For the lowdown on Polynesian lore, legend, history and anthropology, drop into the Bishop Museum. Far from dry, displays range from woven hats, sculptures and scientific exhibits to planetarium shows and historical artifacts.
Take a welcome tour, view the plants of the Pacific, watch a lava-melting demonstration or hear island oral history. There’s also a calendar of events, activities and exhibitions to entertain the kids, from circus acts to hula shows.
The Bishop Museum is about 7 miles (11 km) north of downtown Waikiki, a 25-minute drive via the I-H1 highway. Buses run from Waikiki to Kapalama Street, around the corner from the museum.