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What are 10 experiences I would regret I didn't do on my Hawaii vacation?

It is very nice to have a chance and experience something that it very tipical, traditional for certain region and exceptional from the rest of the world. What would that be in Hawaii?

7 Answers

answered by
Angeline from Jakarta

Based on my experience studying n living in Hawaii for 3 months: 

(In random orders) 


- visit a Farmers' Market at Diamond Head State Monument, Oahu, for fresh foods bazaar! I was addicted! 

- surfing Waikiki for beginners, or North Shore for advanced 

- drink Mai Tai! Never found the same mai tai again out of Hawaii. 

- Sunrise at Haleakala, Maui & sunset at Mauna Kea, Hawai'i (continue for guided stargazing) 

- do a brewery tour at Kona Brewing Co. & Brewpub, Hawai'i, try their beer plater tasting! 

- go to a Luau & PCC, try doing Hula 

- road trip Kahului-Hana stopping at any spots that interest you 

- hike up to Diamond Head or Koko Head 

- try spam-musubi, get it at 7-11 stores ;) yummy snack! Spam is Hawaii thing! 

- pay respect by visiting Hawaii historical museums  


Whatever you do, do it with aloha ;)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Diamond Head State Monument (attraction)
  2. Waikiki (attraction)
  3. North Shore (region)
  4. Haleakala (attraction)
  5. Maui (attraction)
  6. Mauna Kea (attraction)
  7. Kona Brewing Co. & Brewpub (attraction)
  8. Kahului (city)
  9. Hana (city)
  10. Koko Head (attraction)
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answered by
James from Bon Aqua

1. Attending a Luau

2. Visiting Pearl Harbor

3. Visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

4. Visiting Kaua'i and Waimea Canyon

5. Visiting Maui during whale season November- April(peak-February)

6. Eating a Malasada or Portugese donut( very delicious!)

 7.Visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu

8. Scuba diving or snorkeling

9. Eating a McDonalds Big Breakfast( It's different than anything you will get stateside!)

10. Seeing a Haleakala Sunrise on Maui


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pearl Harbor (metro area)
  2. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (park)
  3. Kaua'i (attraction)
  4. Waimea Canyon (attraction)
  5. Maui (attraction)
  6. Polynesian Cultural Center (attraction)
  7. Haleakala (attraction)
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answered by
Carol from Pittsburgh

Do a helicopter tour, drive through and make sure to see the active volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, go between November and March to see the whales (I went in January and we saw many every day). 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (park)
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answered by
Michael from San Diego

If you love shrimp and you are on the island of O'ahu then head to Giovanni's Shrimp Truck located on the famed North Shore of the island.Here you'll eat like a king for under thirteen bucks a person. Also don't forget to ask for a pen to write your name and a message on the side of the truck.

You'll find mine on the back of the truck with an Aloha from Mike Ask About Hawaii

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. O'ahu (attraction)
  2. Giovanni's Shrimp Truck (restaurant)
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top answer by
Katherine from Santa Monica

1.) Kailua Kona Night diving with 15 manta rays

2.) The Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai at Mai Tai bar, enjoy all the action at Waikiki. Fireworks every Friday night.

3.) Hana Drive to Hana is a full day thing and awesome

4.) Wailua River Kayak to a hike that leads to a waterfall

5.) Jack Harter Helicopters Kauai is the best island for a helicopter tour

6.) North Shore Biggest waves in the world

7.) Molokini Island Preserve Great scuba and snorkeling; sometimes can hear whales singing

8.) Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Helicopter or boat ride to see the flowing lava

9.) Ke'e Beach Watch sunset and enjoy Haena State Park; do the Kalalau Trail if you enjoy 22 mile round trip hikes.

10.)Sheraton Hawaii Bowl I believe Weds & Sundays for Swap meet with great prices on all souvenirs, music, and produce.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Kailua Kona (city)
  2. The Royal Hawaiian (hotel)
  3. Hana (city)
  4. Wailua River (attraction)
  5. Jack Harter Helicopters (attraction)
  6. North Shore (attraction)
  7. Molokini Island Preserve (attraction)
  8. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (park)
  9. Ke'e Beach (attraction)
  10. Haena State Park (attraction)
  11. Kalalau Trail (attraction)
  12. Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (attraction)
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answered by
Donna from Cleveland

Bubba Burgers Great hamburger and fries.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bubba Burgers (restaurant)
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answered first by
Julie from Atlanta

Big Island - Kilauea 

Maui - Iao Valley State Park, Haleakala at sunrise, Road to Hana, Makena Beach (Big Beach).

Oahu- Shave Ice on the North Shore, Fried Rice at Like Like Drive Inn, Pearl Harbor Memorial, snorkeling Hanauma Bay, a fruity drink at the The Royal Hawaiian

Most of my list above is in tourist guides, to experience real Hawaii I believe you need to spend more than a vacation there and work and live like a local. 

if you come across any community or church festivals, you should join in.  You will get some of the best authentic local food

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Kilauea (city)
  2. Iao Valley State Park (amusement park)
  3. Haleakala (attraction)
  4. Road to Hana (attraction)
  5. Makena Beach (Big Beach) (attraction)
  6. Like Like Drive Inn (restaurant)
  7. Hanauma Bay (attraction)
  8. The Royal Hawaiian (hotel)
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