Top ChoiceMuseum in Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

This somber memorial is one of the USA's most significant WWII sites, commemorating the Pearl Harbor attack and its fallen service members with an iconic offshore monument reachable by boat.

Top ChoicePark in Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

One of the USA’s most significant WWII sites, this National Park Service (NPS) monument narrates the history of the Pearl Harbor attack and commemorates fallen service members. The memorial is entirely wheelchair...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Waipahu

Hawaii's Plantation Village

Waipahu was one of Oʻahu’s last sugarcane plantation towns and this outdoor museum tells the story of life on the sugar plantations, especially the local O‘ahu Sugar Company. Though the village is definitely...

Top ChoiceBeach in Makaha

Makaha Beach Park

This beautifully arching beach invites you to spread out your towel and spend the day. Except for weekends and big surf days, you’ll likely have the place to yourself. Snorkeling is good during the calmer summer...

Top ChoiceHealth Food in Waiʻanae

Kahumana Cafe

Way off the beaten track, this organic farm’s cafe inhabits a cool, tranquil hardwood-floored dining room with green-field views. Fork into fresh daily specials, bountiful salads and sandwiches or macadamia-nut...

Top ChoiceBeach in Kaʻena Point State Park

Keawa'ula Beach

Some say this is the best sunset spot on the island. It certainly has the right west-facing orientation and a blissfully scenic mile-long sandy beach. You’ll find restrooms and showers (but no drinking water) at...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in ʻAiea

Kehau’s Kitchen

One of several eating choices in an architecturally troubled strip mall, the plate lunches at this simple storefront are superb. Kalua pork, lomilomi salmon (minced, salted salmon, diced tomato and green onion)...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in ʻAiea

Alley Restaurant at ‘Aiea Bowl

A bowling-alley-attached restaurant seems an unlikely place to get great food, but not at this fabulous diner. Dig into a scrumptious furikake ahi (yellowfin tuna) sandwich with super-crispy fries, or Asian...

Top ChoiceAmerican in Ko Olina

Monkeypod Kitchen

A casual restaurant concept originated by locally renowned chef Peter Merriman. Upscale comfort fare (burgers, sandwiches, seafood, pizza) is sourced locally. Many dishes are pure Modern Hawaii cuisine, with...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in Waipahu

Tanioka's Seafoods & Catering

It's all here and it's all good: poke bowls, plate lunches, bentō boxes, legendary garlic ahi and more. The classics of modern Hawaii cuisine are displayed in gleaming cases at this beloved Waipahu institution....

Top ChoiceAmerican in Waiʻanae

Countryside Cafe

Well-prepared diner fare with an island accent: omelet with kalua pork, Hawaii-style hash, passion-fruit biscuits and more. It's at the very south end of Waiʻanae and is also right across from the northern end of...

Museum in Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

This military aircraft museum covers WWII and the conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and beyond. The first aircraft hangar, number 37, features exhibits on the Pearl Harbor attack, the Doolittle Raid on mainland Japan...

Museum in Pearl Harbor

Battleship Missouri Memorial

The last battleship built by the US (it was launched in 1944), the USS Missouri provides a unique historical 'bookend' to the US campaign in the Pacific during WWII. Nicknamed the 'Mighty Mo,' this decommissioned...

Temple in Makaha

Kaneʻaki Heiau

Hidden within Mauna‘olu Estates, a gated residential community in Makaha Valley, this quietly impressive heiau (ancient stone temple) is one of Oʻahu's best-restored sacred sites. Originally an agricultural...

Museum in Pearl Harbor

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

Adjacent to the visitor center for the Pearl Harbor historic sites, this park harbors the moored WWII-era submarine USS Bowfin, which you can explore on a self-guided tour. A museum that traces the development of...

Park in ʻAiea

Keaʻiwa Heiau State Recreation Area

In the mountains north of Pearl Harbor, this state park protects Keaʻiwa Heiau, an ancient hoʻola (healing or medicinal) temple. Today, people wishing to be cured may still place offerings here. The 4ft-high...

Beach in Waiʻanae

Pokaʻi Bay Beach Park

Protected by Kaneʻilio Point and a long breakwater, the beach is in need of some maintenance, although the luminescent beauty of the sand is undimmed. Waves seldom break inside the bay, and the sandy beach slopes...

Market in ʻAiea

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace

Hundreds of vendors encircle Aloha Stadium at this famous market. Your eyes will soon cross at the plethora of gaudy souvenirs, cheap T-shirts ($7!), loudly patterned clothes in unnatural fibers, plastic orchids,...

Beach in Makaha

Papaoneone Beach

This beautiful, mostly deserted half-mile of sand is backed by a few aging condo buildings, including the Hawaiian Princess. If you’re lucky, you may see green sea turtles in the surf early mornings or late...

Hawaiian in ʻAiea

Ige's Lunchwagon

Like a food truck, only there's no truck. This family-run legend hidden deep in a commercial complex turns out memorable Hawaiian food, including pork teriyaki, beef curry, Korean fried chicken and savory laulau...