Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in The Road to Hana

Piʻilanihale Heiau & Kahanu Garden

The most significant stop on the entire Road to Hana, this site combines a 294-acre ethnobotanical garden with the magnificent Piʻilanihale Heiau, the largest temple in all of Polynesia. A must-do tour provides fasc…
Top Choice Museum in Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona Memorial

One of the USA's most significant WWII sites, this somber monument commemorates the Pearl Harbor attack and its fallen service members with an offshore shrine reachable by boat.
Top Choice Beach in North Kona Coast

Makalawena Beach

If what you're after is an almost deserted, postcard-perfect scoop of soft, white-sand beach cupping brilliant blue-green waters (got your attention?), head to 'Maks.' Although popular, this string of idyllic coves …
Top Choice Landmark in Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea's Summit Area

At 13,796ft in the air, you are above 40% of the atmosphere and 90% of its water vapor – apparently perfect conditions for growing the giant mushroom-like observatories that have popped up around the summit. Glisten…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Halemaʻumaʻu Viewpoint

The original Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook off Crater Rim Dr has been closed since 2008 due to volcanic activity and the very real threat of death (ie, don't even think about sneaking out there). Fortunately, the next close…
Top Choice Beach in Kilauea

Kauapea (Secrets) Beach

Obviously a 'secret' no longer, these powdery white sands extend along massive cliffs for more than a mile, wrapping around two rock reefs, all the way to Kilauea Point. There's a sandy ocean floor and sea shells ga…
Top Choice Cultural in Hilo

Merrie Monarch Festival

The Merrie Monarch Festival swoops into town around Easter and turns laid-back Hilo into the place to be. Forget about booking a last-minute room! This sellout three-day hula competition was established in 1964 to h…
Top Choice Beach in Makena

Big Beach

The crowning glory of Makena State Park, this untouched beach is arguably the finest on Maui. In Hawaiian it’s called Oneloa, literally ‘Long Sand.’ And indeed the golden sands stretch for the better part of a mile …
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Wailua

Kauaʻi's Hindu Monastery

Serious pilgrims and curious sightseers are welcome at this Hindu monastery, set on 70 acres and surrounded by verdant forest above the Wailua River. The property was an old inn, until the monks bought it in 1966. N…
Top Choice Beach in Kihei

Keawakapu Beach

From break of day to twilight, this sparkling stretch of sand is a showstopper. Extending from south Kihei to Wailea’s Mokapu Beach, Keawakapu is set back from the main road and is less visible than Kihei’s main roa…