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Top 10 Restaurants

Top 10 Restaurants
  Uncle Bo's
559 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815-3855
(808) 735-8311
www.unclebosrestaurant.com
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  Hula Grill
2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 203
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-4852
www.hulagrill.com
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  Sansei Seafood Restaurant
& Sushi Bar
2552 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 669-6286
www.sanseihawaii.com
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  Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St., Suite 3
Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826
(808) 949-2526
www.alanwongs.com
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  House Without a Key
2199 Kalia Rd., Halekulani Hotel
Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
(808) 923-2311
www.halekulani.com
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  Sushi Sasabune
1417 S King St.
Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814
(808) 947-3800
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  Taormina
227 Lewers Street
Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
(808) 926-5050
taorminarestaurant.com
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  ONO Hawaiian Foods
726 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816
(808) 737-2275
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  Town
3435 Waialae Ave # 104
Honolulu, HI 96816-2659
(808) 735-5900
www.townkaimuki.com
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  Mac 24 - 7
2500 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 921-5564
www.mac247waikiki.com
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Top 10 Attractions

  Hanauma Bay
7455 Kalaniana'ole Highway, Southeast O'ahu
808-396-4229
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  Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie, Hawaii (HI) 96762
1(800) 367-7060
www.polynesia.com
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  Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor, HI 96860
www.pearlharboroahu.com
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  Paradise Cove Luau
92-1089 Alii Nui Drive
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
1(800) 775-2683
www.paradisecovehawaii.com
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  Diamond Head Hike
www.hawaiistateparks.org
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  Lanikai Beach
Kailua Road, Kailua - East O'ahu
www.hawaiiweb.com
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  Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd # 6
Aiea, HI 96701-3770
(808) 486-6704
www.alohastadiumswapmeet.net
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  Honolulu's Chinatown
Located in Downtown Honolulu
www.chinatownhi.com
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  North Shore
O'ahu Hawaii
www.northshore.com
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  Kualoa Ranch Horseback and ATV Adventures
49-560 Kamehameha Highway
Kaaawa, HI 96730
(808) 237-8515
www.kualoa.com
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Top 10 Shopping Destinations

  Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Ste 500
Honolulu, HI 96815-2582
(808) 922-0588
www.royalhawaiiancenter.com
  International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 971-2080
www.internationalmarketplacewaikiki.com
  Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
808.955.9517
www.alamoanacenter.com
  Waikele Premium Outlets
94-790 Lumiaina Street
Waipahu, HI 96797
(808) 676-5656
www.premiumoutlets.com
  Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd # 6
Aiea, HI 96701-3770
(808) 486-6704
www.alohastadiumswapmeet.net
  Luxury Row
2100 Kalakaua Avenue
Waikiki, HI
(808) 541-5136
2100kalakaua.com
  Waikiki Beach Walk
Beach Walk
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 931-3593
www.waikikibeachwalk.com
  Victoria Ward Center
1050 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI
(808) 597-1172
wardcentre.com
  Aloha Tower Marketplace
1 Aloha Tower Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 566-2337
www.alohatower.com
  King's Village Shopping Center
131 Kaiulani Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
www.kings-village.com

Explore paradise on the magnificent Island of Oahu. From Waikiki to the North Shore, Oahu is an enchanting destination that will captivate your spirit. With miles of sparkling sand beaches, emerald waters, gentle lagoons, beautiful parks, diverse cultures, and a colorful history, Oahu is a world of adventure. Enjoy the sun, surf, and sand on Waikiki Beach. Catch the brilliant hues of dusk fade from Sunset Beach and experience Downtown Honolulu’s nightlife, art galleries and shopping. Hike to the top of Diamond Head, feast at a luau under the stars, and watch world-class surfers ride the big waves on the Banzai Pipeline. Discover the dramatic beauty and bounty of Hawaii’s third largest island.

Waikiki Beach/Waikiki Beach Walk

Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, legendary Waikiki is a vibrant Honolulu neighborhood with stunning beaches on emerald waters, cultural attractions, world-class shopping and dining, inspiring landmarks, fun festivals and events, and exciting entertainment. Experience Waikiki’s famous attractions, including Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, and Diamond Head. As the sun sets, you can shop, dine, dance, and listen to live music in venues along Kalakaua Avenue and Waikiki Beach Walk - Waikiki’s hip gathering place for shopping, cuisine and nightlife. Explore Waikiki's rich history along the Waikiki Historic Trail, highlighting 23 historic sites marked by bronze surfboards with historical information - from Hawaiian artifacts to weathered photos of Waikiki's surfing past in Duke's Canoe Club. The trail takes you to sights like the sacred Wizard stones of Kuhio Beach, King's Village, and the Duke Kahanamoku statue - "Father of modern surfing” - at Waikiki Beach. Surf, sun and swim at Waikiki Beach, Kuhio Beach, Duke Kahanamoku Beach, San Souci Beach and Queens Surf Beach. Just beyond, you'll discover attractions like USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor and legendary beaches of the North Shore.

Diamond Head State Park

Hawaii's symbolic landmark, Diamond Head is a 760-foot extinct volcanic peak overlooking Waikiki's coastline that’s known for its historic hiking trail, magnificent coastal views, and military history. Towering over the beaches of Waikiki, Diamond Head State Monument encompasses over 475 acres, including the interior and outer slopes of the broad, saucer-shaped crater formed 300,000 years ago during an explosive volcanic eruption. Hike the steep and winding 0.8 mile trail from across the crater floor to the summit of Leahi where you’ll enjoy stunning landscapes of Oahu’s southern shore. While the 2-hour walk is a glimpse into the geological and military history of Diamond Head, the panoramas from the top reveal Honolulu’s landmarks, neighborhoods, and beaches. You will be inspired by breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, the green slopes of the Koolaus, and shoreline from Koko Head to Waianae. During winter, you can see passing humpback whales.

Visit www.hawaiistateparks.org

Honolulu Zoo

Located between the slopes of Diamond Head and Waikiki, the 42-acre Honolulu Zoo houses over 1000 species of animals - mammals, birds and reptiles - and rare wildlife, including a Sumatran tiger, Hawaiian nene goose, Francois monkeys, giraffes, hippos, Indian elephants, spider monkeys, lions, native Hawaiian forest birds and the Galapagos tortoises, the first bred in captivity. Exhibits include the 12-acre African Savannah set against the backdrop of Diamond Head, the Tropical Rainforest, Pacific Islands, the Kabuni Reserve and the Children’s Zoo where you can pet llamas and cows. Before, during, and after a full moon, the "Zoo by Moonlight" guided tour offers a unique glimpse of the habits of nocturnal animals.

Visit www.honoluluzoo.org/

Kapiolani Park

A natural paradise in Honolulu at the foot of Diamond Head, Kapiolani Park is a majestic destination with 500 acres to explore. The largest, oldest park in Hawaii, Kapiolani Park features exceptional trees that date back 100 years, and is home of historic Diamond Head, the famous Kodak Hula Show, Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Shell, host to outdoor concerts and shows, Honolulu Cricket Club, Sunday Art Shows, tennis courts, soccer fields, an archery range, shady picnic sites, grassy sport areas, a 3-mile jogging course, part of the Honolulu Marathon, Kapiolani Beach Park and the beautiful Queen Kapiolani Rose Garden, which features a rare Hawaiian rose. The Royal Hawaiian Band provides free concerts every Sunday in the Kapiolani Bandstand.

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USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor

Commemorating the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this famous national memorial houses the sunken hull of Battleship USS Arizona. The USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The Memorial commemorates the site where World War II began for the United States. Experience WWII history through the Memorial's tours, museum and exhibits.

Visit www.nps.gov/usar/

Battleship Missouri Memorial/Pearl Harbor

Battleship Missouri Memorial is a living museum that celebrates the end of WWII and the experience of being aboard a ship alive with history and technology. The Missouri educates and entertains with exhibits, activities and memorabilia that tell the story of the Battleship Missouri - the world's last and most famous battleship. The flagship for the Pacific Third Fleet, “Mighty Mo” provided firepower in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and secured its place in history as the site of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces and General MacArthur on September 2, 1945, ending World War II. Take a tour of the Surrender Deck, the actual area where the surrender took place that ended WWII.

Visit www.ussmissouri.com

Punchbowl/National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

The extinct volcanic Punchbowl Crater - known in ancient days as Puowaina, which means "Consecrated Hill" or "Hill of Sacrifice" - was the site of many secret Alii (royal) burials and a place where offenders of taboos were sacrificed. Located above Honolulu, the Hill of Sacrifice is the site of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific where 33,230 service men and women from four wars are buried and honored.

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Aloha Stadium

The largest multi-purpose arena in Hawaii, the 50000-seat Aloha Stadium in Honolulu presents a multitude of exciting sports events, entertainment, concerts, car shows and fairs. Home of the University of Hawaii's Warriors football team, Aloha Stadium presents a wide spectrum of major pro and college football events such as the NFL’s Pro Bowl and the Hawaii Bowl, baseball games and soccer matches such as the Pan-Pacific Soccer Championships, and the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet - Hawaii's biggest outdoor swap meet with bargains from hundreds of vendors selling an enormous selection of goods.

Visit alohastadium.hawaii.gov/

Waikiki Aquarium

Next to a living reef on the beautiful Waikiki shoreline, Honolulu Aquarium is the third oldest aquarium in the U.S. The Aquarium exhibits amazing marine life with 2,500 organisms - representing over 420 species of aquatic animals - from Hawaii and the tropical Pacific, and has world-acclaimed coral reef exhibits. Get up-close to reef sharks, living corals, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, graceful sea jellies, and myriads of colorful reef fish. The Aquarium also offers day and night reef walks, Pacific diving/snorkeling trips and overnight Aquarium adventures featuring sharks and sea jellies. The Waikiki Aquarium has been designated as the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center for the Pacific Island Region.

Visit www.waquarium.org.

University of Hawaii

With three campuses on Oahu, the University of Hawaii offers high-quality education, a diversity of degrees and nationally ranked NCAA Division I athletics. The largest and oldest campus, UH Manoa - located in the beautiful Manoa Valley above Waikiki - offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees, vital research programs and top 25 ranked programs in environmental law, eastern philosophy, international business, second language studies and athletics. UH Manoa ranks among the major research universities in the U.S. and leads the nation in minority students earning graduate degrees. With the sixth lowest tuition in the nation, UH West Oahu is a four-year institution offering excellent education, personalized learning and a thriving environment. Located near downtown Honolulu, UH Honolulu is an innovative community college offering a strong liberal arts curriculum and specialized vocational and technical including commercial aviation/aeronautics, marine education and automotive arts. Honolulu Community College also offers technical training in transportation, information technology, education, communications and construction.

Visit www.hawaii.edu.

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Iolani Palace

A Hawaiian national treasure, Iolani Palace was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs - King Kalakaua, who built the Palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani. During the monarchy period, the Palace was the center of social and political activity in the Kingdom. Enjoy a fascinating tour of this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu and learn about the grandeur, history and heritage of this magnificent landmark. Iolani Palace Galleries features the Hawaiian crown jewels and ancient Hawaiian regalia, portraits and historic photographs. Built in the architecture of medieval European castles, with coral block limestone, crenulated parapets and towers, Iolani Palace is an amazing venue for events and wine tastings. The stunning courtyard is spectacular at night under the Hawaiian sky. The Royal Hawaiian Band presents free concerts every Friday on the outdoor grounds.

Visit www.iolanipalace.org.

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Bishop Museum

Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family, Bishop Museum houses an extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and includes millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawaii and Pacific island cultures. World recognized for its cultural collections, research projects, and educational programs, Bishop Museum is the largest museum in Hawaii and the leading natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, with one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world.

Visit www.bishopmuseum.org.

Honolulu Academy of Arts

Founded by Anna Rice Cooke in 1927 to share her love of the arts with the people of Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of Arts is Hawaii's leading fine art museum, with a collection of 50,000 works. The museum’s 30 galleries features an internationally acclaimed Asian art collection, European and American painting, graphic and decorative arts. Dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and teaching of the visual arts, the Academy presents exhibitions, films, videos, performing arts, and public programs relevant to Hawaii's diverse community. Explore six charming courtyards a gift shop, the Garden Café, and a theater.

Visit www.honoluluacademy.org.

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Shangri-La

Honolulu home of Doris Duke, Shangri La houses an impressive collection of Islamic art and is considered one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant homes. Shangri La offers a magnificent environment for the study of Islamic art, artifacts and culture, housing 3,500 objects, many embedded into the structure of the estate. Experience the beauty and grandeur of Shangri La on public tours departing from the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Duke’s collection also encompasses art and objects from diverse cultures around the globe. The Arabic inscription from the Quran on the front door - “Enter therein in Peace and Security” - echoes her aspirations in creating Shangri La.

www.shangrilahawaii.org.

Hawaii Convention Center

Located on 10 acres at the edge of Waikiki, the 1.1 million-square-foot Hawaii Convention Center is a modern, state-of-the-art meeting and event facility amid the beauty and culture of Hawaii. The Center features 200,000 square feet of exhibit hall, 149,768 square feet of meeting space, 47 meeting rooms, and an elegant ballroom. With its bold architecture, soaring forms and breathtaking open spaces, the Center presents a variety of world-class events, conventions, trade shows and expos. The design of the glass-front center represents the unique essence of Hawaii, with its $2 million Hawaiian art collection, a 2.5 acre rooftop tropical garden, glass-encased meeting rooms, outdoor function spaces lined with giant palm trees and 6 acres of landscaped grounds, terraces, lanais, and courtyards. The Center is open to the outdoors, inviting the scent of native Hawaiian plants.

Visit www.hawaiiconvention.com.

Chinatown

A rich part of Honolulu’s history, Chinatown boasts exciting attractions, historic building, theatres, art galleries and one the most colorful food and vegetable markets in the world. This exciting neighborhood is home to Chinese, Japanese, Laotian, Vietnamese and Filipino cultures, shops and restaurants. Chinatown’s historic buildings are home to a myriad of shops, herbalists, lei makers, antique dealers, temples, bars, and restaurants, where you can taste authentic foods, browse stylish art galleries, buy precious jade in hidden nooks, and dance in clubs. Visit the Aloha Tower Marketplace, with mouthwatering Hawaiian cuisine, superb shopping for clothing, art, and souvenirs, nightly entertainment, and fabulous ocean front dining with view of Hawaii's most famous harbor. Indigo Restaurant’s décor is a visual feast and Duc’s Bistro features Vietnamese/Pacific Rim cuisine.

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South Shore

Sea Life Park

Located 15 miles from Waikiki on Oahu's beautiful and scenic Makapuu Point, Sea Life Park is an exciting and entertaining marine attraction between the Koolau Mountain Range and breathtaking Makapuu Beach. Sea Life Park features more than 4,000 marine creatures in simulated natural habitats and displays. See dolphins dance, sea lions sing, and penguins play in a magical place by the sea. Encounter a fantastic array of marine life and make amazing discoveries about our aquatic world. Swim with dolphins, come face to face with sea lions, and watch thrilling animal shows.

Visit www.sealifeparkhawaii.com/.

Hanauma Bay

Sitting between two dormant volcanic craters in southeast Oahu, this gorgeous bay is a favorite swimming spot with clear and shallow waters teeming with tropical fish and marine life, which creates a magical underwater environment to experience. With the Hanauma Bay Marine Educational Center, the marine sanctuary preserves the natural eco-system and eases the human interaction on the marine life. Hanauma Bay Beach is a member of the National Healthy Beaches Campaign (NHBC).

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Polynesian Cultural Center

A 42-acre facility on the North Shore of Oahu, the Polynesian Cultural Center shares island heritage with visitors and students. Representing many South Pacific nations, PCC features recreated villages, exhibits and hands-on activities that highlight Samoa, Aotearoa (Maori New Zealand), Fiji, Hawaii, Marquesas, Tahiti, Tonga and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). PCC’s island villages offer a unique opportunity to learn and participate in the customs and authentic activities of each island - from island games and crafts to food preparation and war training. A Hawaiian luau, a canoe pageant, an IMAX™ theater, shops and a spectacular show are all part of the experience. With its lagoon, waterfalls, lush tropical flora, and erupting volcano, the PCC captures the magic and romance of the South Pacific.

Visit www.polynesia.com.

Waimea Falls

Located on Oahu’s North Shore in the Waimea Valley Audubon Center, Waimea Falls is a towering waterfall that flows down from the mountains by the Waimea River. Visitors can enjoy a 3.5-mile self-guided nature walk to the park’s focal attraction: 40-foot Waimea Falls. On warm days, nothing is more refreshing than a cool dip in the pool below the falls. In ancient times, Hawaiians believed that Waimea’s red tinted waters had healing powers due to the iron oxide found in the volcanic soil.

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

The largest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Hoomaluhia translates "to make a place of peace and tranquility". Stroll or drive through the lush 400-acre garden, which features plantings from tropical regions around the world. The beautiful gardens specialize in Hawaiian/Polynesian plants, palms and aroids, Heliconias, and ethnobotanicals. The garden also offers a 32-acre lake, picnic areas, group tours and a campground.

Pali Lookout

Overlooking the 985 foot cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range, Nuuanu Pali Lookout - "Cool Height Cliff"- offers fantastic panoramic views of the Windward coast of Oahu, including Kaneohe Bay and Chinaman's Hat. Hike the trail at the lower end of the lookout to enjoy different vantage points and see the wide variety of plants. In 1795, King Kamehameha and his warriors defeated the Oahu armies by sending them over these steep, forested cliffs claiming victory and uniting the Hawaiian Islands. The breathtaking sights, history and the incredible winds that pass through the Pali will sweep you away.

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