The volcanic Hawaiian archipelago comprises hundreds of islands spread over 2400 km (1500 miles). Sunny climate, stunning nature and unique cultural heritage makes it a desirable destination for travellers.
The graceful Hawaiian dance of hula, the meaningful songs accompanied by ukulele, the lei garlands and the various interesting art forms are just some of the traditions and cultural practices that make Hawaii unique. At the Polynesian Culture Center in Oahu you can explore six Pacific Island villages, exhibits and sample local foods.
The Hawaiians' love for their tradition and culture can be seen in various festivals, such as Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, Aloha Festival and the Lei Day. The hula dance is deeply rooted to the religion of the native Hawaiians and it's considered as a sacred ritual. All the movements have specific meanings.
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How to get there:
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Where to stay:
In the Big Island you can consider staying at the Royal Kona Resort with very good reviews! Situated facing the Pacific Ocean on Kailua Bay, the Royal Kona Resort boasts an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant and rooms offering mountain and ocean views. A TV, a refrigerator and a coffee machine are included in all the rooms. The rooms are decorated in soft colours with rich wood accents. All rooms provide comfortable lanais, with select units offering unique wrap-around sliding glass doors.
In Maui we recommend you to book God’s Peace of Maui with good reviews and located just 5 minutes’ drive from the historic town of Makawao and 6 minutes’ drive from Pa’ia’s beaches. It consists of private rooms and shared facilities. Free make-your-own light breakfast and WiFi are available. A hot tub and outside hang out area are available to guests.
What to do:
From active volcanoes to lush forests, valleys and steep waterfalls – in Hawaii you can find it all. The archipelago provides fantastic surfing conditions. Crystal clear water will please the curious divers.
In the island of Oahu, you can relax during the day and party when the sun goes down. The third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands is known for its beaches, museums and cultural events. In Honolulu you can pay a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial and admire the timeless memorials of Pearl Harbor (WW II Valor in the Pacific National Monument). Climb the Diamond Head or swim with dolphins at Dolphin Quest. Explore the world’s largest plant maze at Dole Plantation in Wahiawa and enjoy a train ride through pineapple fields.
In Kauai, the oldest inhabited Hawaiian island, you can hike and enjoy water sports. The island is known for the charm of its beaches. Visit the Princeville Botanical Gardens to experience chocolate tastings, fruit samples, and get to know rare, exotic flowers. Trek the Kalalau Trail, which runs approximately 18 km (11 miles) along Nā Pali Coast. Hike in Waimea Canyon State Park, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific – about 20 km long, 1000 m deep and up to 16 km wide. It provides scenic views of the colourful canyon, waterfalls, and frequent rainbows.
Maui is best known for its beautiful beaches. The second largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago provides perfect conditions for water sports like windsurfing, kiteboarding and snorkelling. Hike in the Haleakala National Park, see a sunrise or sunset, the volcano crater and Maui’s highest peak, rising 3005 m (10023 ft) above sea level. Thanks to very fertile, volcanic soils, large areas of the island are occupied by plantations of pineapples, citrus fruits and sugar cane. If you are looking for a truly unique, and educational experience, you should visit Punakea Palms Coconut Farm. You’ll learn about how coconuts grow and how to crack them.
If you like hiking, wildlife and culture, you can choose to visit the island of Hawai’i (the Big Island). In the largest and youngest island in Hawaii there are several active volcanoes. In Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park you can learn about life in early Hawaii. Enjoy a short hike to Akaka Falls and admire the amazing views. You can visit the summit of Mauna Kea, explore the Waipi’o Valley or relax in the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.
Molokai is considered to be the most Hawaiian island of the entire archipelago – over 50% of its inhabitants are indigenous people. Get to know the local culture and the island’s heritage. In this mountainous island you can find hazy rainforests, hidden waterfalls and many empty beaches.
In Lanai, the smallest publicly accessible inhabited island in the chain, you can discover the Lanai Cat Sanctuary.
Take a snorkel, scuba dive, or whale watching cruise and observe jumping dolphins and sea turtles.
Meet a Hawaiian herbalist and get a traditional lomilomi massage.
Taste traditional Hawaiian cuisine, such as laulau – pork or chicken with salted butterfish, wrapped in taro or ti leaves and steamed. It’s served with poi (steamed, mashed taro plant), a staple of the native Hawaiian diet. In the farmers market you can sip a bowl of freshly made ‘awa, a drink made from the roots of the kava plant.
Learn to dance hula. Free lessons are easy to find at Hawaii’s bigger beach resorts and shopping malls.
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