Sightseeing in Hawaii

Up to 50% Off at Botanical World Adventures

Hakalau

$124 $62

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Garden director guides guests in viewing, touching, smelling, and tasting fruits and flowers in a setting that evokes ancient Hawaii

Up to 50% Off Plane Tour of Oahu

Makakilo - Kapolei - Honokai Hale

$300 $149

Cessna airplanes guide groups over cityscapes, ocean waters, and coastlines across Oahu

Up to 55% Off Flight Experiences from Acroflight International

Dillingham Airfield

$220 $99

Certified pilots and passengers cruise over Waimea Falls or pull acrobatic maneuvers above beaches and lush landscapes

Up to 56% Off from Ohana Walking Tours

King Kamehameha Statue

$40 $20

A guide dispenses in-depth historical factoids to 15–20 guests on a two-hour walking tour past downtown Honolulu attractions and landmarks

52% Off Waikiki Shoreline Helicopter Tours

Honolulu International Airport

$205 $99

On the 15-minute tour, passengers soar over Waikiki's iconic beaches, Diamond Head, and Punchbowl Crater

Up to 60% Off Pirate-Ship Cruise and Photos

Ala Moana - Kakaako

$55 $29

Explore Waikiki aboard an 83-ft. galleon complete with water cannons, a pirate crew, and music

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Aiea

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Honolulu's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 60% Off Hiking Tour from Hiking Hawaii Cafe

Waikiki

$110 $49

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Treks take guests on hikes to Makapu’u Lighthouse or Kuliouou Ridge; day trip features scenic hiking and driving around the North Shore

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

Dave & Buster's

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

Gordon Biersch

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

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The servicemen of Pearl Harbor's naval base were taking some much-needed R&R between early-morning repairs inside Hangar 37 when suddenly they heard a buzzing overhead. With the humming of their own planes and battleships periodically filling the air, this rapidly approaching sound wasn't foreign to their ears, but this instance proved to be drastically different. Thunderous explosions soon overtook Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona struggled to stay afloat as the Imperial Japanese Navy delivered a surprise military strike, which resulted in one of the most devastating attacks on American soil. With a mission to preserve the history of this tragic event, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor opened that very same hangar to the public, hundreds of feet from where ships burned and men courageously fought more than 70 years ago.

Hangar 37's 42,000-square-foot space currently houses many of the museum's artifacts, which include a World War II–era B-25B bomber, Japanese Zero, and naval planes such as the SBD Dauntless. Also open to the public, Hangar 79 displays the actual bullet holes that pierced its windows during the attack, while an authentic WWII maintenance shop contains an exhibit that explains how planes ran on Lucky Strike cigarette materials. Visitors can experience the museum's ever-evolving collection of exhibits––which has included segments dedicated to the Korean War's MiG Alley and the Flying Tigers––through guided tours in both hangars and submerse themselves in the virtual world of the museum's combat flight simulator.

319 Lexington Blvd
Honolulu,
HI
US

Hawaii’s lush beauty is too abundant to be experienced solely on foot, which is why Botanical World offers up-close-and-personal views of the Big Island's meticulously kept botanical gardens with services including ziplines and Segway tours. Segway riders speed past swaths of exotic plants, trees, and scenic waterfalls as they explore the garden's meandering pathways during self-guided or guide-guided tours. Elevated zipline trips, meanwhile, send guests soaring over the Hanapueo Streams falls, showing off trees’ receding hairlines as well as stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the nearby Mauna Kea volcano.

Elsewhere in the garden, guests can explore the arboretum, which houses a sampling of Hawaii's vast array of trees, whereas the paved quarter-mile Rainbow Walk contains a cactus garden, perennial plants, and a wall of orchids. Adventurous young ones can attempt to navigate the world's second-largest permanently-planted maze, covering a space as large as a football field.

31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway
Hakalau,
HI
US

Windward Watersports, home to one of the only certified kiteboarding schools on Oahu and professional kiteboarder Jeff Tobias, feeds wave-hungry visitors a steady diet of water-sport thrills on kiteboards, sea kayaks, and surfboards. Beginners steam toward an off-shore sandbar to safely launch into a kiteboard lesson with a certified instructor on a two-way radio helping novices navigate the warm crystal waters and grasp the kiteboarding basics, such as how to set up a four-line inflatable kite, kite theory and the wind window, and how to ensure heirloom swimsuits remain in the family using the double-knot technique. Waterbugs wishing to explore the rolling spray via the self-guided kayak eco-tour will take in a host of native coral, birds, turtles, and if lucky, a glimpse of the rare endangered monk seal. Kayak rental also includes paddle, safety vest, and the combination to Davy Jones' locker.

33 Hoolai St
Kailua,
HI
US

Scare Hawaii recognizes that each of its visitors is unique. One might have a fear of the dark; another might be terrified of skeletons. With this in mind, the haunted house's creators seek to individually stoke each interloper's fear, growing it like the puddle of ectoplasm on a ghost's bed. What goes on inside the house is kept a close secret for maximum effect, but it will include dim foggy corridors, chilling special effects, and sudden spooks by actors.

46-56 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe,
HI
US

Each fall, a team from United Pacific Builders transforms the tunnels and hospitality room beneath Aloha Stadium into a maze of halls and rooms where ghastly creatures await fresh souls to spook. On top of providing Halloween chills, the team behind the event supports the community by donating a portion of the proceeds to the Hawaii Meth Project.

PO box 894582
Mililani,
Hawaii
US

When a canoe enters the lagoon at Polynesian Cultural Center, its passengers transcend time, distance, and the need for a passport. The boat drifts to the shores of different exhibits, each of which represents a unique Polynesian region. At the Samoa section, for instance, visitors learn how to spark a fire and cook native cuisine. Nearby, the sounds of the haka—a lively war dance—ring through the Aotearoa area, while rhythmic drumming permeates the Fiji and Tonga exhibits. Those who stop by the miniature Tahiti can learn a traditional dance, and guests of the Hawaiian village observe skilled artists weaving leis.

For a cultural cap on an exploratory day, patrons can upgrade their general admission ticket and attend the nightly Ali'i Luau. A celebratory feast is laid out, including authentic Hawaiian cuisine and a whole pig roasted in an underground oven. Alternatively, guest can upgrade to even more evening entertainment, Ha: Breath of Life. During this show, more than 100 Polynesian performers dance, play music, and toss fire to tell an epic story. Dinner is not included with Ha: Breath of Life.

55-370 Kamehameha Hwy
Laie,
HI
US

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