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Hawaii Bucket List
If you’re looking to create a Hawaii bucket list, this post is for you! I have gathered 100 things to do in Hawaii, including things to do on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island, Molokai, Lanai, and even Niihau. Of course, there are thousands of things to do in Hawaii, but this list will help you get started.
I’ve separated this list but island. If you want more blog posts about things to do in Hawaii, I have plenty of them! Check out the bottom of the post for what to do on Big Island, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai!
Here are 100 things to do in Hawaii:
1. Visit Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Oahu; you don’t want to miss it. I don’t recommend a tour, you can see Pearl Harbor on your own.
2. Take a surf lesson at Waikiki Beach. What better place to learn to surf than Waikiki Beach?
3. Take a submarine tour with Atlantis Submarine Adventure.
4. Visit Iolani Palace.
5. Take a sunset cruise at Waikiki.
6. Explore local sea life with a Submarine Scooter Adventure.
7. Shop at the Royal Hawaiian Center.
8. Attend a Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The Polynesian Cultural Center is also a great place to learn about the history of Hawaii and more.
9. Check out the swap meet at the Aloha Stadium.
10. Visit the Dole Plantation.
11. Check out the Bishop Museum.
12. Shop in Haleiwa.
13. Skydive with Pacific Skydiving or Skydive Hawaii.
14. Swim with sharks with One Ocean Diving.
Hikes & Beaches
15. See Sea Turtles at Laniakea Beach (aka Turtle Beach.)
16. Hike Diamond Head.
17. Visit Lanikai Beach.
18. Check out Pink Pillbox Hike, the best hike in West Oahu.
19. Hike Koko Head Stairs.
***DO NOT attempt to hike the Stairway to Heaven. It’s so frustrating to see this on lists of things to do in Hawaii. It is illegal, highly guarded, and you will get a fine.
20. Dine at the Original Roy’s in Hawaii Kai.
There are far too many amazing Oahu restaurants to list! I’ll be creating a separate blog post for that, but for now, check out the Original Roy’s in Hawaii Kai.
21. Take a shelter dog on a field trip with the Kauai Humane Society.
22. Kayak the Wailua River.
23. Check out Spouting Horn.
24. Head out for a sunset sail on the Na Pali Coast.
25. Drive up to Wailua Falls. There are many beautiful waterfalls on Kauai, and Wailua Falls is one of the easiest to access.
26. Float Down Sugar Cane Irrigation Canals with Kauai Backcountry Adventures.
27. Visit the remote Polihale State Park. The drive is a bit rough, but this beach is huge and not crowded at all.
28. Check out Kilauea Lighthouse.
30. Enjoy a luau at the Smith Family Luau. If you want to try a luau on Kauai, the Smith Family Luau is a visitor favorite.
31. Standup Paddleboard or Surf Hanalei Bay.
32. Rent a bike and ride down the Kapa’a Bike Path.
Hikes & Beaches
33. Find sea glass at Glass Beach.
34. Snorkel at Tunnels Beach for some of the best snorkeling on Kauai.
35. Visit Poipu Beach on the south side of the island.
36. Hike Sleeping Giant at sunrise. If you love hiking, check out the 7 best hikes on Kauai.
37. Check out all or part of the Kalalau Trail. Make sure you have a permit if you plan to hike past Hanakapiai Beach.
38. Hike the Canyon Trail in Waimea Canyon.
For more hikes, check out my post about the ten best hikes on Kauai.
39. Dine with your toes in the sand at Lava Lava Beach Club.
40. Eat tacos with a Hawaiian twist at Tiki Taco in Kapa’a. I know this seems like a weird suggestion, but you will not regret checking out Tiki Taco!
41. Have a juice at Kauai Juice Co. They use many local ingredients and has the best juice and kombucha I’ve ever tried.
42. Dine at Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. You don’t have to stay at the Grand Hyatt to dine at the popular Tidepools restaurant.
43. Visit Volcanoes National Park. Many visitors want to go to the big island to see Kilauea at Volcanos National Park. You can spend a few hours or all day at Volcanoes National Park.
44. Check out the Petroglyphs at Pukao Petroglyph field or Waikoloa Petroglyph field.
45. Check out Waipio Valley. You’ll either need a 4-wheel drive (check your rental agreement) or take a tour.
46. Visit Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
47. Take a snorkel cruise at Kealakekua Bay
48. Visit Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park (City of Refuge)
49. Snorkel at night with Manta Rays.
50. Visit a Farmers Market.
51. Visit Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.
52. Kayak Kealakekua Bay.
53. Visit Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls.
54. Have an oceanfront dinner in Kona.
55. Parasail over Kona.
56. Zipline with Kohala Canopy Adventure.
Hikes & Beaches
57. Hike into Pololu Valley
58. Hike the Kilauea Iki Trail.
59. Snorkel at Two Step.
60. Visit Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.
61. Check out the green sand at Papakoloa.
62. Check out Kekaha Kai State Park.
63. Have a mai tai at the Kona Inn.
64. Enjoy live music at Splasher’s Grill.
65. Enjoy the fantastic view at Huggo’s.
Looking for Happy Hour? I have a post about the seven best Happy Hours in Kona.
67. Take a drive down the Hana Highway.
68. Visit the Maui Ocean Center on a rainy day.
69. Check out Haleakala at sunrise.
70. Shop in Paia town.
71. Bike down Haleakala.
72. Check out the Old Lahaina Luau.
73. Take a helicopter tour of West Maui and Molokai.
74. Snorkel at Black Rock.
75. Check out the Feast at Lele Luau.
76. Visit Iao Valley State Park.
77. Check out Banyan Tree Park.
79. Visit Turtle Town.
Beaches and hikes
80. Visit Kaanapali Beach. Your resort might even be located on Kaanapali Beach!
81. Check out Napili Beach, a great beach for kids!
82. Visit Big Beach.
83. Hike Pipiwai Trail-Oheo Gulch.
84. Check out Twin Falls (easy hike from Paia.)
85. Have dinner at Mama’s Fish House.
86. Check out MauiWine. If you decide to make the full loop back from Hana, this is an excellent stop near the end of your journey!
87. Eat at Top Chef finalist Sheldon Simeon’s restaurant, Tinroof.
88. Enjoy local favorites at Coconut’s Fish Cafe.
89. Have breakfast at Kihei Caffe.
90. Visit the Lanai Cat Sanctuary.
91. Check out Sweetheart Rock.
92. Visit the Garden of the God’s.
93. Golf at Manele Golf Course.
Beaches and Hikes
94. Check out Shipwreck Beach.
95. Check out Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
96. Enjoy Live Music at Hale Kealoha.
97. Send a friend a coconut the US Post Office outside of Ho‘olehua.
Beaches and Hikes
98. Visit Papohaku Beach Park.
99. Hike at Halawa Valley.
100. Technically, you can’t visit Niihau without an invitation. However, you can take a snorkel tour to Niihau from Kauai!
That was quite the list! I hope this list of 100 things in Hawaii will help you add to your Hawaii bucket list. If you’d like more ideas of things to do on the Hawaiian islands, check out the following blog posts:
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