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Iolani Palace

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

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

The only royal palace in the United States, it has plenty of lavish decor to ooh and ahh over. — Afar Magazine

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

If you're intrigued with kings and queens, join the 90-minute docent-led tour... with plenty of history provided. — Michelin Guide

The opulent Iolani Palanace was the royal residence of the Hawaiian monarchy until Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate her throne in 1893. — goop

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 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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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Maui Ocean Center

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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Lanikai Beach

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

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

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

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

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Kapalua Beach

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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 →

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

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

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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 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

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

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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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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

In the heart of the Panaewa Forest Reserve south of Hilo, is the only outdoor rainforest zoo in the United States. — Frommer's

Billed as "the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States," this sweet zoo features native Hawaiian species. — Fodor's

Hilo's sprawling 12-acre zoo is a nice freebie amid well-kept tropical gardens. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hamoa Beach

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

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

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

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USS Arizona Memorial

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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Haleakala National Park

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

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

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

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

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

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