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  • Bishop Museum

    1. 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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  • 2. Fort DeRussy Beach Park

    Waikiki | Beach–Sight

    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

  • Iolani Palace

    3. Iolani Palace

    Downtown | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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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  • Waimea Valley

    4. 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

    Waimea Valley
  • Ala Moana Beach Park

    5. Ala Moana Beach Park

    Ala Moana | Beach–Sight

    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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  • Diamond Head State Monument and Park

    6. Diamond Head State Monument and Park

    Diamond Head | Geological Site

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

    Diamond Head State Monument and Park
  • 7. Hawaii State Art Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Hawaii was the first state in the nation to legislate that a portion of the taxes paid on commercial building projects be set aside for the...Read More

  • 8. Hawaii State Capitol

    Downtown | Government Building

    The capitol's architecture is richly symbolic: the columns resemble palm trees, the legislative chambers are shaped like volcanic cinder cones...Read More

  • 9. Kahaloa and Ulukou Beaches

    Waikiki | Beach–Sight

    The beach widens back out here, creating the "it" spot for the bikini crowd—beautiful bodies abound. This is where you find most of the catamaran...Read More

  • 10. Kamehameha I Statue

    Downtown | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Paying tribute to the Big Island chieftain who united all the warring Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom at the turn of the 18th century, this...Read More

  • 11. Kawaiahao Church

    Downtown | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Fancifully called Hawaii's Westminster Abbey, this historic house of worship witnessed the coronations, weddings, and funerals of generations...Read More

  • 12. Kuan Yin Temple

    Chinatown | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A couple of blocks mauka (toward the mountains) from Chinatown is the oldest Buddhist temple in the Islands. Mistakenly called a goddess by...Read More

  • 13. Kuhio Beach Park

    Waikiki | Beach–Sight

    This beach has experienced a renaissance after a recent face-lift. Now bordered by a landscaped boardwalk, it's great for romantic walks any...Read More

  • 14. Oahu Market

    Chinatown | Market/Bazaar

    In this market founded in 1904, you'll find a taste of old-style Chinatown, where you might be hustled aside as a whole pig (dead, of course...Read More

  • 15. Waikiki Aquarium

    Waikiki | Zoo/Aquarium

    This amazing little attraction harbors more than 3,500 organisms and 500 species of Hawaiian and South Pacific marine life, including endangered...Read More

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