There’s no doubt about it—Hawaiʻi is an island paradise known for its verdant landscape and sprawling, sunny beaches. But there’s a lot more to these tropical islands than meets the eye. If you’re a first-time visitor to Hawaiʻi, you may find yourself surprised and slightly confused by the reality of the paradise you’re visiting. Here are seven things to know before you make the trek across the Pacific: 1. Each island is differentWhatever your impressions of traditional Hawaiʻi may be, they likely vary island to island—this is because each island is ... Read More
There's so much to learn about this tropical paradise we call Hawai'i. Start your journey today by reading more about what makes this place so special.
Much like its sprawling, verdant landscape, Hawaiʻi is also home to a variety of native animals on land and at sea that are unique to our islands. Of these fauna, so many find themselves on the long list of endangered species. We ask visitors and residents alike to do their part to protect and preserve these endangered species to allow generations in the future to enjoy their presence.Hawaiian Monk SealThe Hawaiian Monk Seal is endemic to Hawaiʻi, regarded as extremely rare not only in our state, but also in US ... Read More
Hawaiʻi has always been known for its pristine beaches, verdant landscape and all-around majestic outdoor environment. Yet now more than ever, the beauty of Hawaiʻi is threatened by the rise in pollution, plastic overkill and damage to our oceans. There are so many ways to enjoy eco-friendly fun while doing your part to keep Hawaiʻi clean, green and safe. If you’re traveling across the islands, we encourage you to “go green” whenever you can! Here are some simple tips to get you started. PC: Pacific Whale Foundation. 1. Forgo the plasticIt’s no ... Read More
School’s out, the sun is shining, the waves are barreling to shore, and Hawaiʻi is calling your name! While there’s no bad time to make a trek to paradise, we certainly can’t deny the perfection of a summer island getaway. As if you need more convincing, here are eight reasons why a Hawaiʻi adventure in the summer is so special. 1. The beaches are at their most beautifulSure, Hawaiʻi is known for its world-class beaches and sprawling blue waters, but what makes the shores around the Pacific even more beautiful in ... Read More
They frolic, they leap, they even communicate—what can’t dolphins do? These amazing acrobats of the sea are Hawaiʻi regulars, roaming the warm waters around our islands in social, exploratory pods. They are highly intelligent, community-oriented and playful, and are frequently spotted cruising around each of the Hawaiian Islands. PC: Dolphin Star.Sure, you can search for these friendly yet elusive creatures on your own, but why not enlist the help of professionals? Dolphin tour operators on the Big Island, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu and Maui offer vessels of all sizes and capacities—these are ... Read More
Have you always wanted to test your shredding skills? Did you find yourself pumped after watching the pros crush the last Eddie at Waimea Bay? If so, now’s the time to grab (or rent) your board, sprint toward the water…and enlist the help of professionals for some much-needed surf lessons! Surfing plays a huge role in the history and culture of Hawaiʻi. More than just another recreational activity, surfing is a way of life for locals, many of whom wake well before dawn just for the chance to catch a few ... Read More
In addition to its rich and diverse landscapes, Hawaiʻi is also known for its agricultural bounty, growing local coffee, papaya, cacao, macadamia nuts, honey, lavender and so much more. Did you know that Hawaiʻi is the only state in the US that grows cacao? How about that Kona coffee is picked meticulously by hand? These are just a sampling of facts you’d learn during a Hawaiʻi farm tour. PC: Ueshima Coffee Co.Our favorite farm tour operators on the Big Island, Oʻahu and Maui love welcoming visitors and locals alike to ... Read More
Boasting lush rainforests, rolling mountain ranges and sandy shores, Hawaiʻi’s majestic landscapes warrant observation from the sky. Though wonderful to traverse by foot, many of the Hawaiian Islands’ standout features are best enjoyed from a dramatic, aerial perspective. PC: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.For someone with a long harbored fear of heights, I’m nonetheless elated by the prospect of sampling these leading helicopter tour operators. I’ve never been what people call a “thrill seeker,” yet there’s something about soaring high above some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world that makes ... Read More
Are you brave enough to fly high in Hawaiʻi? If the answer is yes, then you’re in luck, because Hawaiʻi is a prime destination for embarking upon ziplining adventures. From rolling mountain ranges to crystal clear waters and everything in between, Hawaiʻi’s majestic landscapes are even more breathtaking from an aerial view. PC: Kohala Zipline.Soar to new heights on the Big Island, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu and Maui with our many ziplining friends. With each zipline tour operator, you’ll enjoy multiple lines, specialty equipment, thrilling speeds and expert instruction as you sail ... Read More
Horses have always held a special place in peoples’ hearts. Gentle giants with incredibly soft spirits, horses are so in tune with humans that they’re even used to bring comfort and healing through initiatives like equine therapy. They are kind, loving and majestic creatures with a good sense of their natural surroundings and the people around them. PC: Turtle Bay Resort.Hawaiʻi is the perfect place to get familiar with these intelligent and affectionate creatures. No matter where your vacation takes you, you’re sure to find a variety of horseback riding ... Read More
While we may not be “dreaming of a white Christmas,” Hawaiʻi locals are still very fond of the winter season. Say goodbye to those winter boots and frumpy jackets (but probably keep an umbrella handy), because winter in Hawaiʻi is all about surf, sun, celebrations...and a few sprinkles every now and then. Need more convincing? Here are eight very good reasons to enjoy a winter reprieve in paradise.1. See big surf up closeThe winter months are heaven-sent to surfers in Hawaiʻi. During this thrilling season, pros and amateurs alike grab ... Read More
You can learn a great deal about the culture and heritage of a new travel destination from the food that locals eat. A state or country’s cuisine is often inspired by the people who inhabit it, the locals who pour their hearts and souls into the land and shape the way it’s perceived. And as one of the most diverse melting pots in the world, Hawaiʻi boasts a gourmet spread of unique delicacies influenced by Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino and Portuguese cultures, just to name a few.If you’re a ... Read More
The month of December brings thoughts of gift giving and receiving, family gatherings and holiday parties. In Hawaii, it also brings a day of national remembrance held on December 7. This year, we observed the 75th Anniversary National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration—a lengthy title with an equally large number of unprecedented events held during this once-in-a-lifetime event. From December 1-11, movies on the beach, band performances, activities, special events, banquets, concerts and much more took place to remember the actions of that day, and to say a heartfelt "thank ... Read More
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