Navigating Hawai'i

Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial

Visit the national monument. This is a very popular stop so we recommend you go early in the morning to get your ticket. It is free, but they have a timed entry so you would go back at the time of admission. A small boat will take you to the memorial.

 

Snorkel Hanauma Bay

Many moons ago this was just a beach. It is now a wildlife refuge and admission is charged. It is a beautiful place to snorkel but fills up early in the day. Once it’s full they do not allow admission until guests leave. You can rent a snorkel down by the beach.  Tip: Take the tram! Hiking up the hill when you leave is a challenge so you will be happy you paid the $1.50 for the ride.

 

Waikiki Beach

Take a Surf Lesson!

 

Duke Kahanamoku Statue

There is a beach cam pointing at the statue 24 hours a day. Call your friends who can see you at the beach on line!

 

Surf Watching North Shore

Ehukai Beach Park (Banzai Pipeline)

 

Paradise Cove Luau

Attend a Luau

 

Experience Polynesia

The Polynesian Cultural Center is an attraction that has a variety of villages. These represent several Polynesian cultures including Hawaiian. It is a full day and a little pricey but interesting if you have the time.

 

Hawaiian Shave Ice

Matsumotos, Haleiwa

Everyone knows there is only one (although there are many). Matsumotos is a time-honored tradition. Shave ice is a great treat on a hot sunny day.

 

 

Malasadas

Leonard’s Bakery is a locals favorite for Portuguese doughnuts known as malasadas. A staple that is brought to homes when you visit, or just because you want a little sugar.  Eat them while they’re hot!

 

Iolani Palace

The only royal palace in the United States, the palace has been recently restored to its former glory. A great stop to see a piece of history.

 

Diamond Head

Everyone knows the iconic silhouette shown on every postcard, but what many don’t know is that you can hike up there. For the outdoor adventurer a trip to the top has amazing views of downtown Honolulu.

 

Drive the H3 Starting in Kailua

The H3 freeway took 19 years to build and is a spectacular ride starting on the Kailua/Kaneohe side of the island. The freeway drives straight into the cliffs of the Koolau mountain range.

 

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

A site of historic significance, legend states the King Kamehameha went into battle and captured control of the islands by pushing a native army over the Pali. An amazing view of the entire windward side of Oahu makes it worth the quick trip up. Just know that it is ALWAYS windy at the lookout.

 

Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific

The Arlington of the Pacific, Punchbowl is a beautiful cemetery honoring our war and military heroes. A nice place of reflection.

 

Lantern Floating Ceremony

One of the reasons we picked our wedding date was so that we could attend the Memorial Lantern Floating Ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park. Write a message of remembrances on a lantern and float it out to sea, Memorial Day Monday evening.