The 2-mile stretch of white sand commonly referred to as Waikiki Beach runs from Hilton Hawaiian Village in the west to Kapi'olani Park in the east. Along the way, the beach changes names and personalities. In the early morning, the surprisingly quiet beach belongs to walkers and joggers. Strolling down the beach toward Diamond Head at dawn can actually be a meditative experience.
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Honolulu Academy of Arts
Displays must-see collections of Asian, European and Pacific art. Phone to make reservations for tours ($25) of Doris Duke's former mansion Shangri La, a trove of Islamic art.
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Kaka'ako Waterfront Park
South of downtown Honolulu and just off Ala Moana Blvd at the end of Cooke St, little Kaka'ako Waterfront Park is protected from much of the city noise by a small grassy rise. Roller bladers cruise along the rock-fringed promenade, which offers clear views of Diamond Head, Waikiki and Honolulu Harbor. The 28-acre park attracts experienced surfers in the morning and picnickers in the afternoon.
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Haleakalā National Park
Get ready for an otherworldly experience at Haleakalā National
Park. Its astonishing volcanic landscape so resembles a lunar surface that
astronauts practiced mock lunar walks here before landing on the moon. You simply
haven't seen Maui, or at least looked into its soul, until you've made the trek up
to the top of this awe-inspiring mountain.
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Hapuna is legendary as having Hawai'i's most accessible
beaches. Its clear water and golden sand are the picture of a classic tropical beach
and it is ranked among the world's best beaches by Condé Nast
Traveler. When calm, Hapuna affords good swimming and diving, but
winter surf can produce strong currents and a pounding shorebreak. Numerous tourists
unfamiliar with the water conditions have drowned, so be careful.
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Hilo Farmers Market
Nearly 20 years old, Hilo's Farmers Market is an island-wide
event, as locals gather from all over to shop for fresh produce and catch up with
friends. Covered stalls sell top-quality island produce: papayas,
liliko'i, breadfruit, apple bananas, mangoes and
star fruit. You'll find lots of Asian greens, organic vegetables and local produce.
There's prepared food, too: bento boxes (with Spam musubi) and machete-cut coconuts
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