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Hawaii At a Glance:
Uniquely Hawaii: The Green Sand Beach on Hawaii's Big Island
Must-See: USS Arizona Memorial
Most Unusual: Ka Lae, the most southern point in the United States
Highest Point: Mauna Kea, 13,796 feet
Food to Try: Kona Coffee and Luau
What to Do in Hawaii:
Take a helicopter tour to see the active volcano on Hawaii
Tour a coffee plantation
Enjoy the sun on one of Hawaii's many beautiful beaches
Learn how to surf in the beautiful waters at the state of Hawaii
See the beauty of Waimea Canyon on Kauai, called "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"
Off The Beaten Path
The beautiful state of Hawaii is an amazing destination year-round. Hawaii's climate is perfect for vacationing throughout the year, visitors can enjoy the sun, the beaches and all of the excellent activities. Hawaii has six main islands, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. All six of these islands have beautiful beaches, excellent spots for water recreation and many stunning natural wonders.
Poipu Beach, Kauai
Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States if not the world, Poipu Beach is located on the south shore of Kauai and is part of Poipu Beach Park. The beach is composed of a string of golden sandy crescent shaped beaches. Visitors to Poipu can have hours of fun snorkeling, boogie-boarding, swimming, and surfing. The best surfing spots are located slightly offshore, the reef establishes wavebreaks which make good surfing for surfers of all experience levels.
Pearl Harbor, Oahu
This National Historical Landmark honors the tragic turning point in America's history. Pearl Harbor has five historic sites that honor the events of December 7th, 1941. Each of these memorials is an awe-inspiring experience for visitors to Oahu. The USS Arizona Memorial, is a floating memorial built over the sunken hull of the USS Arizona, which sunk in nine minutes. Visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial has a marble wall with the names of the men who died on the USS Arizona. Visitors to Pearl Harbor can also visit the Battleship Missouri Memorial, which is the ship where the Japanese unconditionally surrendered ending the war. The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is a great spot for visitors to learn about submarine warfare during the war. The Pacific Aviation Museum is located within the former World War II airplane hangars, and is an amazing aviation museum that has simulators and many exhibits. Visitors can also stop at the USS Oklahoma Memorial, which honors the men who lost their lives on the battleship during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Moomomi Dunes, Molokai
The Moomomi Dunes are located on a 920 acre preserve, located on the northwest region of Molokai. These dunes are an important part of Molokai and Hawaii's history. Ancient Hawaiian sites have been found in the dunes, as well as endangered plant species, and evidence of flightless prehistoric birds. Visitors can travel into the Moomomi Dunes on the jeep trails that weave through the preserve. Those visitors to Molokai that explore the Moomomi Dunes should be prepared for the rugged conditions, but it is a truly amazing place, rich with the history of Molokai.
Also know as the Garden of the Gods, Keahiakawelo is an absolutely stunning garden on the northwest side of Lanai. Visitors to Keahiakawelo will see the stunning rock garden. Throughout the landscape there are rock towers and formations. Visitors have to have 4-wheel drive in order to access this interesting spot, and it is worth noting that the landscape is most stunning at dusk when the rock formations are lit by the colors of the setting sun.
Hana Highway, Maui
A road trip along the Hana Highway is a great way to explore some of Maui's amazing sights and activities. The Highway travels along the northern shore of Maui, ending in the town of Hana. Along this road, travelers will find stunning beaches, gardens, and much more. During the winter time visitors should stop to see the expert surfers braving the waves at Jaws, off of Pauwela Point. This area is known for its gigantic waves, which only the very best surfers brave. Travelers along the Hana Highway can also stop at the Keanae Arboretum has fascinating examples of Hawaiian flora. Visitors should also stop at the Waianapanapa State Park, on the edge of Hana, this park has a beautiful black sand beach and also has a trail to explore the area. All along the Hana Highway there are many beautiful places to explore and things to experience and the town of Hana also has many excellent places to visit.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
During a visit to Hawaii, if you are looking for some spectacular natural sights, then Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the country's must see destinations. At this park you can look over the edge into some ancient volcanic craters. If you only have time for a drive, the Crater Rim Drive will take you through a rain forest and desert, you will encircle the summit of Kilauea caldera and pass through the caldera floor. Maybe you have time for some hiking, try the Kilauea Iki Trail, where you can cross the crater. You can also go to the East Rift Zone to see the most recent lava flow. Lava flow is always changing, so find out what is going on before stopping for a visit.
Waipio Valley, Hawaii
This valley is one of Hawaii's truly stunning vistas. Waipio Valley stretches almost six miles into the island from the beach at its mouth. The valley's walls are almost a mile high. Throughout the valley there are waterfalls and streams. Waipio Valley is a place filled with Hawaiian history and it is an excellent opportunity to recreate and explore an amazing bit of Hawaii. The Waipio Valley is somewhat difficult to access, if you don't want to attempt the trip into the valley you can instead stop at the Waipio Valley Lookout to enjoy the view from the top of the valley. For the more adventurous travelers, there are a few options to get into the Waipio Valley. Visitors can take the Waipio Valley Shuttle, which is a guided tour of the valley, or the Waipio Valley Wagon Tour, a mule-drawn surrey tour of the Valley.
Fun and Funky, Hawaii
Hawaii is a beautiful state, each the islands are filed with stunning scenery, amazing recreation and plenty of sun and relaxation. For those visitors that love to explore some of the funky and fun places during their vacation, here are some of the fun and funky destinations found throughout Hawaii.
Captain Cook Monument
Visitors to the island of Hawaii can stop to visit the spot where Captain James Cook, the first westerner to land on the Big Island of Hawaii, first landed on the island. Within the Kealakekua Bay there is a white obelisk memorializing the death of Captain Cook, which occurred a year after his arrival during a fight with the native Hawaiians. In addition to the memorial, there is also plenty of excellent recreation opportunities to be enjoyed at the park.
This scenic cove, located at Hanauma Bay on the island of Oahu. Not only is the spot a scenic one, but it also has an amazing blowhole. Visitors can drive to a scenic overlook, which has an excellent view of the unique lava configuration that creates the blowhole. The blowhole is caused by a lava tube and the surf, which causes the blowhole to erupt. Depending on the surf action, the blowhole eruption can be very impressive.
Found throughout the islands of Hawaii, Hilo Hattie is a fantastic store to find all sorts of Hawaiian souvenirs and treasures. Every visit to Hilo Hattie is sure to be fun and an excellent destination to find fun gifts for your friends back home, and memorabilia to help preserve the memories from your trip.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Located on the northeast shore of Oahu, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a fun destination to learn about all of the many different cultures in the Pacific Ocean region including the Hawaiian Islands. Within the Center visitors will find a variety of village replicas from different cultures, which feature craft demonstrations and more. This destination is a fantastic family attraction and is a fun way to learn more about the cultures of the region of the Pacific Ocean.
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Visitors to Hawaii that are interested in learning about Hawaiian culture should be sure to stop at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park also known as the Place of Refuge. This park preserves and important part of Hawaiian culture, which visitors can see first hand during a visit. Within the park there was once royal grounds as well as the place of refuge where lawbreakers in the Hawaiian culture could try to evade their pursuers and participate in a ceremony of absolution. This historical destination provides a fun destination and an excellent opportunity to learn about Hawaiian culture.