6. Maui Ocean Center
The Maui Ocean Center allows visitors a chance to see close up what lies beneath the ocean’s surface. Sharks, rays, turtles and all kinds of interesting sea life are presented in huge aquariums. A walk through glass tunnel is a favorite feature at the facility.
7. Mauna Kea
The highest mountain in Hawaii, Mauna Kea offers some unique sights for this tropical paradise. Snow and skiing are not uncommon during the winter months. A rough road, suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles, provides access to the summit, which is also home to the Mauna Kea Observatory.
8. Hana Road
The dramatic Hana Road on Maui is a scenic stretch of highway that runs from Pa’ia, through lush forests and along the ocean, to the remote town of Hana. This trip is worthwhile both for the stunning drive and to see the town itself. Hana’s location, relatively cut off from the rest of the island, has allowed it to maintain more of a traditional Hawaiian culture than other towns.
9. Polynesian Cultural Center
Located on Oahu, less than an hours drive from Honolulu, is the Polynesian Cultural Center. Through music, dance, craft demonstrations, and games, the center portrays the culture and daily life of the Polynesian islanders in Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji as well as that of the Maoris in New Zealand. The center is divided into sections representing each of these locations. Many of the performers come from the islands which they represent, providing a high degree of authenticity. Visitors can tour the facility during the day or see a show in the evening.