This restored stone structure is a historic and spiritual window into Hawaiian culture and perseverance.

Sightseeing in Makaha, O‘ahu

Sightseeing in Makahu includes a little bit of history, both outdoor and underground adventure, and some truly beautiful views. A few sites are deeply sacred in nature, so keep that in mind while you’re exploring. Here’s where to go.

Aerial view of Lana‘i's coastline, past an airplane's landing gear.

Getting To and Around Lana‘i

Getting to Lana‘i requires a jump from neighboring Honolulu or Maui. Here’s how by air and sea, along with how to get around the island during your visit.

A surfer gets out in front of an enormous wave on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Surfing in Hale‘iwa and Turtle Bay

Dubbed the “Seven Mile Miracle,” O‘ahu’s North Shore has more high-quality surf breaks packed into the scenic coastline from Hale‘iwa to Turtle Bay than in any other place in the world. Here’s where to join surfers from around the world on these legendary waves.

A six-foot statue of Queen Lili‘uokalani located in downtown Honolulu.

The End of the Kingdom of Hawaii

Like the Hawaiian people themselves, the Kamehameha dynasty in the mid-1800s was dying from within. Learn about the decline of the Hawaiian royal line, its fall to an unpopular coup, and how the Hawaiian Islands came to be a part of the United States of America.

Sharks Cove, part of the Pupukea-Waimea Marine Life Conservation District.

Day Trip Ideas for O‘ahu’s North Shore

Surf, sun, and beaches—the rural North Shore is all about leaving behind the city and tapping into the laidback atmosphere. For both summer and winter, here are some great trip ideas for a day on O‘ahu’s North Shore.

A Blue Hawaiian Helicopter coming in for a landing.

Adventure Sports in Kohala

There is little in the way of organized recreation along the north coast of the Big Island, but what there is can be adrenaline-fueled excitement. Try an ATV or helicopter tour, or for a real wind-through-your-hair experience, a zipline adventure.

Mist above waterfall on the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii.

Discover East Maui

East Maui is more than just a destination—it’s a completely different mind-set. Lush, tropical, and laden in waterfalls, learn about the area’s casual pace, the famous Road to Hana, and Pa‘ia, Maui’s token hippie outpost.

A sea turtle swims off Olowalu, Maui.

Dive Sites and Operators in Lahaina, Maui

The best dive sites in Lahaina are an artificial reef and an old whaling wreck, but there are plenty of other great spots for both novice and experienced divers. Here’s where to go, along with the handful of dive boats that operate out of the area and what they offer.

The Bailey House Museum.

Cultural Sights of Central Maui

One of the reasons that Maui is no ka oi (the best) is that it truly does have a little of everything: tropical weather, world-class beaches, multicultural cuisine, hidden waterfalls, and live entertainment and cultural exhibitions on par with any metropolitan urban center. Here are the cultural sights of Central Maui.