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Hawaii Bucket List - 20 Things to Do in Hawaii

Hawaii is the last state to join the United States. Hawaii consists of islands clustered in the northern part of the great ocean. The capital of the state is the city of Honolulu, located on the island of O'ahu.


From golden beaches to volcanic black pebble beaches, from rainforests to waterfalls, from surfing to climbing, from sailing to whale watching, Hawaii has endless options for active outdoor enthusiasts. If you love doing activities like these, prepare your Hawaii Bucket List!


1. Waikiki Beach - Honolulu Oahu

20 Things to Do in Hawaii
20 Things to Do in Hawaii

Located in southern Oahu, Waikiki beach is surrounded by tall buildings and white sand. Waikiki is the largest tourist destination in Hawaii. That's why the area is surrounded by hotels to welcome tourists. But don't let this scare you, because the beauty of the beach will prevent you from seeing the hotels.


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2. Polynesian Cultural Center – Laie

Hawaii Bucket List
Hawaii Bucket List

It is one of the top attractions in Hawaii. Hawaii has 6 island villages representing the unique island cultures of Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga. It has a lagoon where you can do daily canoe tours. Here you can buy various crafts and clothes with Hawaiian and island themes. Great place to experience Hawaiian culture!


3. Hawaiian plate lunch


Standard plate lunches consist of two scoops of white rice, a pasta salad and a main course. A plate lunch that includes more than one entrée is often called a mixed plate. You must try this plate while you're in Hawaii, add it to your Bucket List.


4. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

20 Things to Do in Hawaii
20 Things to Do in Hawaii

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is one of the most unique geological sites in the world. It covers the peaks of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world's most active volcanoes. Here you can take walks and visit a farm that has Hawaiian traditions. You can also take a scenic drive around Kīlauea peak.


5. Wailua Falls - North of Lihue, at the south end of the Wailua River

20 Things to Do in Hawaii

The river is located at the southern end of the Wailua River. It is one of the other amazing spots on Kauai that used to be movie venues. He takes part in the opening of "Fantasy Island". You can visit in the morning sunlight for incredible photos.


6. Sunset Beach Park – Pupukea


Another beautiful beach in Hawaii that should not be missed. This is a nice surf spot. In winter, you can watch big wave surfers. It has one of the best sunsets in Hawaii, hence its name!


7. Bishop Museum – Honolulu

20 Things to Do in Hawaii
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The best thing to do in Hawaii is to get to know its culture. You can do this at the state's leading natural and cultural history museum. You can learn a lot about Hawaiian history and culture as well as Polynesian history.


8. Lanikai Beach – Kailua

Hawaii Bucket List
Hawaii Bucket List

Not only has Lanikai Beach been described as the "prettiest" of Oahu's beaches, but Lanikai Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the world. You'll want to jump into the calm aqua blue water.


9. Lūʻau


Luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast. Traditional dishes served to include poi, kalua pork, lomi salmon, laulau, poke, and haupia. Join the Luau feast to taste traditional Hawaiian dishes.


10. Kualoa Ranch

Hawaii Bucket List
Hawaii Bucket List

There are many outdoor activities to do here. If you want to take your Hawaiian vacation beyond the beaches, we recommend you to go on adventures in Kualoa. You can join many adventure tours, zipline, ride a bike. You can also go on horseback tours and safaris in the forest with a jeep.


11. Thurston Lava Tube - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

20 Things to Do in Hawaii
20 Things to Do in Hawaii

Let me warn you first, this is a dangerous area. It has the dangers of rockfall, low ceiling, stagnant water because it is a 500-year-old lava tube. Its Hawaiian name Nāhuku means "protrusions", possibly referring to the lava droplets that once hung from the ceiling. After the discovery of the tube in 1913, these disappeared due to souvenir collectors. This can be a different and mysterious place to visit on your Hawaii trip. Adventure lovers should add to the Hawaii Bucket List!


12. Poke Bowl

20 Things to Do in Hawaii
20 Things to Do in Hawaii

Poke is another Hawaiian delicacy. It consists of white rice stuffed with raw fish marinated in a mixture of sesame oil, soy sauce, scallions, and other spices. You must try Poke while in Hawaii.


13. The Byodo-In Temple – Ahuimanu

20 Things to Do in Hawaii
20 Things to Do in Hawaii

The Byodo-In Temple is located at the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains. It was established on June 7, 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. Byodo-In Temple is a Buddhist temple that invites people of all faiths to worship and meditate. We think it might be an interesting place to visit in Hawaii.


14. Queen’s Bath

Hawaii Bucket List

Check the surf report before visiting and pay special attention to the wave height. Yes, this is a dangerous area, but it is still a tourist place. Queen's Bath is a unique tide pool located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The pool is a sinkhole surrounded by igneous rocks and located on the north shore of Kauai near Princeville. Although going requires attention, those who go say it's worth it!


15. Kona Coffee

Kona Coffee
Kona Coffee

Kona Coffee is a world-famous coffee specially grown at the foot of two volcanoes on the Big Island. Maybe you can try it there or take it as a gift from Hawaii to your relatives.


16. Panaewa Rainforest Zoo


The Panaʻewa Rainforest Zoo is the only tropical zoo in the United States. So definitely add it to your Hawaii Bucket List! Here you can find rainforest animals and endangered Hawaiian animals such as spider monkeys, lemurs, and more than 80 other animal species. The zoo is open daily from 10:00 to 15:00 and admission is free.


17. Shave Ice


Hawaiian shaved ice is an ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice and sweetening it with syrup and other sweet ingredients. Shave ice is typically served in a conical paper or plastic container to which flavored syrups are poured along with additional ingredients such as ice cream, azuki beans, or condensed milk. One more thing you must try in Hawaii!


18. Shipwreck Beach – Kaiolohia

20 Things to Do in Hawaii

Wanna see a wrecked ship? About 30 minutes north of Lanai City, this beach has wrecked numerous ships along its shallow, rocky channel. This is a beautiful area for exploration.


19. The Royal Hawaiian – Honolulu


A pink and luxurious resort in Hawaii! We thought maybe you'd like to stay here on your visit to Hawaii. Located next to Waikiki beach, this resort is one of the most sought-after. You can also hold a wedding here.


20. Black Sand Beach – Hana

Black Sand Beach – Hana

The famous black sand beach in Waianapanapa State Park is another beautiful place to see in Hawaii. It was historically a very important place for Hawaiians, and there are various Hawaiian legends about this place. You will need a reservation to get here.


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