What to do in Hawaii? Recommendations anyone?

I know a lot of my friends have traveled to Hawaii in the past year or so.  What better bunch of folks to get recommendations on things to do while there for a month.  We are going to definitely be in Oahu for 5 days and The Big Island (Hilo) for 3 weeks.

If you have any suggestions on cool local places, or found an awesome place to eat, or even a hide-a-way spot that isn’t in the guides, let us know.  Here is a sampling of what we plan to do.  If you there are some tips you have, e.g. arrive early, not worth doing, save your money, or try this instead recommendations, let me know.

The Big Island

  • Establishment Day Hawaiian Cultural Fest
  • Volcanos National Park
  • Hilo Zoo
  • Hilo Farmer’s Market
  • Greenwell Farms – Coffee Orchards
  • Kahua Ranch
  • Wailuku River State Park
  • Akaka Falls State Park
  • Waipio Valley Lookout
  • Botanical Garden
  • Queen Liliuokalani Gardens(Japanese Gardens)
  • Hawai’I Nui Brewing Co.
  • Kona Brewing Co.
  • Aha ‘Aina, A Royal Celebration – A Hawaiian feast and show
  • Pearl Harbor Museums:
    • USS Arizona
    • USS Oklahoma and Utah
    • USS Battleship Missouri
    • USS Bowfin Submarine
  • Pacific Aviation Museum
  • Dole Plantation


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