There are so many things to love about Hawaii we could have created a multi-page list. However, we took a little time to think about some things that we really love about Hawaii and in speaking with our clients, we know many of them do as well. Here are 10 of the things we love about Hawaii right now, in no particular order.
1. The Weather
This one might seem obvious, but I mean really… what’s not to love? Especially during some months when people in other parts of the country and Canada are suffering through sub-freezing weather Hawaii is consistently sunny and sitting nicely in the 80’s. People come to Hawaii for sun and warmth and you get plenty of both while vacationing here in paradise.
2. Makana Terrace (Kauai)
It’s not everyday you can sit at your breakfast table and gaze out at waterfalls flowing from misty mountains while sipping your morning coffee. Makana Terrace (formally Café Hanalei) at the St. Regis Princeville on the North Shore of Kauai affords you this breathtaking view. Easily one of the most relaxing places for breakfast in the state.
3. Waimea Canyon (Kauai)
Nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by none other than Mark Twain, Waimea Canyon is truly one of Hawaii’s natural wonders. The canyon itself is 10 miles long, a mile wide and about 3,600 feet. Drink in the red, green, blue, gray and purple hues of its chasm while watching majestic waterfalls dance their way down the sheer rock faces. If you see one thing on Kauai, make it Waimea Canyon.
4. Whale Watching
From December to early May the humpback whales call Hawaii home. Traveling an incredible 3,000 miles of ocean in less than two-months time, these gentle giants migrate from the gulf of Alaska to Hawaii for breeding and birthing in the islands’ warm and shallow waters. Their annual migration delights both visitors and residents alike during the peak of their numbers between January and early April. You can whale watch from every island, but the calm, clear waters of the Auau Channel between Maui, Molokai, and Lanai may be one of the best places in the world to see Hawaii’s humpbacks. Even if you don't go out on a boat tour you can often see the whales from the shore and your oceanfront lanai.
5. The Road to Hana (Maui)
There’s a lot to love here. Whether you’re swimming under majestic waterfalls, trekking through bamboo forests or marveling at a brilliant red sand beach unleash your inner Indiana Jones with an adventure along one of Hawaii's most scenic routes.
6. Kauai Coffee Company
Next time you’re on your way to Waimea Canyon stop off at Kauai Coffee Company located just off Highway 50. Here you’ll get to sample over 20 varieties of coffee, from the soft, fruity Kauai Blue Mountain to their intense, chocolaty, dark-roasted Peaberry. They also offer flavored coffees including coconut caramel, vanilla and chocolate macadamia nut, hazelnut, and Hawaiian-style Irish crème. Tasting is free and deliciously satisfying.
7. Kilauea Volcano
There are fews places on this planet where you can sit and literally watch the world be created. Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is one of those places. Check out the park’s site http://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm for park information including hours, directions, weather conditions and current active flows.
8. Waikiki Beach Walk
A few years ago a revitalization of Waikiki began as more parks and greenery were added around the city. At the heart of this project was the Waikiki Beach Walk, the largest development project in Waikiki's history. Nearly eight acres along well traversed Lewers Street have been completely rebuilt -- transformed into a colorful and spirited showcase; the gathering place for the new Waikiki. Benefiting from the island's cooling trade winds and year-round excellent weather, an outdoor entertainment plaza, nearly fifty new retailers, sixteen dining establishments, and five hotels welcome visitors and island residents alike; redefining the Waikiki experience.
9. Banzai Pipeline (Oahu)
Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii is world famous for its tubular wave created where the shallow water and coral shelf combine to resemble pipes, thus giving this famous beach its name. When the waves are steep and powerful, they break furiously on the shallow Hawaiian reef . So if the surf's up, beware! Amateurs and beginners are better off not chancing this break as the Pipeline at full strength is unforgiving, even for the pros. But, if sure is fun to watch the seasoned surfers tackle the monstrous waves!
No Hawaii vacation is complete without spending an evening at a luau. From the food to the music to the hula this traditional Hawaiian feast will have you immersed in Hawaiian culture like no other activity in Hawaii can. Hula dancers, fire dancers and pigs roasted in an underground pit (called an imu) combine to deliver an unfogettable evening.