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Big Island: Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

1. Big Island: Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

Visit the Royal Kona Resort to experience an interactive luau show celebrating the rich cultural history of Hawaii with seating on the glimmering shores of Kailua Bay. Start the evening with an aloha shell lei greeting, and craft demonstrations. Soon after, feast on a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet with traditional Hawaiian dishes made with local ingredients. Savor authentic island entrees such as honey soy braised beef, and fresh-catch fish. Be treated to Big Island flavors with sides like Hawaiian sweet potatoes, coconut rolls, macaroni, and Lomi Lomi salmon salad. Enjoy stir friend vegetables and kalua style pork and cabbage. Finish off your culinary experiences with tasty favorites like Hawaiian haupia pudding and coconut cake. Sip Mai Tais, wine, beer, and soft drinks as you embrace the local culture and radiant sunset. Then, as drumbeats build, the sensational Voyagers of the Pacific Luau show unfolds on stage. Be captivated by a dramatic show inspired by Polynesian stories told through live music, song, and dance, culminating in the exciting Samoan fire knife dance finale.

Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with an Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

2. Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with an Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

Dive into local culture with a Luau Kalamaku attraction ticket. Learn the legend of Kalamakū with a thrilling show. Admire craft and cultural demonstrations like learning the Lei greeting. Discover traditional cooking with an Imu ceremony. Enjoy authentic cuisine and drinks from the open bar. Start your evening with a fresh flower Lei greeting. Immerse yourself in local culture as you watch craft and cultural demonstrations. Feel the thrill of playing traditional Hawaiian games. Purchase a ticket for the train to the Kauaʻi Plantation Railway. Find out how to cook pork like a true Hawaiian during the Imu ceremony where the pork is cooked in a pit. Sit down to a Luau buffet of poi (mashed starchy vegetables), Lomi lomi salmon, Kalua pork baked in the imu, and yellow curry Ratatouille. Dig into teriyaki chicken, pan seared fish, fresh fruits, salad, warm rice pudding, and banana crème pie. After dinner, experience the the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamakū (“child of the new land). Watch the story of an epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kauaʻi on one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Through laughter, fear, seduction and fire, a new legacy is created, born from the cherished seeds of their ancestors. See fire poi balls and traditional fire knife dancing during the show. Have the chance to take photos with the cast at the end of the show.

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

3. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

Spend the day visiting the most important historical sites and landmarks of Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu City Hall, and more. The tour begins with a visit to Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the largest visitor attraction on Oahu. Enjoy the many exhibits, galleries, and displays the center has to offer. Then, board a Navy boat shuttle for a tour of the harbor along “Battleship Row.” Upon arrival at the USS Arizona Memorial, step off the boat to explore the memorial. The journey continues to the historic National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater, a historical landmark offering a backdrop of scenic rolling green hills and lush foliage where the many men and women who served in the Armed Forces are honored. Wrap up your experience with a narrated tour of downtown Honolulu. Spot the impressive state buildings and learn about the Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch and the only royal palace in the United States. Make your way to the Hawaii State Capitol grounds which includes the Eternal Flame, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, Liberty Bell, and more. Then, visit the majestic statue of King Kamehameha, the Hawaiian warrior-king who united the islands, and see Kawaiahao Church, known as “the Westminster Abbey of the Pacific.”

Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

4. Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

Step aboard and step back in time… Join for an enchanting Hawaiian history lesson from the experts on Kona’s one and only Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise. This 3-hour family adventure departing from the Kailua Pier is narrated by a local historian tour guide, who will reveal secrets, tell stories, and share legends related to the numerous landmarks along the 12 miles of magnificent Kona coastline. Unwind to Captain Cook’s Monument at Historical Kealakekua Bay (only accessible by boat or hiking) with a complimentary cocktail from a fully stocked, premium bar. Begin your delicious dinner starting with Mauna Loa Big Island Macadamia Nuts (Vegan/GF) appetizer. Enjoy a salad starter of Kealaola Farm mixed salad greens, Waimea grape tomatoes, Japanese cucumber, and red onion (Vegan/GF), served with house-made Maui Onionvinaigrette dressing (Vegan/GF). Choose your main course from a selection of Thai coconut curry with Hamakua sweet potatoes, Hawaiian breadfruit, carrots, and bell peppers (Vegan/GF), or steamed jasmine rice (Vegan/GF) with Kiawe mango barbecue pork short ribs served with a papaya salsa (GF) and island baked coconut dinner rolls served with butter (Vegetarian). Your dessert is a cheesecake with a local Lilikoi glaze (Vegetarian). Keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and seasonal humpback whales throughout the evening. Enjoy live music from some of the Big Island's best entertainers performing slack key Hawaiian Style music. Catch the sunset on the water and make sure to look for the famous Green Flash, a fleeting glimmer of intense emerald light that appears on the horizon just after sunset. Other highlights include the Ahu’ena Heiau, the Holua Slide, and the famous Kuamo’o Battlefield, just to name a few.

Honolulu: Pearl Habor Tour with Arizona Memorial

5. Honolulu: Pearl Habor Tour with Arizona Memorial

Hear fascinating stories on this tour of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu. Witness the key sites and memorials to the 1941 attack, and experience the island's wartime history. Begin this tour with pickup in Waikiki. Travel first to Pearl Harbor and ride the navy launch to the USS Arizona Memorial. Visit the sombre monument above a sunken battleship from the day of the attack. Explore the memorials to the many groups who lost their lives, and pause to reflect at the wall of remembrance. Return to your waiting van for a historic tour of downtown Honolulu. Your expert guide will explain what it was like to live on the island during wartime. See sights including Iolani Palace, the State Capitol, King Kamehameha Statue and Aloha Tower as you learn about the fascinating history of this historic place.

From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

6. From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

Experience the beauty of Oahu's south shore as you sail towards the volcanic tuff cone of Lēʻahi (Diamond Head) as the sun dips below the horizon on this tour from Honolulu. Hear about Waikīkī with facinating commentary from the local crew. Climb aboard the spacious Haleiwa Queen, a 50-foot catamaran with 49 seats, an onboard restroom, and shaded deck for your comfort. Have the chance to bring your own food and drink to enjoy while you sail. Enjoy a comfortable ride as the crew shares their knowledge about Waikīkī, the thriving farm productions, and royalty that have frequented the area throughout history. Learn about its transition into an urban society. Leave with a newfound appreciation for the people and marine life of Hawaii, and then gaze in awe as the sun reflects off the city skyline, overlooked by the towering peak of Diamond Head, at magical sunset hour.

Kahului: Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

7. Kahului: Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

Your naturalist guide will walk you through the rainforest to two dazzling waterfalls. Here, you can swim in natural pools and practice 10-foot cannonball jumps from safe rock ledges (weather permitting). Along the way, you will learn about the island and its rainforests from your knowledgeable guides. This easy one-mile roundtrip hike is great for families, and multi-generational groups. Snacks and bottled water are included.

Maui: Pineapple Tour

8. Maui: Pineapple Tour

Experience Maui off the beach on this truly unique tour. Hali’imaile farm is a working pineapple plantation where you'll learn step-by-step about the process from plant to packaging. All pineapples are approved and packed for air shipment for a unique souvenir of your trip to Maui. Enjoy a fun and unique educational tour and a peek into an important aspect of Hawaiian life. Discover the story of Maui's finest prickly produce in all its glory. You'll even get a free juicy pineapple as part of the package.

Holualoa: Polynesian Culture ATV Tour

9. Holualoa: Polynesian Culture ATV Tour

Upon arrival at the meeting point and getting geared up, listen to a quick safety briefing before setting off on your adventure. If you do not feel comfortable driving an ATV or are under the age of 16, you can choose to ride as a passenger in a 6-seater UTV driven by the tour guide.  Kick off your tour with a drive through an award-winning coffee farm and transition into a grove of Rainbow Eucalyptus trees before entering the jungle. Drive your fully automatic ATV on groomed trails to reach Hawaii, Fiji, and Tonga where you will perform a traditional dance. Finally, make your way to the last island of Samoa. Learn about traditional culture, watch a coconut demonstration and taste the coconut water. Afterward, travel back down the mountain and admire beautiful views of Kailua-Kona and the Kona coast.

Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

10. Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

After check-in, head inside the venue where you can take part in a number of cultural activities. Enjoy some lei making, temporary tattoos, a hula lesson, coconut-headband weaving, and a ukulele lesson. The dinner selections are from Sea Life Park's executive chef. The buffet selections include: Greens and Salads: • Island greens with mandarin oranges, radish sprouts crisp rice noodles and Asian dressing • Fruit salad • Lomi lomi salmon Starch options • Fresh taro rolls • Poi samples • Crisp vegetable stir-fry • Sweet potatoes • Steamed white rice Main Dishes: • Fresh grilled mahi mahi with macadamia nut crème sauce • Chicken yakitori with teriyaki sauce • Kalua pork Dessert: • Pineapple cake Beverage Options: • Coffee • Hot tea • Fruit punch Bar menu: • Island Mai Tai’s • Salmon Creek Chardonnay, Merlot and White Zinfandel • Domestic Beers: Budweiser and Bud Light • Soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite You can also purchase additional drinks at the discretion of Sea Life Park. Following dinner, you will enjoy an award-winning production highlighting the vibrant traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia. The show navigates through Polynesia on a way-finding adventure. Your experience culminates with the Polynesian Sword of Fire dance and don’t be surprised if you find yourself as part of the experience. 

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Visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial was a wonderful experience. It was great to have a timed entrance and not to have to hassle with being in the stand by line. The city tour was nice too. The driver was very informative and funny, although I semi-expected to be able to step out and visit Punch Bowl, but it was only a drive-through tour. I would recommend using GetYourGuide for the ease of transportation and arrival with guaranteed entrance to the Memorial.

From the pick up to the drop off this trip was incredible. So informative! It was actually nice to just sit back and enjoy the view and the rude to the many incredible sights. We made out way the dole plantation, hidden gems, the botanical gardens and the wiamea waterfall! So beautiful. Followed by lunch and then a nut farm, lol, a macadamia nut farm. I would do it all over again!

We had a great time seen lots of turtles and fish. We enjoyed a cold beverage after snorkeling and our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and Hawaii.

Great amazing ‘ mo was amazing fun and real, super sweet make sure we’re picked up ! Will do it again next ! Great great experience

It was a bucket list trip. I was in the USA AIR FORCE during the Vietnam It on my bucket list.