Things to Do in Hawaii Guaranteed to Get You in the Aloha Spirit

Today we are going to talk about a few of the things that will make your trip to Hawaii memorable and leave island footprints in your heart. So sit back relax and think of a tropical drink and you hear the waves crashing on the shore.

    1. Visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to the active Kilauea volcano, is one of the top things to do on the Big Island. To view Kilauea’s steaming caldera, take the 11-mile Crater Rim Drive, while the 19-mile Chain of Craters Road will take you past expansive lava fields, craters, prehistoric petroglyphs, and, possibly, active lava.

 


    1. Simply known as Black Sand Beach, Punalu’u is the most famous of Hawaii’s jet-hued strands. In addition to a long, wide stretch of black sand dotted with volcanic rocks, you can often see endangered green and hawksbill turtles sunning themselves on the sand. Lesser-known Kehena, on the eastern shore, is a another black-sand beauty.

 


    1. The Kona region is known for its incredible coffee, which draws its distinctive flavor from its high elevation and rich volcanic soil from nearby Hualalai volcano. Learn about the coffee-making process during a coffee plantation tour at Greenwell Farms, which includes a visit through the coffee fields and processing facilities, followed by a tasting.

 


    1. It’s all about the seafood at ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge in the swanky Four Seasons Hualalai. Start off with a Hawaii roll, made with ahi tuna, mango, and avocado, followed by mahi mahi in a coconut-carrot sauce. Looking for another spot? Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill is a casual spot for lunch (try the Kalua pork quesadilla or the blue cheese-topped burger).

 


    1. This scenic serpentine highway, located along Maui’s northeast coastline, is one of the most iconic roads in Hawaii. While the Road to Hana, as it’s known, is only 53 miles from the town of Kahului to Hana, it will likely take you several hours, as you’ll want to stop to soak in the beauty of cascading waterfalls, jagged cliffs, and vast taro fields.

 


    1. Visible from just about any point on the island is Haleakala crater, the centerpiece of Haleakala National Park. This 10,023-foot dormant volcano is set amid a stunning landscape of red desert terrain, rock gardens, and cascading waterfalls. Though open throughout the day, the most popular times to visit are sunrise and sunset.

 


    1. Hali’imaile Distilling Company, located amid the pineapple and sugarcane fields in Maui’s Upcountry, produces handcrafted spirits, including its signature Pau Maui vodka, made using locally grown pineapples. You can take a tour of the micro-distillery, then have a tasting of the vodka and other spirits, like Paniolo whiskey.

 


    1. One of the top things to do on Oahu is to tour Pearl Harbor, the site of the surprise air attack on the U.S. naval base by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. Today, Pearl Harbor is comprised of five historic sites, including the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, as well as the Pacific Aviation Museum.

 


    1. Another can’t-miss attraction on the island is to hike up to the summit of 760-foot Diamond Head volcanic crater. Though considered moderate, the trail involves switchbacks and numerous steps, but the reward is well worth it, as you’ll be treated to 360-degree views of Waikiki, the Pacific Ocean, and the Ko’olau Mountains.

 


    1. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a 42-acre living history museum on Oahu’s northeast shore. Wander amid seven Pacific Island “villages,” to learn about the traditions of Hawaiians, Samoans, Maori, and other Polynesian peoples. The center also offers an authentic luau, canoe rides, and Hukilau Marketplace for native crafts and jewelry.

 


    1. Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon is a must-see attraction on Kauai’s west side. To experience this 10-mile-long, 1-mile-wide, and more than 3,600-foot-deep gorge – you can drive or take a hike, both lead to beautiful lookouts, where you can snap photos and ponder the rugged beauty of this geological wonder.

 


    1. One of the world’s most stunning coastlines is the Na Pali Coast, 17 miles of rugged cliffs, located 90 miles north of Lihue on the north shore. Take a scenic helicopter ride to get a bird’s-eye view of the emerald-hued cliffs, or, if you’re an experienced hiker, you can tackle the famed 11-mile Kalalau Trail, passing native flora along the way.

 


  1. Though known as the Garden Isle due to its lush scenery, Kauai has some pretty sweet beaches, too. One of the top strands is Poipu Beach, a crescent-shaped beauty with golden sand that’s ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing. Keep an eye out for Hawaiian green sea turtles, and December through May, humpback whales.

 


Yes, Hawaii the dream getaway of so many. This island paradise should be on your bucket list. If you have already been, isn’t it time for you to return and make new memories? With so many things to offer, these islands have something for everyone to enjoy. from sun up to beyond each romantic sunset.