Honolulu Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • aarah l
    Saint Louis, Missouri, United States41 contributions
    Manoa Falls was beautiful!! About a 30 min hike uphill. Once you reach the waterfall be careful. The waterfall area is rocky to get down to and you are really not supposed to go down into the waterfall area due to possible falling rocks. Waterfall was beautiful…the trail was also beautiful! Definitely a must do!
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • TravelerPaul_12
    Saint Paul, MN133 contributions
    Definitely worthwhile for learning about Hawaii. Offers in-depth understanding of the Polynesian people who settled here over 1,000 years ago, and describes the transformation of life on the islands down to the present day. Located not far from downtown.
    Written 10 September 2022
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  • Corey W
    10 contributions
    Museum is under reservations, but Corp of Engineers are picking up the slack with information and them and the island
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • marielineberg
    Winchester, VA8 contributions
    Very nice art museum with lots of displays. Restaurant/cafe had great food and nice garden area for dining.
    Written 2 September 2022
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  • Sabrina M
    West Hartford, CT7 contributions
    Easy to drive up, do not try to walk it! It's not an all day event, but a fun, quick trip up the mountain. Amazing views
    Written 23 August 2022
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  • Paul S
    San Diego, California382 contributions
    The former home of heiress Doris Duke becomes Shangri La, a museum of Islamic art and design. The five-acre site is on the ocean with beautifully landscaped grounds. Access is via a fifteen-minute bus ride from the Honolulu Museum of Art. A reservation and additional ticket are required for Shangri La.
    The craftmanship of the architectural details is outstanding. Highlights include carved marble panels, amazing detailed walls, ceilings and columns, tile settings on the floors and walls, rare vases and other artwork.
    Tour is largely self-guided. Three docents were onsite to answer questions. There were three short oral presentations in the introduction gallery, the central courtyard and the Mihrab gallery. All three presentations were worthwhile. The new Qajar gallery was my favorite.
    Written 15 August 2022
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  • Ben1275
    Oslo, Norway206 contributions
    Absolutely beautiful garden in forest area, with wide variation of trees and plants, many of them truly lovely. A small waterfall that can be accessed. Great location in a hilly area. Free entrance, but a donation is kindly requested, as the site is part of Honolulu University. We enjoyed it tremendously, strongly recommended!
    Written 27 July 2022
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  • Creeping_Death_LA
    Los Angeles, CA4,194 contributions
    I didn't have a rental car so I took the public bus to the closest stop near the park. Getting an Uber was almost impossible in that area. The hassle of getting there was well worth it in the end. The view and the surrounding area is beautiful and must be seen in person.
    Written 22 April 2021
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  • kccote
    3 contributions
    Definitely worth the visit if your into architecture, history and rain forests. I saw some complaints about the fees but you have to remember that the only thing supporting the museum are the entry tickets. I enjoyed learning more about Queen Emma and seeing the original furniture. What craftsmanship! Definitely check out the gift shop for locally crafted items. This is also a great stop on the way to Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout.
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • Quiles-Cardona
    6 contributions
    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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  • Pandy D
    Sydney, Australia886 contributions
    Manoa Falls, Oahu
    You arrive at a carpark and centre which includes a small store. The car park opens at 8am and costs $7. The Manoa Falls Trail is a really scenic walk with untouched bushland. It’s relatively easy although you walk over rocks covered with mud (don’t wear your favourite white shoes), so it can be a little slippery. The trail ends at a small lookout and pool. The day we went the falls were not like the promo photos due to the drought, but still awesome to reach. We did the trail in 45min up, and 30mins back.
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    Written 8 July 2022
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  • ITRT
    Virginia37,937 contributions
    This garden is a plumeria paradise. Located in Hawaii Kai and there is a golf course on either side of it. The garden specialty is the cultivation of cacti, aloes, dryland palms, plumeria and bougainvillea. The loop around the garden is approximately two miles. We did not walk to the portion featuring species from Madagascar and Africa. The blooming plumeria and bougainvillea were a sight for sore eyes. We visited in March when the flowers were in bloom and the fragrance was amazing. Go in the morning and you will likely have the place to yourself. Free parking is available. It is open dawn to dusk.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • metroburns
    High Wycombe, England30 contributions
    Wow! So glad we took the time to visit this museum. The sheer number of exhibits and the thoughtful layout makes for a superbly interesting experience. Add to this the professionalism and knowledge of our guides Eddie & Dana who both have a wealth of experience in law enforcement and you have all the makings of the best Police museum we have visited anywhere in the world. Thanks. Tip, Parking available in public metered stalls in the underground Police garage off Kealamakai Street just behind the Transit centre.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • TrMarek
    958 contributions
    The trail is extremely muddy in many areas, so your footwear will be put through the mud ringer. Additionally, this volcanic mud takes some scrubbing to come off. I had some on leg even after a swim in the ocean & the hotel pool. There is a parking lot at the start. It took us about an hour to get to the waterfall. You'll be walking over some small boulders and across a small river. The trail is marked with ribbons and navigation is straight forward. I wore my bathsuit so I could just get into the water when we reached the waterfall. Not much of a swimming hole but the tiered waterfall is glorious!
    Written 11 July 2022
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  • ITRT
    Virginia37,937 contributions
    If you are looking for something different to do between Honolulu and Waikiki, I would suggest a visit to the Kaka’ako neighborhood of Honolulu. Once littered with industrial warehouses, it is now an up-and-coming community. This neighborhood murals cover the walls of old and new buildings. The main road is Cooke Street. Other streets include Pohukaina, Ahuahi, Koula and Queen streets. You will enjoy the vivid colors and the artistic talents on display.
    Written 7 April 2022
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