When making your must-do list in Hawaiʻi, you’ll want to add several of these activities in and around Honolulu.
Millions have already experienced our Hawaiian jewelry design tour, now it's your turn! Visit us at our Design Center in Honolulu where you'll be taken beind-the-scenes to experience the magic of Hawaiian jewelry manufacturing.
Learn how we create jewelry from start to finish as local artisans create Hawaiian jewelry right before your eyes. You'll even have the opportunity to create customized pearl jewelry from our Pearl Room. With over 500 unique pearls that have their own unique personality, you'll leave with a fabulous new piece that's unique to you.
Maui Divers Jewelry Design Center is located at located at 1520 Liona Street, Honolulu, 96814.
Honolulu Museum of Art (HOMA):
HoMA is a unique gathering place where art, history, culture and education converge, right in the heart of Honolulu. Whether you’re exploring our galleries, catching a film, or reawakening your love of art through a class, HoMA strives to be a vital part of Hawai‘i’s cultural landscape. Located at 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96814.
Immerse yourself in Hawaiʻi’s rich culture and heritage at the premier natural and cultural history museum in the state. Located at 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817.
Honolulu Zoo is the only zoo in the US that originated in a King's grant of royal lands. At 220 acres, the Honolulu Zoo is home to a diverse range of animals while providing protection for a number of endangered species. Located at 151 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815.
Hanauma Bay State Park:
One of the most popular attractions on the Island of Oahu and sees on average 3,000 visitors a day, or around one million visitors per year. The vast majority are tourists, but local residents love this beach as well. The bay is closed to the public every Tuesday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day to allow the fish a day of feeding without interruption. Snorkel and swim in this beautiful bay and get acquainted with a plethora of fish and marine life - offers an overall great experience for people of all ages.
Hike Diamond Head:
The trail to the summit of Le’ahi (Hawaiian name for Diamond Head Crater) was built in 1908 as part of O’ahu’s coastal defense system. The walk is a glimpse into the geological and military history of this volcanic crater. Much of the trail is a natural tuff surface with many switchbacks traversing the steep interior slope of the crater wall. The ascent continues up steep stairs and through a lighted 225-foot tunnel. At the summit, you’ll see bunkers on the crater rim and a navigational lighthouse built in 1917 along the coast outside the crater. The postcard view of the shoreline of southeastern Oahu from Koko Head to Wai’anae is stunning, and during winter, may include passing humpback whales.
An historic and cultural treasure, Moanalua Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. A 24-acre privately owned Public Park in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The park is the site of the Kamehameha V Cottage which used to be the home of Prince Lot Kapuaiwa, who would later become King Kamehameha V. It is also the site of the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, and the home of a large monkey pod tree that is known in Japan as the Hitachi tree.
With a half mile of soft white sand, turquoise water and gentle breezes, Kailua Beach Park located on the Windward Coast is a local favorite. A hub for water sports, Kailua Beach welcomes visitors and locals to windsurf, body board, kayak and parasail. Conveniently, kayak rentals, dive shops and beachwear boutiques are located nearby the beach.
Learn about the unique flora of Hawaiʻi at this beautiful and tranquil arboretum run by the University of Hawaiʻi. Admission is free, and visitors are given a map for a self-guided tour through trails, or they can pay $10 for a guided walking tour. There is even a short hike up to a waterfall. The arboretum is less crowded than many other Hawaiian tourist activities, so you should have an unobstructed view of all the beauty. Good walking shoes and some bug spray are definitely recommended. The Lyon Arboretum is located at 3860 Manoa Rd., University of Hawaiʻi-Manoa, Honolulu, 96822.