Hawaii unforgettable experiences: From the hustle and bustle of Oahu to the romance of Maui and off-the-beaten-path chases on Lanai and Molokai, the Hawaiian Islands offer enough to see, do, and feel the dreams of a lifetime. So where do you begin? Hawaii’s spectacular beaches and lush valleys offer endless outdoor experiences, including surfing, hiking, skydiving, helicopter tours, paddle sports, whale-watching, and zip-lining. You can also swim with manta rays at night, swim in tunnels on old sugar plantations, and walk a lunar landscape in the Garden of the Gods. Choose your adventure and let the memories begin.
Must-Visit Hawaiian Parks and Monuments
Among the incredible natural and historical sites in Hawaii, Maui’s Haleakala National Park, the “House of the Sun,” is a massive shield volcano that offers unparalleled sunrise views. During World War II in the Pacific National Monument, a gloomy wind surrounds the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated to those killed in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
The striking force of erosion is on view at Kauai’s Waimea Canyon State Park; The “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” was created by the collapse of the volcano that created the island. Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, known for its fanciful mask carvings, is a sacred place of refuge that was used by Hawaiians in ancient times.
Hawaii is home to five active volcanoes. Four are located on the Hawaiian Islands: Kilauea, Maunaloa, Hualalai, and Mauna Kea. The fifth, Haleakala, is located in Maui. The most popular place to see volcanoes in Hawaii is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is home to two active volcanoes: Kilauea and Maunaloa. There are currently no lava flows in the park, but depending on the circumstances, you may be able to see the steam. Visitors are required to stay on designated trails and must not approach the lava. Check weather and volcano conditions before visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Explore the colorful gorges, gorges, and waterfalls while hiking the 35.5 km Nepalese coast. The crystal-clear, turquoise waters at Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui invite snorkeling. Take a surfing lesson to ride the waves at the popular Waikiki beach or trek to the lesser-traveled island of Lanai to visit the Kaunolu Village site, a prehistoric Hawaiian fishing village.
On Kauai, try waterfall rappelling, tubing, or kayaking the tranquil Wailua River through the slopes of old sugar plantations amid pristine mountains and rainforests. On Hawaii’s Kohala Coast, from December to April, take a whale-watching cruise at sunset and listen to whale songs on an underwater hydrophone.
Only in Hawaii
For a taste of classic Hawaiian, take a private hula dance lesson and learn how to make lees with the Hawaiian Hula Company. In the spring, the Merry Monarch Festival gathers the best hula groups for a visually spectacular competition and other traditional cultural activities. You’ll find the slack-key guitarist known as Ki Hoalu, performing at Outrigger Resorts in Waikiki; There’s also a Slack Key Festival in Kona every September.
The Bishop Museum in Honolulu houses the world’s largest collection of Polynesian artifacts, and the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu’s northeast coast offers visitors an authentic luau dinner and show. Molokai Island is home to Kalaupapa National Historical Park, a preserve of leprosy colonies that operated near the world’s highest sea cliffs until 1969.
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