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'Iolani Palace

'Iolani Palace

'Iolani Palace is the only official royal residence in the United States! The last king of Hawaii was David Kalakaua, who ruled the kingdom in the late 1800s. Hawaii became an American territory in 1900 and, almost 60 years later, was pronounced the 50th American state.
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Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum provides excellent exhibits of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, including Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms. The museum was founded in 1889 in honor of the royal Kamehameha family.
Pearl Harbor Memorials

Pearl Harbor Memorials

The United States naval base at Pearl Harbor was surprised by a Japanese military strike on the morning of December 7, 1941. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged and more than 2,000 Americans were killed. This attack led to American involvement in World War II. Now a memorial stands erect for those who died in the assault. It includes exhibits and interpretive programs for other Pacific National Parks: World War II Valor at Pearl Harbor, Kalaupapa National Historical Park on the island of Molokai, American Memorial Park in Saipan, and War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam.
Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument

Hawaii’s most famous landmark, Diamond Head is a volcanic mountain with 360-degree views of the island. The name comes from English sailors who thought the calcite crystals were diamonds. The scenic hike up to the summit is an experience you won’t forget.
Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve

Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve

Hanauma Bay is a marine nature reserve set in a stunning bay. It's consequently one of the best snorkeling sites in Oahu. Hanauma is dedicated to protecting the marine life in the bay, and visitors are encouraged to promote this endeavor.
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Polynesian Cultural Center

Sample a traditional Hawaiian luau feast and learn about Polynesian island culture. The luau has been an opportunity for Hawaiians to celebrate the good things in life with friends and family for generations. The bright and festive luau clothes turn any frown upside down.
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Surfing

People from all over the world dream of catching waves on the shores of Hawaii, and a trip to the islands would not be complete without it. Once upon a time, surfing was a sport reserved for royalty, but, thankfully, today just about anybody can take lessons and experience the thrill of the ocean up close. Waikiki beach is one of the best places to try your luck.
Whale and Dolphin Watching

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Experience the gracefulness and beauty of aquatic mammals. Most tours involve dolphin, whale, and turtle encounters. Wild Side offers personal and high quality tours with many different options.
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