Climb the crater, it could take 20 to 30 minutes to walk up the trail. However, it’s an easy hike, wear comfy shoes, bring your camera, and a tiny flashlight in case the tunnel lights are not on. It’s worth the climb, the view of Honolulu is breath-taking from up there. On a clear day you may be able to see the island of Molokai. The hike down is much easier than going up, careful for crazy runners, yes they run the trail for exercise, fortunately they know the path well and they haven’t knocked over any tourist.
This is a state park and its not open daily, check their website for operation hours. Here you will need to pay for parking, one of the only places that you need to pay to park at the beach. Next, walk down to the Bay or you can pay for a trolley ride. It’s a steep walk and a challenging climb back up, but this is a paved roadway so no “trail” hiking, you choose.
This is the only park that you will see tons of fish when you go snorkeling because there is no fishing or catching of fish. You can rent all types of beach gear at the concession stands. If you’re curious, buy fish pellets and have the fish eat right out of your hands; it’s a weird feeling to have a bunch of fish lips sucking up pellets from the palm of your hand. It’s beautiful and no predators, which is why the fish are so ‘friendly’ – well unless there’s a shark. In that case the lifeguards will tell you, along with signs to “beware of sharks.”
‘Iolani Palace is the only genuine royal palace in the entire United States. There are day tours and if you’re lucky you’ll hear the Royal Hawaiian Marching Band playing. The history of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii continues on with the present day Hawaiians as their has yet to be total restitution. ‘Iolani Palace is where the last reigning Queen, Liliuokalani was imprisoned during the overthrow of the monarchy.
Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona
Everyone who has served in the military, no matter which branch of service, has wanted to visit the Arizona Memorial when they visit Hawaii. Even if you have never served in the military you should take a short stop there and the boat ride out to the Memorial and see where the USS Arizona sunk and reflect back to the beauty of the island.
This is a historic site over the eternal tombs of the men who served on the USS Arizona and the names of those who died are etched into the memorial wall. Everyone who was in Honolulu on Dec 7, 1941, has a story to share.
Stadium Swap Meet
On a lighter note, since you’re at Pearl Harbor, across the entrance to the Memorial is the iron bucket, The Aloha Stadium. Home of many sold out events, Bowl Games, University of Hawaii Warriors, and most of all the weekend and Wednesday – Stadium Swap Meet.
Don’t buy your souvenirs at the store just yet. You’ll find the majority of the products are new, unique, and touristy items with over 700 vendors – bring an extra suitcase or buy one there, you’re going to need it.
Waimea Bay, North Shore, Haleiwa
Whether you’re a fan of the surf world or just want to see where some of the scenes where filmed from the hit television show “Lost”, you’ll want to take the scenic drive up to the North Shore of Oahu. Driving through the pineapple fields, stop by the local vendors and enjoy fresh pineapple and juice. If you haven’t had Shave Ice, a local favorite, also known as snow cones, drop by Matsumoto Shave Ice at 66-087 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712.
The Overthrow of the Monarchy
Overview of the Attack on Pearl Harbor