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MILEAGE FROM WAIKIKI BEACH TO:
Pearl Harbor (USS Arizona Memorial) 14 miles
Kailua Junction 25 miles
Makaha Beach (International Surfing Meets) 37 miles
Polynesian Cultural Center (Laie) 38 miles
Points of Interest
ALOHA TOWER Honolulu’s familiar landmark is open to visitors and offers an excellent view of the harbor area.
AQUARIUM on Kalakaua Avenue across from Kapiolani Park at Waikiki, the Aquarium contains a world-famous collection of brilliantly colored tropical fish.
BEACHES beautiful beaches, wherever you go. For swimming, surfing, fishing or a picnic.
BISHOP MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM at 1525 Bernice Street, the Museum houses the world’s foremost collection of Hawaiiana and Polynesian antiquities.
BLOW HOLE near Koko Head, playful Mother Nature forces the mighty sea through a tiny hole in a lava ledge and blows miniature geysers high into the air.
BYODO-IN TEMPLE Japan’s 900-year-old architectural treasure is duplicated in exact detail at the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, beneath the majestic cliffs of the Koolau mountains. The beautiful Oriental garden setting also has a carp pool, massive nine-foot Buddha statue, and tea house.
CASTLEPARK Hawaii’s first theme park, this family entertainment center is adjacent to Aloha Stadium.
CHINATOWN unlike the Chinatowns in other American cities, this section of downtown Honolulu is an exciting blend of shops, restaurants and markets displaying not only Chinese goods but wares and foods typical of the countries of origin of Hawaii’s early-day immigrants.
DIAMOND HEAD this world renowned landmark bounds Waikiki Beach on the south. An extinct volcano, it is said to have once been the home of Pele, the Fire Goddess.
EAST-WEST CENTER a center for cultural and academic interchange between the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and the United States. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the center has since become a public, non-profit educational corporation with offices and facilities adjacent to the University of Hawaii campus.
FOSTER BOTANIC GARDEN remarkable botanic displays including photogenic orchid section, in a 20-acre setting in downtown Honolulu.
HANAUMA BAY a delightful sea cove in Koko Head Park, its rugged grandeur was created by volcanic action 10,000 years ago when Pele made her last attempt to find a home on Oahu, as legend tells. A favorite spot for swimming, picnicking, and snorkeling.
HAWAII MARITIME CENTER includes Aloha Tower plus the square-rigged Falls of Clyde and the Hokule’a Polynesian sailing canoe.
HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS a registered national and state historic place, renowned for an extensive collection of Asian and Western art and the beauty of its grounds and buildings.
HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT nine miles west of Waikiki, the Honolulu Airport is the hub of the Pacific for trans-Pacific airlines as well as several inter-island airlines.
IOLANI PALACE only throne room under the American flag, where Hawaii’s last two monarchs lived and ruled. Completed in 1882, the building has been entirely renovated, displaying a magnificent interior.
KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS established by a member of Hawaii’s royal family for boys and girls of Hawaiian ancestry.
KANEANA CAVE near Makua just before the end of Farrington Highway, Kaneana, the sharkman deity, is supposed to have made his home in this cave which is volcanic and coral in formation.
KAWAIAHAO CHURCH dedicated in 1842, the "Westminster Abbey" of Hawaii offers Sunday services in Hawaiian and English.
KEWALO BASIN sampans and other fishing boats moor in this small boat harbor which is also the departure point for Pearl Harbor cruises.
MISSION HOUSES the oldest existing buildings erected by the first missionary contingent to Honolulu are in the civic center area, which is also the locale of many other historic sites.
MORMON TEMPLE built in beautiful Laie in 1920, it is the first Mormon Temple to be constructed out of Salt Lake City.
NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY OF THE PACIFIC Punchbowl or Puowaina, literally translated "Hill of Sacrifice" is the final resting place of thousands of World War II, Korean and Vietnam war veterans. Open seven days a week, it overlooks the vast expanse of Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and Waikiki.
NUUANU PALI Oahu’s scenic masterpiece, at the head of Nuuanu Valley, is where Kamehameha the Great defeated the Oahuans in a bloody battle in 1795, by forcing thousand of warriors over the precipice, to meet death on the jagged rocks below, thus adding Oahu to his realm.
OLD SUGAR MILL near Kaaawa are the stone ruins of the first sugar mill on Oahu erected in 1864.
PARADISE PARK situated in Manoa Valley, the park is an extensive tropical exhibit set amidst ethnic gardens depicting Hawaii’s golden people. Hundreds of tropical birds inhabit the park, which features an entertaining demonstration of trained birds. Stroll along trails through bamboo forests, hau jungle growth, mountain streams and waterfalls.
PEARL HARBOR the USS Arizona Memorial, above the sunken battleship, is a tribute to American fighting men killed during the attack on December 7, 1941. The USS Bowfin, a restored World War II submarine, is on exhibit next to the Arizona Memorial ground facility.
POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER AT LAIE located on the north shore of Oahu, the center is made up of native villages representative of those in Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Tahiti, Samoa, Marquesas, and Hawaii.
QUEEN EMMA SUMMER PALACE a charming home, located in Nuuanu Valley, the former summer palace has been restored to its original appearance and houses a fine collection of Hawaiiana.
RABBIT ISLAND near Waimanalo, this is one of the many interesting islets that border Oahu. It looks like the head of a rabbit and was once overrun by them.
ROYAL MAUSOLEUM resting place of Hawaii’s former rulers, with well-informed guide-custodian.
SACRED FALLS off the highway near Hauula is this clear stream leaping out of sheer cliffs to the cool pool below. Lower falls drop over an 87-foot cliff.
SEA LIFE PARK located at Makapuu Point, Sea Life Park features an outstanding display of Hawaii’s exotic marine life in a truly beautiful oceanside setting. The 300,000 gallon Hawaiian Reef Tank is one of America’s finest aquariums, housing 2,000 island specimens: sharks, rays, moray eels, turtles and exotic reef fish. Giant whales, dolphins, sea lions, penguins and a variety of sea birds can also be enjoyed.
WAIMEA BAY between Haleiwa and Kahuku, the beach is fine for picnicking but the bay is dangerous for swimming when surf is six feet or more.
WAIMEA FALLS PARK this narrow canyon extending into the Koolau mountains was once a heavily populated Hawaiian village. Today, the 1,800-acre site between Haleiwa and Kahuku, is a dwelling for Nature’s lovely, unspoiled environment of tropical plantlife, birds, hiking trails and a truly beautiful waterfall.