Top 7 Things to do in Hawaii


Hawaii as a whole is generally considered to be made up of eight islands. Five of them are relatively larger islands. They include Hawaii (Big Island), Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai. Three of the eight islands are quite small. They include Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Niihau. In this post I’ll look at four of the main holiday island destinations including Hawaii (Big Island), Maui, Oahu, and Kauai. What are the best things to do in Hawaii in each of these island paradises?

How much better can it get it than Hawaii? Great beaches, fantastic waterfalls, spectacular mountains, beautiful greenery, beautiful flowers and birds everywhere. What else do you want?

If you were offered the chance to live forever on one particular Hawaiian Island by a Greek God or Goddess, with the one clincher that you’d never be able to leave, would you accept the deal? Sounds like it would be a pretty good deal to accept.


1. Drive the Road to Hana

The most iconic coastal drive in Hawaii passes over fifty-four one-lane bridges.

2. Bike ride down Maui’s Haleakala National Park

3. Beach paradises

  • Big Beach
  • Hamoa Beach
  • Kapalua Bay
  • Ka’anapali Beach

4. Waterfalls

  • Twin Falls
  • Three Bears Falls
  • Makahiku Falls
  • Honokohau Falls
  • Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls
  • Pua’a Ka’a Falls
  • Wailua Falls
  • Waimea Waterfall

5. Ponds and Waterholes

  • Ching’s Pond (aka Blue Sapphire Pools)
  • Pools of Ohe’o (aka Seven Sacred Pools)
  • Chutes and Ladders

6. Molokini Crater – Snorkeling and Diving Tour

7. Whale watching


1. Waikiki Beach

This guy has a genuine talent for making good beach videos.

Waikiki beach

2. Diamond Head Crater Walk

It’s a 1.4 mile walk past Kaimana Beach in Waikiki.

Diamond Head Lookout

3. Polynesian Cultural Center Tour

4. Beach paradises

  • Lanikai Beach
  • Hanauma Bay
  • Kahanamoku Beach – Behind the beach is the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon.
  • Kailua Beach
  • Waimea Bay

5. Waterfalls, Pools and Caves

  • Manoa Falls Trail – A very popular waterfall close to Waikiki.
  • Waimea Falls
  • Waimano Falls Trail
  • Wailua Falls
  • Maunawili Falls – 2.5 mile round trip through beautiful forest terrain.
  • Ka’au Crater Hike
  • Kapena Falls – Fun day trip
  • Sacred Falls – By helicopter
  • Jackass Ginger Pools
  • Mermaid Caves

6. Stairway to Heaven (Ha’iku Stairs)

Drive to Haiku Village and walk to the entrance. From there you’ll be able to walk the 3922 stairs.

Best Things To Do In Hawaii Haiku Stairs

7. Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

This walk offers fantastic views of the eastern side of the island.


1. Kalalau Trail

It’s a 22 mile roundtrip hike along the northern side of the island, best done on a 3-day camping trip.

2. Kauai by helicopter or by ocean vessel

The Na Pali coast from a bird’s eye view would be incredible. The most mainstream way of exploring the coast is by ocean vessel, however that would mean missing out on much of the interior, which is why a helicopter ride would be awesome.

3. Beach paradises

  • Lumahai Beach
  • Tunnels Beach
  • Ke’e Beach
  • Hanalei Bay

4. Wailua Falls

Made famous by the opener of the late 70s and early 80s TV show ‘Fantasy Island.’

5. Queen’s Bath

Hawaiian tropical flower

An exquisite naturally formed salt water pool. Drive along highway 56 to the parking lot and walk for about 10 minutes. There’s also a nice waterfall next to it.

6. Waimea Cliff/Canyon Trail

7. The National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Lawai Valley

Hawaii (Big) Island

1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

2. Kilauea Iki Trail

A brilliant 4.5 mile counterclockwise loop walk.

3. Swim with Manta Rays

This can be done on a boat tour or as part of a night dive. Plankton is attracted to lights on the ocean floor which in turn attracts the Manta Rays of Kailua Kona. They swim very close to divers. These big sea creatures are apparently gentle and completely safe to be around.

Best Waterfalls Hawaii Akaka Falls
Akaka Falls

4. Beach paradises

  • Kehena Beach
  • Hapune Beach
  • Anaehoomalu Bay

5. Waterfalls

  • Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls
  • Laie Falls
  • Rainbow (Waianuenue) Falls
  • Hi’ilawe Falls

6. Ahalanui Hot Pond

7. Mauna Kea Summit Area

Watch the sunset and stargaze at night.

No wonder the Christian missionaries headed over to Hawaii in an attempt to save Hawaiian souls. Mainland America couldn’t resist a takeover so it’s no wonder tourists invaded next.