Best things to do in Hawaii? Readers voted these the top spots
Travelers to Hawaii come from around the globe for the sugary white sand beaches, warm waters, natural beauty and rich cultural heritage found nowhere else in the United States. The Aloha State has a lot to offer, so to find the best spots, we asked readers to vote for the crème de la crème of beaches, restaurants, hotels, attractions and tour companies. The results are in.
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Best Beach in Hawaii: Kaanapali Beach on Maui
Best beach in Hawaii? Kaanapali Beach wins — Photo courtesy of iStock / ejs9
West Maui is renowned for its abundant natural beauty, and Kaanapali Beach is no exception. Kayakers and snorkelers flock to its sparkling shores on sunny days, while wildlife lovers can spot sea turtles bobbing along the surf from afar. As an added bonus, the beach is packed full of dazzling resorts, offering incredible drinking and dining opportunities after a day of relaxing on the sand.
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Best Family Attraction in Hawaii: Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii
Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture at the Polynesian Cultural Center — Photo courtesy of Polynesian Cultural Center
One of Oahu’s top attractions provides glimpses into the cultures of Polynesia (Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, Aotearoa and Tonga). Each one maintains a separate village, where visitors are regaled with information about celebration and survival in ancient days. Demonstrations, performances, narratives and even a luau are presented, allowing guests to immerse themselves in tradition.
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Best Hotel in Hawaii: Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Lahaina, Hawaii
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the Best Hotel in Hawaii for 2023 — Photo courtesy of Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Plush ocean view rooms, a lagoon-style pool and 3 miles of sandy shoreline all come together to form the Sheraton Maui, a seaside getaway with 23 acres to explore on the edge of Lahaina. Guests can get in touch with the flora and fauna of the region with a snorkeling excursion in search of native green sea turtles, with the poolside Mai Tai Bar at the ready to serve up refreshing cocktails after a day on the water.
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Best Poke in Hawaii: Kahiau Jerky Poke & Provisions in Honolulu, Hawaii
Enjoy a Hawaiian specialty at Kahiau Jerky Poke & Provisions — Photo courtesy of Kahiau Poke
The mission of Kahiau Jerky Poke & Provisions is to highlight locally sourced ingredients while offering fresh food to the local community. The menu comprises six poke options, including cold ginger and spicy ahi.
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Best Restaurant in Hawaii: Margotto in Honolulu, Hawaii
Savor fusion flavors at Margotto, the Best Restaurant in Hawaii — Photo courtesy of kazutomo robert hori
The complex flavors of Japan and Italy come together at this fine dining spot, both united by the power of the truffle. To kick off the meal, diners choose their ideal tasting menu, then pick out a particular truffle to accent each plate, with an optional wine pairing available as well.
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Best Tour Company in Hawaii: Blue Ocean Adventure Tours on Kauai
Experience the splendor of Hawaii with Blue Ocean Adventure Tours — Photo courtesy of Meagan Bourne
Blue Ocean Adventure Tours unlock the spectacular scenery of Kauai’s Na Pali coast with tours ranging from whale watching excursions to beach landings. Guests get to see the 3,500-foot sea cliffs from the water, visit the Hawaiian fishing village of Nualolo Kai and spot Hawaiian green sea turtles while snorkeling.
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