Historically known for its sugar, pineapple, and whaling industries, Hawaii now economically depends on its U.S. military and tourism. Among the state's major assets is its natural and beautiful islands. Hawaii has eight primary islands: Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe.
As far as tourism goes, Hawaii can keep every visitor happy. The Oahu Island is ideal for visitors who'd like to experience the beautiful islands but still remain within city conveniences. Hawaii also has options for the slow-paced tourists.
The several rainforests and waterfalls conjure up images of how the place would have look liked before the corporations arrived. Here are the top 10 attractions that you should not miss while you are in Hawaii.
This is the best place to visit for those who have always been awed and fascinated by Hawaii's many volcanoes. While at the park you can opt to hop on a bike and discover dramatic views of volcanic landscapes.
You can also opt to drive through Crater Rim Drive to witness some of the most magnificent and breathtaking views of the volcanoes. If you want to give yourself a good workout while on vacation, you can also opt to hike through the park's trails. Other activities that you can enjoy here include camping and lava viewing.
Hanauma Bay is a marine life conservation district and is known to be one of the most popular snorkeling destinations in Hawaii. Here you can rent a snorkel and enjoy swimming with some of the most colorful fishes, gorgeous coral reefs, and exotic marine life in the bay's pristine blue waters.
You can also spend part of your time at the Marine Education Center to watch exhibits and presentations that will open your mind on how to conserve Mother Nature.
This monument sits on the eastern edge of the Waikiki coastline. Visiting the monument will give you a hiking experience like no other. Serious hikers will enjoy going through the 0.8-mile hike from the trail head to the summit.
The hike will also give visitors a glimpse into the geological and military history of Diamond Head. Going through the trails, you will eventually reach a lighted 225-foot tunnel, which is the entrance to the Fire Control station built in 1911. For a wonderful mix of history and adventure, Diamond Head is the perfect destination for you.
Oahu's Wiamea Arboretum and Botanical Garden is famous for its exotic collection of flora that you will not find anywhere else in the world. It features 36 major botanical collections, all collected in a valley ranges in elevation from sea level to 1,000 feet.
One of the most exciting things that you can enjoy here is their Moon Walk tour each month. Join this tour that starts at 8:30 PM and witness rare Hawaiian flowers blooming under the beautiful moonlight.
In December 7, 1941, more than a thousand crewmen lost their lives aboard the USS Arizona. Today, the 184-foot long structure is one of the most visited attractions in Hawaii where tourists pay their respect and commemorate the lives of those brave soldiers who fought during the World War II.
The structure is made up of three portions namely the assembly room, a central area meant for ceremonies and general observation, and the shrine room where names of the soldiers who fought during the battle are proudly engraved on the marble wall.
Established in 1985, this preserve was made to enhance seabird nesting colonies and is now one of the most visited places in Hawaii. Here you will also encounter the beautiful Kilauea Lighthouse which was built in 1913.
Go bird watching through observation scopes and binoculars and see some of the most exotic birds you have ever seen. Visit the displays at the Kilauea Point Contact Station and Visitor Center to learn more about the park's birds, wildlife and plants.