Sun, sand, and ocean breeze are at the heart of every good beach vacation — and you’ll find plenty of each in Hawaii. While you’re there, be sure to check out these must-see attractions.
- Waianapanapa State Park
Lounge on the brilliant black sand of Pailoa Beach.dlnr.hawaii.gov
- Pearl Harbor National Memorial
Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II.nps.gov/valr
- Lanai Cat Sanctuary
Get a dose of animal therapy at Lanai’s No. 1 visitor attraction.lanaicatsanctuary.org
- Diamond Head State Monument
Hike more than 700 feet to the top for panoramic views of Oahu.dlnr.hawaii.gov
- Polynesian Cultural Center
Take part in hands-on workshops and attend an authentic luau.polynesia.com
- Princeville Botanical Gardens
Admire a diverse collection of exotic flowers and medicinal plants.kauaibotanicalgardens.com
Tip: Bring your appetite! Tours include honey and chocolate samples.
- Iolani Palace
Step back in time and discover the home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs.iolanipalace.org
- Hanauma Bay
Swim alongside reef fish, turtles, and other marine life in a protected cove.hanaumabaystatepark.com
- Dole Plantation
Tour the grounds, ride a train, and indulge in a world-famous Dole Whip.doleplantation.com
- Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Explore two of the world’s most active volcanoes: Kīlauea and Mauna Loa.nps.gov/havo
Tip: Visit on a Tuesday for After Dark in the Park, a special presentation by leading scientists.