Mokupapapa Discovery Center for Hawaii’s Remote Coral Reefs

    This is a great place to learn about the stunning Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which encompasses nearly 140,000 square miles in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands...Read More

  • 18. Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area

    Hugging the long shoreline adjacent to the runway that served Kona's airport until 1970, this beach is flat, generally clean, and speckled with black rocks...Read More

  • 19. Onekahakaha Beach Park

    Shallow, rock-wall-enclosed tide pools and an adjacent grassy picnic area make this park a favorite among Hilo families with small children. The protected pools are...Read More

  • 20. Pacific Tsunami Museum

    A small but informative museum in a vintage First Hawaiian Bank building designed by noted Hawaii-raised architect C. W. Dickey provides tsunami education and scientific...Read More

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