- Honolulu Museum of Art
The Honolulu Museum of Art features an immaculate collection of art works by Hokusai, Van Gogh, Gaughin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol. Traditional Asian and Hawaiian art can also be found here. Spaciously located in a beautiful building, visitors get to some world class café, films and concerts at the theater. This museum seems to constantly exhibit an updated collection to explore and everything within the museum has been well curated and executed. Every Friday one gets to enjoy a unique event called as the Art After Dark which is great fun. Doris Duke Movie Theater is the best place to view some of the greatest films, international and indie flicks that you may never get to see elsewhere. The shops here have a unique collection of items that makes up for a perfect gift to others. Live music, dance and theatrical performances are all part of a wonderful experience you get here at the museum. Annual memberships are available, which can get you admission into the Spalding house in Makiki. This is a haven for people who like arts, culture, education and fun and is definitely worth a visit. Be sure to check out the website at honolulumuseum.org for upcoming events and exhibits.
- Painting with a Twist
If you love to paint, then Painting with a Twist is the right venue for you. This is a place where you can relax and enjoy the delicate art of painting. The instructor can help you in every step of the painting process. You need not be an experienced painter to come here, since most of the visitors are beginners who is trying to learn the art for themselves. You can make your reservations online easily and get there in time to enjoy a complimentary cup of the featured wine or a bottle of cold beer. The rates are reasonable and everything you need for painting, including an apron is provided for you. This is a great way to spend time with friends and family. We highly recommend you to try it at least once.
- Arnold’s Beach Bar & Grill
This is a well-hidden bar that is perfectly located for a quality time of relaxation and fun. The prices are unbeatable and so is the lovely music too. The umbrella drinks here are very cheap and so are the hotdogs. They are not just cheap but they are known to be the most delicious too. Located on the Saratoga road and well hidden, the Arnold’s has that old Waikiki vibe to it. There is no air conditioning here and yet this place is packed up throughout the year. If you like to experience life the Aloha way, then Arnold’s is certainly the place for you. Live music, electronic dart games, popcorn, hotdogs and some of the best and quintessential dive bar features available here, make it as one of the best ways to start or end your day in Hawaii. Be sure to check out Arnold’s Beach Bar online for their hours and schedule of live music.
- Hawaii Theater Center:
This glorious theater was built way back in 1921 and later opened in 1922 by the Consolidated Amusement Company. It is now called as the Consolidated Theaters and it is a beautiful building that houses some of the best architecture in the world. The stage can be used for live stage performances, concerts as well as for select film screenings too. This theater is a Pride of the Pacific owing to the many celebrities who have attended the events here. With its cantilevered balcony this theater can easily seat around 1400 people at the same time. The historical and the architectural refinements found here easily ranks it as one of the best places to visit in Hawaii. For a list of events and ticket pricing, click here at http://www.hawaiitheatre.com/
- Foster Botanical Garden:
This is the perfect spot for visitors to enjoy the tropical flowers in all their natural glory. Parking is free along with clean restrooms and is easily the best places to spend time with family to enjoy nature. The Foster Botanical Garden is not only a beautiful place to be but highly educational too. You get to see and learn more about the tropical flowers and plants that are not common elsewhere. The gift shop here has a unique collection of items that make for a good shopping experience. Summer time concerts in the evening are free to attend but it does not match the natural awesomeness of the many varieties of plants and trees found here. This is a botanical garden that houses some of the most sought after varieties of plants and bushes from all over the world, including the Boabab trees all the way from Africa. You can easily spend the majority of the time strolling around the paths and enjoying nature. If you are keen on seeing the many types of flowers, then head over the greenhouse that houses a lot of orchids. The Kua Yin temple is right next door and is certainly worth a visit too after you are done with the garden walks.
- Iolani Palace:
The Iolani Palace is certainly one of the most memorable stops for most visitors in Hawaii. If you like to know more about the history and culture, then you ought to visit this palace. The palace walk gives you the opportunity to see the many flamboyant rooms and the associated artifacts. This is also the palace that gives you the glimpse of how many important events shaped the destiny of the Hawaiian Islands. Lockers are provided to keep your belongings safe outside the palace, since no form of damages are entertained within the palace. A headset is given for a self-guided tour and this tour lasts for about 45 minutes in which you get to see astounding architectural feats that they have been able to accomplish in the past. This level of detail is not so common these days and it is a truly marvelous sight for anyone who visits the Iolani Palace during their trip to Hawaii.