in Hawaii, HI (showing 1 - 12 out of 16)

The city is full of hidden gems and treasures. If you’re tired of always hitting the same spots, take a look at all the options below. We showcase businesses near you where you could spend countless hours of endless fun with your entire family.

Say goodbye to the boring weekends and routine birthday parties. Think outside the box and dare to try something new. Take a look at what your city has to offer – all within driving distance of your location. You might be surprised!

ARTS at Marks Garage

1159 Nu`uanu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96817   Directions

(808) 521-2903


The ARTS at Marks Garage showcases the art and life of the artist at its best: In a collaborative environment, with inspiration and input from fellow artists. The complex is located in Chinatown and the Honolulu Arts & Cultural District. The effort brings together gallery, performance and office space for business and non-profit organizations.

Many times, the ARTS at Marks Garage will put out an open call for artists to submit work for an upcoming show. The results have been phenomenal.

For example, "image" was an opportunity for Hawaiian artists to explore the interactions of community, communication and print. The artists reacted to the expansion of electronic media and the demise of newspaper and printed media by Honolulu Printmakers, the oldest printmaking organization in the U.S.

Visiting exhibits are also a regular affair at the ARTS at Marks Garage. "Hui Panala'au," for example, explored the occupation of the Pacific Islands during the years before World War II. The exhibit received a national award of commendation from the American Association for State and Local History in 2003.

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Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum

3957 Hansen Rd
Kahului, HI 96732   Directions

(808) 871-8058


The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum will open your eyes to one of the largest exports of the state of Hawaii, a crop that harkens back to Hawaii's early plantation culture.

The Sugar Museum is housed in a renovated historic building that dates back to 1902. Documents, artifacts and photos chronicle the rise and fall of sugar as an economic stimulus for the island of Maui. Details include facts about the sugar industry, plantation life and the fate of immigrants who came to Hawaii from around the world for jobs. The unique lifestyle created by the melting pot of immigrants still endures today in the enviable local lifestyle of the Hawaiian culture.

The Sugar Museum includes six exhibit rooms, plus outdoor displays of plantation equipment.

The rooms are: The Geography Room; The Water Room; The Human Resources Room; The Plantation Room; The Field Work Room and The Mill Room.

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Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice St
Honolulu, HI 96817   Directions

(808) 847-3511


The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum celebrates and chronicles the Polynesian culture, with the world's largest collection of cultural and scientific artifacts on the original residents of the South Pacific islands.

The museum of history and science was founded in 1889. It also has an extensive entomological collection of over 13.5 million specimens, the third largest collection in the United States. The museum was founded by a Hawaiian philanthropist who intended for the museum to hold family heirlooms.

By the late 1980s, the Bishop Museum had become the largest natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific Rim. The Bishop Museum also houses the Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium, an educational and research facility devoted to astronomy.

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Contemporary Museum

2411 Makiki Heights Dr
Honolulu, HI 96822   Directions

(808) 526-1322


The Contemporary Museum occupies a unique place in the creative culture of Hawaii: It is the sole museum in the state dedicated to showing only contemporary art. In fact, the museum has two locations to present the provocative, dynamic forms of visual arts. The first is at the historic Cooke-Spalding house, and the other is downtown at First Hawaiian Center.

The museum opened to the public in October 1988. Since it opened, the Contemporary Museum has added a Museum Shop and Cafe.

The Contemporary Museum's growing collection dates from 1940 to the present. Artists represented include Robert Arneson, Jennifer Bartlett, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Kenneth Price, Andres Serrano, Kiki Smith, Mark Tobey, Richard Tuttle, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman, and Peter Voulkos.

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Dolphin Quest

425 Waikoloa Beach Dr
Waikoloa, HI 96738   Directions

(808) 886-2875


Dolphin Quest offers the public an unprecedented opportunity to experience the wonder and amazement of dolphins, with up-close swimming experiences in deep and shallow water. Dolphin Quest is truly a hands-on experience with marine mammals that is like no other.

You'll start your day with specialized training. The dolphins will swim up for their first greeting and you'll get acclimated to the water and your new ocean friends.

During your encounter, you'll feed the dolphins, touch them and play with them. You'll also swim alongside these beautiful creatures in shallow and deep water. Personalized photos and a video CD of your experience will preserve the moment forever.

Besides offering dolphin encounters, Dolphin Quest also is devoted to conservation of marine wildlife through research, successful breeding programs and excellent animal health care.

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East Hawaii Cultural Center

141 Kalakaua St
Hilo, HI 96720   Directions

(808) 961-5711


The East Hawaii Cultural Center is an important force that promotes Hawaiian arts, culture and creative traditions. Since Hawaii is a multi-ethnic state, the council was founded in 1967 with six charter organizations that reflect the diversity of the Pacific islands. The cultural center is home to an effective alliance of arts organizations, including the Big Island Dance Council, Hawaii Concert Society, Bunka No Izumi, Kin Ryosho Dance Academy, and the Philippine Women's Circle.

Visitors to the East Hawaii Cultural Center can browse through three public galleries and enjoy local, national and international art exhibits. The second floor of the center features a theater, art studio and dance floor. The adaptive space is perfect for theater and performance pieces, along with expressions of dance.

In addition to activities at the center, the East Hawaii Cultural Center sponsors other huge, island-wide events such as the Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival and the Hamakua Music Festival. Hula festivals, dance festivals and Aloha Saturdays in the Park are also big draws for tourists and residents alike.

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Hawaii Repertory Theatre

1177 Bishop St
Honolulu, HI 96813   Directions

(808) 545-7170


Hawaii Repertory Theatre pushes the envelope by drawing in audiences with traditional classics and re-engaging them with relevant, contemporary material. The theater was initially founded in 2002 as an after-school program for kids, then quickly expanded into a regional theater as the demand increased.

The founders expanded the theater's repertoire to include great works of dramatic literature, a direction they felt was lacking in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Repertory Theatre continues to expand on its educational program through its Young Artists Series. In collaboration with local schools, the theater guides students to produce and perform plays for young audiences.

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Honolulu Theatre for Youth

229 Queen Emma Sq
Honolulu, HI 96813   Directions

(808) 839-9885


Honolulu Theatre for Youth was founded in 1955 and is the only professional, non-profit theater in Hawaii. The aim of the theater is to produce performances that make a difference in the lives of young people, families and educators in the state of Hawaii.

Past programs include "The Dinosaur Play," "Navigator" and "The New Sense-sational Show." Public performances are held on weekends at Tenney Theatre, which is at the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew.

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Honolulu Zoo

151 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815   Directions

(808) 926-3191


The Honolulu Zoo features more than 1,230 animals in a 300-acre setting that comes from royal beginnings. The zoo was established by grants made by the sovereign monarch of King David Kalakaua. In 1877, the land in the area was beautified and opened as Queen Kapiolani Park in honor of Julia Kapiolani, Queen Consort of Hawaii.

Through the early years, the zoo was a relatively small endeavor until 1974, when the Honolulu Zoo accepted a donation of a camel, an elephant, chimpanzees and deer. Facilities were designed and expanded, influenced by what was happening at the San Diego Zoo in California.

In the 1990s, the Honolulu Zoo went through another transformation, where animals were housed in more natural-style habitat settings and open-air enclosures.

Over 750,000 people visit the zoo annually.

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Lyman Museum

276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720   Directions

(808) 935-5021


The Lyman Museum presents the rich heritage of Hawaiian natural history and culture, exploring the Hawaii of the past, present and future. The galleries at the Lyman Museum focus mainly on the natural history of Hawaii and the ethnic diversity of the area.

The Earth Heritage Gallery, for example, chronicles the Hawaiian experience prior to human contact. The bones of two flightless birds unique to Hawaii can only be found here, providing a unique opportunity for the public to learn firsthand about the Hawaiian Rail and the flightless goose. A world-renowned sea shell and mineral collection includes Orlymanite, a rare mineral discovered and identified only in 1987.

The Island Heritage Gallery presents the diversity of the Hawaiian people and their cultures. Learn about the tools and implements on display that native Hawaiians used for fishing and hunting. Fish nets and hooks, baskets, wooden bowls and poi pounders are all part of the extensive tool collection. You'll also see clothing and adornments made from bone, feathers and other natural materials.

The museum began as the Lyman Mission House, which was originally built for New England missionaries. Nearly 100 years later, the home was fully restored and then placed on the National Registers of Historic Places.

The Mission House, adjacent to the Lyman Museum, gives visitors a glimpse of life as it was in the late 1800s.

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Pacific Aviation Museum

319 Lexington Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96818   Directions

(808) 441-1000


The Pacific Aviation Museum stands on hallowed ground, in the area that signifies the thousands of lives lost at Pearl Harbor and the resulting demonstration of American strength and might that finally ended World War II. In fact, the museum on historic Ford Island occupies hangars from Wold War II and is ranked as the No. 8 aviation attraction in the nation.

The island that houses the Pacific Aviation Museum is a 441-acre island located in the middle of Pearl Harbor.

Visitors begin their tour in Hangar 37, which survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. A 200-seat theater presents a 12-minute movie recounting the surprise attack.

After the viewing, guests can view dioramas of life on the Islands before 1941, along with displays of planes and fighter jets that took part in the attack and defense of Pearl Harbor.

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Polynesian Cultural Center

55-370 Kamehameha Hwy
Laie, HI 96762   Directions

(800) 367-7060


Learn about the culture that encompasses the Hawaiian Islands as you explore the Polynesian Cultural Center. Enjoy a tour of gorgeous Oahu, experience an authentic luau, and see a breathtaking show of Polynesian dance, music, and storytelling. The Polynesian Cultural Center gives you the opportunity to discover the history and beauty of Hawaii.

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