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Hawaii 2 Week Sale with FunJet Vacations

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Why Paradise Won’t Cost You Extra

During our Hawaii sale, not only are we offering you big savings, we’re giving you lots of freebies. Little perks like complimentary breakfasts and room upgrades, and big perks like free nights and 25% off car rentals. Family perks like free stays for kids at all these resorts, and fun perks like luau tickets and discounts on shopping and attractions. All to make your Hawaiian vacation even more perfect. But to get any of these extras, you’ll have to book by February 21st.

Oahu

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa

Hilton Hawaiian Village® Beach Resort

Hotel Rating: 
  • $100 daily savings per room
  • Kids under 17 stay free
  • Free breakfast and free room upgrade
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Free
4th Night

Oahu

Outrigger Reed on the Beach

Outrigger Reef on the Beach 

Hotel Rating: 
  • $75 daily savings per room
  • Kids under 17 stay free
  • No resort fee
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Free
Daily Breakfast
for two
Oahu
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Hotel Rating: 
  • $60 daily savings per room
  • Kids under 17 stay free
  • Free daily breakfast for two
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Free
4th Night

Maui

Royal Lahaina

Royal Lahaina Resort 

Hotel Rating: 
  • Save $600 on a five-night stay
  • Kids under 17 stay free
  • Free daily breakfast + 2 free luau show tickets
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Free
Dinner Cruise
for two

Maui

Aston Kaanapali Shores

Aston at Kaanapali Shores 

Hotel Rating: 
  • Save on shopping, dining and attractions
    with Aston’s Aloha Book
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Kids
Stay Free
17 & under

Maui

Outrigger Royal Kahana Resort 

Hotel Rating: 
  • $50 daily savings per room
  • Kids under 17 stay free
  • No resort fee
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Free
Daily Breakfast
for two

Maui

Westin Maui

Westin Maui

Hotel Rating: 
  • Save up to 30% on air+hotel packages
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Kids
Stay Free
17 & under

Kauai

Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach

Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach 

Hotel Rating: 
  • $60 daily savings per room
  • Kids under 17 stay free
  • Free daily breakfast for two
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Free
4th Night

Kauai

Kauai Beach Resort

Kauai Beach Resort 

Hotel Rating: 
  • 5th night free or daily breakfast for 2
  • Kids under 17 stay free
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Kids
Stay Free
17 & under

Big Island

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village 

Hotel Rating: 
  • $100 daily savings per room
  • Kids under 17 stay free
  • Free room upgrade + free daily breakfast for 2
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Free
Room Upgrade

Big Island

Royal Kona

Royal Kona 

Hotel Rating: 
  • Save $600 on a five-night stay
  • Kids under 17 stay free
  • Free daily breakfast for 2 + 2 free luau show tickets
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Free
Dinner Cruise
for two

Oahu

Sheraton Waikiki

Sheraton Waikiki 

Hotel Rating: 
  • Save up to 30% on air+hotel packages
  • Offers valid for travel 4/01-9/30/14
Kids
Stay Free
17 & under

 

Hawaii National Parks Closed and Alternatives During Government Shutdown

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The government shutdown may impact your fall Hawaii vacation. All Hawaii National Parks have been closed. To help you plan your Hawaii activities during this closure, we have created a list by island of what to expect. This list also includes suggestions of Hawaii State Parks you can visit. They remain open as well as the FAA, Department of Agriculture, TSA, and Customs.

Hawaii National Parks Closed and Suggested Hawaii State Parks to Visit

Big Island

Closed:

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trails
Volcanoes National Park
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park (City of Refuge)
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii Island
Open:

Akaka Falls State Park
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Kalopa State Recreation Area
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
Kohala Historical Sites State Monument
Kona Coast (Kekaha Kai) State Park
Lapakahi State Historical Park
Lava Tree State Monument
MacKenzie State Recreation Area
Manuka State Wayside
Mauna Kea State Recreation Area
Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area
Wailoa River State Recreation Area
Wailuku River State Park
Kauai

Closed:

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
Open:

Ahukini State Recreation Pier
Ha’ena State Park
Koke’e State Park
Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
Polihale State Park
Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park
Wailua River State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park
Waimea State Recreation Pier
Maui

Closed:

Haleakala National Park
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center
Open:

Haleki’i-Pihana Heiau State Monument
ʻĪao Valley State Monument
Kaumahina State Wayside Park
Makena State Park
Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area
Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park
Wai’anapanapa State Park
Wailua Valley State Wayside Park
Molokai

Closed:

Kalaupapa National Historic Park
Open:

Pala’au State Park
Oahu

Closed:

USS Arizona Memorial
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
Open:

The Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Ahupua’a O Kahana State Park known as Kahana Valley State Park
‘Aiea Bay State Recreation Area
Diamond Head State Monument
Hanauma Bay State Underwater Park
He‘eia State Park
ʻIolani Palace State Monument
Kaʻena Point State Park
Kaka’ako Waterfront Park
Kea’iwa Heiau State Recreation Area
Kewalo Basin
Kūkaniloko Birthstones State Monument
La’ie Point State Wayside
Makapu‘u Point State Wayside
Malaekahana State Recreation Area
Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside
Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau State Monument
Pu’u ‘Ualaka’a State Wayside
Royal Mausoleum State Monument
Sacred Falls State Park
Sand Island State Recreation Area
Ulu Pō Heiau State Monument
Wa’ahila Ridge State Recreation Area
Wahiawa Freshwater State Recreation Area

 

Source: Best Of Hawaii

Hawaii Travel Deals

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Hawaii’s Big Island

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   Adventure Experiences

Is that sound you hear the helicopter or the beating of your heart? As you hover above Kilauea Volcano’s steaming Puu Oo vent it’s hard to tell.
With surroundings ranging from lava-strewn deserts to tropical plantations and gardens, you can engage in every imaginable outdoor activity here. Snorkel or scuba with manta rays off the Kona Coast. Horseback ride in the grassy plains of paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country in Waimea. Discover the 442-foot Akaka Falls and the 80-foot Rainbow Falls in Wailuku River State Park. Hike along the 150 miles of volcanic desert and tropical trails at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

With so much to do and see, Hawaii’s Big Island is known as “Hawaii’s Island of Adventure,” and it won’t take long for you to see just how appropriately named it is.

  •  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Located 30 miles southwest of Hilo, this is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. Taking a helicopter tour for a bird’s-eye view of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the rest of the island’s hidden waterfalls, lush valleys and balmy beaches is just the beginning of an exhilarating Big Island expedition. 
  •  Swim with manta rays – One of the most memorable experiences you can have on Hawaii Island is a swim with manta rays. Book a sunset dive tour and head out to the Kona or Keauhou coast to either scuba dive or snorkel with these gentle mantas (mantas don’t have stingers like sting rays or eagle rays). You’ll marvel at how these otherworldly creatures glide within inches of you as they feed on microscopic plankton in the illuminated waters. 
  •  Akaka Falls – At Akaka Falls State Park, located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, you can see two gorgeous waterfalls on one short hike. The pleasant 0.4-mile uphill hike will take you through a lush rainforest filled with wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns. As you follow the paved footpath, you’ll first see 100-foot Kahuna Falls. Continue to follow the loop around the bend, and you’ll discover towering Akaka Falls which plummets 442-feet into a stream-eroded gorge. Beautiful Akaka Falls is perhaps the Big Island’s most famous waterfall. 

   Arts & Culture Experiences

The Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s premier hula event, is just one example of how the people of Hawaii’s Big Island live comfortably in the present but with great respect for the past. The mana (spiritual power) is still strong at important historical places like Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Puukohola Heiau Historic Site and Mookini Heiau State Monument. Hilo town is also home to an array of museums, galleries, and performance venues where you can admire the work of local painters, sculptors, musicians, storytellers, and crafts people. Today, with an active volcano still shaping the land at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the people of Hawaii���s Big Island continue to forge their own history.

 

  •  Merrie Monarch Festival – The Merrie Monarch Festival is the world’s premier hula event held in Hilo. This weeklong celebration of the native art of the hula happens every Easter with halau (hula schools) from every island and the mainland practicing year-round for the event. This moving expression of music, dance and storytelling is part of how the people of Hawaii’s Big Island continue to perpetuate and interpret the Hawaiian culture and its uniquely affirmative spirit of aloha. 
  •  Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park – Located on the coast of Honaunau Bay in south Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau immerses you in Hawaiian culture. This 180-acre national historic park was once the home of royal grounds and a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers. Hundreds of years old yet beautifully restored, Puuhonua o Honaunau remains one of Hawaii’s most sacred historic places. 
  •  Mookini Heiau State Monument – Over 1500 years old, Mookini Heiau State Monument is one of Hawaii’s oldest and most sacred historical sites. A heiau is an early Hawaiian religious temple, and Mookini Heiau was also a luakini heiau, or a temple of human sacrifice. This hallowed site located in North Kohala on the northernmost tip of Hawaii’s Big Island should be treated with great reverence. A short walk south and you’ll find another revered Hawaiian site. A sign that reads, “Kamehameha Akahi Aina Hanau,” in front of a thick stone wall marks the birthplace of King Kamehameha I, Hawaii’s greatest king.

   Family Experiences

As far as childhood memories go, this may be hard to beat. Watch as kids run over several Japanese bridges in Liliuokalani Gardens. See them discover ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks at sites along the Kohala Coast. Let them stargaze through telescopes at the Ellison S. Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, 9,300 feet atop Maunakea (but note that the high altitude may not be suitable for younger children). Or join them and explore the planetarium and interactive exhibits in the amazing Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

Outdoor adventures abound at family friendly parks and beaches with lifeguards and full picnic and restroom facilities. Build a sandcastle, explore tide pools, or snorkel with kids to catch a glimpse of the Big Island’s rich marine life. 

Back on land, learn about real-life paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) and take a wagon ride at the Kahua Ranch in Waimea.  Exploring the volcano tubes and lava fields from an active volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an experience you’ll never forget. Whether it’s learning about astronomy, volcanology or oceanography, a child’s school excursions just won’t compare after this hands-on vacation.

 

  •  Kahua Ranch – Located on the western slope of the Kohala Mountains, 3000 feet above sea level, this 8 private ranch land provides a variety of landscapes. From grazing cattle, sheep and horses to vistas of ocean and coastal shoreline, visitors enjoy getting off the beaten path and embarking on a variety of exciting activities. 
  •  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Watch the landscape change before your very eyes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located 30 miles southwest of Hilo, this is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction make this park one of the most popular visitor attraction in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians. 
  •  Liliuokalani Gardens – Blink and you may think you’re in Japan as you stroll through peaceful Liliuokalani Gardens, named after Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. Located on Hilo’s Banyan Drive, this authentic, 30-acre Japanese garden was dedicated in 1917 as a tribute to Hawaii’s first Japanese immigrants who worked in the Big Island’s sugar cane fields. This beautifully landscaped park features arching red bridges over fishponds, rock gardens, pagodas, Japanese stone lanterns and a teahouse. Views of Hilo Bay and Moku Ola (Coconut Island) enhance this peaceful setting.

   Itineraries    

Because Hawaii’s Big Island is so big (it takes roughly 3 hours and 15 minutes to get from Kona Airport to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park), it’s best to plan your itineraries by location. Below you’ll find seven days of itinerary suggestions. Choose your itinerary depending on where you’re staying and the length of stay.

 Day 1: Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) and Keauhou
Lively Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) is the heart of the Kona Coast featuring a variety of hotels, shops and restaurants lining Alii Drive. But Kailua Village is also an incredibly historic area, home to Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and Ahuena Heiau, all within walking distance of each other. Look into the past just north of Kailua-Kona at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, a place to learn about early Hawaiian culture. Take a surfing lesson or go snorkeling at Kahaluu Beach and other beaches in the Kailua Village and Keauhou resort areas. After a beautiful Kona sunset, enjoy nightlife along Alii drive with great food and live music. For the more adventurous, go on an unforgettable night-dive with manta rays.

 Day 2:  South Kona and Beyond
Visit Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park to step back in time and learn about early Hawaiian culture. Kealakekua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District popular with snorkelers and the site of Captain James Cook’s death. In fact, south Kona’s beaches are a great place for snorkelers because of its calm and clear waters. Tour a Kona coffee farm in south Kona or in the art village of Holualoa and get a sip of 100% Kona Coffee. Then get off the beaten path and take a road trip to Ka Lae (South Point), the southernmost point in the United States.

 Day 3:  Kohala Coast & North Kohala
See the amazing contrasts between the black lava lined Kohala Coast and lush North Kohala. Start your day in Kohala’s fantastic resorts playing golf or indulging in a spa treatment. Then explore historic sites like the Puukohola Heiau National Historical Park and the Lapakahi State Historical Park. Head to the green pastures of Waimea and go horseback riding with an authentic paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy). Then continue driving to lovely Hawi for delicious food and fantastic shopping. Along the way, be sure to visit sites like the Mookini Heiau State Monument, the King Kamehameha Statue in Kapaau and the breathtaking view from the Pololu Valley Overlook.

 Day 4:  Hamakua Coast
On the northeastern Hamakua Coast of the island, spend the day driving along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor to see amazing scenic views, waterfalls and botanical gardens. Spectacular waterfalls that are easily accessible include Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls in the Wailuku River State Park. See rare and exotic plants at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens and the World Botanical Gardens. Stop in Honokaa Town to browse the shops and art galleries. Finally, end your trip with an unforgettable view at the Waipio Valley Lookout.

 Day 5:  Volcano and Kau
You can easily spend a day exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Take a day hike through its miles of trails, see sights like Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube), Halemaumau Crater and see lava meet the sea at lookout points at the end of Chain of Craters Road or in nearby Kalapana. Beyond the park, take a trip to Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Kau to feel black sand between your toes.

Day 6:  Hilo Side
The lush Hilo side of Hawaii’s Big Island will be your home base for your visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Nearby you’ll find a variety of off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Visit the Puna area to find charming restaurants shops and amazing sights like Lava Trees State Park. You’ll also find even more interesting attractions like the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and Akatsuka Orchid Gardens.

Day 7:  Downtown Hilo
Relax and experience the local side of Hawaii’s Big Island in Downtown Hilo. Visit incredible museums like the Lyman Museum and Mission House, the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, the East Hawaii Cultural Center, Mokupapapa Discovery Center and the Pacific Tsunami Museum. Shop at the Hilo Farmers Market and other local favorites to discover off the beaten path treasures. Then unwind in amazing parks like Liliuokalani Gardens after your busy trip to Hawaii’s Big Island.

   Must-Dos

First Time Visitors  

Home to Hawaiian cowboys, Ironmen and a volcano goddess, Hawaii’s Big Island offers experiences found in no other place on earth. A variety of climatic zones, from seasonal snowcapped mountains to black sand beaches, stretch across its vast topography creating rich pockets of adventure for first-time visitors to explore.

 

  • The must-see for any first-time visitor is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. At this World Heritage Site you’ll see the unforgettable spectacle of simultaneous creation and destruction: Arid deserts, cavernous lava tubes and the unpredictable Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting since 1983. 
  • You’ll also find cattle ranches and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) in the cool uplands of Waimea. 
  • Downtown Hilo offers a taste of local shopping, dining and culture with beautiful botanical gardens and waterfalls nearby.  
    • The eastern side of Hawaii’s Big Island, from Hilo to the Hamakua Coast,  blooms with unique gardens and plantations. They include Hilo’s Liliuokalani Gardens, a Japanese garden complete with bonsai trees, rock gardens and canal bridges; Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden featuring over 2,500 species of tropical plants; the World Botanical Gardens with impressive Umauma Falls and Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, in the Volcano area, housing the largest orchid collection in Hawaii.
  • And with pristine beaches and world-class golf courses, it’s no wonder the Kohala Coast is the Big Island’s premier resort area. 
  • Take a fun day trip and follow the route of the Ironman World Championships along the Kohala Coast from the heart of Kona in lively Kailua-Kona Village to charming Hawi Town in lush North Kohala.
    • Spend a few hours browsing the peaceful haven of Hawi, North Kohala’s biggest little town,best known as the bicycle turnaround for the annual Ironman World Championship held every October. This historic town, set in the green northern tip of the island, was once the busy hub of North Kohala’s now defunct sugar industry. 

 Returning Visitors  

With so much beauty to discover, so many historic sites to explore and so many adventures to experience, a return visit to Hawaii’s Big Island is inevitable.

 

  • Whether it’s diving with manta rays, going on a whale watching tour, taking a sunset cruise or going on a snorkeling expedition, you’ll find some of the Big Island’s biggest surprises out at sea. 
  • You may have already seen lava meet the sea at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, don’t forget to look towards the heavens atop Maunakea for unparalleled stargazing.
  • Explore the small towns of the Big Island and discover treasures in the art and coffee village of Holualoa, Honokaa Town on the Hamakua Coast, and peaceful Hawi in North Kohala. 
    • On the northeastern side of Hawaii’s Big Island, just north of Hilo, lies the Hamakua Coast.
      With 84 inches of rainfall a year, this area is known for the Hamakua Heritage Corridor drive, a
      road trip along the coastline that passes by lush tropical rainforests, waterfalls and lovely
      seaside views.
  • The Pololu Valley Overlook just beyond Hawi and the Waipio Valley Overlook just past Honokaa are worth the trip alone.
  • Go on a hike and discover amazing petroglyphs on the Kohala Coast. 
    • Along the Kohala Coast, Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve features hundreds of
      petroglyphs and is a short walk from the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii and Holoholokai Beach.
  • See a hula competition or celebrate with locals at a cultural event or festival. 

On an island this size, there won’t be time to do it all. But with an active volcano still changing the landscape, all this and more will be waiting for you on your next trip back to the Big Island.

   Romance Experiences

On an island this big, you’ll remember the small moments. A snapshot together by Akaka Falls along the flourishing Hamakua Coast. A sea of stars in the ink-black sky above Maunakea. A glass of wine and a taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine during sunset on the Kohala Coast. You’ll discover romantic settings of every scope and size on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Whether you’re strolling hand in hand down Punaluu Black Sand Beach or enjoying a couples massage at a world-class resort; seeing the island’s amazing assortment of orchids in Hilo or taking a sunset cruise from Honokohau Harbor along the lava-lined coastline; you’ll find that on an island of such epic scale, it’s the little things that you’ll long to relive again and again.

 

  •  Stargazing atop Maunakea – Hawaii’s Big Island is home to one of the most renowned astronomical sites on the planet. Perched high atop Maunakea, rising 13,796 feet above sea level, 13 telescopes representing 11 countries are watching the heavens and making discoveries beyond our imaginations. Here, on the tallest sea mountain in the world, experts and visitors are treated to a show few have experienced. At this elevation, and because of the clear air and minimal light pollution, the stars can light the sky like glitter. The sunsets above the clouds can also be spectacular. 
  •  Hamakua Heritage Corridor – Take a memorable day trip along the Hamakua Coast and drive along sea cliffs, through lush valleys and tropical rainforests. The beautiful Hamakua Heritage Corridor drive begins in Hilo and ends at the Waipio Valley Lookout. Along the way you’ll explore old plantation towns, see amazing waterfalls and discover scenic detours along the way. 
  •  Punaluu Black Sand Beach – Have you ever seen a beach with black sand? Because of constant volcanic activity, you’ll find white sands, green sands and black sands on Hawaii’s Big Island. Located on the southeastern Kau coast, Punaluu Black Sand Beach is one of the most famous black sand beaches in Hawaii. Its jet black shores are an unforgettable sight. Coconut palms fringe the upper edge of sand and you may also discover large honu, or Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, basking on the beach. Although swimming isn’t ideal, there is a picnic area and restroom facilities so you can have lunch while you experience the unique feeling of black sand between your toes.

   Unexpected Experiences    

Yes, it does snow in Hawaii. During winter months you may see the snow-capped peaks atop the 13,796-foot Maunakea, the tallest sea mountain in the world. Stargazing or taking a tour atop Maunakea is just one example of the many unexpected attractions and activities you’ll find on the Big Island.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers the most unexpected sights of all. From hundreds of miles of trails through steaming lava fields, arid deserts and tropical rainfalls to walking through lava tubes and even seeing lava enter the sea, the natural wonders of the Big Island will leave you speechless. Other amazing land adventures include discovering waterfalls along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, seeing the stunning views from the Pololu Valley Lookout and the Waipio Valley Lookout, and exploring the beautiful oasis of Hawi Town and the charming art and coffee village of Holualoa.

And the Big Island’s coastlines offer even more surprises. Black, white and even green sand beaches encircle the island’s 266 miles of coastline, from Punaluu Black Sand Beach to Hapuna Beach. Scuba and snorkel in the clear waters of Kona and see honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), humpback whales in the winter, and massive manta rays who harmlessly swim within inches of you, taking your breath away. With so much ground to cover on Hawaii’s Big Island, you’ll never know what you’ll find just around the corner.

 

  •  Pololu Valley Lookout – As you drive north on Highway 270 where the black lava landscapes of the Kohala Coast give way to the flourishing, green pastures of North Kohala, you’ll be rewarded at the end of your journey with an unforgettable view from the Pololu Valley Overlook. Park your car in the small parking lot that is literally at the end of the road and treat yourself to an inspiring view of the verdant cliffs of Pololu Valley and the dramatic northeastern coastlineYou can take a steep hike down to the valley floor and the black sand beach, although swimming is discouraged because of strong currents. Along with the Waipio Valley Overlook, this is one of the most spectacular panoramic views on Hawaii’s Big Island. 
  •  Holualoa – Java is the juice that powers Holualoa, the little village and art enclave in the heart of Kona coffee country. This is a great place to taste the rich flavors of 100% pure Kona coffee, a rare commodity exclusively grown in north and south Kona. Visit Holualoa’s thriving coffee orchards and learn about the meticulous harvesting process. Then explore the coffee mill and see how the beans are processed. As you finish your tour, sip a freshly brewed cup for yourself and experience the rich aroma and flavor that makes 100% Kona coffee so highly valued.
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Kauai

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   Adventure Experiences

The adventure begins the moment the plane lands. From boating along the sea cliffs of the Napali Coast to kayaking down the Wailua River toward the Coconut Coast, you’ll find no shortage of stories to tell from your trip to Kauai. Even the golf courses here seem more intense, where the unique landscape can make your course hazards even more challenging.
 

The island also offers other unique Kauai activities, such as mountain tubing in the miles of water flumes of Lihue, ziplining above Kauai’s lush rainforests, off-road exploring by 4×4 or ATV on Kauai’s South Shore, horseback riding in the pastures of Princeville, or hiking the trails of Kokee State Park and Waimea Canyon. Whatever you choose to do, get ready for full days of adventure on Kauai. You’ll have plenty of time to sleep on the plane ride home. 

  •  Hike to the Napali Coast – Located on the North Shore of Kauai, the Napali Coast features panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, velvet green cliffs and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys. The only land access to this enchanted area is via the Kalalau Trail, an 11-mile trail that starts at Kee Beach, crosses five different valleys and ends at secluded Kalalau Beach. This is one of the most challenging, and sometimes even treacherous, Kauai hikes with narrow sections and muddy topsoil from rainfall. 
  •  Zipline Tours – Capture a bird’s eye view of Kauai while soaring at up to 35-miles an hour above its lush valleys, streams and rain forests on an exhilarating zipline tour. Kauai is home to a variety of ziplining opportunities, each offering a unique aerial perspective of the island’s diverse landscapes. Enjoy the rush as you soar above a green jungle canopy, 50-80 feet above the ground. Panoramic views surround you as you descend into the forest below. You’ll also learn about Kauai’s diverse ecosystem filled with rare endemic plant and animal species. 
  •  Mountain Tubing – Take to Kauai’s historic waterways in a mountain tube and discover a whole new way to access the island’s tropical interior. Over a century ago, laborers hired by the Lihue Sugar Plantation hand built the Hanamaulu ditch system,  designed to provide irrigation for the large sugar cane fields in and around Lihue. Although the Lihue Sugar Plantation has since closed down, these amazing waterways are still here and have adopted a new life as one of the most unique water adventures in Kauai. The gentle flow of water offers a fun and relaxing ride through mountainside flumes and tunnels that emerge to stunning views of beautiful and remote locations. Be sure to bring sunscreen, bug repellent, water friendly shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet. 

   Arts & Culture Experiences

When you take a walking tour of Hawaiian culture on Kauai, you’ll feel the spirit of aloha in the air. Hawaii’s Island of Discovery is proud of being the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain and a sense of pride is infused in Kauai’s history as well as in the beauty of its hula.

You can learn about the history and culture of Kauai by visiting the Kauai Museum or Grove Farm Museum in Lihue, the Waioli Mission House in Hanalei Town and the Kokee Natural History Museum on the West Side. Visit Kauai small towns like Hanapepe, Koloa, and Waimea to get a taste of local flavor and culture. Kauai’s many festivals (   www.kauaifestivals.com    ) and events give you a chance to see the island from a local’s perspective. Explore beyond Kauai’s luxurious resorts to experience the true culture of Kauai.

  •  Alekoko, Menehune Fishpond – Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the Alekoko Menehune Fishpond, minutes from Lihue, has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973. Ingenious ponds like this were built to catch fish, and the Menehune Fishpond is one of the finest examples of this type of ancient Hawaiian aquaculture. The legend that surrounds the fishpond is based on the mythical Menehune, Hawaii’s mischievous little people who performed legendary engineering feats. 
  •  Koloa Heritage Trail – Ka Ala Hele Waiwai Hooilina o Koloa, or the Koloa Heritage Trail, is a 14-stop, self-guided 10-mile tour of the Koloa and Poipu area’s most important cultural, historical and geological sites, with descriptive plaques that explain each spot’s significance. 
  •  Waioli Mission House and Church – Step back in time at the 1837 home of the early Christian missionaries, Abner and Lucy Wilcox. This Hanalei Town landmark, restored in 1921 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, reflects the southern roots of its architect, the Reverend William Alexander of Kentucky. Inside, synchronize your watch with the wall clock, which was installed in 1866 and still keeps perfect time. In front of the house is the old Waioli Huiia Church, which was founded in 1834. Its green shingles and stained glass windows are a picturesque symbol of Hanalei.

   Family Experiences

The serene environment of Kauai is ideal for keiki (children) of all ages. From beaches to old-fashioned railroad trains, this island offers a variety of fun activities for the whole family.

See Waimea Canyon and learn about Kauai’s environment at the Kokee Natural History Museum in Kokee State Park. Let the little ones walk to the end of the pier at Hanalei Bay and play in the sand on the North Shore. Families can also catch the hula show at the Smith Family Garden Luau or head to Lydgate State Park to play in the wooden play structure that will entertain kids for hours. Don’t forget a ride on the Kauai Plantation Railway in the Kilohana Estate, which is bound to bring a smile to a child’s face. And that’s what really counts on a family vacation on Kauai.

 

  •  Kokee State Park – Enter a whole different world – Kokee State Park is 4,345 acres of rainforest. Enter a new climate zone, where the breeze has a bite and trees look quite continental. Check out a cloud forest on the edge of the Alakai Swamp, the largest swamp in Hawaii, on the summit plateau of Kauai. Hiking trails and guided hikes will allow you to see the most of this beautiful area. 
  •  Smith Family Garden Luau – It’s a celebration of life on Kauai at Smith’s Tropical Paradise Garden Luau. Enjoy the local atmosphere as the Smith family guides you through a 30 acre botanical garden and luau grounds. Taste a refreshing mai tai punch or another drink from the open bar as you listen to the Smith family of musicians perform Hawaiian and contemporary tunes, and then get ready for an all you can eat extravaganza at the luau buffet. The spectacular evening entertainment is held at the lagoon theater where a volcano erupts to start the show. 
  •  Kilohana Estate – Past Lihue and headed toward the Kauai Community College campus is Kilohana, a restored plantation estate that provides a glimpse of life in the 1930s. The site of a 16,000 square-foot Tudor mansion that was home to one of the island’s most prominent families, Kilohana is now a picturesque venue for tours, gatherings and a theatrical luau.

   Itineraries    

 Staying 1-3 days

When it comes to short stays on Kauai, your schedule will depend greatly on where you’ll be staying. Wherever you stay you’ll be close to one of Kauai’s incredible beaches, from Hanalei Bay on the North Shore to Poipu Beach Park on the South Shore. A visit to Kauai’s small towns will also give you a taste of the island’s culture, from Hanalei Town in the north to Old Koloa Town in the south and Hanapepe Town to the southwest. You may be able squeeze in seeing a waterfall like the easily accessible Opaekaa Falls or a natural attraction like Spouting Horn on your travels. And no trip is complete without seeing one of Kauai’s iconic natural wonders, so be sure to take a drive to Waimea Canyon on the West Side.

 Staying 4-7 days

With a longer stay you’ll have time to explore Kauai’s iconic Napali Coast. Whether you, take a boat tour or see it from the Kalalau Valley Lookout in Kokee State Park, this may be the highlight of your trip. You’ll also have time to hike the trails of Kokee State Park, Waimea Canyon or other spots like Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant). Relax and take a leisurely kayak trip down the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto or tour one of the Kauai’s vast botanical gardens. Take some time to visit historical spots like Kilohana Estate, experience a luau or go shopping for souvenirs in Kapaa Town to round out your Kauai getaway.

   Must Dos

First Time Visitors

Lose yourself to the gentle trade winds. Take in the lush greenery. Inhale the fresh floral environment around you. Each Island has its own distinctive charm, and Kauai is the tropical centerpiece of Hawaii, full of outdoor activities, attractions and culture.

Once you’ve settled in, break out your sunscreen and head outdoors.

 

  • Explore Kauai’s beautiful beaches where you can sunbathe, snorkel or learn how to surf. 
  • Visit Kauai’s humbling natural wonders, from Waimea Canyon to the Napali Coast. 
    • Known as the “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon is a natural wonder located in the heart of the West Side. The views from the canyon include Kauai’s lush valleys and tropical forest canopies.
  • Take a break in Kauai’s small towns like Hanapepe, Hanalei and Old Koloa Town to get a taste of local food and art, as well as learn about the island’s fascinating history and culture.
    • West of Princeville, on Kauai’s North shore, is peaceful Hanalei Town. Graced with timeless beauty, this lovely small town is home to everything from historic places to contemporary art galleries. Hanalei is an unforgettable stop on your visit to Kauai.
  • After a long day, watch the sunset from the comforts of your resort and recharge for another day of discovery on Kauai.

 Returning Visitors  

The beauty of Kauai beckons visitors back to experience more. Whether you’re hoping to discover new adventures or new beauty, Kauai always has more to offer.

 

  • Hit the hiking trails. Kokee State Park features 45 miles of hiking trails and the Kalalau Lookout, or take in the scenic trails along Nounou Moutain.
    • On Kauai’s East Side between Wailua and Kapaa, is the Nounou Mountain range, more famously known as Sleeping Giant. Stare at the ridge from afar and with a little imagination you can make out what looks like a human figure lying on his back. Hawaiian legends say this giant was tricked by villagers into eating a vast amount of rocks hidden in fish and poi. Sleepy from the meal, the giant took a nap and hasn’t woken since.
  • Take a step off the beaten path and discover Wailua Falls – visit in the morning and you might be treated to a rainbow for your efforts.
  • Step back in time at Waioli Mission House and Church, home of early Christian missionaries Abner and Lucy Wilcox.
  • Learn more about local artists and Hawaiian history at the Kauai Museum.
  • Located in a lava rock structure in Lihue, the Kauai Museum features amazing collections from the artisans of Kauai and Niihau (a small eastern island part of Kauai county). Visitors can learn about the geological formation of the Hawaiian Islands, early Native Hawaiian life, Captain Cook’s arrival on Kauai’s shores in Waimea and the Hawaiian Monarchy. Plus, visitors can view galleries showcasing the work of multi-cultural artists, sculptors and craftsmen. Guided tours are available (upon request).

   Romance Experiences

The island of Kauai is simply intoxicating. Magnificent mountaintops give you a cinematic stage to create new memories together. Beautiful beaches from Hanalei to Poipu Beach provide the perfect places to enjoy each other’s company. You’ll find that this is an island that has a way of wrapping you both in its arms and inspiring romance.

Take hand-in-hand hikes into Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park. Spend intimate dinners at romantic restaurants in Kauai’s finest resorts. Sail along the towering Napali Coast to see sights you’ll never forget. Whether you’re here for a wedding, a honeymoon or just to share a special getaway, like the fertile gardens around you, Kauai provides you with endless opportunities for romance to flourish.

 

  •  Take a sail – Some of the most humbling scenic sights on Kauai are the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast on the North Shore. One of the best ways to see these natural wonders is by taking a boat tour or cruise. Spend half a day in the sun, sailing the seas as dolphins ride the wake of your boat and honu (green sea turtles) swim curiously by. Many tours offer snorkeling time and experienced crewmembers keep things lively with fun facts and information about Kauai’s geography and marine life. 
  •  Fern Grotto – On Kauai’s East Side, the Fern Grotto is one of Kauai’s signature attractions. Accessible only by a short boat trip up the Wailua River, the grotto is a natural lava-rock grotto lush with hanging ferns and tropical foliage, cooled by the mists of a waterfall. There was a time when the Grotto was off-limits to all but Hawaiian royalty. But for more than 50 years, riverboats have provided tours of the site. In this serene setting, the grotto acts like a natural amphitheater. Taking advantage of the incredible natural acoustics, visitors are often treated to musicians playing beautiful Hawaiian music. 
  •  Kilauea Lighthouse – Perched at the northernmost tip of Kauai, the 52-foot Kilauea Lighthouse was built in 1913 as a beacon for traveling ships. Although its light was turned off in the 1970s and has been replaced by an automatic beacon, it still serves as one of the island’s most frequented attractions. The view off the rugged northern coastline and the deep-blue Pacific makes this the perfect vantage point for photos. This is also the location of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for seabirds. Signage throughout the refuge identifies the area’s bird species, including frigates, shearwaters, boobies and Laysan albatrosses nesting on the property. You’ll see them soar the skies above the refuge, many landing on a small nearby island covered in birds. During December through May, you may even catch a glimpse of humpback whales. 

   Unexpected Experiences

Roughly 10 percent of Kauai is accessible by car, while the rest of the island can only be explored by hiking, air tours and kayaking. Many travelers seeking unconventional experiences come to Kauai just for that reason.

On Kauai’s peaks, experienced hikers can trek along the Napali Coast on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail to see incomparable views. Kokee State Park also features some of the island’s best hiking trails. On Kauai’s shoreline, you can discover a variety of hidden beaches. From Mahaulepu Beach east of Poipu Beach Park, where George C. Scott portrayed Ernest Hemingway in the film “Islands in the Stream,” to the North Shore’s Kauapea Beach (Secret Beach), Kauai’s beautiful beaches are always a joy to discover.

You can also find hidden treasures in Kauai’s small towns, from the art galleries of Hanapepe to the West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center in Waimea Town. Sail the Napali Coast or explore its hidden sea caves by zodiac.  Or to really try something new, go on an outdoor adventure by ziplining above Kauai’s rainforests or mountain tubing in Lihue’s irrigation channels. You’ll see that some of Hawaii’s best-kept secrets can be found on Kauai.

 

  •  Movie Tours – There’s no doubting the inspiring scenic beauty of Hawaii’s Island of Discovery. But did you know dozens of filmmakers were inspired by Kauai’s beauty as well? For decades movies and television shows have used Kauai as the stunning backdrop for their epic stories, from “South Pacific” to “Jurassic Park.” Take a movie tour to learn about the more than 60 feature films shot on location in Kauai or you can discover them for yourself and make your own movie moments. 
  •  Hanapepe Town – Located on the south shore west of Koloa, Hanapepe Town once flourished as one of Kauai’s largest communities. Today, “Kauai’s biggest little town” hasn’t changed much over the last century at first look. Its historic buildings are so authentic that the town has become a location for a number of films. But now those plantation style buildings are home to charming shops, local eateries and more art galleries than any other spot on Kauai. Hanapepe Town celebrates its artists every Friday, from 6-9pm, as painters, sculptors and craftsmen open the doors of their galleries and studios to celebrate the arts. Visit the galleries, take a walk on the “Hanapepe Swinging Bridge” — which is always an adventure to cross — then shop and dine in one of Kauai’s most famous small towns.
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Maui Hawaii Travel Tips

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   Adventure Experiences

On Maui, you’ll have plenty of chances to try an array of outdoor adventures you’ve never experienced before. Snorkelers will be rewarded with unforgettable sights in Molokini ’s luminous waters. See your first humpback spout as you whale-watch from Kaanapali Beach . Or feel the rush of your first surf lesson off the shores of historic Lahaina.
On land, horseback ride atop Haleakala , Maui’s highest peak. You can even take your first helicopter ride to see breathtaking views of Maui’s pristine valleys and waterfalls.
Not enough time to do it all? You can always come back for more. For most visitors, their first adventures on this miraculous island are rarely their last.
  •  Horseback riding – Upcountry Maui is home to the Hawaiian cowboy, or paniolo. Since the late 1800’s, horseback-riding paniolo have been wrangling cattle in Maui’s wide-open upland fields. Take a horseback-riding excursion with the family at Piiholo Ranch in Makawao and learn about Hawaii’s paniolo. Or explore the otherworldly landscapes of Haleakala National Park on a horseback riding tour.
  •  See the summit at Haleakala – The long, winding road to the summit of Haleakala takes some time to drive up, but is well worth the effort. There are numerous hiking trails that offer solitude and scenic vistas, while guided hikes provide an expert’s guidance and insight. Visitors can also camp here, with two separate campgrounds and cabins available. Many visitors and locals wake up early to drive up to the Haleakala Visitor Center (9,740 feet), the best spot to watch the sunrise. On a clear morning, seeing the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala is an unforgettable experience. Even those who’ve witnessed the event many times say they’ve never seen the same sunrise twice. Perhaps just as spectacular are Haleakala’s sunsets and the bright, starry skies revealed at night.
  •  Whale Watching – Maui is your gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world. The waters off of West Maui and South Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala, creating calm and clear waters for high visibility. Humpback whales are also drawn to the area’s shallow waters, less than 600 feet deep, making Maui an ideal spot to start your voyage during the winter whale watching season from December to May.

   Arts & Culture Experiences

From the forces of King Kamehameha defeating King Kahekili in Iao Valley to the rowdy whalers of 19th century Lahaina, this island’s intangible mystique has been drawing visitors throughout history.

To step back in Maui’s past, visit the Whalers Village Museum for an historic account of the whaling industry, discover Maui’s agricultural past at the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum or follow the Lahaina Historic Trail to explore this thriving seaport’s heritage.

Today, Maui reveals its cultural past through a thriving arts scene infused with the life-embracing spirit of aloha. From the events and exhibitions at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center to Art Night every Friday in Lahaina, Maui continues to pay homage to its rich history.  Local artists and artisans are also expanding their influence by creating a wide range of products, from hip fashion to traditional and contemporary crafts.

 

  •  Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum – Located next to Hawaii’s last remaining working sugar factory in the historic plantation town of Puunene, Maui, the award-winning Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum is a marvelous repository of information and exhibits about one of the most significant and influential periods in Maui’s history. Dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and heritage of Maui’s sugar industry, the Museum not only charts the establishment and growth of the industry, but looks at sugar’s influence on the development of Maui’s water resources and rich multi-ethnic make-up, and features intriguing displays on the inner workings of a sugar mill.
  •  Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Hawaii’s world-class visual and performing arts complex is located in Central Maui near the airport. Offerings include arts education and Hawaiian cultural programs, music, dance and theater performances, international & local art exhibits, movie screenings and a colorful spectrum of special events.
  •  Friday Art Nights in Lahaina – Visit Art Night each Friday between 7pm and 10pm. Join the festivities along and around Front Street as art galleries open their doors, inviting the public to chat with artists, view their works, listen to music and celebrate the arts.
  •  Lahaina Historic Trail – Once the first capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, a busy whaling port and a plantation settlement, you can follow the Lahaina Historic Trail (Ala Moolelo O Lahaina) to walk in the footsteps of Lahaina’s past today. This self-guided tour takes you to significant sites throughout 55 acres of Lahaina, many of which have been designated National Historic Landmarks. Look for the informative bronze plaques around and about Front Street, pointing out dozens of important points of interest.

   Family Experiences

A 750,000-gallon water tank surrounds you. As you and your family walk through the acrylic tunnel, you marvel at the manta rays and sharks swimming safely overhead. The Maui Ocean Center, voted Hawaii’s top-rated family attraction by Zagat, is just one of the many family-friendly treasures you’ll find on Maui.

Ride on a genuine 1890s train, known as the Sugar-Cane Train, on the Lahaina-Kaanapali Railroad. Build a sand castle at one of Maui’s many beautiful beaches. Turn your 7 to 12-year-olds into Junior Rangers at the Haleakala Visitor Center. Or get your kids involved in hands-on exhibits at the Hawaii Nature Center in Wailuku.

If you’re staying in a hotel or resort, they’ll likely have a keiki (children’s) program that includes everything from lei making to hula lessons, helping to create truly unique Maui memories to share with your children.

 

  •  Maui Ocean Center – Hawaii’s top family attraction! Be entertained by playful green sea turtles, see the nation’s largest collection of living coral, and come eye to eye with numerous reef sharks. Explore the world of dolphins, whales and monk seals with the Marine Mammal Discovery Center. Over 60 exhibits and hands-on activities will delight children and adults alike.
  •  Sugar Cane Train – The most fun way to get from Lahaina to Kaanapali! With a blast of its steam whistle, the locomotive chugs along a six-mile stretch of track at a leisurely pace. During the ride, the Sugar Cane train crosses a 325-foot curved wooden trestle whose elevation yields panoramic views of neighboring islands and the West Maui Mountains. From December to April, it is a common sight to spot humpback whales frolicking in our warm Pacific waters.
  •  Haleakala National Park – Stretching across Maui’s southern and eastern coastline, Haleakala National Park is home to Maui’s highest peak. Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, Haleakala’s graceful slopes can be seen from just about any point on the island. Haleakala means “house of the sun” in Hawaiian, and legend has it that the demigod Maui lassoed the sun from its journey across the sky as he stood on the volcano’s summit, slowing its descent to make the day last even longer.
  •  Hawaii Nature Center – There’s nothing like being outdoors to truly connect with nature. The Hawai’i Nature Center has resources to guide students, teachers, hikers, and visitors to a deeper experience and appreciation of the environment. Since its inception, more than 850,000 children and adults have participated in environmental education programs. The Hawai’i Nature Center is recognized as the only organization in the state solely dedicated to educating children through outdoor programs.

   Itineraries    

 Staying 1-3 days

Your time may be short but there’s never a rush on Maui. Head to West Maui and spend your day on Kaanapali Beach. Watch the sunset cliff diving ceremony before you head to Lahaina. Learn about this historic town while you shop, dine and take in some Maui nightlife. If it’s whale-watching season (December- May) go out on an unforgettable whale-watching excursion. Then take a drive up the slopes of Upcountry Maui for incredible Maui views. Continue up the winding road up to Haleakala National Park. Watch the sunset from nearly 10,000 feet to cap off your short stay on the Magic Isle.

 Staying 4-7 days

With a longer stay, take some time to indulge in some of the fine amenities of Maui’s resorts. You’ll need the rest if you want to get up in time to see the spectacular sunrise at Haleakala. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf in Maui, take a lesson in West Maui or South Maui. You can also take a big daytrip to the eastern side of Maui. Explore historic Iao Valley in Central Maui and take photos with the iconic Iao Needle. Have lunch in charming Paia town then start your long journey on the scenic road to Hana. Spend some time in this historic town then venture further down the Hana highway to swim in the beautiful Pools of Oheo.

   Must-Dos

   First Time Visitors

The thought of lying on sun soaked beaches regularly named “the best” by travel magazines is enough to make any of your friends jealous. But once you arrive on Maui, you’ll see there’s so much more for them to envy.

Once you’ve settled in you’ll want to explore Maui’s sweeping canvas of attractions.

 

  • The western, or leeward side, is the drier side of the island and features Maui’s world-famous beaches including the beautiful Kaanapali Beach, home to a nightly sunset cliff diving ceremony. 
    • One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, diving off of Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili.
  • West Maui is also home to historic Lahaina, where you can find great shopping, dining and entertainment.
  • The eastern, or windward side, of the island is the wetter side of the island, home to the lush Iao Valley and the scenic road to Hana. 
  • The cool, elevated slopes of Haleakala are where you can find the farms and gardens of Upcountry Maui and the soaring summit of Haleakala National Park.
    • Take a farm tour in Kula and see how Maui produces the famous Maui onion and other fresh farm-to-table ingredients for Hawaii’s finest restaurants. Discover small town Makawao, home to the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) and a thriving art scene. 

There is so much to see and do on Maui it’s best to plan ahead. Just don’t forget to send your friends a postcard.

 Returning Visitors

A return visit to Maui offers you even more opportunities to explore this spectacular island. You may already have a favorite seaside spot but take the time to explore other beautiful Maui beaches.

 

  • If you’ve seen the sunrise at Haleakala, this time go up for the sunset, take a hike, or horseback ride atop Maui’s highest peak. 
  • Visit off the beaten path small towns like Wailuku and Makawao to go where the locals go. 
    • Nestled at the foot of the dramatic West Maui Mountains, Wailuku is the gateway to lush Iao Valley, once a sacred burial ground for Hawaiian chiefs and home to the iconic Iao Needle. Visit Wailuku to explore the charming wooden storefronts around Market Street, showcasing dozens of family businesses, many of which have been in continuous operation for generations. These off-the-beaten-path “Mom and Pops” are home to local favorite shops, restaurants and bakeries.
  • For snorkelers and scuba divers a visit to the islet of Molokini is an unforgettable experience. 
    • Molokini is a small, crescent moon-shaped island that is a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. Lying only three miles from Maui’s southwestern coast, Molokini spans over 18 acres and rises 160 feet above reef-filled waters, offering visitors snorkeling and diving  amongst a kaleidoscope of coral and more than 250 species of tropical fish.
  • With more time to spare, indulge in the spas of Maui’s resorts, take in some golf or savor Maui’s finest restaurants from Kapalua to Wailea. 

Add to your list of favorite spots on your next visit back to Maui. 

   Romance Experiences

From watching an intimate sunrise, wrapped together in a blanket at the top of Haleakala Crater, to seeing the sunset as you cruise along the golden Kihei coastline, Maui is a place where romance isn’t hard to find.

One of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, Maui’s alluring beaches and immaculate resorts also provide an idyllic setting for weddings, receptions or simply to escape the world and spend time with the one you love.

Whether it’s hiking to one of East Maui’s spectacular waterfalls, enjoying a couples massage in a resort in Wailea, or strolling hand-in-hand along Maui’s beaches, one visit to this lovely island and you’ll see why falling in love comes so naturally here, perhaps more so than anywhere in the world.

 

  •  Drive the road to Hana – The legendary road to Hana is only 52 miles from Kahului, however the drive can take anywhere from two to four hours to complete since it’s fraught with narrow one-lane bridges, hairpin turns and incredible island views. The Hana Highway has 600 curves and 54 bridges. The road leads you through flourishing rainforests, flowing waterfalls, plunging pools and dramatic seascapes.
  •  Pools of Oheo – Just 15 minutes south of Hana on Highway 31 on the lower slopes of Haleakala are the famous Pools of Oheo in Oheo Gulch. Here you’ll discover beautifully tiered, swimmable pools fed by waterfalls. Take a dip in these tranquil pools fed by streams starting two miles inland. You can also take a guided nature walk or explore many self-guided hiking trails through forests of bamboo, past roaring cascades and into the green heart of the island.
  •  Discover Farm to Table Cuisine – Follow the farm-to-table process by taking a walking tour of the cool, upland farms of Upcountry Maui. Then head to sunny West Maui and South Maui to enjoy the fruits of our chefs’ labors in Maui’s most prestigious restaurants. The fertile fields of Kula in Upcountry Maui are an ideal place to take a farm tour. The rich volcanic soil is responsible for Maui’s freshest citrus and vegetables, including the sweet Maui onion.

   Unexpected Experiences    

It’s a long drive up to the summit of Haleakala National Park and with a 3am wake up call it’s not an easy one. But once you see the golden sun peek above the carpet of clouds atop Maui’s highest peak, it’s worth every second of lost sleep.

Seeing the sunrise atop Haleakala is just one example of taking the road less traveled on Maui. Hike to the stunning 400-foot Waimoku Falls in East Maui. Meet the locals at Maui’s small towns, from Wailuku to Makawao. Explore flower farms like the Kula Botanical Garden to see colorful protea, orchids and bird-of-paradise. On Maui there is a wealth of unique adventures to discover off the beaten path.

 

  •  Alii Kula Lavender Farm – In February 2002, the Alii Kula Lavender farm opened to visitors to enjoy the beauty and serenity that Alii created, by offering the first and only Lavender Walking Tours to educate both visitors and Island residents about the calming and comforting effects of lavender. Culinary luncheon and wreath making tours were soon added, and two years later, over 10,000 people have visited this New Destination of Choice.
  •  Surfing Goat Dairy – Visit this state of the art working goat dairy that makes more than 25 cheeses including 11 National Award winners. The dairy offers daily casual tours, grand’s orchard tours, barbeques, special events, goat milk soaps, citrus relishes, specialty fruits & herbs.
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Travel To Oahu, Hawaii

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Adventure Experiences

The waves at Waimea Bay roar. From the safety of the shore you watch as surfers shoot out of the barrels of these collapsing walls of pounding surf. One thing’s for sure: these surfers are fearless.

From watching the harrowing winter waves of the North Shore to taking your own surf lesson in the calm waters of Waikiki, adventure on Oahu begins at sea. Oahu’s 112 linear miles of shoreline create endless possibilities for world-class water activities. Every sea adventure you can think of is a possibility on Oahu: boating, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, parasailing, whale watching and more.

On land, feel the exhilaration of riding down a trail on a mountain bike, off-roading on an ATV, or hiking one of Oahu’s thirty-five trails. For the truly fearless, take a 17,000 foot skydive and marvel at a North Shore view few have seen. On Oahu, you can explore a variety of adventures by land, air or sea.

    •  Learn to surf – Oahu has many amazing spots to learn how to surf. World famous Waikiki is probably one of the best spots in Hawaii to learn how to catch your first wave. Sign up for a lesson at the seaside booths along Kuhio and Waikiki Beaches, near the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. You’ll also find surf schools taught at gentler breaks in town at Ala Moana, the North Shore and various other spots on Oahu. Lessons run between 1-2 hours and are taught by experienced surfers in gentle breaks.
    •  Snorkeling and Scuba – Snorkeling on Oahu reveals a whole new underwater world. On the eastern tip of east Honolulu is Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, one of Oahu’s most popular snorkeling destinations. With clear waters rich with ocean life, this is the perfect spot for first time snorkelers. But come early, the parking lot can fill up quickly. Oahu has a variety of other beautiful beaches with calm waters to explore including Kailua Beach on the Windward Coast. You can also take a snorkel tour or boat charter and let guides help you discover what lies beneath the waters of Oahu.
  •  Hike Diamond Head – One of Oahu’s most famous landmarks and most accessible hikes is up the slopes of Leahi (Diamond Head). Just minutes from Waikiki, this moderately challenging trail includes two sets of stairs as well as dark tunnels and old military bunkers that open out to stunning panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu. 
   Arts & Culture Experiences    
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The history and majesty of the Native Hawaiian people are evident throughout the historic places of Oahu. Significant landmarks like Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha I Statue across the street, the Duke Kahanamoku statue on Waikiki beach, and the Bishop Museum celebrate the accomplishments of the people of Hawaii.Today, Oahu has diverse cultures that have blended and transformed the island’s traditions, festivals and foods. As agriculture boomed in the late 19th century, workers from China, Japan, Russia, Korea, Puerto Rico, Portugal and the Philippines were brought to the islands to work and live on plantations. Today, your clients can experience this blend of cultures by enjoying Oahu’s local food or attending the island’s many festivals during their stay. To learn even more about Hawaii’s multicultural roots, take an educational tour through venues like the Hawaii Plantation Village or visit Oahu’s many fine museums.

  •  Iolani Palace – A national historic landmark and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States, Downtown Honolulu’s Iolani Palace was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs from 1882 to 1893: King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani. The palace was a symbol of promise for the Hawaiian Kingdom built by King David Kalakaua, “The Merrie Monarch.” Influenced by European architectural styles, this royal residence included Hawaii’s first electric light system, flush toilets and intra-house telephones. The rich interior features a beautiful koa staircase, dramatic portraits of Hawaiian royalty, ornate furniture and royal gifts and ornaments from around the world. 
  •  Bishop Museum – Honolulu’s Bishop Museum is Hawaii’s largest museum dedicated to studying and preserving the history of Hawaii and the Pacific. Originally designed to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a descendent of King Kamehameha I, the museum is now the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. One of Oahu’s most historic places, the museum holds millions of artifacts, documents and photos about Hawaii and other Polynesian cultures. 
  •  Hawaii’s Plantation Village – Experience “real Hawaii.” Journey back a century, come explore a sugar plantation village and botanical garden featuring historic homes and plants reflecting the cultural diversity of the islands. At this living history museum, you will hear personal stories of struggle and triumph revealing how plantation laborers from China, Portugal, Japan, Puerto Rico, Okinawa, Korea, and the Philippines ventured to Hawaii in search of a better future. 
  •  Polynesian Cultural Center – The Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii’s #1 visitor attraction, with villages and exhibits representing the 8 cultures of Aotearoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Marquesas, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga, and Easter Island. Set on 42 acres of Oahu’s North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center has a lagoon that hosts canoe tours during the day and an exciting Canoe Pageant every afternoon. 

   Family Experiences    

Make room in the family photo album. On Oahu there’s a wealth of activities that will create indelible family memories. Sure your kids can always build a sand castle on Oahu’s beautiful beaches, but how about taking them inside a real submarine at Pearl Harbor or letting them pet a dolphin at Sea Life Park?

You’ll find family fun everywhere on Oahu. Take your kids to see the fish at the Waikiki Aquarium or get a bird’s eye view of a giraffe at the Honolulu Zoo. Explore Hawaiian artifacts in the Bishop Museum or get lost together in the 1.7-mile garden maze at Dole Plantation. Or play authentic Hawaiian games and eat at a luau at venues like the Polynesian Cultural Center. Many of Oahu’s resorts even offer fun programs for the keiki (kids).

On Oahu you’ll find something here to charm any child, from surfing lessons in Waikiki to horseback rides at Kualoa Ranch. Whatever you choose to do, just don’t forget to bring your camera.

 

  •  Sea Life Park – Where dolphins dance, sea lions sing, and penguins perform in this magical place by the sea. Sea Life Park Hawaii offers Hawaii’s most diverse array of close-up marine animal encounters. 
  •  Waikiki Aquarium – Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawaii since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium – third oldest in the U.S. – showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,000 marine specimens. Family-friendly and interactive exhibits and education programs celebrate the unique aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. 
  •  Honolulu Zoo – The wildest place in Waikiki! The Zoo is 42 acres and home to 995 different animals from the tropics. Komodo Dragons, orangutans, elephants, primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and a variety of African animals can be seen daily. 
  •  Kualoa Ranch – Kualoa is 4,000 acres of stunning tropical beauty and is a favorite location for many Hollywood filmmakers. See and learn about this 155 year old Hawaiian cattle ranch by going on an entertaining tour, horseback or ATV ride. 
  •  Bishop Museum – Hawaii’s museum of natural and cultural history, the Bishop Museum was originally designed to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The Museum has since expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photos about Hawaii and other Pacific cultures.

   Itineraries

Staying 1-3 days  

With so much to do on Oahu, you’ll have to make some tough choices on your short stay. You could actually spend 24-hours just in Waikiki taking surfing lessons, enjoying the beaches and seeing sights like the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. Take a short drive to Downtown Honolulu and learn about Hawaii’s history at the Iolani Palace and King Kamehameha Statue. Then travel up to the Nuuanu Pali Lookout to visit a historic spot with amazing views of the lush Windward Coast and the towering Koolau Mountains.

 Staying 4-7 days  

With a longer stay you can go beyond Waikiki and the comforts and amenities of Oahu’s finest resorts. Visit the historic Aloha Tower for spectacular views of Honolulu. Take a trip to Oahu’s scenic eastern tip to go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Get away to the country and visit the surfer’s paradise of the North Shore. Once there, watch the pro surfers during the winter big wave season at legendary spots like Waimea Bay, then eat like a local in charming Haleiwa Town. For a wonderful contrast to lively Waikiki, travel to the fertile Windward Coast and explore Kailua Beach and off-the-beaten-path wonders like the Valley of the Temples. 

   Must-Dos

First Time Visitors  

Your dream vacation is yours to create. Home to the majority of Hawaii’s population, the state capital of Honolulu and world famous Waikiki, Oahu is often the first stop for visitors to Hawaii. Because this is such an active and vibrant island with so much variety, there’s no shortage of things to do here.

  • Marvel at Oahu’s spectacular natural wonders like Leahi (Diamond Head) and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. 
  • Take your first surf lesson in Waikiki then attend a luau at sunset and watch authentic hula. 
    • Popular luaus include the Alii Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore, the Paradise Cove Luau in the Ko Olina area of Leeward Oahu, and the Royal Luau at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
  • Explore Hawaii’s rich history and culture at the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha Statue and Kawaiahao Church, all within a block of each other. 
  • Then indulge in a taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and the best of Hawaii’s nightlife. 
    • Five of the original chefs behind the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement have restaurants on Oahu: Alan Wong (Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Pineapple Room in the Ala Moana Center), Roy Yamaguchi (Roy’s Waikiki, Roy’s Hawaii Kai, locations throughout the islands), George Mavrothalassitis (Chef Mavro), Sam Choy (Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch & Crab) and Phillipe Padovani (Elua).
  • Or if all else fails, spend the day tanning on one of Oahu’s beautiful beaches. 

Can’t fit it all into your itinerary? Don’t worry. There will be plenty of time on your next visit.

 Returning Visitors  

You haven’t fully experienced Oahu until you’ve returned. Travel beyond Waikiki to off-the-beaten-path areas that give you a different point of view of Oahu. 

  • Head to the beautiful Windward Coast  and kayak along Kailua Beach, discover a Japanese temple in the Valley of the Temples or find adventure at the Kualoa Ranch. 
    • The main attraction in the Valley of the Temples is a Japanese temple called Byodo-In, which translates to the “Temple of Equality.” A scale replica of a temple in Uji Japan and made entirelywithout nails, Byodo-In was dedicated in 1968 as a centennial commemoration of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.
  • You’ve had a taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, now eat like a local in Kapahulu, just minutes from Waikiki. 
  • Spend a few hours and take a scenic hike to the top of Leahi (Diamond Head) or the panoramic eastern tip of Honolulu on the Makapuu Lighthouse trail. 
  • Cool off indoors and learn even more about Hawaii’s culture in Oahu’s amazing museums, from the Bishop Museum to the Honolulu Academy of the Art and Shangri La. 
    • Not far from Downtown Honolulu, the Honolulu Academy of Arts has been sharing the arts with Hawaii since 1927. With a permanent collection of over 38,000 pieces, this is Hawaii’s largest general fine-arts museum.

A whole new world awaits you on your return visit to Oahu.

Romance Experiences

Time seems to stop here. You sit together under the stars on the wall of a stone pier overlooking the dazzling lights of Waikiki… You share a bottle of wine at an intimate restaurant… You swim together with dolphins…

A few days on Oahu and you’ve never felt closer.

Romance is ubiquitous here. Whether you’re planning a wedding proposal on the sands of Waikiki or at the top of Leahi (Diamond Head); renewing your vows overlooking a North Shore sunset or inside at the historic Kawaiahao Church; reconnecting atop the scenic Nuuanu Pali Lookout or inside one of Oahu’s resort spas; seal your romantic getaway with the words, “Aloha Ia Oe,” and say “I love you” the Hawaiian way. With so many opportunities for a romance in Oahu, you’ll never know when your next memorable moment together will pleasantly surprise you.

 

  •  Nuuanu Pali Lookout – Just a 5-mile drive northeast of Downtown Honolulu, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout offers panoramic views of the sheer Koolau cliffs and lush Windward Coast.  Driving up the Pali Highway through tall trees and dense forests to get to the lookout, you’ll see the city disappear and the tranquil beauty of Hawaii’s natural landscape emerge. Perched over a thousand feet above the Oahu coastline amid mountain peaks shrouded by clouds, the stone terrace overlooks the areas of Kaneohe and Kailua, Mokolii (a pointy island locals call Chinaman’s Hat) and the University of Hawaii’s marine biology research center, Coconut Island. 
  •  Kawaiahao Church – Known as the “Westminster Abbey of the Pacific,” Kawaiahao Church was the first Christian Church built on Oahu. Dedicated on July 21, 1842, “The Great Stone Church” is made of 14,000 coral slabs from ocean reefs that were hauled from the sea by native laborers and missionaries. The church and the grounds were named a National Historic Landmark in 1962. 
  •  Amazing beaches – With 112 miles of coastline, O’ahu’s beaches have it all. Visit Kualoa Regional Park for spectacular views down the east coast. Yokohama Bay on O’ahu’s west coast offers a curvy beach and turquoise waters. Head to Kawela Beach on the north shore to experience one of the best snorkeling locations and the chance to see a honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle).

   Unexpected Experiences    

Located on Oahu’s North Shore, Kahuku’s shrimp trucks don’t look like much. But watching the blissful customers walk away from these humble road-side restaurants with heaping plates of fresh, garlic shrimp scampi and your mouth can’t help but water. The locally raised, jumbo prawns sold at about a half dozen shrimp trucks in Kahuku are just one example of the hidden gems Oahu has to offer beyond the bright lights of Waikiki.

Travel to the eastern tip of Oahu and hike the Makapuu Lighthouse trail for breathtaking ocean views. Eat like a local at small neighborhoods like Kapahulu or have a picnic at Oahu beaches beyond Waikiki like Kailua Beach. Discover local artists at the First Friday celebration in Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown. Or transport yourself to another world at beautiful spots like the Valley of the Temples. With a little exploration, you’ll discover Waikiki is just the beginning of your travels on Oahu.

 

  •  Valley of the Temples – Deep in a lush valley along the 2,000-foot Koolau Range lies the Valley of the Temples. The main attraction in the Valley of the Temples is a Japanese temple called Byodo-In, which translates to the “Temple of Equality.” The deep drone of the sacred bell (bon-sho) fills the tranquil temple grounds, as it is customary for visitors to ring the bell before entering the temple for happiness and longevity. The Valley of the Temples is truly a hidden gem in Hawaii found off the beaten path on the Windward Coast. There is no other place where you can see an authentic Japanese temple situated against the gorgeous backdrop of Oahu’s soaring Koolau Mountains. 
  •  First Friday – Head to Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown every first Friday of the month and dive deep into Oahu’s vibrant art scene. On each “First Friday” you can interact with local artists and artisans sharing their work during a festive night that draws a stylish crowd of visitors and locals. From expressive paintings to powerful cultural exhibits, you’ll get to see a diverse sampling of Hawaii’s burgeoning artistic talent.
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