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There are hundreds of lists of things to do in the USA, or individual states like Hawaii, but we’ve come up with one thing in every state plus D.C. in 21 different categories. Truly something for everyone, from historic places to foods you have to try, from the downright quirky to amazing museums, and from weird places to stay to fun things to do. Our primary criteria were we have or want to see them, and they are things you can physically visit or try.

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Historic Place: Pearl Harbor

Website | Map  1 Arizona Memorial Rd, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818

At 7:48 a.m. local time on 7th December 1941, 353 Imperial Japanese aircraft launched a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor. The devastating attack sank four battleships and damaged the other four that were in the harbour at the time. Three of the sunk ships were raised and returned to service, but the USS Arizona still lies in the harbour as a moving memorial to the attack.


Captain Cook monumentcaptain cook monument at kealakekua bay
Photos by Anson Chappell and apasciuto

Famous Person: Captain Cook

Map  9944 Kahakai Rd, Waimea, Hawaii 96796 | Kealakekua Bay State Park, Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704

Captain James Cook was the first recorded European to arrive in Hawaii, as well as the East Coast of Australia. The two monuments above are placed at the rough initial location of his first landing and the site of his killing in 1779

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Natural Wonder: ‘Akaka Falls State Park

Website | Map  Akaka Falls Rd, Honomu, Hawaii 96728

‘Akaka Falls State Park takes its name from the stunning waterfall pictured above. The waters fall 442 ft (135m) between lush greenery into the pool below, where they can often make a gorgeous rainbow.


Ahi PokeHawaiian Sun
Photo by Arnold Gatilao and reproduced with kind permission of Hawaiian Sun Products Inc.

Food & Drink: Ahi Poke and Hawaiian Sun

Ahi Poke is raw yellowfin or bigeye tuna, seasoned and served with other ingredients such as Maui onions, roasted salted candlenut and soy sauce. Not something I’m keen to try; I prefer my food cooked! But if you give it go, wash it down with Hawaiian Sun which comes in a broad choice of fruit combinations.

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Butterfly Kite
Photo reproduced with kind permission of Leon Pierce

Factory Tour: Big Wind Kite Factory

Website Map  120 Mauna Loa Hwy, Maunaloa, Hawaii 96770

Hand made to their own exclusive designs, the Big Wind Kite Factory has been crafting colourful kites since 1980.


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Man Made: Byodo-In Temple

Map  47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

This non-denominational temple is a half size replica of the temple with the same name near Kyoto, Japan. Built it 1968, it commemorates 100 years of Japanese immigration to Hawaii.


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Record Breaking: Mauna Kea

Map  Mauna Kea Access Rd, Hawaii

Taller than Mount Everest, Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on Earth if measured from its base, rather than from sea level. But with half of its height under water, it only stretches 13,800 ft (4,200m), well short of Everest’s peak.


Dole Plantation: The Maze
Photo by Smart Destinations

Quirky Record: World’s Largest Maze

Website | Map  64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786

This pineapple themed maze in the Dole plantation is the world’s largest. No prizes for guessing what they grow here! Not sure? Maybe it will come to you as you ride their Pineapple Express train. :-)

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 Activity: Learn to Surf

Website | Map  1900 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Hawaii 96753

Ok, you aren’t going to be replicating the action in the picture just yet, but why not try your hand at surfing on some of the world’s best waves?


Kaumana Cave
Photo by Bill Hails

Atlas Obscura: Kaumana Caves

WebsiteMap  1492 Kaumana Dr, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Explore a real lava tube that was created by the eruption of Mauna Loa in 1881. 

If you love obscure things, check out the Atlas Obscura book!


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Most Visited: Waikīkī Beach

Website | Map  Waikīkī Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

The most famous beach in Hawaii; enjoy a dip in deep blue water or just chill out on the sand.


Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (n008532a)
Photo by Thomas Tunsch

State/National Park: Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Website | Map  Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii 96718

Encompassing TWO active volcanoes, this aptly named national park allows you to see molten rock shaping new land in front of your eyes.


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Photo by jongela19

Event: Aloha Festivals

Website | Map  2250 Kalakaua Ave #315, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

The only statewide cultural festival in the US; enjoy parades, concerts, parties and other special events to celebrate Hawaiian culture.


plantation
Photo by Andy Price

Different Place to Stay: Waimea Plantation Cottages

Website | Map  9400 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea, Hawaii 96796

Stay at an authentic plantation cottage set in a peaceful coconut grove by the ocean and discover a glimpse of the simple life that would have been found at a sugar plantation in the 19th Century.

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Rainbow Drive-In
Photo by Amy Meredith

Different Place to Eat: Rainbow Drive-In

Website | Map  3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Rainbow Drive-In has been offering value for money, local foods for over 50 years. These include loco moco, fried rice and their mix plate of BBQ beef, Wahoo fish and boneless chicken.

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Diamond Head State Monument
Photo by jaeseung

Have Some Fun: Diamond Head State Monument

Website | Map  Honolulu, Hawaii 96815


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Film Location: Haleakalā Crater

Map  Hawaii 96790

The crater of Haleakalā measures over 7 miles (11km) across and 2 miles (3km) wide, and is so vast it has other smaller volcano cones within it! Making up 75% of the island Maui, with the other 25% being Kahalawai, you really can’t escape volcanoes on Maui!


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Fun Fact

Map  Island of, Naalehu, Hawaii 96772

Ka Lae is the southernmost point in the United States, yes, more southern than the famous southernmost point in Florida! It is located at 18:54:49 N 155:41:00 W and there is a constant 27 knots per hour wind blowing east to west, 24 hours per day and 365 days per year.



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Something Different: Black Sand Beach

WebsiteMap  Waianapanapa State Park, Hana, Hawaii 96713

Volcanic sand, unsurprisingly, is black, and when deposited by the ocean, forms this incredible black sand beach. You can also explore Waianapanapa State Park’s other attractions, which include blowholes, lava tubes and freshwater caves.


Shangri La, Hawaii
Photo by karendesuyo

Museum: Shangri La

Website | Map  4055 Papu Cir, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Sharing its name with the fictional place from James Hilton’s 1933 novel ‘Lost Horizon’, this museum showcases Islamic art from the Doris Duke Foundation’s collection as well as architecture from the building itself.


On The Keanae Peninsula
Photo by Thomas

Scenic Drive: Hana Highway

Map

This sixty-mile coastal drive will take you through stunning vistas, past many waterfalls and through lush rainforest.

Don’t miss the Keanae Peninsula where the photo above was taken.


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We’d love to hear what you think. What did we miss? What do you think we should have chosen instead?

If we love your idea, we might just swap it into the list, if we like it, maybe will give it an honourable mention; either way we’ll be sure to give you credit, AND add it to our list of things to see and do when we are in the area.

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