Top Choice Museum in Honolulu

Honolulu Museum of Art

This exceptional fine-arts museum may be the biggest surprise of your trip to Oʻahu. The museum, dating to 1927, has a classical facade that’s invitingly open and airy, with galleries branching off a series of garde…
Museum in Honolulu

Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

With its vibrant, thought-provoking collections, this public art museum brings together traditional and contemporary art from Hawaii’s multiethnic communities. The museum inhabits a grand 1928 Spanish Mission Reviva…
Top Choice Palace in Honolulu

ʻIolani Palace

No other place evokes a more poignant sense of Hawaii’s history. The palace was built under King David Kalakaua in 1882. At that time, the Hawaiian monarchy observed many of the diplomatic protocols of the Victorian…
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.
Viewpoint in Honolulu

Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside

At this hillside park, sweeping views extend from Diamond Head on the left, across Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, to the Waiʻanae Range on the right. The sprawling UH Manoa campus is easily recognized by its sports …
Top Choice Museum in Honolulu

Bishop Museum

Like Hawaii’s version of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the Bishop Museum showcases a remarkable array of cultural and natural history exhibits. It is often ranked as the finest Polynesian anthropologi…
Top Choice Historic Building in Kahala

Shangri La

Celebrity Doris Duke had a lifelong passion for Islamic art and architecture, inspired by a visit to the Taj Mahal during her honeymoon voyage to India at the age of 23. During that same honeymoon in 1935, she stopp…
Top Choice Beach in Kualoa

Kualoa Regional Park

Huge extended-family groups gather for weekend picnics on the wide, grassy field that fronts the narrow white-sand beach here. There’s good swimming, with magnificent mountain scenery as a backdrop. Stroll south alo…
Top Choice Temple in Kaneʻohe Bay Area

Valley of the Temples & Byōdō-In

So peaceful and park-like, it might take you a minute to realize Valley of the Temples is an interdenominational cemetery. Up at the base of the Koʻolau mountain’s verdant fluted cliffs sits Byōdō-In, a replica of a…
Top Choice Beach in Waikiki

Kuhio Beach Park

If you’re the kind of person who wants it all, this beach offers everything from protected swimming to outrigger-canoe rides, and even a free sunset-hula and Hawaiian-music show. You’ll find restrooms, outdoor showe…