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Hawaii Sightseeing Destinations

Admiral Clarey Bridge (Ford Island Bridge)

The Admiral Clarey bridge, which connects Ford Island to the rest of Oahu, is a floating concrete drawbridge or pontoon bridge. The bridge provides access to the historical sites on Ford Island via tour bus, and access for U.S. Military and families to the rest of Oahu, before the bridge was completed travel was completed by ferry boats.

Pearl Harbor, Oahu Island
Ala Moana Center

Commonly referred to as Ala Moana is located across from Ala Moana Beach park, west of Waikiki, and East of Honolulu Harbor. Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Ala Moana Beach Park in the 1930's.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Aloha Stadium

Hawaiian Airlines field at Aloha Stadium as its formally known is located in a subdivision of Honolulu called Halawa on the island of Oahu. Aloha Stadium is the home to the University of Hawaii Warriors football team.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Aloha Swap Meet

The Aloha swap meet is the premier outdoor marketplace on Oahu. Since 1979 the swap meet has been held in the parking lot of the Aloha Stadium in Halawa. There are over 400 vendors providing a huge diversity of products. There are vendors, craftors and artists from all over the world with a wide selection of quality goods.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Aloha Tower

Aloha Tower was completed in 1926 at a cost of $190,000 and was the largest structure in Hawaii. Today Aloha Tower is one of the most recognized buildings in Hawaii and ranks with Diamond Head as one of the most popular landmarks.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial was built in 1962, and is located in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. The memorial marks the final resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and marines killed on board the Arizona during the attack of December 7, 1941.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu Island
Bishop Museum

The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, or Bishop Museum, houses the worlds largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts, and natural history exhibits. Aside from the collection of Hawaiiana, the museum is also has the third largest entomological collection in the United States, and the eight largest in the world, with over 13.5 million specimens.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Byodo-In Temple

The Byodo-In Temple, on the island of Oahu, is located in the Valley of the temples on the windward side of the island. It is a non denominational Buddhist temple and a replica of the 900 year old Buddhist place of worship near Kyoto Japan.

Windward site of Oahu Island
Chinamans Hat ~ Mokolii Island

Mokoli'i more widely referred to as Chinamans hat, is a small basalt island located in Kaneohe Bay near Kualoa Ranch. The islet is located approximately 1/3 of a mile of Kualoa Point on Oahu, and is approximately 12.5 acres. Mokoli'i is translated from Hawaiian as “little lizard”.

Windward Coast of Oahu Island
Chinatown, Honolulu Hawaii

Chinatown is a neighborhood community located near Honolulu, Hawaii and is known for its Chinese ancestry. This particular Chinatown is one of the oldest in the United States.

Chinatown, Honolulu, Hawaii
Diamond Head in Waikiki

Diamond head is one of Hawaii's most recognized landmarks. Diamond Head is also a United States Monument.

Waikiki, Oahu Island
Dole Pineapple Plantation

The Dole plantation is located near Wahiawa on the island of Oahu. It can be found on the way to or from the North Shore, and is a perfect place to stop and relax while sightseeing.

North Shore, Oahu Island
Falls of Clyde

The Falls of Clyde is the last surviving full rigged, iron hulled, 4 masted ship and the only remaining sail driven oil tanker. In 1989 she was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Today she is a museum ship in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Waikiki, Oahu Island
Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu

Haleiwa is a small community located on the north shore of Oahu, and on Waialua Bay. Haleiwa is the largest commercial center on the North Shore and its old plantation style is is preserved in many of the buildings. Haleiwa is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and residents.

North Shore, Oahu Island
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay is a protected nature preserve and Marine Life Conservation District. The bay is home to over 400 species of marine life and a nesting ground for the green sea turtles known in Hawaii as “Honu”.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Hawaii State Library and Archives

The Hawaii State Library and Archives are located near the I'olani Palace grounds and are open to the public. The Archives were established in 1905 and are responsible for collecting, appraising, preserving and making available to the public.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Hawaii Theatre

The Hawaii Theatre is a historic vaudeville theatre and cinema located near downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. It has been listed on the State and National register of Historic Places. The location is 1130 Bethel Street, between Hotel and Pauahi Streets near the edge of Chinatown.

Chinatown, Honolulu, Oahu Island
Honolulu Hale

Originally called the Honolulu Municipal Building, Honolulu Hale is located in downtown Honolulu and is the official seat of government for the city and county of Honolulu. It contains the chambers of the Mayor and the Honolulu city council.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Honolulu Museum of Art

The Honolulu Zoo is part of Queen Kapiolani park and is the only zoo in the United States to be established by land grants from a reigning monarch. In 1877 the marshes and lagoons were drained and Queen Kapiolani park was created in order to honor the queen consort to King Kalakaua. King Kalakaua used the park as a home for his personal collection of exotic birds and horses.

Waikiki, Oahu Island
Honolulu Zoo

The Honolulu Museum of Art was founded in 1922 by Anne Rice Cooke, and opened on April 8, 1927. Formerly called the Honolulu Academy of Art, the museum is located at 900 Beretania Street between Ward Ave and Victoria Street. The size of its collection has grown to over 50,000 works of art. The museum is a designated national and state historical site.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
'Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Oahu

'Iolani Palace is located in the capitol district of Honolulu, Hawaii and is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. 'Iolani Palace is the only Royal Palace used by a reigning monarch on American soil.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Kaena Point State Park
Kaena Point State Park
Kaena Point is the western most point of land on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. This remote spot is a beautiful scenic area that can be reached from both the East and the Southeast depending on the route you travel. The ancient Hawaiians considered this expansive scenic vista as the place where souls would “jump off” and into the afterlife to meet the souls of their ancestors.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Kawaiaha'o Church, Honolulu, Oahu

Kawaiaha'o Church is a congregational church located in downtown Honolulu is a designated National Historic Landmark and on the Register of Historic Places. Kawaiaha'o Church has also been nicknamed “Hawaii's Westminster Abbey”, it was used as the national church of Hawaii, and the chapel of the royal family.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
King Kamehameha Statue, Honolulu Hawaii

The King Kamehameha Statue stands across the street from the 'Iolani Palace and is 18 feet tall. The statue was commissioned to recognize the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Captain Cook to the islands.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Koko Head Honolulu

Koko Head is on the southeastern side of the island of Oahu. It defines the eastern side of Maunalua Bay, and on the western slope is the community of Portlock, which is part of Hawaii Kai. A headland is a high point of land mostly with a sheer drop that extends out into water, and is usually shortened as is the case of Diamond Head, and Koko Head.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Kualoa Ranch, Honolulu Hawaii

The area now occupied by Kualoa Ranch, was once one of the most sacred places to ancient Oahuans. It was the site of the sacred drums of Kapahuula, and also Kaahu-ulupunawai. The site also had the sacred hill of Kauakahi-a-Kaho'owaha also known as the key to sovereignty of the Kingdom of Oahu.

Kualoa Valley, Oahu Island
Makapu'u Beach, Oahu Island

Makapu'u is the very eastern most point on the island of Oahu. The cliff that is located at Makapu'u Point creates the eastern tip and is home to the Makapu'u Lighthouse. The entire area of Makapu'u is a very scenic location that provides beautiful panoramic vistas at the lookout on Kalaniana'ole Highway.

South Shore, Oahu Island
Makapu'u State Wayside and Lighthouse Trail

The State Wayside is the part of Makapu'u that includes Makapu'u Head and the Makapu'u Lighthouse. There is a paved road that is open to foot traffic only and will lead mostly towards the lighthouse.

South Shore, Oahu Island
Magic Island, Honolulu Hawaii

Magic Island is a manmade peninsula located in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is adjacent to Ala Moana Beach park and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. It was originally created as a resort complex in 1964, however was converted to a park. The name was changed to “Aina Moana”, but that name is rarely if ever used.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Matsumoto's Shave Ice, North ShoreHawaii

Matsumoto's Shave Ice is a local favorite that is located in Haleiwa. Matsumoto's was established in February 1951 and has been voted Oahu's most popular shave ice and has been in business for over half a century. Matsumoto's Shave Ice is open daily Monday through Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

North Shore, Oahu Island
Mission Houses Museum, Honolulu Hawaii

The Mission Houses Museum located in downtown Honolulu on King Street, was established in 1920 by the Hawaii Mission Children's Society. The museum was established on the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first christian missionaries in Hawaii.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Nu'uanu Pali Lookout, Honolulu Hawaii

The Nu'uanu Pali Lookout is a section of the Ko'olau mountain range located on the windward side of Oahu, Hawaii. The lookout is at the head of the Nu'uanu Valley and provides expansive panoramic views of the Northeast coast of Oahu.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Pacific Aviation Museum

The Pacific Aviation Museum is located on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Ford Island is a small 441 acre island in the middle of Pearl Harbor and was the location of the flying operations of the Army in 1918.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu Island
Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu

Banzai Pipeline, or Pipeline or simply Pipe is a world renowned surf reef break located at the North Shore on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. A reef break is a place in the ocean where waves start to break once the reach the shallows of a reef.

North Shore, Oahu Island
Polynesian Culture Center

The Polynesian Culture Center is located in Laie, near the North shore on the island of Oahu. The center sits upon 42 acres of land and is a commercial venture that uses some of the profits for scholarships at the BYU-Hawaii campus.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Punchbowl National Cemetery

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific more commonly referred to as Punchbowl National Cemetery is located in the punchbowl crater on Oahu, Hawaii. It serves as a memorial to honor the servicemen and women who gave their lives.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu Island
Queen Kapiolani Park
Queen Kapiolani Park, more commonly referred to as Kapiolani Park is located near Waikiki and Diamond Head on the island of Oahu. Kapiolani park is the largest and the oldest public park in Hawaii. The park was granted from royal lands and was the first public space on Oahu. The park got its name from the queen consort of King Kalakaua, Queen Kapiolani, and is a 300 acre open air park.

Waikiki, Oahu Island
Sandy Beach
Sandy Beach, also known to the locals as Sandy's, is a beach located on the South shore of Oahu in the Hawaiian islands. It is well known for its bodyboarding and bodysurfing opportunities because of the surf break that is located very close to the shore.

South Shore, Oahu Island
Sea Life Park
Sea Life Park is a family oriented visitor spot located near Makapu'u Point off of Kalaniana'ole Highway on the island of Oahu. The park is a bird sanctuary, marine mammal park and an aquarium. The park first opened in 1964 and was acquired by Palace Entertainment in 2008.

South Shore, Oahu Island
Spalding House, Honolulu Museum of Art
The second location of the Honolulu Museum of Arts is located in Makiki Heights. Spalding house features galleries of art, a cafe, and sculpture filled gardens that provide outstanding views of Diamond Head and Honolulu.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach is located on the North Shore of Oahu in the islands of Hawaii. The original Hawaiian name for this place was Paumalu. Sunset is known for its big wave surfing during the winter months. The Quicksilver Invitational in memory of Eddie Aikau was started in the area in 1984.

North Shore, Oahu Island
University of Hawaii at Manoa
The University of Hawaii at Manoa was established in 1907. It was started as a land grant for the college of agriculture and mechanical arts. In 1912 it was renamed College of Hawaii and moved to its present location. In 1918 the territorial legislature was petitioned for university status, and in 1920 the name was changed again to University of Hawaii.

Honolulu, Oahu Island
USS Battleship Missouri

The USS Missouri is an Iowa Class battleship, and the last battleship constructed for the United States. The Missouri was ordered in 1940 and was commissioned in June 1944.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu Island
USS Bowfin Submarine

The USS Bowfin is a baleo class submarine used in World War II, and is often referred to as “the Pearl Harbor Avenger”. The boat was launched on December 7, 1942 and commissioned on May 1, 1943.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu Island
USS Oklahoma Memorial

The Oklahoma Memorial is located on Ford Island near the place where the battleship was berthed. The memorial stands as a stark reminder of the 429 sailors and marines who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 in the surprise attack by the Japanese forces.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu Island
Valley of the Temples

The Valley of the Temples is a memorial park on the windward side of the island of Oahu, and overlooks the city of Kaneohe. It is a serene park full of lush gardens and beautiful scenery nestled at the foot of the majestic Ko'olau Mountain range.

Windward side of Oahu Island
Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is located in Waikiki, a neighborhood near Honolulu, Hawaii, on the south shore of Oahu. Waikiki Beach is well known for its white sand beachline that fronts the Waikiki neighborhood.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu Island
Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay is located on the North Shore of Oahu, near Haleiwa. Waimea Bay is at the mouth of the Waimea river and Waimea Valley extends behind the bay. Waimea means “Red Water” in the Hawaiian language.

North Shore, Oahu Island