We have a few favorite blogs we read often, one of them being the  Local Adventurer. If you’re not familiar with their blog, they move to a new city every year and share the best things to do in that area. One of the series featured on their site is 101 things to do in that particular place which inspired us to write this post!

Every Hawaiian Island is unique in different categories and if you ask ten strangers which island they prefer, you’ll likely have an array of mixed answers. With seven of the eight major islands to visit, it’s hard to choose out of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, or the Big Island (aka Hawaii island). Kahoolawe is the only island not open to tourists. Every island offers a different experience, regarding activities, restaurants and eateries, scenic views and in some locations, a more traditional Hawaiian culture. If you’re curious to know more specifically about each island check out our post: Which Hawaiian island to visit.

Before heading to Hawaii, you need to pack right? Check out this post to see what you should pack for Hawaii! Also, here’s things to know before your visit to the islands.

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Island of Oahu Bucket List
Island of Big Island Bucket List
Island of Maui Bucket List
Island of Kaua’i Bucket List
Island of Kaho’olawe Bucket List
Island of Lana’i Bucket List
Island of Molokai Bucket List
Island of Ni’ihau Bucket List


ISLAND OF OAHU

ACTIVITIES

1.  ☑ Visit Pearl Harbor (for free!)

2. ☑ See the Best of Hawaii and Go Sky Diving

3. ☑ Go Horseback Riding or ATV Tour – See the famous movie spots at Kualoa Ranch

4. ☑ Do a Sunset SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Yoga with Yoga Floats

5. ☑ Booze Cruise in Waikiki – Best for Sunset!

6. ☑ Secret Island Tour – Enjoy the day on a secret island filled with activities! Go kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and relaxing on a hammock!

7. ☑ Zipline at Northshore

8. ☑ Visit the Dole Plantation – Do the Pineapple Maze and Taste the Delicious Dole Whip!

9. ☑ Visit a local Farmers Market – Especially KCC Farmers Market

10. ☑ Walk the Waikiki Strip – Check out the restaurants and shops!

11. ☑ Parasail in Waikiki – Best time during sunset!

12. ☑ Visit these Museums: Polynesian Cultural Center, ‘Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum, and Honolulu Museum of Art

13. ☑ Swim with the Dolphins

14. ☑ Attend a Luau

15. ☑ Snorkel at Sharks Cove

16. ☑ Swim with the Sharks at North Shore

17. ☑ Kayak to Mokulua Islands at Lanikai (You can kayak to the Island on the left!)

18. ☑ Check out the Turtles at Turtle Beach

19. ☑ Of Course, Learn How to Surf!

HIKES + BEACHES

20. ☑ Hike Lanikai Pillbox at Sunrise

21. ☑ Hike Manoa Falls 

22. ☑ Hike to the Makapuu Lighthouse (Great for those with Strollers) then Go Down Makapuu Tide Pools (Not for strollers)

23. ☑ Hike to the Top of Koko Head

24. ☑ Jump Off the Rock at Waimea Beach

25. ☑ Enjoy a Nice Stretch of Sandy Beach at Bellows Beach

26. 🔲 Hike the famous Stairway to Heaven (Haiku Stairs)

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27. ☑ Check out the Huge Waves at Pipeline Beach – Attend the Vans Triple Crown Surf

FOOD PLACES

28. ☑ Eat at Hula Grill for Dinner

29. ☑ Try the Acai Bowl at Haleiwa Bowls + Shave Ice at Matsumotos (All at the Northshore)

30. ☑ Eat at Zippy’s Restaurant for Local Food

31. ☑ Have Breakfast at Cinnamon’s or Boots and Kimos

32. ☑ Eat at a Shrimp Truck on the North Shore

OTHER OAHU POSTS:

10 Foods You Must Try in Hawaii

10 Free Things To Do in Oahu 

Oahu Farmers Market

Hawaii Travel Guide

10 Things To Do at Northshore

10 Best Desserts in Hawaii

10 Things To Do in Waikiki

10 Best Brunch Spots in Oahu

5 Best Shrimp Trucks


ISLAND OF BIG ISLAND

ACTIVITIES

33. ☑ Witness the Beauty of the Lava Flow into the Pacific Ocean

34. ☑ Walk Through the Thurston Lava Tube

35. ☑ See the Tallest Mountain on Earth, Mauna Kea

36. ☑ Visit Akaka Falls – Most Well-known Waterfall on the Big Island

37. ☑ Snorkel Next to the Captain Cook Monument – Kealakekua bay

38. ☑ Drive to the South Point Cliff

39. 🔲 Visit the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens

40. ☑ Go for a Night Swim with the Manta rays

41. ☑ Check out the Active Volcanoes at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

42. ☑ Stop and See the Rainbow Falls

43. 🔲 Visit the Kona Coffee Farm

HIKES + BEACHES

44. 🔲 Visit the Green Sand Beach at Papakōlea Beach

45. ☑ See the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

46. 🔲 Kahaluʻu Bay – Great Place for New Snorkelers

FOOD PLACES

47. ☑ Taste the Best Poke on the Island at Da Poke Shack

48. ☑ Eat like a Local at Ken’s House of Pancakes

OTHER BIG ISLAND POSTS:

12 Hours on the Big Island

10 Must See Places on the Big Island


ISLAND OF MAUI

ACTIVITIES

49. ☑ Snorkel at Molokini – Best place for snorkeling!

50. ☑ Jet Ski at Lahaina

51. ☑ Drive the Road to Hana

52. ☑ Witness the sunset at Haleakala

53. ☑ See Mars in Maui – Haleakala Crater

54. ☑ Stay at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Best hotel for the whole family

55. ☑ Spend the night under the stars and go Glamping

HIKES + BEACHES

56. 🔲 See the Seven Sacred Pools

57. 🔲 Walk through the Bamboo Forest

58. ☑ Visit the black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park

59. ☑See the Red Sand Beach at Kaihalulu Bay

60. 🔲 Swim at Kapalua Bay – Conde Nast named it as the “Best Beach in the World”.

61. ☑ Check out Makena Beach – Big Beach and Little Beach

FOOD PLACES

62. ☑ Get the Deep Fried Spam Musubi at Da Kitchen Cafe 

63. ☑ Make Your Own Pancakes at Slappy Cakes

64. 🔲 Check out Mama’s Fish House

65. ☑ Taste the Banana Creme Pie at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop

OTHER MAUI POSTS:

Things to know before visiting Maui


ISLAND OF KAUA’I

ACTIVITIES

66. ☑ Mountain Tubing through tunnels and caves. The best activity for the family!

67. ☑ See the country and check out Hanapepe Swinging Bridge

68. 🔲 Do a rum tasting at the Koloa Rum Company

69. ☑ Na Pali Coast – It’s beautiful via boat or air.

70. ☑ See the beauty of Waimea Canyon – Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific

71.  🔲 Do the Kaua’i Movie Adventure Tour

72. ☑ Check out the Wet and Dry Cave Haena State Park

73. ☑ Zipline through the lushest valleys of Kaua’i backcountry

74. ☑ Visit Wailua Falls – most popular waterfall to visit on the island. It cascades into two streams!

HIKES + BEACHES

75.  🔲 Snorkel at Tunnels – also known as Makua Beach (for confident swimmers)

76.  🔲 Hike the Canyon Trail and see the beauty of Waimea Canyon in a different view

77. ☑ Enjoy the best sandy beach on the island: Polihale Beach (Our favorite beach in Kaua’i)

78. 🔲 Snorkel at Lawai Beach – Easy access

79. ☑ Hike Na Pali Coast State Park

80. 🔲 Hike on the Sleeping Giant Trail

81. ☑ Swim at Queen’s Bath – perfect to go during the summer.

FOOD PLACES

82. ☑ Try the shave ice at The Fresh Shave

83. 🔲 Try the best Kalua Pig sandwiches at Porky’s

84. ☑ Taste the food at NOM Kauai


ISLAND OF KAHO’OLAWE

85. 🔲 Do volunteer work at Kaho’olawe – The only way to visit this island is by doing volunteer work. 


ISLAND OF LANA’I

ACTIVITIES

86. 🔲 If you love cats, visit the Lana’i Cat Sanctuary

87. 🔲 Rent a 4×4 and drive to the Garden of the Gods

88. 🔲 Do the Polaris Off-Road Tour

89. 🔲 Visit the Sweetheart Rock

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90. 🔲 See Shipwreck Beach

HIKES + BEACH

91. 🔲 Hike the Munro Trail

92. 🔲 Swim at Polihau Beach – longest white sand beach on the island


ISLAND OF MOLOKAI

ACTIVITIES

93. 🔲 See 1,000 coconut trees at Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove

94. 🔲 Check out Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement and National Historical Park

95. 🔲 See the unique Phallic Rock at Pala’au State Park

96. 🔲 Admire Olo’upena Falls – 4th tallest waterfall in the world.

97. 🔲 Mail a coconut at Post-A-Nut – fun for the family to decorate a coconut and send it to loved ones!

HIKES + BEACHES

98. 🔲 Hike to through Halawa Valley and see what Hawaii looked like thousands of years ago.

99. 🔲 Swim at Papohaku Beach – One of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches


ISLAND OF NI’IHAU

100. 🔲 Explore Lehua Crater

101. 🔲 Visit the Nanina beach on the Forbidden Island – Access to parts of the island is restricted but visiting the beach is acceptable.

After listing 100 things to do in Hawai’i, it goes to show that we still have a lot to check off the bucket list! If we missed anything, please let us know in the comments!

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