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  • 1. Battleship Missouri Memorial


    Together with the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri' s presence in Pearl Harbor perfectly bookends America's World War II experience, which...Read More

  • 2. Bellows Beach Park


    Bellows is the same beach as Waimanalo, but it's under the auspices of the military, making it more friendly for visitors—though that also limits...Read More

  • 3. Bishop Museum

    Kalihi | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1889 by Charles R. Bishop as a memorial to his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the museum began as a repository for the royal...Read More

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  • 4. Byodo-In Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tucked away in the back of the Valley of the Temples cemetery is a replica of the 11th-century Temple at Uji in Japan. A 2-ton carved wooden...Read More

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  • 5. Fort DeRussy Beach Park

    Waikiki | Beach

    This is one of the finest beaches on the south side of Oahu. A wide, soft, ultrawhite beachfront with gently lapping waves makes it a family...Read More

  • 6. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve


    Picture this as the world's biggest open-air aquarium. You go here to see fish, and fish you'll see. Due to their exposure to thousands of visitors...Read More

  • 7. Honolulu Museum of Art

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Originally built around the collection of a Honolulu matron who donated much of her estate to the museum, the academy is housed in a maze of...Read More

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  • 8. Iolani Palace

    Downtown | Castle/Palace

    America's only official royal residence was built in 1882 on the site of an earlier palace. It contains the thrones of King Kalakaua and his...Read More

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  • 9. Kailua Beach Park


    A cobalt-blue sea and a wide continuous arc of powdery sand make Kailua Beach Park one of the island's best beaches, illustrated by the crowds...Read More

  • 10. Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center reopened after a $58-million renovation and is now the gateway to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National...Read More

  • 11. Pupukea Beach Park/Shark's Cove


    Surrounded by shady trees, Pupukea Beach Park is pounded by surf in the winter months but offers great diving and snorkeling in summer (March...Read More

  • 12. Shangri La

    Historic Home

    In 1936 heiress Doris Duke bought 5 acres at Black Point, down the coast from Waikiki, and began to build and furnish the first home that would...Read More

  • 13. Waimea Bay Beach Park


    Made popular in that old Beach Boys song "Surfin' U.S.A.," Waimea Bay Beach Park is a slice of big-wave heaven, home to king-size 25- to 30...Read More

  • 14. Waimea Valley

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Waimea may get lots of press for the giant winter waves in the bay, but the valley itself is a newsmaker and an ecological treasure in its own...Read More

  • 15. White Plains Beach Park


    Concealed from the public eye for many years as part of the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station, this beach is reminiscent of Waikiki but...Read More

  • 16. Ala Moana Beach Park

    Ala Moana | Beach

    A protective reef makes Ala Moana essentially a ½-mile-wide saltwater swimming pool. Very smooth sand and no waves create a haven for families...Read More

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  • 17. Aloha Tower Marketplace

    Downtown | Viewpoint

    In fall 2015, the 89-year-old Aloha Tower, opened in 1926, became the new home to Hawaii Pacific University students. The Aloha Tower Marketplace...Read More

  • 18. Diamond Head Beach Park

    Diamond Head | Beach

    You have to like a little hiking to like Diamond Head Beach. This beautiful, remote spot is at the base of Diamond Head crater. The beach is...Read More

  • 19. Diamond Head State Monument and Park

    Diamond Head | Nature Sight

    Panoramas from this 760-foot extinct volcanic peak, once used as a military fortification, extend from Waikiki and Honolulu in one direction...Read More

  • 20. Dole Plantation

    Educational Institution

    Pineapple plantation days are nearly defunct in Hawaii, but you can still celebrate Hawaii's famous golden fruit at this promotional center...Read More

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