In 2012, the island of Lanai garnered global attention when billionaire Larry Ellison purchased most of the island (98%, to be exact). Even though Lanai is now a household name, rarely do visitors to neighboring Maui take the time to explore the island. Perhaps there is confusion that the island is off-limits, given its near-private status, although the majority of the island remains open for exploration and offers some of the best adventures in Hawaii. While staying on Lanai is the easiest option (and offers the most chances for exploring), taking a day trip to Lanai from Maui is an easy and convenient alternative.
Yes, Hawaii is beautiful, and yes, it’s full of activities, but the Hawaiian Islands have a fascinating history that goes deeper than beauty and recreation. These islands were once their own sovereign Kingdom home to a thriving Polynesian culture, and with the arrival of missionaries and plantation workers (not to mention conflict and war), the Hawaiian Islands morphed into one of the nation’s most culturally and historically rich sites. Today, Hawaii’s best historical sites are scattered across the islands, and from the only palace on U.S. soil to the one time temple of a King, the following are some of the best historical sites to visit when traveling to Hawaii.
Oahu’s legendary beach culture ramps up during the long days of summer. Local kids are out of school, visiting families are on summer vacation, and the summer surf keeps the south shores buzzing from Ewa to Waikiki. When planning a trip to Oahu, however, there are over 125 Oahu beaches where you can claim your […]
We had landed in Kauai to with less than a couple hours before the sunset. The weather was far from perfect, but it was a tropical paradise compared to what we had left at home. We made it to the beach with only a few minutes of daylight left to spare. Just enough time to be excited about tomorrow and be worried if the weather tomorrow would make a mess of the best intended plans.
Sure, the nightlife in Kona isn’t exactly Manhattan, but with all the things to do in Kona people are usually exhausted by nightfall. Nevertheless, travelers wondering where to see shows in Kona will still find a number of options, from traditional Polynesian performances to contemporary live music and theater. Travelers staying in the Waikoloa resort […]
No disrespect to the Grand Canyon, but even though Mark Twain famously labeled Waimea Canyon as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” there is so much more to this famous site than simply a big hole in the Earth. Sure, there is the colorful cleft in the Kauai mountainside which plummets 3,600 feet towards the floor, […]
One of the best ways to experience Maui is by exploring on your own two feet. From thundering waterfalls which plunge through the rainforest to blowholes in coastal lava rock, many of Maui’s best sites are only accessible by foot. West Maui is no exception, and while it might not boast the thundering waterfalls you […]
Quintessential Hawaii — the Hawaii that movies are made of and vacationers dream about, includes surf, sand and waterfalls. Doing it all the right way in one trip is tricky. Doing it all the right way in one day … well I used to think that was impossible