Top 5 Unforgettable Vacation Spots in Hawaii
Ah, Hawaii! Does any vacation destination conjure up better images of spectacular natural vistas with plenty of fun in the tropic sun? Here are 5 of the Aloha State's most unforgettable vacation spots.
1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Big Island (Hawaii)
Volcanoes formed the Hawaiian Islands, so it's no surprise that Hawaii Volcanoes National Park it the top choice of vacationers. Located on the Big Island, the park draws some 3 million visitors annually to see immense Mauna Loa, the world's biggest volcano, and its sister Kilauea, the world's most active volcano. Start the sightseeing at the Kilauea Visitor Center, where tourists can get the latest information on road conditions, safety precautions and opportunities for hiking and camping. Then take the scenic 11-mile Crater Rim Drive, a stunning trip around Mauna Loa's summit.
2. The Island of Oahu
Oahu is home to such legendary truly Hawaiian attractions as scintillating Honolulu, Waikiki Beach with imposing Diamond Head at its end, and the historic Pearl Harbor. Visitors who hanker for a glimpse of Hawaii's vibrant sea life can snorkel at Hanauma Bay or interact with marine life at Sea Life Park at Makapu'u Beach. Those with a taste for history can visit Iolani Palace, home of Hawaii's last monarchs, see the statue of King Kamehameha the Great or ponder World War II history at the battleship USS Arizona Memorial. Honolulu is also known for its dining and entertainment, shopping and golf courses.
3. The Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu
About an hour's drive outside Honolulu in La'ie lies the Polynesian Cultural Center. Home to seven different villages depicting Pacific Island cultures, the center also offers something that nearly every visitor to Hawaii wants: a Polynesian luau. The Ali'i Luau at the Center was given the Kahili Award, in recognition for it's efforts for making it as Hawaii's most authentic luau. Before the feast, however, take ample time to learn about the cultures of the people of the islands: the Marquesas, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Maori New Zealand, known as Aotearoa, and of course, Hawaii itself.
- Kilauea Visitor Center
Located near the park entrance is the Kilauea Visitor Center - a good place to start your visit. The visitor center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, year round.
- Polynesian Cultural Center - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Polynesian Cultural Center is considered a living museum located in Oahu Hawaii. Profits made from this center helps support Brigham Young University-Hawaii's scholarship program
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4. The NaPali Coast, Kauai
In a land of spectacular nature, the unspoiled cliffs of the NaPali Coast on Kauai still stand out. Kauai is the fourth largest of Hawaii's main islands and is believed to be the first formed by volcanic activity some five million years ago. Kauai has everything from uncrowded golden beaches to coral reefs to mountaintop rain forests inland from its 111-mile coastline. Kauai's mountains include Mt. Wai'ale'ale, one of the wettest places on earth with an average annual rainfall of 460 inches.
5. The Island of Maui
People say the island of Maui casts its magical spell over visitors of all kinds. Artists love the Maui Film Festival and the Maui Writers Conference, now named the Hawaii Writers Conference. Lahaina draws partygoers with its fabulous restaurants and stage shows, while athletes head for Maui's golfing, windsurfing of kite-boarding. Mystics and holistic health devotees will want to check out Haleakala, reputed to be the strongest natural energy point in the United States.
Whether a vacationer's goal is to loll on a warm tropical beach, dance the night away under the stars, hike a volcano or watch humpback whales at play, Hawaii has many sites to create unforgettable memories.
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