Things to Do in Hawaii

Top Hawaii Attractions

Things to Do in Hawaii

Top Attractions in Hawaii

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  • Tom P
    7 contributions
    The walk is .8 miles each way. 4 stars only because the path is so uneven near the top that one can easily sprain their ankle if they aren't paying attention. Once near the top it's an amazing view. Highly recommend going up to the top look-out, it's certainly worth it. I went in the afternoon, if possible do the morning.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Wikumj
    Bromley, UK202 contributions
    An unforgettable experience! We were daunted about renting a car and doing this ourselves given the long and curvy nature of the road, but the drive was fine in the end. The road is in good condition and there weren’t any parts that we felt were unsafe. It helps we had two people to rotate driving between.

    Some tips:
    - Set off as early as you can. If you start the drive from 7am you can beat a lot of the crowds and traffic and get back before it gets dark
    - Download the ‘Get Your Guide’ app and its Road to Hana guide which narrates during the drive. This explains the points of interests and provides insight into Hawaiian history and culture
    - Wear swimwear underneath and bring everything you would usually take to a beach (towel, sun cream etc) so you can dip in the waterfall pools
    - Bring mosquito repellant and reapply it throughout the day
    - Bring something to charge your phone, such as a battery pack or car charger
    - Bring both regular footwear (for walking trails) and either sandals or water shoes for the waterfalls
    - Food options seemed fairly limited on the road. We brought sandwiches and snacks, which also saves a lot of time.
    - Being a raincoat or poncho in case of rain

    It’s impossible to do everything on Road to Hana in one day so reading ahead helps you to prioritise stops. Our highlights were the beautiful Garden of Eden arboretum and the Keannae peninsula (be sure to pick up Aunty Sandy’s awesome and famous roadside banana bread, it is delicious!).

    A couple more warnings:

    - Waiʻānapanapa State Park, where the black sand beach is, requires a reservation booked in advance on their website. We didn’t have a reservation so missed this.

    - Road parking next to some of the waterfalls is very limited. If there’s nowhere to park at one waterfall simply drive on, don’t worry there are plenty of waterfalls along the way

    - Locals travel much faster on the roads than the speed limits advise. If a string of cars is building up behind you simply pull up at one of the many waysides and let them pass, it’s less stressful than worrying if you’re holding people up.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Karen
    15 contributions
    We loved the north shore. It had a more laid back island vibe, with amazing food trucks, cute towns and shops, and beautiful beaches. Don't miss the local feel and charm of the north shore.
    Written 31 July 2022
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  • zinear
    Washington DC, DC278 contributions
    I like this spot because, although it's crowded, it feels more like a local's spot than touristy (though I'm sure there are plenty of tourists there). Beyond that, though, the bay itself is beautiful, and you can see not just the ocean but mountains from it as well. In my most recent trip, we were there in the late afternoon and it was quite crowded but still enjoyable.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • Samantha S
    105 contributions
    After doing quite a bit of research, we decided to go as a family of 20 to check out the Mauna Kea Summit to watch the sunset & stargazing. It really is such a unique experience and a wonderful evening activity. Even if you are unsure or hesitant about the weather, layer layer layer and dress warm because it is freezing! The drive up was so cool because it truly felt like we were riding above the fog and clouds. You definitely need a 4 wheel drive vehicle as they do check your vehicle before allowing you to head up to the summit. Make sure you arrive at least an hour before the scheduled sunset time as they require you to wait 30 minutes at the visitor center before driving up so you can get acclimated to the altitude. The drive from the visitor center to the summit is about another 30 minutes. You can drive to the visitor center in any type of car but the sunset views are pretty non existent unless you hike up the hill across the street. The visitor center doesn’t have much except a handful of souvenirs so you pretty much have to sit in the car or bring your own folding chairs should you decide to sit outside. The night sky gets truly dark about an hour after the sun sets and then the stars light up and you can see the most stunning view of the Milky Way. I wish the cars in the parking area would turn their headlights off to avoid disrupting the views - that was the only bummer. It was definitely worth while, just come prepared! Oh and definitely make sure you have a full tank of gas before heading towards Mauna Kea as there are zero gas stations nearby.
    Written 28 July 2022
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  • RonnyC2723
    Dallas, TX81 contributions
    Kaanapali Beach is the most beautiful in the world.I have explored beaches almost throughout the world and have found none better. The sands are beautiful and the sunsets are gorgeous. Taking a cruise offers breathtaking rainbows and a chance to outrun porpoises or watching whales in the winter. It is always fun simply to see an occasional storm blanketing the high mountain ranges in the mornings or evenings. Amazingly there are no trash or litter. God help you if you are caught littering. No one does however. I’m also amazing that though there are crowds, it’s never crowded. Solitude is available everywhere. Come watch the Black Rock diver jump from Black Rock located directly behind the Sheraton Hotel. Have a romantic dinner at the Hula Grill or Monkepod. Shopping at whalers Village is fun, especially during the early evenings,
    Written 6 August 2022
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  • Sean S
    7 contributions
    Absolutely stunning view. Would definitely make the trek again. Steep but short hike to a black sand beach. The food truck just up the road was a bonus. Their chicken hekka was fantastic.
    Written 20 July 2022
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  • kikibangbang
    kona hawaii39 contributions
    It hasn't changed at all in 30* years. Pictures look the same. Seems that even the birds are in the same location., sitting in the same nests.
    I spent a couple weeks here and a year on kure Atoll.
    The water is teaming with the largest lobster and fish I have seen anywhere in the Hawaiian islands. Nothing is touched by man, meaning animals are not afraid of you. You can walk up to any of them.
    Hawaiian monk seals. Laying about everywhere.
    This was the most peaceful location that I have ever been to. The beaches are covered with the floating debri from ships...but in its own way it was like treasure hunting. Had the time of my life.
    Written 21 September 2014
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  • baylen
    2 contributions
    We hiked the entirety of the kalalau trail down to kalalau beach. The trail was absolutely gorgeous with the view from every bend being exceeded by the following corner. There are fruiting trees along the trail; guavas, mangos, avocados, and oranges (all depending on the month), the view from kalalau beach is amazing as well with plenty of areas to explore and relax by, along with a nice sunset view that lights up the mountains.

    The treachery of crawlers ledge is EXTREMELY over exaggerated it is a flat stone cutout from a cliff that is about 4 feet wide, most videos on YouTube are filmed with fisheyed or over the shoulder go pros making it seem worse. It is also not a total cliff but a steep edge, as someone who’s afraid of heights this was not a concerning section for me.

    The difficulty of the trail itself isn’t horrendous if you pack smart and can comfortably run a few miles you will be okay. While the elevation change on the hike is significant, the inclines are steep and not bouldery so we found them to be typically shorter than other trails and not as taxing due to NO boulder scrambling. The treacherous portions of the hike consisted of cliff side loose gravel and river crossings which vary quickly and significantly depending on weather.

    A couple recommendations:
    - plan to do in one night if possible, we found it to be the perfect amount of time
    - bring the means to treat more water than you would typically expect, we went through six liters a piece each way due to the heat and humidity
    - bring a towel or chair preferably to sit on at the beach, there are a ton of ants and bugs on kalalau beach due to all the fruit trees and you want to keep sand out of your tent / hammock
    - make sure you get your permits 90 days in advance, they sell out in minutes and THEY DO CHECK
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • emilysresortsdotcom
    Newark, CA54 contributions
    You’ll have a long hike from the parking lot down to the blowhole. It can be a little bumpy and slippery on the way down so I recommend wearing aqua shoes or sandals with fasteners. Also, there tends to be quite a bit of pedestrian traffic so you’ll need to be patient.

    Once you get to the bottom and the blowhole, enjoy and take lots of pictures!
    Written 6 August 2022
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  • Ccherbonnier
    Baton Rouge, LA2 contributions
    This is a good beach to visit. Plenty of parking and the water and sand is great. If your willing to swim out a bit there is good smirking as well.
    Written 22 July 2022
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  • Cosmopolitan373102
    Fairport, NY7 contributions
    Just go! This spot is truly amazing. The views and grounds are incredible. Go, make amazing memories, and take excellent photos. I saw younger kids and elderly people walking along the paved path. It's a doable and short walk--well worth the stop!
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • 907blaked
    Tampa, FL1,260 contributions
    We really enjoyed our time here, but the key is to arrive as early as possible before it gets crowded. We arrived 5 minutes before it opened, and we had the entire place practically to ourselves for 20 minutes it seems. Beautiful setting.
    Written 25 July 2022
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  • Joe K
    Oak Island, NC8 contributions
    Great short, but difficult hike to a beautiful view from the bottom of the falls. If you're going to disregard fence and danger signs, please respect the falls and local emergency personnel and wear proper gear for this decent and ascent. This is not a trip to take lightly.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • V.I010421
    Massachusetts10 contributions
    Top 3 beaches in Maui, If not the best! This beach has tons of space to move around for everyone. This spot on Big Beach cost $10 to park, but is well worth it! Beautiful water, lots of people; but tons of parking and space on the beach for everyone!
    Written 1 August 2022
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