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It would be impossible to take in all there is to see and do on the islands of Hawaii - most residents of the state have explored only a fraction - so travelers must decide on which Hawaii activities merit a detour. If you're spending a lot of time there, participate in as many Hawaii activities as possible and it will be well worth it. If time is a concern, however, there are a few Hawaii activities on each island considered 'must-see' by residents and tourists alike that should be included in your itinerary at all costs. Here is a list of some Hawaii activities not to be missed:

In Oahu, popular Hawaii activities range from the serious to the sublime. For an engaging look back at Hawaiian history stop in at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, which houses an extensive collection of Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts. Guided tours delve into the state's torrid history, but also provide demonstrations of some of the most recognized Hawaii activities - lei-making and hula. For its historical and cultural significance, most visitors to Oahu also include a visit to the site of Pearl Harbor in their list of Hawaii activities, which is located just west of Honolulu International Airport. In the center of Oahu, more adventurous Hawaii activities can be found within Waimea Valley Adventure Park, a 1,800 acre swath of forest, gardens, and waterfalls. Interactive centers run by the park also exhibit traditional Hawaii activities like craft-making and hula.

Kauai is nicknamed the 'Garden Isle', and Hawaii activities on this island certainly reflect its natural splendor. Explore the area of Hanalei in then north for the chance to participate in a wide range of Hawaii activities like bird-watching, hiking, and kayaking. Waimea Canyon in western Kauai, which Mark Twain dubbed the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific', should also not be missed for its spectacular vistas.

Maui is home to beautiful beaches, and sunbathing has never ranked low on the list of favorite Hawaii activities. In the west, white beaches line the coast between Kaanapali and Napili, where popular dry-land Hawaii activities also abound. Pristine beaches dot the island of Lanai as well; have a go at one of the most popular Hawaii activities at Hulopoe Beach, voted among the world's best spots for snorkeling. The island of Molokai holds its own in this regard with several sandy-white beaches including the state's largest, Papohaku Beach Park.

Few Hawaii activities can compare with circling the rim of a volcanic crater or walking through a tube of crusted lava, but both of these can make up part of your visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located on the southeastern coast of the island of Hawaii. The park contains both of the state's two active volcanoes, Kiluaea and Mauna Loa, and some of the most interesting terrain in all of Hawaii. Activities available here are outlined at the Kiluaea Visitor Center, but don't miss a tour of the ever-hissing caldera along Crater Rim Drive.

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