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Explore the Heritage Sites of Hawaii located on each island:
OahuBishop Museum: The premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific region, Bishop Museum is known throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, public education programs and Native Hawaiian artifacts.
Leahi (Diamond Head) State Monument: Hike to the top of Hawaii’s most recognized landmark for panoramic views of Waikiki and Honolulu.
Iolani Palace State Monument: Dedicated in 1882 and the only official state residence of royalty in the U.S., Iolani Palace’s grounds and galleries are now open to the public as a museum.
Makapuu Point Lighthouse: Located on the Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline, the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail features breathtaking ocean views.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl: More than five million people visit this memorial each year to pay their respects to the men and women who have lost their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Nuuanu Pali Lookout: Also known as the Nuuanu Pali State Wayside, this was the site of one of Hawaii’s most important battles. You’ll also find incredible views of the Windward Coast.
Pearl Harbor: Visit the five Pearl Harbor Historic Sites located in this National Historic Landmark and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
Queen Emma Summer Palace: The summer retreat of the wife of King Kamehameha IV, this museum houses a collection of her personal belongings and furnishings.
Washington Place: Visit Washington Place in Downtown Honolulu, the residence of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch. It is located in Hawaii’s Capital Historic District and is open for private tours.
Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse: This 52-foot lighthouse features amazing views from Kauai’s northernmost tip. This is also a National Wildlife Refuge.
Waimea Canyon State Park: Stretching 14 miles on Kauai’s West Side, this geological wonder is nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
Kalaupapa Lookout at the Palaau State Park: This overlook features an amazing view of Molokai’s north coast and Kalaupapa National Historical Park, a remote settlement where sufferers of Hansen’s disease (leprosy) were exiled.
Kaunolu Village: A favorite fishing spot of King Kamehameha I, this archaeological site features the largest surviving ruins of a prehistoric Hawaiian village.
Haleakala National Park: Spanning 30,004 acres from the coast to its 10,023-foot summit, this park has a larger concentration of endangered species than any other national park.
Iao Valley State Monument: Home to the iconic Iao Needle, this is the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai, where the forces of King Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790.
Island of Hawaii
Akaka Falls State Park: A scenic self-guided walk that features two amazing waterfalls, Akaka Falls (442 feet) and Kahuna Falls (100 feet).
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: A World Heritage Site, this expansive park is the home of Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and one of Hawaii’s most popular visitor attractions.
Hulihee Palace: Located in the heart of Historic Kailua Village, this was a historic vacation home for Hawaiian royalty.
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park: Learn about life in early Hawaii by viewing fishponds, kii pohaku (petroglyphs) and heiau (temples).
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park: On the southern Kona Coast, this is where Captain Cook first arrived on Hawaii Island and where he also died just a year later in 1779.
Lapakahi State Historical Park: Take a self-guided tour of this 600-year-old, partially restored fishing settlement.
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park: This 180-acre National Historic Park was once the site of royal grounds and a place of refuge for Hawaiian lawbreakers.
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site: Part of the National Park System, this historic site is home to one of the largest heiau (temples) built in Hawaii (1790-1791).
This Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and people. Exhibits trace Hawaii’s history from its volcanic origins and the flora and fauna that arrived before humans to life in ancient Hawaii and the immigrant groups that helped shape Hawaii’s unique culture of today
In the Polynesian Cultural Center is our Gallery and Shop Polynesia Store, displaying the finest traditional arts and crafts from Samoa, New Zealand, Marquesas, Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, and the Hawaiian Islands. Take with you a piece of Polynesia.
Hawaii's favorite visitor attraction offering 7 Pacific Island villages and exhibits on 42 acres. Featuring Hawaii's most authentic luau, and our new show, "Ha: Breath of Life.” We also offer an immersive big screen showing of "Hawaii'an Journey", canoe rides and Polynesian themed shopping.
A major cultural institution for the state, Hawaii Opera Theatre produces critically-acclaimed grand opera featuring three programs in winter and one in summer. Productions showcase world-class principal singers, conductors and directors.
The Battleship Missouri is located on legendary Battleship Row in the famous Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. General MacArthur accepted the unconditional Japanese surrender that ended WWII on the Surrender Deck of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
Hawaii's museum of natural and cultural history. Experience daily exhibits, garden tours, planetarium shows, interactive exhibits, live hula and Hawaiian music. Shop for authentic Hawaiian and Pacific gifts. Discover the history of Hawaii!
Enjoy your favorite day in Paradise with a one-of-a-kind Custom Private Guided Tour of Maui's highlights & best-kept secrets! See sights not in guide books, where buses can't go, & more popular areas, with or w/o walking. Hawaiian Culture, history, nature, food, music. Service with aloha since 1983!
Offering three authentic living history programs: HN Greenwell Store Museum, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, & Portuguese Stone Oven Baking. Special Events include lecture series and historical jeep tours and boat cruises.