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Best Things To Do in Honolulu - Oahu

The island of Oahu has a great mix of activities, particularly in Honolulu. Take your young kids to the Waikiki Aquarium, let your teenagers loose to shop in the Ala Moana Center, or to hike around Manoa Falls. And then there's the beach; some of the most popular shores include the family-friendly sands of Kailua Beach Park, the surfer-approved waves of Waimea, and the resort-strewn sands of Waikiki.

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#1
Waikiki Beach Free attraction
Beaches, Recreation, Swimming/Pools | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Nineteenth-century Hawaiian royalty used to come to the Honolulu neighborhood of Waikiki to relax and surf, just as scores of ... read more»

#2
Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Free attraction
Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial is the final resting place of 1,102 sailors killed during the Pearl Harbor ... read more»

#3
Sunset Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Like its southern neighbor, Waimea, Sunset Beach's wintertime waves are too intense for amateur surfers. But this is a ... read more»

#4
Surfing
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: It's no secret: Oahu is home to some of the world's best surfing spots. Every winter, professional surfers ... read more»

#5
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: In ancient Hawaiian times, the Punchbowl Crater was used for human sacrifices. Now, it's the final resting place for ... read more»

#6
Waimea Bay Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett honored it in song, which could be reason alone to honor it with your ... read more»

#7
Kailua Beach Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you like to windsurf (or simply to watch the sport), head near the town of Kailua on the windward ... read more»

#8
Honolulu Museum of Art
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: In 2011, the Honolulu Academy of Arts joined forces with the Contemporary Museum to create the Honolulu Museum of Art ... read more»

#9
'Iolani Palace
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This 10-room historic house and museum details the reigns of King Kalakaua and his sister Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii's final ... read more»

#10
Diamond Head
Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Hawaiians call it Le'ahi, geologists call it a tuff cone (consolidated volcanic ash), 19th century British sailors called it ... read more»

#11
Manoa Falls
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This approximately 100-foot-tall waterfall in Honolulu is easily accessible. All you need is proper footwear, insect repellant, drinking water, and ... read more»

#12
Ala Moana Center Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: There are many places in Honolulu to put down some cash and pick up some souvenirs, but none are as ... read more»

#13
Shangri La, The Doris Duke Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: The American tobacco heiress Doris Duke spent her winters living in this opulent oceanfront home near Diamond Head. She began ... read more»

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