Top 5 Things to Do in HawaiiJanuary 4th, 2013 by Alicia Taggio
A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook fans where they would like to spend their Christmas/New Years, and quite a few said Hawaii. So I thought I would share with you my Top 5 Things to Experience in Hawaii. From the Kona coffee to the amazing sunsets, these beautiful islands are the perfect way to spend a much needed getaway:
Surf the North Shore
I highly recommend going to the North Shore of Oahu. The beaches are incredible, offer a variety of options and give you more of a local experience (not to mention these are the beaches where tons of surf movies are filmed including Blue Crush). I will never forget waking up on Christmas day to this incredible view and seeing everyone on their surfboards. Don’t go home regretting your decision to pass on this!
The Polynesian Cultural Centre
Hawaii’s top tourist attraction, the Polynesian Cultural Centre, is situated on the Kamehameha Highway in Laie on the scenic north shore of Oahu island. This remarkable venue, visited by more than one million people a year, consists of seven Polynesian ‘islands’ in a beautifully landscaped 42-acre setting, representing Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Tonga, all sited in a freshwater lagoon. The centre gives visitors a holistic insight into the culture of the different Polynesian communities, employing students from the nearby Brigham Young University-Hawaii campus to bring various activities, from pageants and ceremonies to tribal tattooing demonstrations. Plus learning how to Hula is WAY too much fun!
Embrace a Hawaiin Sunset
No matter what island you visit, there is one thing you will always be guaranteed: an epic Hawaiin Sunset. Whether you’re curling up with a loved one or taking some solo time to reflect, these are one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Hawaii. Plus, it’s absolutely free, so enjoy some one-on-one time with mother nature.
Visit the Kona Coffee Museum and Farm
For a taste of the coffee industry that flourished in the early 20th century on the Big Island, visitors can tour the Uchida Coffee Farm, south of Kealakekua town on the Kona Coast. Tour guides in period costumes show off the original farmhouse, bathhouse, coffee mill and drying platforms. Only a few miles away is the Kona Historical Society Museum, housed in the old Greenwell family store, where photographs, ranching and coffee farming exhibits are on display. I went home with about 4 bags of this stuff and still order it online. #addicted
Hike the Kalalau Trail
Since 90 per cent of Kauai is inaccessible by road, hiking is a great way to experience the island’s celebrated natural bounty. There are a number of good hiking trails around the island, but by far the most famous, and the most popular, is the strenuous 11 mile (about 18km) Kalalau trail, which winds along the Na Pali Coast.
If you’re looking for sun, surf and sand then look no further than Hawaii. Check out our Hawaii vacations or contact a travel consultant for more details at 1-866-502-4605.
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