Hawaii Sightseeing Guide - Visit notable attractions and landmarks
Shopping is also a popular pastime and no trip to Hawaii would be complete without purchasing an authentic aloha shirt, which comes in a wide range of colors and designs. There are plenty of places to purchase goods in Hawaii and visitors can choose between local markets and modern malls.
Visitors who are interested in the history and culture of Hawaii will find plenty of information in the main towns such as Hilo, which is home to some interesting museums such as the Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo Art Museum and Lyman House Museum.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Home to Mauna Loa, the world's largest volcano and Kilauea, which is the most active volcano in the world, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an interesting place to explore. Private transportation is needed to explore the park, although the Hele On Bus company drops visitors at the entrance on weekdays.
Located in Kauai, this is one of the area's most spectacular natural wonders. Featuring a 13 mile long and 2500 foot deep chasm of ancient lava rock, this is a spectacular place for hiking and trekking.
Pacific Tsunami Museum
Located in Hilo, the Pacific Tsunami Museum serves as a reminder of the threat faced in Hawaii by giant harbor waves and seeks to educate people about what they can do to protect themselves.
In an area full of beautiful beaches, Waikiki is perhaps the best known and loved of them all. The beach is situated in Honolulu and visitors who arrive at Honolulu Airport can take bus 19 or 20 to Waikiki, while buses 8 and 42 also go there.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Formed in the crater of an extinct volcano and filled with a stunning coral reef full of colorful fish, the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a fantastic place for visitors who enjoy diving and snorkeling and there are some good places to spend the night nearby.
USS Arizona Memorial
Visitors interested in Hawaii's wartime history will want to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, which is located in Honolulu. This memorial has been built over the hull of the sunken battleship USS Arizona and commemorates the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Visitors can get here by taking either bus 20 or 42.
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Featuring impressive ancient temples, royal grounds and burial sites, the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park offers an important insight into the history and culture of Hawaii. Best reached by private transport, here visitors can gaze at carved-wood representations of ancient gods, and just off the natural lava steps is a good spot for snorkeling.
Meaning White Mountain, Mauna Kea is the highest peak in Hawaii and offers stunning views from the summit. Visitors will need their own transport to get here and can follow a hiking trail from the summit to explore the astronomy exhibitions at the Onizuka Center.
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