When compared to the five hour (minimum) plane flight that’s required to reach Hawaii, the Hawaiian Islands seem close to each other when compared to the US West Coast. Even with their perceived proximity, however, the Hawaiian Islands are actually farther apart than most people tend to believe. The only ferries that run between islands go between Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lana‘i, and a short, 30-45 minute flight is required to move between islands. Nevertheless, for travelers who want to experience multiple islands from a central, tropical base, island hopping in Hawaii can be an efficient way to see the best that Hawaii has to offer. Sure, it makes for a really long day and you can only see so much, but many of the neighbor island day trips from Oahu are worth the early alarm.
As it currently stands, the Big Island of Hawaii is the only place in America where there is the chance of hiking towards lava. Ever since January, 1983—when Kilauea volcano began spouting lava and gobbling everything in its path—over 500 acres of new land has been added to America’s largest island. For anyone wondering where to see lava on the Big Island of Hawaii, the answer, unfortunately, isn’t always clear, since the strength of the eruption and the exact location can literally change by the day. For those who get the chance to see it, however, viewing lava as it rolls across the Earth is a life experience and geologic story that very few humans can tell.
Simply put, there is much more to Haleakala Crater than driving to watch the sunrise.
In Hawaiian legend, Haleakala Crater was where the demigod Maui famously snared the sun, and to island locals, it’s the only place on the island of Maui where there is the chance of ever seeing snow. For visitors looking to experience the crater for longer than a 30-minute sunrise, it’s a windswept amphitheater of cinder cones and adventure that looks like the surface of the moon. When visiting, choosing what to see at Haleakala Crater all depends on time, as there are activities that range from a couple of minutes to multi-day backcountry hikes.
Everyone knows that Hawaii is beautiful, but there is a tropical charm to Hanalei that places it well above the rest. It’s a town where long, white, expansive sands are backed by jagged green mountains, and the gentle river on the outskirts of town is like a time portal to the Hawaii of old. It’s […]
Sure, Oahu is a place for romance and adventure and some of the world’s best big wave surfing, but it’s also a place for families to enjoy a tropical Hawaiian vacation. Spend a day at a white sand beach building spiraling castles of sand, or splash in the surf as turquoise waters envelop the entire clan. Hike deep into a rainforest where tumbling waterfalls make the perfect Christmas card backdrop, or enjoy the heat of a luau together on a journey across Polynesia. For travelers planning to visit the island with children or parents in tow, here are a couple of different ideas for family friendly things to do on Oahu.
When it comes to knowledge of the Big Island of Hawaii, many visitors know there is an active volcano and the mountain can sometimes get snow. They also know of the white sand beaches and thundering tropical waterfalls, but further knowledge of this massive island often dissipates from there. To learn more about the Big Island of Hawaii, a great start is to visit a couple of the island’s fascinating museums. From the history of train travel, to fast moving tsunamis, to stars in the inky black sky, the numerous museums on the Big Island of Hawaii offer education on vacation.
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 […]