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Iolani Palace

Oahu 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The only royal palace on U.S. soil has been a territorial capitol, a military headquarters, and a prison for a queen.  — Atlas Obscura

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

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

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

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

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Island of Hawaii 89 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 180-acre national historic park was once a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers. The entire area has been beautifully restored and is one of the most sacred places on the... — Where

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

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

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

Akaka Falls State Park

Island of Hawaii 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

These picturesque Hawaiian falls are home to a rare species of fish that uses a special sucker to climb up cliffs.  — Atlas Obscura

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

Located at the end of Akaka Falls Road off Hawaii Hwy. 220Falling over 442 feet, Akaka Falls is one of the most striking falls on the island. A 0.4 mile paved loop walks you through lush... — Where

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Island of Hawaii 88 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

The most popular attraction in the Hawaiian Islands, Kilauea has been erupting since 1983. The caldera is easily accessible by car from Crater Rim Drive; so is the coastal area of the... — Where

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

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

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Bishop Museum

Oahu 88 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

In Honolulu’s Kalihi district, this over 125-year-old museum is the world’s most significant repository of Pacific and Polynesian artifacts - an imposing stone structure with more than... — Where

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

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

Maui Ocean Center

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

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

This marine park is one of Maui’s top attractions and has been called “The Hawaiian Aquarium.” It includes a 750,000-gallon open ocean exhibit, with 2,000-plus fishes, live coral... — Where

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

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Waipio Valley Lookout

Island of Hawaii 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

One of the largest and most picturesque valleys on the island, “Hawai‘i’s Valley of the Kings” was once the birthplace and home to generations of alii (royalty) and to this day its hills... — Where

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

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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kauai 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bird watching at its finest. Take this opportunity to view red-footed boobies, Laysan albatrosses, wedge-tailed shearwaters, and other seabirds in their natural habitat. The waters... — Where

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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Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House

Maui 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built in 1833, Wailuku's Bailey House get a glimpse of both pre-contact Hawai‘i – the site was once the Royal compound of Maui’s last ruling chief, Kahekili, and Hawaiians’ sense of place... — Where

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

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

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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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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

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

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

It is the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. The grounds of the zoo are considered a botanical garden and feature 100 varieties of Palm trees, an extensive... — Where

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Lanikai Beach

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

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

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

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Kapalua Beach

Maui 85 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

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

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

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Garden of the Gods

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

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

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

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Ho'okipa Beach Park

Maui 85 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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USS Arizona Memorial

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

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

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

The largest visitor destination in Hawaii, the USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for 1,117 of the ships’ crew who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. A diminishing number... — Where

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

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

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

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

Hawaii’s fine arts museum with a collection of 50,000+ works. Its major strengths are in Asian art, European and American painting, and graphic and decorative arts. The museum’s Hawaiian... — Where

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Haleakala National Park

Maui 84 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

Haleakala National Park encompasses the world’s largest dormant volcano and 26,000 acres of dry forests, rain forests and desert. The park is home to endangered animals and plants, such... — Where

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

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

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

Hawaii’s first Christian Church established in 1820. Founded by missionaries who came from Boston Massachusetts on the brig Thaddeus. — Where

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

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Kawaiahao Church

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

Known as the “Westminster Abbey of Hawaii,” this is the first Christian church in Hawaii, commissioned by Kaahumanu, wife of Kamehameha I in the early 1800s. Hawaiian royalty worshipped... — Where

Fancifully called Hawaii's Westminster Abbey, this historic house of worship witnessed the coronations, weddings, and funerals of generations of Hawaiian royalty. — Fodor's

Constructed of coral blocks... from a reef off Honolulu Harbor. The setting for 19C royal coronations, weddings and funerals is revered by isle residents. — Michelin Guide

This proud stone church, complete with bell tower and colonial colonnade, was the first permanent Western house of worship in the islands. — Frommer's

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Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

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

This museum tells the dramatic story of cultural change in 19th-century Hawaii, when missionaries who landed on the island set about trying to convert the natives. — Frommer's

The determined Hawaii missionaries arrived in 1820, gaining royal favor and influencing a wide array of island life. — Fodor's

Includes three mission houses that served as homes and workplaces of the first Christian missionaries in Hawaii. A library contains the earliest books printed in the Hawaiian language,... — Where

PIeces of Hawaii's oldest Western-style structure were shipped... from New England and assembled here in 1821 by the first American Calvinist missionaries. — Michelin Guide

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