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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.
Lyman Mission House and Museum: Learn about 19th century missionary life on a tour of the historic Lyman Mission House, the Island’s oldest wood frame building constructed in 1839.
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).
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Temple Visitors Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Often called the Taj Mahal of the Pacific, the Hawaiian Temple was the first built outside of the continental United States by the Church.
Visit us in beautiful Waikiki and discover the richness of Hawaii through the eyes of a variety of artists. The artists will personally introduce you to their work in the splendor of this outdoor tropical setting.
Experience Polynesian culture at the Drums of the Pacific Luau located at the Hyatt Regency Maui. Enjoy song and dance from the islands of Polynesia, including an all-you-can-eat buffet with traditional island fare, authentic imu ceremony, and three-man Samoan fire-knife dance, all oceanside.
Kahilu Theatre Foundation raised its curtain in 1981 as a 490-seat Broadway Stage. Today, in addition to presenting a full season of world-class performances, we offer quality art exhibits from emerging and established visual artists and develop accessible performing arts programs for students of all ages.
Start your vacation with Aloha! Arrange an airport lei greeting for your arrival in Honolulu, Maui, Kauai, or Hawaii Island. An airport lei greeting is the perfect beginning to your vacation, and it’s just a click away at LeiGreeting.com.
Aloha Festivals is a statewide non-profit, multi-cultural festival formed in 1946 and held each September. It features over 100 events: parades, street parties, cultural displays and more. Most events free with discounts offered to ribbon wearers.
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