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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

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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

During the 16C, defeated warriors and kapu (religious taboo) violators found refuge at this lava-black place by the sea. Places of refuge (pu'uhonua) were found on every island in ancient times. — Michelin Guide

This 180-acre national historic park was once a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers — Where

Iolani Palace

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

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

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

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

Akaka Falls State Park

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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

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

Hike through a rain forest, along bamboo-and ginger-lined trails, and past banks of wild impatiens and orchids to get to the observation point of 442-foot Akaka Falls. — Michelin Guide

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

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kauai 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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. — Where

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

Red-footed booby birds, soaring frigates, spouting humpback whales, basking monk seals and frolicking spinner dolphins are just some of the wildlife your family may see. — Michelin Guide

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

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Maui Ocean Center

Maui 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Kids are mesmerized by the stingrays and fish that swim through the exhibit’s acrylic tunnel; the tiger sharks passing just inches away can excite even the most skeptical teen. — Travel + Leisure

This marine park is one of Maui’s top attractions and has been called “The Hawaiian Aquarium.” — Where

The state-of-the-art aquarium puts little ones in the center of a giant fishbowl, where tiger sharks glide past and spotted eagle rays swoop through a 750,000-gallon tank — Michelin Guide

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

Haleakala National Park

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

It's worth waking up in the dark of early morning to drive from your beachfront resort and watch the sunrise over the Halekala's 10,023-foot summit. — Michelin Guide

Haleakala National Park encompasses the world’s largest dormant volcano and 26,000 acres of dry forests, rain forests and desert — Where

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

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

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

Garden of the Gods

Lanai 87 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

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

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

You won't find lush greenery here; instead you'll see a rugged, lunar-like landscape of randomly scattered volcanic boulders — Michelin Guide

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Hulopoe Beach

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

A short stroll from the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, Hulopoe is one of the best beaches in Hawaii. — Fodor's

This palm-fringed, gold-sand beach is bordered by black-lava fingers, protecting swimmers from ocean currents. In summer, Hulopoe is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or just lolling about. — Frommer's

This popular stretch of white sand on Lanai's south shore draws crowds of swimmers, sunbathers and snorkelers — Michelin Guide

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Bishop Museum

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

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

This museum of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture is the legacy of the last descendant of the Kamehameha Dynasty.  — Atlas Obscura

Exhibits include a planetarium and science center, the storied Hawaiian Hall, and precious artifacts from precontact times. — Where

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

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

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A three-tiered waterfall and natural streams add to the serenity of the setting. — Michelin Guide

This is a fabulous botanic garden, beautifully situated by the ocean and superbly managed. — Lonely Planet

More than 2,000 species of tropical plants thrive in this little-known Eden by the sea. — Frommer's

I did indeed find a money tree. — Afar Magazine

Stunning coastline views appear around each curve of the 4-mile scenic jungle drive that accesses this privately owned nature preserve. — Fodor's

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Limahuli Garden and Preserve

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

Out on Kauai’s far North Shore... there’s a mighty cleft in the coastal range where ancestral Hawaiians lived in what can only be called paradise. — Frommer's

Its fluted mountain peaks and ancient stone taro terraces, creates an unparalleled setting for this botanical garden and nature preserve. — Fodor's

About as beautiful as it gets for living education. — Lonely Planet

Limahuli Garden, part of the nonprofit National Tropical Botaincal Garden, is best known for its lava-rock taro terraces built shortly after the first Polynesians arrived about 1,000 years ago — Where

A short loop takes you along ancient taro terraces and aside pretty Limahuli Stream, to a stunning overlook of rugged cliffs and open ocean views — Michelin Guide

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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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 — 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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Grove Farm Homestead

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

History buffs might enjoy this plantation museum, open only for prearranged tours, but kids might grow restless. — Lonely Planet

Two-hour guided tours start at the original plantation office. — Frommer's

The 80-acre farm preserves the lifestyle of the sugar plantation from the period 1864 to 1978, and includes the restored Wilcox family home, plantation office and workers' houses. — Michelin Guide

Tours of this carefully restored 80-acre country estate offer a fascinating and authentic look at... plantation life in the mid-19th century. — Fodor's

See what life was like when sugar reigned supreme on the grounds of one of the earliest sugar plantations — Where

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Kauai Museum

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

Come here for a quick grounding in Kauaʻi’s history and ecology, and in Hawaiian history and culture. — Lonely Planet

The museum traces the island's history from its volcanic beginnings, through sugarcane farming and missionary work, and features an impressive collection of Hawaiian paintings and artifacts. — Michelin Guide

The historic museum building... features a permanent display, "The Story of Kauai". — Fodor's

The Kauai Museum is houses a permanent collection of photographs and various Hawaiian artifacts. The museum gift shop has beautiful works of Hawaiian art. — Where

The fascinating geological and cultural history of Kauai and Niihau are well-served in this compact museum. — Frommer's

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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

In additon to having the island's best bookstore of local and cultural history, the museum displays what life was like for original Missionary families. — Travel + Leisure

Museum also houses Maui’s largest public collection of ancient Hawaiian artifacts, which represent every aspect of life in pre-contact Hawai'i – from fishing to warfare, food preparation to weaving. — 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

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Mauna Kea

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

Earth's tallest volcano is home to a dozen world-class observatories.  — Atlas Obscura

Who would have thought that there is a word in the Hawaiian language for snow? The frosts of winter can actually be found here at the summit of Mauna Kea, the highest point in the state — Where

Certainly, you're close-when measured from its base on the ocean floor, Mauna Kea reaches an amazing 13,796 feet! — Michelin Guide

Hawaii's highest peak... has a cluster of observatory domes, containing what is considered the greatest collection of astronomical telescopes in the world. — Lonely Planet

You will see all 11 observatories from 13 countries with telescopes pointing toward the heavens. — Afar Magazine

Green Sands Beach

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Also known as Papakolea Beach, this legendary beach on Mahana Bay isn't really that green, but it is a secluded, sandy strand. — Lonely Planet

The olive-green-colored "sand" is actually made up of a mineral called olivine. Olivine is created when basaltic lava cools. — Michelin Guide

Hawaii’s famous green-sand beach is located at the base of Puu o Mahana, an old cinder cone spilling into the sea. — Frommer's

You'll need good hiking shoes or sneakers to get to this olive-green crescent, one of the most unusual beaches on the island. — Fodor's

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Makena Beach

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Locals successfully fought to turn Makena—one of Hawaii's most breathtaking beaches—into a state park. — Fodor's

Make means "dead" in Hawaiian, but you won't find any dead horses on this beach-just three lovely crescents of sand, separated by volcanic rock — Michelin Guide

One of the most popular beaches on Maui, Makena is so vast it never feels crowded. — Frommer's

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Battleship Missouri Memorial

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In the deck of this 58,000-ton battleship (the last one the navy launched), World War II came to an end with the signing of the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945. — Frommer's

The Missouri is 887 feet long, 209 feet tall with nine 239,000-lb guns, capable of firing up to 23 miles. Absorb these numbers during the tour, then stop to take advantage of the view from the decks. — Fodor's

Features the site of the September 2, 1945 surrender that ended World War II. The six-deck ship is chock-full of models, maps, photographs and other exhibits. — Michelin Guide

The USS Missouri, America’s last battleship, served her country through three wars, and is best known as the site of the signing of the Formal Instrument of Surrender, marking the end of World War II — Where

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Waipio Valley Lookout

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

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

Filled with taro farms and framed by 2,000-foot sheer cliffs and a beautiful black sand beach, Waipio Valley is a mystical place that is sacred to native Hawaiians. — Where

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