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Capture Hawaii culture

Published On: May 23 2011 01:45:31 PM EDT

Hawaii Tourism Japan

Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center is the top paid Hawaiian attraction for a reason. Seven native villages give visitors the rare chance to participate in the daily adventures of Hawaiian and other South Pacific cultures. In combination with Hawaii's most authentic luau feast and the world's largest Polynesian night show it becomes clear, why every trip to Hawaii should include a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Paradise Cove Luau


The Paradise Cove Luau is one of the largest and most popular Hawaii luau feasts, located at Ko Olina, Oahu. But it is more than just a food attraction. On more than twelve oceanfront acres island games, crafts are attention-catchers prior to the feast. Learn how to weave palm fronts or make flower lei until the banquet begins. The traditional Hawaiian feast itself is combined with a spectacular Oahu luau show.

Ala Moana Beach Park

“Ala Moana”, means Path to the Sea in Hawaiian. It’s a central and easy to access beach in the famous Waikiki beach area, where swimming is safe. Also lifeguards, phones and restrooms and showers are provided. There are also lovely shaded picnic facilities and grassy areas perfect for family outings.

Waikiki catamaran rides

You can’t leave without a catamaran ride. This is the eco-friendly experience of exploring the beautifully blue Hawaiian waters and reefs. It is an unbelievable experience, how fast those catamarans can get. You will find tours of any lengths and scopes. Sunrise tours, snorkeling tours or special high speed tours are just some examples. Most are not expensive at all -- prices start at about $10.

Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace, nowadays a museum, situated in the capitol district of downtown Honolulu, is the only royal palace used as an official residence by a reigning monarch in the United States. Iolani Palace was built in 1882 by the last King of Hawaii, King David Kalakaua. The seat of government of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Iolani Palace had electricity and telephones installed several years before the White House.