Sunday, February 13, 2011

Top 25 Most Visited Attractions In Hawaii


A couple of friends from the mainland visited Hawaii recently and it's been a while since I did any sightseeing in the U.S. state where I live. So It was time to brush up on 'Hawaii' to refresh my knowledge of the Aloha State.

In the process I came across this recent ranking published in 2010 by Pacific Business News of the most popular visitor attractions in Hawaii and the number of annual visitors. Included is the island location and website links of each attraction. Tourist shopping magnets such as Kalakaua Avenue, Ala Moana Center and the Aloha Stadium Flea Market and beaches such as Kuhio (Waikiki) Beach have been excluded. The different attractions at Pearl Harbor are separately ranked. Locations on the Big Island of Hawaii are indicated as located on the Kona or Hilo side of the island.

Arizona Memorial (image: army.arch/flickr)
1) World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Arizona Memorial (Oahu)  1.28 million
2) Dole Plantations (Oahu)  1.24 million
3) Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hilo, Big Island)  1.23 million
4) Haleakala National Park (Maui)  1.11 million
5) Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (Oahu)  819,000


Diamond Head (image: smaciejewski/flickr)
6) Diamond Head State Monument (Oahu)  730,000
7) Polynesian Cultural Center (Oahu)  610,000
8) Honolulu Zoo (Oahu)  610,000
9) Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Kona, Big Island)  397,000
10) Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (Kauai)  387,000


Bishop Museum (image: concordenick/flickr)
11) Bernice Pauahi Bishop Musuem (Oahu)  383,000
12) Wet 'n' Wild (Oahu)  340,000
13) Battleship Missouri Memorial (Oahu)  327,000
14) Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events (Oahu)  325,000
15) Maui Ocean Center (Maui)  316,000


Maui Ocean Center (image: wchuang/flickr)
16) Waikiki Aquarium (Oahu)  297,000
17) Atlantis Submarines (Oahu, Maui & Kona, Big Island)  261,000
18) Sea Life Park Hawaii (Oahu)  240,000
19) Kualoa Ranch Hawaii Inc  238,000
20) Honolulu Academy of Arts (Oahu)  226,000


Waimea Valley (image: rachelm1981/flickr)
21) USS Bowfin Submarine Museum (Oahu)  220,000
22) Waimea Valley (Oahu)  220,000
23) Whalers Village Museum (Maui) 193,000
24) Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens (Hilo, Big Island)  172,000
25) Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor (Oahu)  170,000


Maze at Dole Plantations (image: Dole Plantations)

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