Hawaii – Beyond the Beach

Beach in Oahu

Beach in Oahu

When I think of Hawaii, pristine beaches lined with palm trees spring to mind. But if lounging on a beach isn’t your thing, there are loads of other great things to do when travelling to the Islands of Hawaii. Here are my favourite Hawaiian sights.

Visit Pearl Harbor on Oahu and learn how the United States were launched into WWII. Standing over the submerged wreckage of the USS Arizona on a floating pontoon and imagining the events of that day, is an utterly moving experience.

Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s home to Mauna Loa the biggest volcano in the world and Kilauea one of the most active volcanoes in the world. In this National PArk you can actually see lava erupting from Kilauea and even spot some rare animals and plant species.

Aloha Sign

Aloha Sign

On the island of Maui, discover the restaurants, cafes and art galleries on Front Street in Lahaina, a former whaling village. Alternatively have a look at the remains of the old Lahaina Fort or marvel at the massive Bayan Tree which is the largest of its kind in the world.

Don’t miss out on a whale watching trip and get up close and personal with humpback whales. The best time of year to see them is between December and April, so don’t miss out when you’re visiting the island of Maui then.

You can’t leave Hawaii without attending a luau. Luaus are traditional Hawaiian parties with local entertainment and food. It’s a mesmerising experience to listen to to watch the hand and hip movements of the dancers which represent the words in the songs.

hawaiian lei

hawaiian lei

 

One response to “Hawaii – Beyond the Beach

  1. Ron and Rosie Stockton

    We would like to comment on how wonderful our travel director was. Katrina Faccenda went way beyond the normal. We thank her for making this a time we will never forget. I hope you move her to the top of your list of outstanding employees. A raise would be order for all her help. Thank you again Katrina.

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