10 most popular
visit in Hawaii
With so many incredible locations to see throughout the Hawaiian Islands, it is impossible to list everything in just one blog post! Please enjoy our carefully curated list of the most popular places to visit in Hawaii.
The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu is the #1 Visitor Destination in the Hawaiian Islands. Over 2 million U.S. and international visitors choose to visit the Arizona Memorial every year to see where WWII began for America. There are 9 historic sites that contribute to the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument located in Alaska, California, and Hawaii. Five are at Pearl Harbor: the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Utah Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial, and areas within Battleship Row and Ford Island.
FREE tours are available from 8 am to 3 pm daily, except for certain holidays. For more information about daily guided tours of the USS Arizona Memorial visit Pearl Harbor Tours.
The North Shore of Oahu refers to the geographic area between West Oahu’s Ka’ena Point and East Oahu’s Kahuku Point. The North Shore is well-renowned for its incredibly large waves during the Winter, breathtaking coastlines, and for attracting surfers from all around the globe. Famous North Shore surf spots include Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, and Banzai Pipeline (Ehukai Beach).
The name Waikiki, in essence, means “spouting waters,” and refers to the freshwater rivers that once flowed towards the ocean. In ancient times, the coastal area of Waikiki in South Oahu once encompassed a larger area, including Manoa and Palolo Valleys. During the 1450s, Waikiki was designated as the first government center in all of Hawaii.
Indeed, there’s a host of reasons why Waikiki is one of the top places to visit in Hawaii!
The Na Pali Coastline on Kauai is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on earth. This coastal region isn’t just one of the best places to see in Hawaii, but it is also super rich in Hawaiian cultural history. This area was home to Hawaiian Ali’i (royalty) and is known for its exuberantly flowing waterfalls and freshwater rivers, an abundance of Hawaiian flora and fauna, and an excess supply of natural food sources from the valley to the sea: taro, sweet potatoes, breadfruit, fresh fish and more. Since the Na Pali Coastline can only be reached by foot or ocean vessel, it has remained somewhat isolated.
Visit the magical Island of Maui, and feel the power of the 10,023-ft dormant Mt. Haleakala all around you! While on the Valley Isle, visitors absolutely must plan an adventure to Haleakala for a sunrise or a sunset, guided activities, hiking, and camping. When visiting Haleakala for sunrise or sunset, plan for at least a 1-1/2 hour drive from Central Maui (Kahului) to the summit.
This is a must-do activity on Maui, and after witnessing the jaw-dropping scenery, you will instantly understand why Haleakala, “The House of the Sun,” is one of the top places to visit in Hawaii.
If you’re visiting Maui, do not miss out on a chance to witness one of Hawaii’s most beautiful landscapes by journeying to East Maui on the Hana Highway. This is unquestionably one of the most incredible and unique places to visit in all of Hawaii.
The Road to Hana is one of the most popular activities to do in Hawaii and one that Maui lovers should do at least once in their lifetimes. Most visitors choose to experience the road to Hana in one of two ways: by car or as part of a guided tour. The choice is yours, but a solo trip with just family and friends is probably the best scenario for those looking to explore more freely.
Established in 1980, the Kalaupapa National Historical Park pays homage to the Kalaupapa and Kalawao Settlements, the late Saint Damien and all of his helpers, and the residents that have suffered from Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy). Kalaupapa in Moloka’i is a remote destination that embodies a spirituality full of natural Hawaiian beauty and serves as a symbol of commemoration for those who suffered from diseases brought to the Hawaiian people who did not have immunities to Western illnesses. Since 1866, Kalaupapa housed more than 8,000 people who died from Hansen’s Disease.
The Island of Lana’i is a breathtakingly gorgeous, privately owned island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is also known as the “Pineapple Isle,” a title earned by becoming one of the world’s foremost pineapple growing locations in history. Located within Maui County, Lana’i does not have direct service from outside of Hawaii but can be reached by an inter-island flight from the Honolulu or Kahului Airport, or by ferry from Maui’s Lahaina Harbor.
Experience “Old Hawai’i” while venturing to the landscape created by the Big Island’s powerful volcano and witness her ecological dominance firsthand. Since 1916, the Big Island’s Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has been the place to go for those who’d like to learn more about how the Hawaiian Islands were formed through a fascinating and eruptive timeline of events. Without a doubt, this is one of the most sought after places to visit in Hawaii.
Whether you’re a coffee lover or not, definitely take the time to visit at least one coffee farm while you are on the Big Island. There are hundreds of coffee farms in Kona, so choose a few, and tour them throughout a day like you would on a wine tasting adventure! See coffee farms and mills and learn how the beans are processed. Taste all the unique flavors that are rich in Hawaii’s agricultural roots.