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Each island in Hawaii has its own personality, and you can get a taste of the four main islands on a Hawaii cruise. Oahu is home to the state's capital city, Honolulu. Here, a highly recommended visit is to the newly expanded WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, home to the somber Arizona Memorial and the restored Battleship Missouri. The new museum exhibits and audio tour include firsthand accounts of the attack at Pearl Harbor. Another must see: Waikiki Beach, the island's best-known tourist area, with a two-mile strip of white-sand beach and a boardwalk with retailers, restaurants and hotels. You might even consider booking a fun surfing or paddleboarding lesson!
Kauai is called The Garden Isle because of its lush, green vegetation. Attractions here include Waimea Canyon, known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," and the Fern Grotto, an unusual cave formation that you reach by boat. From your cruise ship, you'll likely admire the rugged northwest Na Pali coast, with its dramatic cliffs.
The Big Island is all about black-sand beaches and volcanic rock. A shore excursion might bring you to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where volcanoes are still erupting. Maui is full of natural beauty and fun activities. The great humpback whales pass by the island as part of their annual migratory trip, so if you travel here between December and March, be sure to book a whale-watching tour. The old whaling port of Lahaina, with its shops, boutiques and historic sites, is a lovely place to spend the day.