Things to do in Honolulu Hawaii

Last updated on September 8th, 2018 at 10:03 am

Waikiki Beach

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Honolulu is a veritable treasure trove of sights and attractions, with endless activities for the entire family all year around. Beach lovers should definitely check out Waikiki Beach, which has lost none of its beauty throughout the years. With stretches of sand, plenty of recreational opportunities, and all the amenities you need to have a great time, Waikiki us a must-visit for the entire family.

WWII Memorials

Honolulu has a number of memorials to fallen military personnel who provided heroic service to their country. WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial are among the most popular, and the majestic and inspiring monuments and memorials is an awe-inspiring testament to the courageousness of the heroes that they venerate. NOTE* – Unfortunately the USS Arizona memorial is closed due to structural issues, however there are still many sites to visit in the Pearl Harbor area. Buy tickets online now.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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Also a monument to U.S. military personnel, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is a moving and sobering reminder of the casualties of war. Also known as Punchbowl Cemetery, it is a testament to the bravery and heroism of the men and women who dedicated their lives to the service of their country during one of its most difficult periods in history.

Honolulu Museum of Art

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Honolulu also offers a fabulous collection of art from noted masters and contemporary artists at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Here you will find pieces by some of the greatest European masters such as Picasso, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. The Honolulu Museum of Art is also home to one of the most extensive collections of Asian art in America, which is housed in the gallery’s main campus. Also notable for the Georgia O’Keeffe display of landscapes and feather capes in the Arts of Hawaii section, the gallery is an essential stopover for art aficionados of all ages.

Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls

For even more awe inspiring natural attractions, visitors to Honolulu should add Manoa Falls in their itineraries. A spectacular water fall towering 100 feet above the surrounding rainforest, Manoa Falls is the site where some scenes from Jurassic Park were filmed. The trip can be a bit challenging, so make sure you are up to the 1 1⁄2 mile hike and that you pack plenty of water to drink, some insect spray,and adequate footwear. Buy tickets online now.

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Top Excursions in Honolulu

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Pali Makani Helicopter Tour
Get a bird's eye view of Honolulu and surrounding area including Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, Mount Olomana and even the estate where "Magnum P.I." was filmed.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Activity Level: Low
Wheelchair Accessibility: No

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Diamond Head Crater Adventure
A local guide will lead you through Diamond Head State Park and on your hike up to the summit of Hawaii's most famous volcano. At the end, you'll get an "I climbed Diamond Head Certificate" as a souvenir.
Duration: 3 hours
Activity Level: High
Note: Not suitable for children under 6 years old.
Wheelchair Accessibility: No