There are two ways to start off a Waikiki day with a massive burst of energy: Either order a bottomless cup of coffee, or wake up early and start the day by squeezing in a workout. Because of the time change, many travelers to Hawaii end up arising early from jet lag, leaving a couple of hours to kill before Oahu attractions open. Rather than simply hitting the gym hotel, take advantage of the tropical setting right outside your front door. If you find yourself staying in Waikiki, here are the best morning workouts to kick off your day.
While there’s something incomparably romantic and timeless about a fiery Hawaiian sunset, there’s also beauty to waking up early for sunrise. And since many visitors tend to wake up early simply because of jet lag, knowing the best places to watch the sunrise on Oahu can help you make the most of your early morning wake-up.
If you’ve been to a Big Island luau, you’ve seen it: The heaping plates of Hawaiian food with everything jam-packed together — lomi salmon resting atop a mound of kalua pork, with lau lau leaves balancing just above a purple puddle of poi. For most visitors to the Big Island, a luau is the only place they’ll experience traditional Hawaiian cuisine, but locals satisfy their cravings elsewhere; here’s a list of where to find Hawaiian food on the Big Island outside of the luaus and resorts.
A certain excitement floats in the air the moment the calendar hits May. School is out — or will be soon — and the sense of summer’s upcoming freedom is stronger than the scent of freshly cut grass, more refreshing than lemonade in the sun. It’s a time of adventure and exploration, where new destinations provide opportunities to revel in novel activities. This, of course, makes it a popular time for vacations, and families traveling to the Big Island of Hawaii have a wealth of adventures at their fingertips. Here are some of the best Big Island adventures for summer.
Pay a visit to Oahu’s Pearl Harbor, and you’re sure to hear about the USS Arizona where over 1,100 service members tragically lost their lives. The Arizona Memorial is the most visited — and somber — section in all of Pearl Harbor, but there are many other corners to this naval base deserving of visitors attention. One of those corners is the Oklahoma Memorial, a tribute to the 429 sailors who were killed in 1941.
While over four million people visit the island of Oahu every year, millions more experience the island by watching it up on the big screen. Dozens of films have been shot on Oahu, where the beautiful scenery and tropical climate combine to create a comfortable setting for shooting Hollywood films. Whereas some movies, like 50 First Dates, are specifically modeled around characters on Oahu, other films like Jurassic Park use the island as a stand-in for somewhere else. If you’re a movie buff and want to peek behind the scenes, these are some classic spots to visit.
When Dan suggested the helicopter tour over West Maui and Molokai, I was delighted: I’d never been in a helicopter. Here was my chance to prove that my former adrenaline-junkie self hadn’t been body-snatched by a wheels-on-the-bus-singing mom-bot.
When it’s time to leave your pool or beach to explore the island of Hawaii, a trip to Volcanoes National Park is on most to-visit lists … There are a variety of tour options available, and I made a full-day commitment on a small-group Evening Lava Adventure tour, about 12 hours from pick-up until return, in order to experience the nighttime glow from Kilauea Volcano. The day was broken up with stops and activities to create a sampler of some of the best the island has to offer.
The island of Oahu is on nearly every traveler’s dream list. It’s warm; it’s scenic; it’s pulsing with activity. And despite being part of the U.S., it holds an exotic, international charm you can get without a passport. That said, everyone who visits the island of Oahu has a slightly different agenda. Some come to shop in Honolulu and party all night at the clubs, while others flock to the island to surf the famous North Shore. Others want to soak up the year-round sun and some seek out the cultural, culinary and historic sights of the island. Whatever your reason for visiting Oahu, you can’t go home without visiting these seven sights.
Hawaii is a place gloriously unlike any other on the planet, so a little preparation makes all the difference. Some people, upon visiting, are surprised at what they find, whether in terms of weather or pace of life. To help you manage expectations and learn a little about the islands, here are eight things to know before you visit Hawaii.