Hawaii is the most exotic state in the whole United States. They are sunny, warm and beautiful. In 1959 the Hawaiian islands are officially recognized as the 50th state of the country. They attract many tourists from all over the world, who want to have one relaxing vacation in this mix of unique environment and culture. And the magic beaches and the splendid hotels offer first class services and one of the best spa procedures in the world.
When you step on the Hawaiian land, you will be enchanted of the unusual atmosphere that prevails in the islands. You will be warmly welcomed with a smile and will be greeted with the famous “Aloha”. This will surely create an amazing Hawaiian mood and will prepare you for a truly extraordinary vacation. You will see that the Hawaiian Islands are one of the most beautiful places of the world, offering a unique combination of tropical climate, warm crystal waters of the ocean, magnificent beaches and green mountains. The whole landscape, complemented by hospitable locals will take you in a world of relaxation and bliss, in which the peace is king.
Hawaii offers a variety of emotions for everyone. Because of the unique nature of the islands, you can enjoy so many activities there – swimming, surfing, canoeing, diving, snorkelling, mountain climbing. The beautiful parks, interesting botanical and zoological gardens, are the places where you can admire the exotic flora and fauna.
If you want to become familiar with the islands, we suggest you to start your journey with the most popular – Oahu. In it is situated the capital and administrative center of Hawaii – Honolulu.
Give yourself a magical Hawaiian story and do not forget to visit Hanauma Bay. You will see that it is worth!
Hawaii consists of six islands spread throughout the Pacific Ocean. If travelling to the state or looking for home in Hawaii, it is important to know the basics of each island. Although they all fall under the name Hawaii, they offer their uniqueness and appeal.
The oldest and most dramatic natural beauty, Kauai is home to outdoor adventure and romantic escape. It is considered one of the wettest islands on earth with an average of 485 inches of rain per year. But, amidst the rain, there is plenty to enjoy about Kauai. Some of the popular spots include the Coconut Coast, the Waimea Canyon, the Napali Coast, the Wailua River- the only flowing river in Hawaii, and famous Poipu Beach Park- rated one of the best beaches in the world.
Oahu is home to the state capital, Honolulu. This makes it the most modernized island in Hawaii. The resident total is around 370,000 making it home to nearly 75% of the state’s people. Oahu is a natural and cultural wonder with its big surfing waves on the North Shore, it’ famous Waikiki Beach, and the historic museums of Pearl Harbor.
Home to a majority of Native Hawaiian ancestry, Molokai is a small island that you could drive tip to tip in only a few hours. The love of outdoors shines through in its historic town of Kaunakakai, and Papohaku Beach- the largest white sand beach in Hawaii.
Home to only 5000 residents, Lanai features complete privacy. There are no traffic lights or fast food restaurants on Lanai, making it a complete island getaway. Popular attractions include the ‘Garden of the Gods’, Hulopoe Bay, and Lanai City.
Located on Maui are some of the best beaches in the world. It is the 2nd largest island of Hawaii and also the 2nd most visited island. Maui real estate is a luxury in itself. The island portrays the traditional “Aloha” spirit with a true Hawaiian culture. Besides the great beaches, Maui also hosts many top golf courses and some of the best whale watching around. The highest sea cliff in the world, Kahiwa Falls is a well-liked tourist spot along with the scenic town of Hana, and Makena Beach State Park.
Hawaii’s Big Island
The “Big Island” as residents call it, is larger than all the other islands combined. It experiences 11 climate zones from sandy beaches to snow-capped mountains. The west side is mostly dry, and the east side is primarily wet. The Big Island houses waterfalls, rain forests, botanical gardens, and a still active volcano- Kilauea. One of the hot spots, Kona, is famous for its coffee plantations. The Big Island has plenty entertainment for all with its many cultural events and festivals throughout the year.
The island of Hawaii has a bit of everything. From snow on the peaks of Mauna Kea to rolling green countryside in Honoka’a and hot, arid desert landscape in Kau. In this diverse environment, there are bound to be thousands of interesting sights and unusual places for the adventurous traveler to discover. If you ever find yourself on the Hawaii Islands, be sure to visit these hidden pearls in a tropical paradise of thousands.
Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse
Built in 1928 and later upgraded to its current state in 1933, the Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse (also known as the Kapoho Lighthouse) survived a catastrophic fate. In 1960, an eruption in a cane field nearly 2 miles east of the lighthouse and close to the town of Kapoho produced a lava flow that destroyed the town and threatened the lighthouse. Miraculously, the flow split into two streams and surrounded it, destroying several outbuildings yet leaving the main structure intact.
Several legends grew from the event all centering on the goddess Pele. In one, she appears as a beggar to the caretaker of the lighthouse asking for food and shelter. The caretaker feeds and gives her a place to sleep only to find her gone in the morning and the lava flowing towards him. He leaves with his family but returns and discovers the lighthouse still standing.
Take Hwy 132 from Pahoa to the intersection of Hwy 137. From there you can see the lighthouse or park and walk to it. Witness for yourself where lava meets concrete and decide whether Pele truly did save the Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse.
Lava Tree State Park
While you’re in the area plan for a picnic at the Lava Tree State Park and enjoy the newly renovated facilities and paved walking path. Formed when a fast moving lava flow struck a wet patch of ohia trees the resulting creations are interesting and unique. At the beginning of the trail is a large gouge from a violent eruption in the 1700s and an open air building with tables and restrooms.
As you traverse the 0.7 miles (1.1 km) footpath that form a loop through the park, you will see standing and toppled lava encrusted hollow trunks, dense, colorful foliage and towering eucalyptus trees. Some of the lava covered trees have broken in two allowing tourists the chance to see actual bark impressions within. The Lava Tree State Park is great for anyone interested in the effects of lava on the natural environment or just looking for a place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots
If you are headed to Hilo why not drive a few miles up Wainuenue Avenue and experience the most beautiful waterfalls in the state. Rainbow Falls gets its name from the rainbows that spread vibrantly across the lagoon many mornings. The waterfall plunges 80 feet into a large pool surrounded by rock cliffs and exotic plants and trees. Behind the falls lies a cave which legend says is the home of the Goddess Hina.
Above Rainbow Falls but still on the Wailuku River is another beautiful yet slightly stranger natural creation aptly named Boiling Pots. A collection of big pools is fed by an underground flow of water. During or after rainy days the “pots” bubble and froth as though they are boiling. Proximity to downtown Hilo and plenty of parking make these two sights a must see for any tourist.
With literally thousands of attractions and things to do on Hawaii Island, it’s impossible to cover them all with anything less than a book. But they’re all easily accessible and (mostly) free, so my advice to you is to get out there and see them for yourself.