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Hawaii, our 50th state, is made up entirely of islands. Of the 8 main islands, the most popular is the Island of Hawaii (often referred to as the “Big Island”). Then in no order Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, Kahoolawe and Lanai. With the active volcanoes, warm tropical climate, gorgeous beaches, and the countless adventures to be had, the Hawaiian Islands are among the most sought after destinations for travelers of all types.
5 Must-See Attractions
- USS Arizona Memorial: Located at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Hawaii. This is the scene of one of the most pivotal moments in US history. The memorial is part of the 17 acre Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Tours run every 15 min throughout the day. The tour usually takes about 75 min if you watch the film and take the boat ride out to the memorial.
- North Shore Oahu: Made famous by the winter surf competitions, the North Shore of Oahu offers a little something for everyone! Breathtaking scenery, shopping, hiking and more. No matter what your looking for, you will most likely find it here!
- Champagne Pond: In the Puna Coast, Champagne Pond is one of the more unique swimming areas on the Island of Hawaii. The natural rock bottom floor of the pond is heated naturally by geothermal heat. The pond provide a perfect setting for swimming and snorkeling along the rocky beaches.
- Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park: Known as the Grand Canyon of Hawaii, Waimea Canyon will give some best sights on the Island of Kauai. Stretching over 10 miles, the canyon is a outdoor adventurers dream come true. Just down the road is Koke'e State Park there are multiple options to experience park. Whether you backpack, camp, or just like to gaze over some amazing scenery, make sure both the canyon and the park are both on your to do list.
- Road to Hana: A 64 mile road that connects Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. with out stopping the drive will take you about 2.5- 3 hours to drive. This highway features stunning views around every turn (about 620). When you’re ready to take a break from driving, hop out and follow one of the many hiking trails or stroll on the beach.
5 Kid Friendly Sites
- Polynesian Cultural Center: Attend an authentic Hawaiian Luau, see the show, and explore the village. Learn about Hawaii and other places in the South Pacific.
- Dole Pineapple Plantation: A great activity for any age, the Dole Plantation offers guided tours explaining the history and science behind this juicy fruit.
- Honolulu Zoo: Home to a large variety of animals, the zoo is a fun family outing for any day.
- Molokini Snorkeling Tour: This small island is well suited for a day of snorkeling. With beautiful, clear waters, you’re sure to see a plethora of tropical fish and coral.
- Maui Ocean Center: Take the family to this state-of-the-art aquarium and marine science center for the day where you can observe and interact with much of the local animal sea life.
5 Great RestaurantsOn Oahu:
- Roy’s Waikiki: Try the tasting menu; short ribs are a specialty here.
- Duke’s Waikiki: Excellent food, reasonable prices and the must-have Hula Pie.
- Azure Waikiki: Enjoy beautiful views of Diamond Head and sample hand crafted cocktails and the freshest fish imaginable.
- Mama’s Fish House: Take a nice scenic drive to Paia and enjoy delicious food and stunning views.
- Lahaina Grill: A slightly pricier option, Lahaina Grill is worth the price for its superior food.
5 Nightlife Recommendations
- Moose’s Pub and Café: With locations in Waikiki and Kihei (Maui), Moose’s offers food, drinks and dancing until the wee hours.
- Rumours Nightclub at the Ala Moana Hotel: Dance the night away to the latest hits and songs from the best DJs in town.
- RumFire at the Sheraton Waikiki: The only beachfront nightclub in town, with live entertainment nightly.
- Mai Tai Bar at the Ala Moana Mall: Live music nightly and a late night happy hour make this a popular location.
- Bar 35: Located in Chinatown, featuring happy hour specials, live music and DJs.
5 Romantic Getaways
- Dinner at the House Without a Key: Enjoy dinner and a delicious Mai outside the House Without a Key at the Halekulani Hotel and take in the stunning sunsets under the 100 year old Kiawe tree.
- Sunset Beach: Enjoy a beautiful day trip here and stay to watch the sunset on the North Shore at Sunset Beach.
- Volcano Rainforest Retreat: Stay at this charming bed and breakfast nestled within the rainforest and enjoy explorations and hikes during the day.
- Waikiki Beach: Not only a beautiful beach during the day, but head here at night for great firework shows every Friday night.
- Halona Blowhole: This rock formation and blowhole overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Head to the beach cove off of Hanauma Bay for jaw-dropping views.
5 Great Hotels
- Royal Hawaiian: 2259 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
- Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea: 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., HI 96753
- Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai: 5520 Ka Haku Rd., Kauai, HI 96722
- Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii: 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa Village, HI 96738
- Moana Surfrider, Waikiki: 2365 Kalakaua, Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815
5 Must Try Foods:
- Shave Ice: The most famous on the North Shore of Oahu is Matsumoto Shave Ice. Try it with both ice cream and azuki beans.
- Malasadas: Donut fan or not, these famous fried donuts from Leonard’s Bakery are worth a try for every visitor!
- Loco Moco: A meal in the contemporary cuisine of Hawaii. There are many variations, but the traditional loco moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. Variations include Pork, Ham or Spam in place of the hamburger patty.
- Poke: A raw fish salad served as an appetizer (sometimes as a main course). Traditional forms are tuna and octopus. Variations o f include raw salmon or various shellfish as a main ingredient served raw with the common "poke" seasonings.
- Spam Musubi: A popular snack in Hawaii composed of a slice of grilled Spam on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori.
Climate and What To Pack:Temperatures in Hawaii rarely exceed 90° during the day 65° in the evening, unless you’re in the mountainous areas where there can actually be snow! Aloha shirts, slacks, shorts and sundresses are appropriate for wearing at all times. Hawaii tends to be a very casual place, though visitors should pack some nice clothing for upscale evenings. For sightseeing, hiking or bike riding pack appropriate footwear. In the evenings, sandals or heels are appropriate for women, while men can wear loafers, boat shoes or sandals. Don’t forget water shoes or flip flops for the beaches and pools. Most importantly bring sunscreen!
Electrical Converter Information:Most electrical outlets in Hawaii are equipped for standard U.S. plugs, best for 120 volt appliances with 60 Hz.
Transportation:We recommend a rental car to get around the various islands. There are also some public transportation options such as the bus and the Waikiki Trolley. On Maui, there are some public buses, but you will likely want a car to explore Haleakala and the Road to Hana on your own.
Air Travel Information:Each island has its own airport.
- Oahu: Honolulu International Airport (HNL).
- Maui : Kahului (OGG)- a regional airport.
- Kauai: Lihu’e (LIH)
- Hawaii ( 2 International Airports) :
- Kona (KOA) West side of the island
- Hilo International (ITO) Eastern side of the island