On Race World Hawaii's track, kids of all ages race each other in tiny, rainbow-hued box cars?all of which run without fuel. Instead, the simple cars are powered by gravity, which pushes them down the track during open-track racing, field trips, and special events. All the while, track marshals supervise, making sure that drivers have the correct safety gear?including helmets, sport shoes that cover the entire foot, long pants that touch shoes for those under 18, and a ship's anchor they can drop to slow down.
The US Army Museum of Hawaii sheds light on one of the most unique facets of life on this island paradise, the historical role of the US armed forces there. The museum has life like exhibits that suck you into an epic story of valor, bravery, and sacrifice, featuring everything from helicopters, to tanks, to the vacant bunkers that are a relic of the museum’s past as a military base. There are exhibits focusing on the heroic and often overlooked role of Japanese Americans during the Second World War and the Vietnam War. There are others, specifically dedicated to the tragedy of Pearl Harbor. In addition to these modern exhibits, the museum also has a portion dedicated to ancient warfare in Hawaii.
An ideal spot for the whole family to get active, The Groove's facilities feature a range of activities for all ages. Kids as young as 8 can buckle up during go-kart races, which last about 8 minutes and zip around a custom-designed track. Those seeking something a little slower-paced can climb into the party bike, a people-powered trolley that is led around the city by guides for bar crawls, local tours, or just to prove to cars that we don't need them.
Cool, onshore breezes swirl through the banyan trees and botanical gardens that frame Koko Crater Stables, a spacious facility nestled in the crater of a dormant volcano. Head trainer Piet Mathews, who has more than 30 years of experience tucked under his saddle, leads the center's staff, which draws on more than 20 years of equestrian know-how to conduct trail rides, lessons, and camps. In addition to helping riders to earn their spurs, Koko Crater Stables provides boarding services that include bedding, watering, and daily stall cleanings, ensuring four-legged lodgers remain comfortable and aren't tempted to tunnel out and begin new lives as bankers.
Look up “paradise” in the dictionary and you’d probably find a picture of beautiful Kapiolani Park. Created by King Kalakaua in the 1870s, the views are indeed majestic. The banyan trees are regal and many of the trees within the park are more than 100 years old. There is a lot going on here – it is the historic site of Diamond Head, the famous Kodak Hula Show and the 42-acre Honolulu Zoo. The Royal Hawaiian Band provides free concerts each Sunday afternoon in the park’s bandstand. You can bring your picnic fixings and enjoy the music. For the athletically inclined there are tennis courts, soccer fields, a marathon course and an archery range. Visit at night when things are quiet – Kapiolani Park is a place where you can reflect on the beauty that is Hawaii.
The 800 teddy bears at Teddy Bear World Hawaii might appear to be alive, but they're actually animatronic. The museum packs its 20,000 square feet with colorful scenes of the bears reenacting famous scenes from history, such as the first space shuttle launch, the construction of Mount Rushmore, and the day stuffed animals gained the right to vote. Complementing the historical exhibits are famous works of art reinterpreted to include bears, a dinosaur-themed exhibit, and the Save The Planet section that details how global warming may affect the planet's future. The building also houses a fully animated Elvis show, where a teddy bear version of the king performs a song-and-dance routine rivaled only by Elvis's short stint as a basketball mascot.