Best Honolulu Hidden Gem Attractions

THE 10 BEST Hidden Gem Attractions in Honolulu

Best Honolulu Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • Brenda M
    Gillespie, IL45 contributions
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    If you want an incredible view then this is it! The hike takes about 30 minutes up. It rocky, wet terrain up and isn’t for anyone who came walking well. The payout when you get there is breathtaking!
    Written 6 June 2024
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  • Ava H
    Galway, Ireland3 contributions
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    I visited Bishop Museum solo in August and it was an enriching experience that immersed me deeply in Hawaiian history and culture. Nestled in Honolulu, this museum stands out not only for its extensive collection but also for its captivating storytelling.. It was fascinating to learn how they used the stars to navigate the vast Pacific Ocean, underscoring their remarkable knowledge of astronomy and maritime prowess... For a moment I felt like Moana. Haha.. The museum caters to both casual visitors like mine and avid learners. It simply was perfect.
    Written 16 June 2024
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  • Jonnyjubb
    Rayleigh, UK225 contributions
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    Came across this museum on one of walks and made a point of coming back to it. Spent a very informative hour in here. Very well laid out, with interesting artefacts and relevant descriptions. Add in that this was free to get into and it’s well worth a visit.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • patinhongkong
    hong kong480 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shari La is the former home of the fabulously wealthy Doris Duke, who built her dream home on this gorgeous peninsula and filled it with superb Islamic art. Visits start and end at the Hawaii Museum of Art in downtown Honolulu from where a bus leaves for the Diamond Head mansion. Once there, curators explain the pieces on show on walls, floors and ceilings, before visitors are allowed time to wander round inside and out and take photographs. Ice cream on the lawn concludes the visit.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • JulesA59
    Edmond, OK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We are art museum people and when I found out there was a Monet waterlily there we put it on our list. Although small, it does have a wide variety of different art work and is in a pleasant setting. Parking is easy to find and $5. It's closed Monday & Tuesday and you can make reservations online or walk in.
    Written 3 June 2024
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    During our stay we've visited Diamond Head, Koko crater and this lookout.
    By far, this lookout is the absolute best one on Oahu as you have unobstructed views of almost entire southern shore including Diamond head, Waikiki, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor and further west.
    Moreover, it's the easiest one to get to, as you will reach it in your car without any hike. Parking is free, we were only worried having heard about car burglary, however nothing happened and there was also a police car parked when we were there.
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • Marcia N
    Philadelphia, United States54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to escape the crowds in Waikiki. Main trails are marked and pretty well maintained. The other trails are not and very rough/muddy/rocky but pretty. Main trail to waterfall is rocky and slippery in places. Recommend hiking boots for sure.
    Written 23 May 2024
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  • knf;dv nad'vxlj x
    Virginia Beach, VA9 contributions
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    Enjoyed visiting on a rainy day. The summer palace provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of some of Hawai'i's last royals. We enjoyed learning more about the royal family and seeing how they lived at their special get-away that was less formal than the palace in Honolulu.
    Written 6 June 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Park is where you find Round Top Drive that takes you up to the Tantalus Lookout. Spectacular panoramic views on the entirety of Honolulu stretching from Diamond Head and across the city. Try to go on a nice day when the sun is shining and there are blue skies. The drive up takes about 15-20 minutes. I went around 11am on a Sunday morning and had no problems finding a parking spot. Hardly any others there at that time. Apparently, this is a favorite spot for car break ins so don't leave valuables visible, but I had no issues. There are also many nice hiking trails in the area including the hike to Manoa Falls and the Makiki Valley Trail
    Written 5 January 2024
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  • Dana F
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My name is Ofcr, Dana Fatu I have been the Honolulu Police museum manager/storyteller since 2015. I want to thank TripAdvisor for being a fair review board for me and the museum. I hope HPD continues the great five star ratings that me and mentor Eddie Croom have earned for the HPD museum since 2015.

    I will be retiring and leaving the museum April 1, 2024. Best wishes For the history of Honolulu Police Museum and its continuation of great bookkeeping, maintenance and visitors still have the “Awe” factor…

    Since 2015, we were able to create a barcoding system for close to 10k unique pieces of HPD artifacts, documents, archives of our police history.

    I was the only officer in hpd history to generate and be awarded a $51k dept of justice grant. through the grant I coded 11 Samsung devices and set up in 11 different languages and now QR Codes throughout museum for our non-speaking visitors from across the world. Hopefully, the rigorous cleaning daily refreshing of the museum, to keep museum new. I pray the next successor picks up where we left to continue this magical time capsules museum, using 21st century technology. Crossing our fingers the $41k Fallen Officer Display will be set up in March or April of 2024 since I fought for it for almost 2 years.

    Just last year in 2023, close to 1,800 visitors walked through the museum doors,

    So, God what’s next for this soon to be retired police officer?…Mahalo and Alooooooha Officer Legaee Fatu jr “Dana” signing off
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    Written 20 March 2024
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  • Chelsey G
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I discovered the Mission Houses while walking to the Iolani Palace for a tour there, so these two are very close and you could do them in one day if you plan ahead. The tour guide was super knowledgeable and had answers to all of our questions about what we were seeing or what she was telling us. We were a small group of 5, which was a good size for maneuvering the smaller spaces and visiting the rooms.

    This tour added another layer to the history and my understanding of Hawaii. I especially enjoyed learning how the written Hawaiian language came about.
    Written 13 January 2024
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  • Brown_Samantha
    Kennewick, WA1,631 contributions
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    We debated back and forth on if we wanted to do this hike; so glad we decided to go! Yes, even with sunny Waikiki, this rain forest will be misty and showery. We went prepared: umbrellas, dark colored good walking shoes (do not wear anything white or nice). Your shoes will get dirty. Even with rocks on the trail, our shoes got a little bit dirty. Nothing a quick clean up didn't fix. No big deal.

    The trail is so well maintained. It is a trail to waterfalls, be realistic people!! Some areas will be steep and steps required. But as far as waterfalls trails go, we thought this one was EASY!

    It just amazes us how Jurassic Park this "feels". Just lovely. We spent about 2 hours or so enjoying this area. At the end, we were rewarded by nice flowing 150 feet drop Manoa Falls. She sure is lovely.

    They put "do not go beyond" signs at the end of the trail, but plenty of people scramble to the water's edge. We went earlier in the morning, when we finished, definitely more people.

    There is a nice clean up area, bathrooms, snack bar, etc. Easy to get Uber rideshares to and from. Highly recommend the hike.
    Written 30 August 2023
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  • C-Z-1982
    Reno, NV740 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an interesting place, certainly worth the visit. The biggest downfall is that the identification of the many trees could, and should be greatly improved. The complementary folder available at the beginning of the tour suggests that you will be able to identify the many interesting trees. Unfortunately, as you walk around it turns out to be a hip hazard experience. Some trees are well identified, others are not. Also, the signs identifying the trees, very, making recognition challenging. Too bad, there are so many interesting trees and the educational experience would be greatly enhanced by ensuring better identification and marking of the trees in a consistent manner.
    Written 18 February 2024
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  • d1domino
    Gilbertsville, PA81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All Trails says it’s illegal, but there are so many people still doing it. We pulled into the parking area and found a spot. Crowded, but not full.

    The trail is easy to follow from AllTrails. If you’re unsure which way to go, ask someone coming the other way.

    We had rain and no rain coats, so we were chilly when we got to the falls and didn’t swim, but there is plenty of water to swim in. We didn’t stay long because it was later in the day, which put the sun partially on the falls.

    I would recommend this hike, but not if you are alone. Make sure there are others already in the trail.
    Written 2 July 2023
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  • Quiles-Cardona
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This hike isn’t for the faint of heart! Lol it’s very challenging and sometimes dangerous but worth it in the end when you get to the waterfalls and the views. Definitely worth it. 👍🏼
    Written 16 September 2019
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