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BAT­TLE­SHIP MIS­SOURI MEMO­RIAL The USS Mis­souri, Amer­ica’s last bat­tle­ship, served her coun­try through three wars, and is best known as the site of the sign­ing of the For­mal In­stru­ment of Sur­ren­der, mark­ing the end of World War II. Vis­i­tors are wel­come daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For up­dated hours go to uss­mis­souri.org. 63 Cow­pens St., 808.455.1600. DI­A­MOND HEAD STATE MON­U­MENT One of the most vis­ited des­ti­na­tions on Oahu, of­fer­ing a two hour, 1.6 mile hike from the in­side of the crater to the sum­mit. At the sum­mit, hik­ers are awarded with the most breath­tak­ing views daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is lim­ited park­ing dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods. To avoid crowds, opt to ar­rive be­tween 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $5 per car, $1 per pedes­trian. hawai­is­tateparks.org. 4200 Di­a­mond Head Rd., For more in­for­ma­tion call the Dept. of Land & Nat­u­ral Re­sources, 808.587.0300. DOLE PLAN­TA­TION  Many Hawaii res­i­dents can trace their ances­tral roots to the plan­ta­tion days of Hawaii, when work­ers from other coun­tries ar­rived to work in the plan­ta­tions in the early 1900s. Cul­tural in­flu­ences from those days linger, and at Dole Plan­ta­tion, vis­i­tors can learn about them. You can ride on the Pineap­ple Ex­press, tour the Plan­ta­tion Gar­den and walk in the World’s Largest Maze, shaped like a pineap­ple. The snack shop and gen­eral store sells pineap­ple ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing Dole Whip Pineap­ple Ice Cream. dole-plan­ta­tion.com. 64-1550 Kame­hameha Hwy., 808.621.8408. HANAUMA BAY NA­TURE PRE­SERVE  Snorkel­ers of all lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence can ex­plore this marine life con­ser­va­tion area. Stun­ning from the look­out and stag­ger­ing from in the wa­ter, the tur­tles, sea urchins, eels and a liv­ing coral for­est are pure un­der­wa­ter eye candy. Vis­i­tors can rent equip­ment and lock­ers at the beach and are re­quired to watch an ed­u­ca­tional video be­fore en­ter­ing the park. It can get crowded dur­ing peak hours. Daily ex­cept Tues­days. Park­ing: $1 per car. Gen­eral $7.50, chil­dren 12 and un­der and Hawaii res­i­dents free with proof of res­i­dency. honolulu.gov/parks. 7455 Kala­ni­anaole High­way, 808.396.4229. HONOLULU ZOO  A new lion was the sum­mer head­liner at the largest zoo within a ra­dius of 2,500 miles. Honolulu Zoo is home to 905 mam­mals, birds and rep­tiles, in habi­tats that in­clude the African sa­vanna, trop­i­cal for­est, is­lands of the Pa­cific and the chil­dren’s zoo. Some of the en­dan­gered an­i­mals in­clude the nene (Hawai­ian goose), koloa maoli (Hawai­ian duck) and the Su­ma­tran tiger. Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion: adults 13 and older—$14, chil­dren 3-12 years—$6. hon­olu­lu­zoo.org. 151 Ka­pahulu Ave., 808.971.7171.

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