There was once a time when it was heavily frowned upon to speak Hawaiian in public. Suppressed by missionaries and western businessmen who were working to supplant the culture, the Hawaiian language was only spoken in the privacy of family and friends. In fact, in the 1970s, it was estimated that fewer than 50 children could fluently speak Hawaiian. In […]
There is a misconception that the Road to Hana ends in the town of Hana. Sure, the name itself is somewhat misleading, but as we mention in our tips for driving the Road to Hana, many of the best places on the famous drive are located past Hana itself. There is also confusion around the so-called “back road,” a narrow, bumpy, but incomparably scenic drive around the backside of the island.
Nobody wants to get hurt on vacation, especially if that vacation is Hawaii. These islands are meant for tropical memories, so any time spent nursing an injury can be a frustrating blemish on paradise. And while the Hawaiian Islands are low on crime, the natural surroundings that lend beauty to the islands are also what make them so dangerous. With that thought in mind, staying safe in Hawaii shouldn’t be a problem for anyone who follows these tips.
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.