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Iolani Palace

Oahu 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A National Historical Landmark, ‘Iolani Palace is the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. — Travel + Leisure

If you want to really "understand" Hawaii, Oahu's royal palace is well worth the time. Iolani Palace was built by King David Kalakaua, who spared no expense. — Frommer's

America's only royal residence was built in 1882 on the site of an earlier palace. — Fodor's

A National Historic Landmark, this gorgeous royal estate blends Italianate and Polynesian styles, a singular mashup referred to as American Florentine (the palace is the only example of... — Condé Nast Traveler

King David Kalakaua built this palace in 1882, as a symbol to the world that Hawaiian royalty was as grand as any in Europe. — concierge.com

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Island of Hawaii 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 420-acre National Historical Park houses the best preserved puuhonua (place of refuge) in the state. — Fodor's

During a leisurely drive along the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii, we decided to stop at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. I knew I wanted to visit because I enjoy history... — Afar Magazine

This awesome park is an ancient place of refuge – or puʻuhonua, a sanctuary where kapu (taboo)-breakers could have their lives spared — Lonely Planet

This sacred site on the black-lava Kona Coast certainly looks forbidding... a free, 2-day cultural festival, usually held the last weekend in June. — Frommer's

The huge, centuries-old temples... lie in ruins at this ancient historical site, sacred to native Hawaiians — Travel + Leisure

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Island of Hawaii 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The awe-inspiring and ruggedly beautiful Kilauea is called the drive-in volcano because paved roads allow you to traverse it by car. — Travel + Leisure

Hawaii’s premier natural attraction, home to an active volcano and one of only two World Heritage Sites in the islands. — Frommer's

Even among Hawaii's many wonders, this national park stands out: its two active volcanoes testify to the ongoing birth of the islands. — Lonely Planet

Since the latest eruption began in 1983, Kilauea Volcano has been adding new land to the Big Island rather steadily — Fodor's

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Akaka Falls State Park

Island of Hawaii 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Hawaii's most scenic waterfalls... down to an observation point. You'll have a perfect view of 442-foot Akaka and nearby Kahuna Falls — Frommer's

When hotels start to bore you and camping in a tent doesn’t quite appeal either, consider giving the cabins at this beach a go. — Afar Magazine

An easy, meandering 10-minute loop trail... takes you to the best spots to see the spectacular cascades of Akaka. — Fodor's

This outstanding and convenient little park features an easily navigable concrete path that loops along the lush cliffs — Lonely Planet

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Maui Ocean Center

Maui 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This midsize aquarium showcases Hawaii’s dazzling marine life, including many species found nowhere else. — Lonely Planet

Feel as though you're walking from the seashore down to the bottom of the reef at this aquarium — Fodor's

This 5-acre facility houses the largest aquarium in the state and features one of Hawaii’s largest predators: the tiger shark. — Frommer's

Watching young children press against the glass of an aquarium can be more entertaining than the marine life itself. Kids are mesmerized by the stingrays and fish that swim through the... — Travel + Leisure

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Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House

Maui 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Home of Edward Bailey, a missionary, teacher, and accomplished artist... is a treasure trove of Hawaiiana. — Frommer's

This small but historically evocative museum occupies the 1833 home of Wailuku’s first Christian missionary — Lonely Planet

The largest and best collection of Hawaiian artifacts on Maui includes objects from the sacred island of Kahoolawe. — Fodor's

Every visitor to ‘Iao Valley should also stop at the Bailey House Museum; after all, the two attractions are literally on the same road. In additon to having the island's best bookstore... — Travel + Leisure

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Lanikai Beach

Oahu 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is one of the best places on Oahu to greet the sunrise. — Frommer's

Picture paradise: a white, sandy beach fringed with palm trees and fragrant tropical plants, licked by crystal-clear, aqua-blue surf. — Michelin Guide

Peaceful jade green waters, powder-soft white sand, families and dogs frolicking mindlessly, offshore islands in the distance. It's an ideal spot — Fodor's

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Kapalua Beach

Maui 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rent a basic snorkel set for $15 per day and a SUP board for $40 per hour. An SUP lesson is $139 for two hours. Look for its hut at the northern end of Kapalua Beach. — Lonely Planet

The stuff of dreams: a golden crescent bordered by two palm-studded points. — Frommer's

Recognized as one of the world's best beaches, and for good reason — Fodor's

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Bishop Museum

Oahu 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Even if you do not have kids, this is a must-see on your vacation. — Frommer's

Probably the best museum complex in the world for everything Polynesian (as well as Melanesian and Micronesian), the Bishop is Hawaii’s most famous museum. — Travel + Leisure

The longest running collection of Hawaiian artifacts on the islands—and a planetarium that brings you full circle to the future — Condé Nast Traveler

Its collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts is regarded as one of the best in the world. — Michelin Guide

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Waipio Valley Lookout

Island of Hawaii 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located at the end of Hwy 240, this lookout provides a jaw-dropping view across the valley. It's one of Hawaii's iconic images. — Lonely Planet

This breathtakingly beautiful valley has long been a source of fascination, inspiring song and story. — Frommer's

Bounded by 2,000-foot cliffs, the "Valley of the Kings" was once a favorite retreat of Hawaiian royalty. — Fodor's

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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kauai 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A 200-acre headland habitat—the only wildlife refuge open to the public—that includes cliffs, two rocky wave-lashed bays, and a tiny islet — Frommer's

A beacon for sea traffic since it was built in 1913... a national wildlife refuge, where thousands of seabirds soar on the trade winds. — Fodor's

Home to some of Hawaii's endangered wildlife, this refuge also has sweeping views — Lonely Planet

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Ho'okipa Beach Park

Maui 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hoʻokipa is to daredevil windsurfers what Everest is to climbers. It reigns supreme as the world’s premier windsurfing beach — Lonely Planet

The wild north shore beach of the same name is certainly hospitable to wave riders... it’s among the world’s top spots for windsurfing and kiting — Frommer's

To see some of the world's finest windsurfers, hit this beach... also one of Maui's hottest surfing spots — Fodor's

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Garden of the Gods

Lanai 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Multihued rocks and earth, with a palette from amber to rust to sienna, are stunning. — Lonely Planet

This preternatural plateau is scattered with boulders of different sizes, shapes, and colors, the products of a million years of wind erosion. — Fodor's

This rugged, beautiful place is full of boulders strewn by volcanic forces and sculpted by the elements into varying shapes and colors — Frommer's

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Honolulu Museum of Art

Oahu 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The academy is housed in a maze of courtyards, cloistered walkways, and quiet, low-ceilinged spaces... there's an impressive permanent collection — Fodor's

This world-class museum... is considered one of the finest in the country. Housed in an award-winning Mediterranean-style building — Michelin Guide

Home to a 60,000-piece collection of art, with an emphasis on Asian works, including Buddhist and Shinto sculptures and Korean ceramics. — Travel + Leisure

Finished a reinstallation of the European and American art galleries, bringing to light many new pieces from the archives. — Frommer's

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Hamoa Beach

Maui 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Literary figures from Michener to Twain have heralded this beach for its beauty: Palm trees hang over salt-and-pepper sand at the point where pasture meets sea, and the snowcapped peak of... — Travel + Leisure

With its clear water, white sand and scenic cove, this famous beach is a little gem — Lonely Planet

This half-moon-shape, gray-sand beach (a mix of coral and lava) in a truly tropical setting is a favorite of sunbathers seeking rest and refuge. — Frommer's

The perfect half-moon shape speckled with the shade of palm trees — Fodor's

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USS Arizona Memorial

Oahu 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Floating over the hulk of a sunken battleship, the concave, 184-foot white-concrete bridge marks the permanent tomb of 1,177 sailors killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. — Michelin Guide

Nobody who visits the memorial will ever forget it. — Frommer's

There are still people who vividly remember that day and are part of the living history of Hawaii—"a date which will live in infamy," said Franklin D Roosevelt. — Afar Magazine

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Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House

Oahu 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hidden away in the tony suburb of Makiki, the Contemporary has an impressive collection of lesser-known works by modern-art masters. — concierge.com

Set on 3.5 acres of sculpture and meditation gardens, it's worthwhile taking one of the docent-led tours — Michelin Guide

In the exclusive Makiki Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Honolulu, the Spalding House features an array of artwork with a large contemporary art collection. — Fodor's

Set on the slopes of Tantalus, one of Honolulu's upscale residential communities, the Contemporary Museum is renowned for its 3 acres of Asian gardens. — Frommer's

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Wai'anapanapa State Park

Maui 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wai'anapanapa means 'glistening waters', and the clear mineral waters in the cave pools here will leave you feeling squeaky clean. — Lonely Planet

Tucked in a tropical jungle on the outskirts of the little coastal town of Hana is this state park, a black-sand beach set in an emerald forest — Frommer's

Home to one of Maui's only black-sand beaches and freshwater caves for adventurous swimmers to explore — Fodor's

The Waianapanapa beach is part of a 120-acre state park near Hana, in east Maui. — Travel + Leisure

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Haleakala National Park

Maui 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A must for any visitor to Maui is Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano... more than 10,000 feet above sea level. — Travel + Leisure

No trip to Maui is complete without visiting this national park, containing the mighty volcano that gave rise to East Maui. — Lonely Planet

Nowhere else on Earth can you drive from sea level to 10,023 feet in only 38 miles. — Fodor's

Hiking into Maui’s dormant volcano is the best way to see it. The terrain inside the wilderness area of the volcano... is astonishing. — Frommer's

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Mokuaikaua Church

Island of Hawaii 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This church is a handsome building with walls of lava rock held together by sand and coral-lime mortar. — Lonely Planet

A dark, rock archway constructed in 1920, adds to the charm of Hawaii's first ever Christian church, located by the ocean and the Hulihe'e Palace in Kailua-Kona — Travel + Leisure

The 112-foot steeple is still the tallest structure in Kailua-Kona. Visitors are welcome to view the sanctuary. — Frommer's

The first Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands, this strong lava-rock structure... is mortared with burned lime, coral, and kukui oil — Fodor's

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