Most flights that bring tourists to the Hawaiian Islands stop at Honolulu’s airport. Even if you plan on spending most of your time on Maui or the Big Island, set aside a day or two to take in a few attractions that Hawaii’s most bustling city has to offer.
Honolulu is a busy city with plenty to offer.
The Bishop Museum
The Bishop Museum (bishopmuseum.org) began in 1889 as a site for preserving the royal property of the descendents of King Kamehameha the Great. Through the 1900s and 2000s, the museum grew to house 25 million artifacts that tell the story of the islanders, culture and traditions of Hawaii. The museum is also the home of a planetarium and interactive science and technology exhibit. The permanent Hawaiian Hall exhibit takes up three floors and tells about pre-colonial Hawaii and its myths and gods. Polynesian Hall houses collectibles gathered from other islands in the Pacific. Sports fans should check out the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.
Just six and a half miles from the urban attraction of Bishop Falls is the 200-foot drop of Manoa Falls. Getting to the falls involves a moderate hike through tropical rain forest. Wear study hiking boots if you visit after a rain, as the rocks and banyan roots on the trail can become slippery. The Waihi Stream that borders the trail offers the additional attraction of swimming holes. Drive out of Honolulu on West Manoa Road till it ends and you will find the trailhead.
The Honolulu Zoo (honoluluzoo.org) is home to a variety of animals that range from Indian elephants to Sumatran tigers. The zoo is one of the few places in Hawaii where you will come across snakes. The collection of tropical birds features more than 90 species. Twilight tours are held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and offer a glimpse of nocturnal animals that a day tour can’t provide.
- “Fodor’s Hawaii;” Linda Cabasin, Ed.; 2009
- “An Explorer’s Guide to Hawaii”; Kim Grant; 2009
- Go Hawaii: Things to Do in Honolulu
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