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Top 9 Things to do in Hawai'i

Updated: Jan 22, 2022

Hawai’i is a traveler’s paradise. This Central Pacific archipelago includes hundreds of islands, six of which are inhabited and open to visitors. Each island has its own landscape, activities, and local flavor. These traits, along with year round temperate weather, pristine beaches, and exquisite hotels, make Hawai'i an ideal vacation destination. To maximize your enjoyment of the Aloha State, consider these highly desired experiences while visiting this beautiful atoll.

Whale Watching

The 'Big Island' is the most popular destination for whale watching in Hawaii. The peak season to catch a glimpse of Humpback whales is from January to March. You have the option to view via a cruise or private boat tour.

Luaus – Gone are the days of the traditional luau, known as aha’aina, where a whole pig was buried in a rock lined pit known as an imu. While it roasted to perfection, those who gathered would snack on appetizers, drink and enjoy each other's company. Today, you will experience more of a show, with fire dancers, local music, and some traditional local food. While times have changed, you can still enjoy the essence of a luau by making sure to choose the one of the more authentic offerings throughout the islands.

See a Lava Show

Hop aboard a World-class catamaran to get up and close to the volcano fingers as they enter the sea. You will have thoroughly trained staff aboard, and safety is paramount. You can select from a tour in the morning, sunset, day, or twilight tour.

Helicopter Tours

Various tour lines offer unique aerial journeys that allow you to view the breathtaking Hawaiian scenery. From volcanoes and waterfalls to hidden valleys and majestic coastlines. A helicopter tour is truly an ideal way to sightsee.

SUP (Stand-Up Paddle Boarding)

This activity originated in Hawaii and is a derivative of surfing. SUP is soothing and allows you to explore the waterways on your terms. An excellent paddle path to take is from the Lanikai Beach to the Mokulua Islands.


A visit to Hawai'i is not complete without a surfing lesson. The islands of Maui and Oahu have some of the best beaches for beginners. Duke Kahanamoku, considered to be the father of modern surfing, developed his skills on Waikiki Beach. Hookipa Beach on Maui is one of the top beaches for experienced surfers, and is home to the Aloha Classic. If you want to pay homage to The Duke, visit the bronze statue that was erected in his memory at Kuhio Beach, in his hometown of Honolulu.

Horseback Riding Tours

Explore the coastline or venture to hidden trails on an exploratory horseback tour. Most companies offer private as well as group tours. Some countless ranches and stables accommodate tourists. Paniolo Adventures is one of the largest, with an 11,000-acre cattle ranch located in Waimea.

Mauna Kea

This dormant volcano is a unique wonder to explore, and erupted over 4,000 years ago. You can hike the summit, but be sure to stop by the VIS (Visitor Information Station) to check for weather and safety tips. If you visit at the right time, experienced skiers can take a run down the only skiable terrain on the islands.

Kona Coffee Farm Tour

Kona coffee is some of the best gourmet coffee that you can find and is world-renowned. Kailua Kona, which is located on the 'Big Island,' is the heart of Kona coffee. When taking a tour, you will get to see processing facilities as well as the coffee fields. Don't forget to take some time to indulge in the popular beverage.

Grab your bags and prepare to experience the best of Hawai'i with these great suggestions that will be sure to make your vacation memorable. If you are looking for a detailed itinerary, I would love to assist you. Give me a call or schedule a virtual meeting to get started.

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