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 Things To Do in Hawaii
  
Things to do in Hawaii
Top 10 To Do: 
  1. Akaka Falls: It is one of the Big Island's most famous natural attractions.
  2. West Maui Mountains: These lush rainforests and bogs are home to a network of trails, cultural spots and stunning points of interest.
  3. Maui Ocean Center: Rounding the corner into the Living Reef at the Maui Ocean Center is like stepping into a psychedelic fishbowl. The walls, fitted with more than 40 aquariums, are alive with tropical fish flashing like prisms of dazzling light through living coral reefs.
  4. Haleakala Sunrise Tours: A massive shield volcano that rises 10,023 feet above Maui's coastal areas. It has become almost a ritual, in fact, for visitors to rise before dawn and trek to the mountaintop to watch the sun come up.
  5. Luau: There will be dancing, singing, plenty of laughs and lots of food. The main course is almost always kalua pig.
  6. Diamond Head: Climb one of the best-known volcanic craters in the world, located in Oahu. In the winter, the top of Diamond Head is an excellent spot to see humpback whales.
  7. Submarine Rides: Atlantis Adventures operates submarine tours that descend to a depth of 120 feet to explore the Atlantis Reef where two wrecked ships, two sunken airplanes and other reef structures are home to exotic marine life.
  8. Explore Hidden Sea Caves in Maui: Centuries ago, fiery eruptions poured molten lava into the sea, forming enchanting arches, grottos and sea caves on a coast once home to ancient Hawaiian settlers. Fortified by the towering slopes of Mt. Haleakala and inaccessible by car, the Kanaio Coast remained virtually unknown to visitors for years until Blue Water Rafting created the tours. 
  9. Walk through a Lava Tube: Explore the fascinating underground world of one of the world's largest volcanic lava tubes in Maui. Walking the winding trails of this ancient subterranean river of lava is fun, safe and easy. Liquid rock flowing through the passages 1,000 years ago has cooled into myriads of beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstone.
  10. Kalaupapa Lookout in Pala'au State Park: Standing at the edge and gazing down nearly 2,000 feet to the peninsula below, one gets a sense of how truly spectacular Molokai's geography is. Home to the world's tallest sea cliffs, the island remains a pristine, uncrowded destination.
5 Things to Do With Kids:
  1. Hilo's Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo: Located in the lush region of the Big Island, this small and unique zoo is known as the only tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. Under a canopy of thick tropical vegetation, this 12-acre habitat and botanical garden is home to numerous animals, reptiles and birds, some of which are native only to Hawaii.
  2. Ocean Rider: A 2.5-acre aquafarm near Kailua-Kona, is the only seahorse farm in the United States and claims the largest collection of farm-raised seahorses in the world. Tour the facility and you'll see tanks of seahorse communities practicing their fascinating lifestyle in an environment protected from the increasing risks of the open sea.
  3. Lydgate Park: This beach in Kauai is an ideal place for a family outing. A wide sand beach with a lifeguard and restrooms slopes into the ocean where a pair of rock-rimmed pools, one perfect for young children and toddlers, the other good for swimming and snorkeling, invite. The walled pools provide a barrier from high surf and dangerous currents and harbor schools of colorful, relatively tame fish that may expect to be fed.
  4. Kauai Children's Discovery Museum: Massive, robotic deep sea giants and a fabulous interactive display of light and color are among the exhibits. It is a place where kids are bound to be entertained, enchanted and yes, even educated, in a fun 'hands-on' world.
  5. Sea Life Park: Here you'll be greeted by playful dolphins, wide-finned, whip-tailed stingrays, good-natured sea lions, performing penguins and a huge array of tropical fish. These critters are comfortable with humans. And at Sea Life Park in Oahu, you can take the leap and get to know them.
Best Time of Year to Visit:  Hawaii has a dry season April to October and a rainy season November to March. In recent years, however, even the rainy season has been very dry. The best weather is often found in April, May, September and October. These are also the months when you can find some good travel bargains.
 
Top 5 Things To See:
  1. Kilauea Caldera (Big Island): World's longest continually erupting volcano and such scenic tours as the Chain of Craters Drive and Thurston Lava Tube, the desolate beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must-see.
  2. Ancient Hawaiian Ruins: One of the best places to see these archaeological sites is in Wailua, known as the home of Kauai's high chiefs and considered one of the most sacred places in all the islands.
  3. Pear Harbor: Regardless of your age, or your interest in World War II, a visit to Pearl Harbor Hawaii is an extremely emotional experience. See the USS Arizona Battleship Memorial, USS Missouri Battleship Memorial, and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park.
  4. Sugar Plantation Village: Located in Oahu, the restored sugar plantation complex and botanical garden is dedicated to sharing the legacy of immigrants that came from around the globe to work on Hawaii's sugar plantations.
  5. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge: On the north coast of Kauai this refuge is alive with permanent and migrating seabirds. Where else can you make eye contact with a great frigatebird? Or watch Laysan albatrosses taxi down their own runway for takeoff?
 
5 Great Evening Entertainment Options:
  1. Lahaina: In this historical village there are high-end, fine dining restaurants, lots of oceanfront bars and casual eateries that feature late-night dancing, jazz, blues, rock and Hawaiian, a top-drawer luau, an exquisite, long-running stage show called 'Ulalena, a clever and hilarious magic show, shops by the dozens, and galleries galore!
  2. UH Manoa Theatre & Dance: The Department of Theatre and Dance is internationally recognized for its unique multicultural approach to the study of Theatre and Dance. Its unique location in the middle of the Pacific allows for a rich exposure to theatre and dance from the East and West, both for students and the community at large.
  3. The Feast at Lele: This feast in Maui is more like a fine dinner show than a traditional luau.  It takes place on one of the best beachfront settings in Hawaii.
  4. Navatek Buffet Dinner Cruise: It is highly desired for the quality and variety of food as well as the relaxed and elegant environment onboard. This two-hour cruise allows you prime views of the world famous Waikiki beach as you make your way to the beautiful Kahala region.
  5. Sunset Dinner Cruise: Is Maui's newest dinner cruise. Enjoy an open bar, an excellent and varied menu, and excellent onboard entertainment. This sleek, new vessel ferries diners all around the Hawaiian Islands for a beautiful sunset cruise.
5 Great Restaurants:
  1. Tanaka of Tokyo, Japanese Seafood and Steak House: Enjoy the finest steak and seafood skillfully prepared and presented with great flair by Master teppan-yaki chefs on your table top grill. The speed and dexterity of our chefs will dazzle you, and the exotic and elegant atmosphere will delight you.
  2. Hamura's Saimin Stand: This place doesn't need ambiance. Everyone — including prestigious culinary organizations like the James Beard Foundation — knows it serves the best saimin and lilikoi pie around.
  3. Hawaii Regional Cuisine: Is the product of a coalition of 12 chefs formed to celebrate the diversity and sophistication of island cuisine. They are creating unique and enchanting dishes unparalleled in their freshness and flavor.
  4. John Dominis: This tasteful restaurant with its indoor kahawai (waterway) and views of O'ahu's coastline and Diamond Head has been the special-occasion choice for kama'aina since 1979 for sashimi or crab-stuffed mushrooms, lobster or fresh fish four ways.
  5. Alan Wong's Restuarant: With the warm welcome, the exquisite food, the far-reaching wine list, the professional service, the relaxed Island ambience shows why this restaurant has recieved so many awards. 
See Also Links
  1. Wikipedia on Hawaii
  2. Vacation Hawaii
  3. Hawaii Tourism

 

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