With its locale in the South Pacific and its lush, tropical landscape and climate, it is no wonder Hawaii and the Big Island comes in at #2 on the top 10 great getaways across the US. If you are longing to get off the giant mainland, go to the South Pacific and still be in US territory, than Hawaii is ideal.
Joining the Union in 1959, Hawaii, “The Aloha State” became the 50th state. In 1778 Captain James Cook landed in Waimea Bay on Kauai and by 1810 he unified all six islands. Deciding between Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii’s Big Island will be a tough decision. But there really is something for every family and every couple. It depends on the occasion and what you are seeking.
Kauai sits the furthest north and is full of beauty and wonder. It is a perfect setting for weddings and romantic getaways. Coconut Coast and Waimea Canyon are the popular beaches there. A suggested outing is a boat ride to the marvellous cliffs at Napali Coast.
Next in line is Oahu, the state capitol. Oahu is the most populated and lively of the island chain. This is the place to go for modern, local arts and entertainment. On the North Shore you can witness some of the best surfers in the world at their craft. Winter is the surfing extravaganza with giant and dangerous waves. The historic Pearl Harbor rests on Oahu as well as the world-renowned Waikiki Beach.
The Island of Molokai promises a Pacific cultural enrichment with its natives still preserving their Hawaiian ancestry. You will feel like you stepped into the past on Molokai. Tour the town of Kaunakakai for proof of this. Gaze at the glorious flowers and flora in Halawa Valley or visit Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Lanai once held what was rated America’s top beach, Hulopoe Bay. Lanai City is the central stopping point for shopping and crowded restaurants. To see unusual and rare landscape you must visit Keahiakawelo, or Garden of the Gods as it is known. You will find many things to enjoy here, but you will not find any traffic lights. Lanai is full of luxury and is more secluded than the other islands.
Having a reputation for some of the most stunning beaches in the world, welcome Maui, the second largest island of Hawaii. If you come for the beaches, one place to stop is the Makena Beach State Park. People gather every winter to watch the whales migrating in. The sunrises are spectacular. Lahaina is the hotspot of Maui. The island holds some magnificent scenery, too. Maui’s highest peak is Haleakala and there is a national park there that is worth a visit.
With a land mass that would swallow the other five islands, Hawaii’s Big Island derived its name. This island holds adventure. From snow-capped peaks to rainforests and sandy beaches there is a diversity of activity. Hawaii’s Big Island boasts wonderful botanical gardens and waterfalls, too. Kona’s coast has clear waters. And Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. For a popular hotspot visit the historic village of Kailua. Take a sample of ever rich and fresh Kona Hawaiian coffee at one of the plantations. Enjoy the city scene at the island’s capital, Hilo. Or watch the waterfalls plummet at the Hamakua Coast along the scenic drive. Witness green turtles coming ashore onto the famous black sands of Punalu Beach.
Hawaii’s chain of islands are opulent, holding a fresh floral scent. A wonder to the eyes. Full of Palm tree and Hibiscus. You cannot go wrong planning a visit to Hawaii. It is worth its rank at #2 of must-see places in the US!