Hawaii Revisted

Here are the top things to do in Oahu, The Big Island, Maui, and Kauai in Hawaii according to tripadvisor.com


1) Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park

From Sea Life Park’s private Makapu’u Meadows and its breathtaking panoramic backdrop, experience a lu’au like none other with Chief Sielu and his tribe of dynamic Polynesian drummers, dancers and entertainers. Your evening culminates with World Champion Fire Knife Dancer Chief Sielu and his tribe filling the night sky with FIRE! Chief Sielu is widely regarded as the best & funniest Polynesian entertainer in the South Pacific.

2) USS Arizona Memorial/WW II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

The USS Arizona Memorial is the most recognized icon of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service. Access is gained through the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Upon entering the visitor center, you head to the NPS Tickets & Information desk to obtain a free ticket for the timed USS Arizona Memorial program. Walk-in tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s smart your tickets in advance online to ensure you get tickets for the day and time you prefer. While waiting for their tours to begin, visitors may rent an audio tour headset to begin a fully narrated tour, explore the bookstore, exhibit galleries, wayside exhibits, or simply relax and enjoy the setting of Pearl Harbor.

3) Dolphin Excursions Snorkel Adventure

Get up close to bottle nose dolphins and even swim with them! You can see up to 80-100 dolphins during your adventure.

4) Happy Trails Hawaii

Horseback riding on the North Shore of O’ahu, Hawaiithrough the natural beauty of a tropical rainforest. Happy Trails horse rides are escorted by experienced and professional wranglers. As you ride our well-trained horses, you’ll pass through sun-filtered forests, fern filled valleys and organic tropical fruit orchards. Enjoy a “taste of Hawaii” by sampling our seasonal island grown varietals of bananas, guava, star and passion fruit.Capture panoramic ocean and mountain views at scenic vistas along your trail ride. Come, share in our spirit of Aloha and the pleasure of horseback riding with Happy Trails Hawaii.

5) Waimea Bay

Here you can snorkel with sea turtles, go wave crashing, or cliff jumping, which is one of the more famous things to do here at Waimea Bay.

The Big Island

1) Big Island Eco Adventures II Zipline Canopy Tour

The experience of a lifetime awaits you among some of the world’s most spectacular scenery – Zip with BIEA II through the unspoiled and breathtaking mountains and gulches of historic North Kohala… On your roughly three-hour guided adventure tour with Big Island Eco Adventures II, you’ll be soaring high above our lush North Kohala gulches on eight exhilarating runs crisscrossing tropical ravines. Summon your courage across our two-hundred foot suspension bridge hovering over a beautiful fern grotto. At our charming natural Mango Hut, enjoy locally made light snacks and beverages before zipping right off our Hut platform! Finish the tour with unparalleled views of the Waianaia Gulch and the Pacific Ocean. You’ll learn about Hawaii’s natural and cultural history throughout your voyage, enriching your experience every step of the way with BIEA II.

2) Kilauea Iki Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.

3) Mauna Kea Summit

At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
4) Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and Educational non-profit, whose mission is to serve as a nature preserve and sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants of the tropical world. The Garden is dedicated to the collection and display of the world’s tropical plants,and to the education of both children and adults about the plight of the world’s rainforests. At a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working to preserve as many species as possible for the benefit of future generations
5) City of Refuge

Puuhonua O Honaunau on the Big Island of Hawaii is the most famous and best preserved of Hawaii’s ancient places of refuge. Designated a national historical park in 1961, this 182-acre site includes the puuhonua and a complex of archeological sites, including temple platforms, royal fish ponds, sledding tracks and some coastal village sites. Join more than 375,000 visitors each year and immerse yourself in the rich history of the area and discover intriguing facts about the early Hawaiians’ way of life.

1) Maui Stables

Maui Stables offers one tour daily, originating at our new and spacious stable facility where morning refreshments are served up with an orientation and equipment familiarization.

All tours are accompanied by an “Alaka’i”, or trained tour leader, and a “Kako’o” (apprentice), who begin each tour with traditional “pule” prayer and “oli”, or call to our “aumakua” (ancestors).

2) Waimoku Falls Trail

A truly fantastic hike! The pipiwai trail hike is located in the Haleakala National Park at Oheo Gulch. It is a 4 mile round trip hike up a valley to a 400′ water fall with many great sites along the way. It is well marked and has board walks and steps to make this moderate trail easier.

3) Warren and Annabelle’s Magic

The dinner and magic show was great for the whole family. No foul language like most comedy shows. Plan ahead and make reservations at least a week in advance to make sure you get in!

4) Haleakala Crater

 Try to arrive early to avoid fighting the crowds, and give yourself time to enjoy the incredible landscape even after the sun has come up.  It can be very cold at the summit (approximately 10,000′ above sea level) compared to the rest of the island so dress appropriately.  In addition to the cooler temperatures, the elevation can be a problem for a lot of people.  Don’t over exert yourself, and if you feel faint take a long break before doing anything.  The drive can be long, the road somewhat treacherous, but the view at sunrise is unforgettable.

5) Maui Zipline Company

Maui Zipline Company operates within the Maui Tropical Plantation. The platforms and lines run across the plantation, so you get an aerial view while flying from one platform to the next.


1) Na Pali Coast

There are three ways to see the coast by air, boat, or hogging it. If you can only do one, do the boat tour because looking up at the awesome cliffs and seeing the sea tunnels and beaches is a great experience.

2) Waimea Canyon

Great for hiking or just sight-seeing, it is called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific

3) Polihale State Park

Endless beach with hard packed sand perfect for walking or jogging, and best accessed with a four-wheel drive vehicle.

4) Kalalau Trail

Hiking the Kalalau Trail is one of life’s most spiritual adventures, full of wonder and awe at nature’s beauty, but also can be hazardous to your health if you are not prepared for it.

5) Princeville Ranch Adventures

There are nine ziplines progressing from 400 feet to 1,200 feet, over some spectacular valleys, and there is also a swimming hole to relax in.


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