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A Family Hawaii Vacation - Which Hawaiian Island is best suited for your family?





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   The islands of Hawaii are a dream destination for many travelers, and a cruise that incorporates all four of the state’s beautiful islands could be just the ticket for your vacation plans. Each island has its own beauty and charm and is not the same as the others. From “Big Island” to Maui, to Oahu, to Kauai, there is something different and special about each local flavor. The best way to get a real taste of Hawaii, is to try the sample platter.
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   The islands of HAWAII , with their volcanoes , palm-fringed beaches , verdant valleys , glorious rainbows and awesome cliffs , hold some of the most spectacularly beautiful scenery on earth. However, despite their isolation, two thousand miles out in the Pacific, they belong very definitely to the United States. If you expect your South Seas idyll to be completely unspoiled, forget it; the fantasy of a dream holiday in Paradise remains firmly rooted in the creature comforts of home. With seven million tourists per year, including honeymooners from all over the world, frequent fliers cashing in their mileage, and almost two million Japanese, the islands can seem like a gigantic theme park.
   Honolulu , by far the largest city of the fiftieth state, and with its resort annex of Waikiki also the main tourist center, is on Oahu . The biggest island, Hawaii itself, is known as the Big Island in a vain attempt to avoid confusion. Maui and Kauai also attract mass tourism, while smaller Molokai remains far quieter. All the islands share a similar topography and climate . Ocean winds from the northeast shed their rain on the windward coast, keeping it wet and green; the southwest, leeward (or "Kona") coasts can be almost barren, and so make ideal locations for big resorts. While temperatures remain consistent throughout the year at between 70°F and 85°F,

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rainfall is heaviest from December to March. That is nonetheless the most popular time to visit, enabling mid- to upper-range hotels to add a premium of at least $30 per night to their standard room rates. A visit to Hawaii doesn't have to cost a fortune, however; there are plenty of budget facilities if you know where to look. The one major expense you really can't avoid, except possibly on Oahu, is car rental - rates are very reasonable, but gas is pricey.

   Oahu is an amazing island with plenty of family friendly sleeping options. From upscale mega resorts and grand vacation clubs to condominiums, B&Bs and campgrounds, there is truly something for everyone. For parents looking for organized children’s programs the menu is rich with choices. From surfing lessons to learning about Oahu’s rich cultural history at world-class museums, there are various activities offered that were especially created with kids in mind. With mom and dad around or not, these fun-filled programs will be sure to keep the kids entertained.



Fun Things to do with the family while visiting OAHU

   Oahu has several theme parks; at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center , there are ancient Hawaiian games, including lawn bowling, while the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park offers a splashing good time. Find out more about the colorful Hawaiian marine world at Sea Life Park, and you can Learn to surf with Hawaiian Fire Surf School, Honolulu’s Fire Fighters with years of surfing experience and numerous certifications; their goal is to see you surfing in just one lesson!
   Whale watching is also lots of fun for the whole family. There are many operators with all sorts of boats to take people out, and most guarantee whale sightings, so it is a common practice for them to give you a voucher for another trip until you see some whales. The children young and old will enjoy this experience. Try it out with the Navatek Whale Watch Lunch Cruise

Hiking / Eco Tours on the island of Kaui - CLICK HERE! Helicopter Tours on the island of Oahu - CLICK HERE! Unique Adventures on the island of Molokai - CLICK HERE! Lanai Kayak & Snorkel Adventure Dolphin Encounters on the island of Maui - CLICK HERE! Whale Watching Tours on the island of Hawai'i - CLICK HERE!
   There are many beaches on Oahu that are ideal for your Family Hawaii Vacation. There are lifeguards on duty on most of the beaches, but parents are advised to always be cautious around water anytime, anywhere when there are kids involved. Two very well known family beaches are Waikiki Beach and Ala Moana Beach Park.At the Ultrazone Hawaii, patrons will get to pit their skills at role playing shoot 'em ups.
   Make a trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center, where a fascinating time awaits with canoe rides and seven authentic Hawaiian villages to explore. Samoan fire knife dancers are at hand to thrill visitors who sign up for its luau package with their skills and showmanship.    Looking for some adventure on your famiy Hawaii Vacation? As featured on ESPN Outdoors and BBC Outdoors in England, North Shore Shark Adventure, Hawaii’s original shark tour company, provides an intimate and thrilling experience with Hawaii’s sharks. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime encounter!
  The Bishop Museum has lots of unusual exhibits of old Hawaii that will get children's attention while the rest of the family learn about the history and culture of the islands. Many hotels and condominiums also offer programs for kids that include activities such as lei and kite making, lauhala weaving, and sandcastle building. This is one family vacation where boredom is never a problem. Explore the possibilities with your family and together you'll create memories to last a lifetime.

Fun Things to do with the family while visiting the Big Island

   On your family Hawaii vacation, see the underwater world in a Submarine! Atlantis Submarine Adventure Kona operates the world's largest and most advanced passenger submarine fleet. you can experience Kona's 25 acre natural coral reef. A ride in a submarine will thrill just about anyone no end; Atlantis Submarines offers tours into Hawaii's deep blue where the colorful fish and strange sea creatures live.
   Visit a LIVE VOLCANO! There is no place on earth like the Volcanoes in the Sea Adventure, no visit to the Big Island is complete without this experience! One of the main features of the park is the 11 mile Crater Rim Drive that encircles Kilauea's summit caldera. You will see sulfur banks, steam vents, pit craters, recent lava flows and a walk through a lava tube!
Island Breeze Luau is a truly royal Hawaiian experience. There are many the diverse beaches to explore on your Family Hawaii Vacation! White Sand, Black Sand and even Green Sand Beaches can all be found on the Big Island. Most of the Big Islands coast is laced with new and old lava flow, but sandy beaches are not hard to find., a must see is Hapuna Beach. Held under the stars on the grounds of Kamehameha the Great's former estate, the Island It has been rated the best luau on the Big Island by visitors, locals and travel writers! A must see on your family Hawaii Vacation. The Big Island has a wide selection of resorts to accommodate your families needs and make your Family Hawaii Vacation fun and one to remember. Find out information on the best famliy hotels in Kona

Fun Things to do with the family while visiting MAUI

   Like the rest of Hawaii’s islands, Maui has a host of outdoor activities, from kayaking, to biking, to ATV tours and more. Learn to parasail or surf off the coast or attend an evening luau. Some of the finest beaches and golf courses in the world are located on this island, and the summit of the Haleakala volcano is truly a sight to behold.
Top Hawaii Attractions:

  • Hana Highway, Maui
  • Haleakala Crater, Haleakala National Park, Maui
  • USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu, Oahu
  • Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, Oahu
  • Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Oahu
  • Na Pali Coast, Kauai
  • Old Lahaina Luau, Lahaina, Maui
  • Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu
  • Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Oahu
  • Maui Ocean Center, Maui
  •  Watch the sunrise over Haleakala on your family Hawaii vacation. As the sun continues it's slow climb into the sky, you'll feel like you are standing on top of the world. All of Maui is at your feet and the drive up to the summit is forgotten. Immerse yourself in an Aquarium!
       The Living Reef at the Maui Ocean Center is like stepping into a giant aquarium. Tropical fishes going about their daily lives through live coral reefs, scenery once only available to divers.    Tunnel through a Lava Tube while you travel with experienced guides deep into the subterranean passages of the Ka'eleku Caverns, the 18th largest volcanic lava tube in the world.
       Hawaii is home to eight different species of dolphin. Enjoy a day of adventure on the remote and beautiful island of Lanai – chase the largest school of Spinner dolphins in Hawaii aboard a high-speed jet drive Zodiac, and explore Lanai's mysterious interior on an Island Jeep Safari! An Ultimate Adventure in Paradise.
       A great family Hawaii vacation experience!    Sun, snorkel and swim Kaanapali on your Hawaii family vacation! The most beautiful stretch of beach on Maui is Kaanapali, boasting beautiful white sand beaches and tempting blue water, it's a must do when in Maui on your Family Hawaii Vacation.
        Additionally, several of the larger resort hotels provide supervised activity programs that offer young guests a chance to experience Hawaii's unique culture. Find out information on the best family Hawaii vacation hotels in Maui

    Fun Things to do with the family while visiting KAUAI

    Kauai is the smallest and furthest from the “Big Island,” but do not count it out in terms of local culture. Nicknamed the “Garden Island” for its rich wildlife and beautiful scenery, the island of Kauai is home to all kinds of different nature-based activities. You can go kayaking, biking, tubing, whale watching, off road sightseeing, picnicking, snorkeling, on eco tours, dinner cruises, or see a little bit of everything from an airplane tour.
       The Kauai Children's Discovery Museum in Kapaa isn't just for children. Interactive exhibits, virtual reality games, and hands on science and art activities will delight adults as well. On Saturdays, the Starlight Planetarium Program tells how the Polynesian voyagers used the stars, winds and ocean to navigate their canoes across the Pacific.    Explore a Waterfall, One of Kauai's most famous waterfalls is Wailua Falls. The falls were featured on the opening credits just before Tattoo shouts "Da Plane, Da Plane". A quick drive is all it takes to see this impressive water display. Try the Secret Falls Hike and Paddle   Kauai snorkeling from the beach!
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       Aloha Kauai Tours’ SeaFun Snorkeling Tour is the perfect guided ocean adventure for all ages and all levels of experience. Nervous about snorkeling? The tour assistants have large, soft surfboards with handles around the edges.     The best that Hawaii’s nature ha to offer is on the beautiful island of Kauai, and it is often used in Hollywood films for its representation of the natural wildlife of Hawaii, from garden to beach to Waimea Canyon, which you can traverse on a day long tour while visiting the island.
       On your family Hawaii Vacation you can Tour Movie Locations. Through the years many feature films shot in Hawaii have been filmed on Kauai. The island's unique, mysterious tropical mountains and miles of sand beach are definitely a favorite of directors like Steven Spielberg. Explore where "Jurassic Park", "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "6 Days and 7 Nights" have all been shot.
       Most of the major resorts on Kauai have programs for kids that include fun and educational activities like Hawaiian crafts and cultural activities, fishing, beach games, nature walks, surfing lessons, sand sculpture contests, coconut frond weaving, tide pool explorations, tours of historic sites, and field trips led by local naturalists and other experts.   Find out information on the best family Hawaii vacation hotels in Kona.
       There is an endless supply of activities; attractions, beaches and absolute scenic beauty to ensure you and your kids have a blast on your Family Hawaii Vacation!

      Getting There 
     
         Honolulu , just under six hours by plane from the US west coast, is one of the world's busiest centers for air traffic; return fares from LA, San Francisco and Seattle start at around $350.
     
       There are also direct flights from the mainland to Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. Many flights to the US from Australia - such as those on Continental - include free stopovers in Hawaii. European travelers should buy all-inclusive tickets from Europe.
       The principal inter-island carriers are Hawaiian Airlines (Oahu tel 1-808/838-1555, US tel 1-800/367-5320, ) and Aloha Air (Oahu tel 808/484-1111, US tel 1-800/367-5250, ), together with its subsidiary Island Air (Oahu tel 808/484-2222, US tel 1-800/323-3345). They connect all the major islands several times per day, with standard one-way fares of around $85. Discount travel agents, and virtually all resorts, hotels, B&B agencies and even hostels in Hawaii can arrange discounts on inter-island flights.
       All the airports have car rental outlets; with the exception of Oahu, bus services on the islands barely exist.



    Food and Drink
     
        When visiting Hawaii, you will encounter many foods names and terms that may seem quite foreign to you. This is due to the fact that Hawaii is such a melting pot of cultures from around the world, with influences from the Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Samoan, Thai, Vietnamese and others.
    Top Hawaii Restaurants:

  • Iva's Place - Isenberg St., Honolulu, Oahu
  • Kakaako Kitchen, Honolulu, Oahu
  • Hanapepe Bookstore Cafe & Espresso Bar, Hanapepe, Kauai
  • Hulopoe Court, Lanai City, Lanai
  • Alan Wong's Restaurant, Honolulu, Oahu
  • The Terrace, Lanai City, Lanai
  • Henry Clay's Rotisserie, Lanai City, Lanai
  • La Mer, Honolulu, Oahu
  • Ihilani Restaurant, Lanai City, Lanai
  • Hoku's, Honolulu, Oahu
  •   Go to Hawaii to eat Spam? That’s probably not one of the top reasons most people visit the islands, but the canned processed pork is popular at restaurants catering to locals, sharing the menu with other classic Hawaiian dishes such as lau lau (fish, beef or pork wrapped in taro leaves), loco moco (steamed rice topped with a hamburger, a fried egg and brown gravy) and shredded Kalua pig.    
       American soldiers introduced the Hawaiians to Spam during World War II. Now nearly 7 million cans are sold annually in the islands, according to the Hormel website. But if Spam doesn’t appeal to your tastebuds, it’s not a problem. There’s plenty of other grind (food) that locals find ono (delicious).
       One favorite is the inexpensive but generously portioned Hawaiian plate lunch. It can incorporate Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Hawaiian and American dishes — often all on one plate — and is best eaten on a day when there’s nothing planned for the afternoon except a nap on the beach.
    Here are some fun, funky and fabulous places for local grind.

    Da Kitchen
    “People will eat any kind of food, the same food two or three times a week, as long as it’s good food,” said Da Kitchen’s owner Les Tomita, explaining the restaurant’s philosophy.

    Five minutes from Kahului Airport, Da Kitchen is popular with tourists and locals, who drop by to enjoy traditional Hawaiian food — Kalua pork, lomi (salted salmon chopped with tomatoes and onion), lau lau, chicken long rice, poi and plate lunches with such entrees as teriyaki chicken, Korean Kobe ribs, hamburger steak cutlets and fish tempura served with rice and macaroni salad.

    Da Kitchen, 425 Koloa St., Kahului; (808) 871-7782

    Caffe Coco
    Located on the edge of a cane field, with a view of Sleeping Giant Mountain across the fields, Caffe Coco’s courtyard dining room is all lush vines, exotic foliage and tropical flowers. At night, tiki torches blaze, live jazz plays and the food is, according to owner Ginger Carlson, “unpretentious, healthful and world class. No deep frying.”

    Offerings include macadamia nut and black sesame crusted ahi with wasabi cream, Moroccan-spiced tofu and roast-veggie wraps, curried sweet potato samosas and silver noodle salad.

    Carlson also sells a line of condiments used in the restaurant. A favorite is Jungle Jazz, a guava-based grilling sauce ($4 a jar).

    Caffe Coco, 4-369 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa; (808) 822-7990

    Tropical Taco
    Surfer and restaurant owner Roger Kennedy is something of a local legend on Kauai. Back in the ’70s, the California native was given a one-way ticket to Hawaii from his father as a high school graduation present. After stints working in the pineapple and cane fields, Kennedy started looking for a way to “teach surfing and not starve.”

    He bought a lunch wagon and parked it, loaded with surfing paraphernalia, on the edge of Hanalei and waited for the lunch crowd to show up. They arrived in droves, ravenous for his tacos, burritos and Fat Jacks (10-inch burritos).

    Five years ago, he opened a sit-down place (24 chairs and 17 stools) outside in Hanalei Town. All the food is made to order which, Kennedy admitted, can sometimes lead to a 25-minute wait for a taco, especially since he likes to talk to customers as he cooks. Said manager Celine Molina, “Everything is made with love. We just ask for patience.”

    Tropical Taco, Halele’a Building, 5-5088 Kuhio Hwy. Hanalei; (808) 827-8226

    Huggo’s (indoor dining) and Huggo’s On The Rocks (informal)
    When Hugo and Shirley von Platen Luder opened Huggo’s back in 1969, it quickly became a gathering spot where local fishermen met to “talk story” (Hawaiian for shoot the breeze).

    Today, it’s still the place to go for fish macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi, crab-crusted ono (the No. 1 requested dish) and Asian-seared ahi. Times change, though. Where commercial fishermen once called in on two-way radios to report their catch, they now use cellphones, says the von Platen Luders’ son, Eric, who now manages the restaurant. The yellow fin tuna caught in the morning, he said, may end up as the dinner special that night. Live entertainment is featured at the spectacular oceanfront location.

    Huggo’s, 75-5828 Kahakai Road, Kailua-Kona; (808) 329-1493

    Ocean View Inn
    In business for 70 years, the family-owned Ocean View Inn, across from the Kailua Pier, is the oldest restaurant in Kona. Jeannette Kuwadu, the restaurant’s manager and granddaughter of the original owners, said that except for the prices, which have gone up a bit, the menu hasn’t changed much over the years. One can still find chopstick rice, tripe stew, poi, lau lau, Kalua pork, raw fish and Spam with eggs or cabbage. Inexpensive and popular with locals, the restaurant has a casual and friendly service. Go with an appetite — the plate lunches are large, fried and carb laden.

    Ocean View Inn, 75-5683 Alii Drive; (808) 329-9998

    Wally Ho’s Garage & Grill
    Wally Ho ran a gas station and repair shop at this location for 40 years. But a few years back, the gas tanks sprang a leak so they were hauled away, a commercial kitchen was installed and Wally’s became a garage and grill.

    Ho is retired now, but his daughter, Willette — who manages the family-owned business — describes the fare as healthy Hawaiian with an emphasis on fresh. This means, for example, you can choose brown rice instead of white for your plate lunch, order a green salad and know that the food is prepared without a lot of fat. The fish is fresh.

    On Fridays and Saturdays, Wally’s serves Hawaiian food — lau lau, Kalua pig, lomi, a choice of rice or poi and, for dessert, haupia, described by one aficionado as a sinful but angelically white coconut desert.

    Wally Ho’s Garage & Grill, 98-380 Kamehameha Highway, Aiea; (808) 488-2220

    History
       Each of the Hawaiian islands was forced up like a vast mass of candle drippings by submarine volcanic action, all fueled by the same "hot spot", which has remained stationary as the Pacific plate drifted above. The oldest islands are now mere atolls way off to the northwest; the process is continuing at Kilauea on the Big Island, with lava exploding into the sea to add new land day by day. Until two thousand years ago, these unknown specks in the ocean were popu-lated only by the descendants of what few organisms had been carried here by wind or wave. The first known human inhabitants were the Polynesians , who arrived in two separate migrations: one from the Marquesas in the eighth century, and another from Tahiti four or five hundred years later.

       No western ship chanced upon Hawaii until Captain Cook arrived at Kauai in January 1778. He was amazed to find a civilization sharing a culture - and language - with the peoples of the South Pacific. The Hawaiians, too, were amazed, having long since lost contact with the outside world. Cook himself was killed in Hawaii in 1779, but he had started an irreversible process of change. The first Polynesians had brought the plants and animals necessary to create a self-sufficient way of life. Westerners took things further, and in reshaping the islands to suit their economic and agricultural needs decimated most of the indigenous flora and fauna - as well as the Hawaiians themselves. Cook's men estimated that there were a million islanders; the popu lation today is roughly the same, but a mere eight thousand pure-blood Hawaiians are left.

       As well as bringing venereal and other diseases, Cook's voyage opened the fur trade between the Pacific Northwest and China. Passing ships traded arms to the Hawaiians, and within a few years, Kamehameha became the first king to unite all the islands. The sudden advent of capitalism was devastating. When the fur traders realized that Hawaiian sandalwood fetched enormous prices in China, the mass of the population abandoned taro-farming and fishing.

       With the dislocation of traditional ways, Hawaiian religion fell apart. After the death of Kamehameha in 1819, the female regent Kaahumanu set out to break the kapu ( taboo ) system that held society together. Her public defiance of the injunctions forbidding women to eat alongside men, or to eat bananas or pork, threw the islands into moral anarchy - just as the first Puritan missionaries arrived from New England in 1820. Their wholehearted capitalism and harsh strictures on the easygoing Hawaiian lifestyle might have been calculated to compound the chaos. White advisers and ministers soon dominated the government, and the children of the missionaries became Hawaii's wealthiest and most powerful class.

       Although the Civil War severely disrupted whaling , which once the forests were denuded had supplanted sandalwood as the island's main source of revenue, it triggered a Hawaiian sugar boom, to replace Southern sugar in the markets of the north. From then on, the machinations of the sugar industry to get favorable prices on the mainland moved Hawaii inexorably towards annexation by the US. In 1887 an all-white group of "concerned businessmen" forced King David Kalakaua to surrender power to an assembly elected by property owners (of any nationality) rather than citizens. When, after his death, his sister Liliuokalani announced her desire to proclaim a new constitution, the businessmen called in the US warship Boston and declared a provisional government. US President Cleveland (a Democrat) responded that "Hawaii was taken possession of by the United States forces without the consent or wish of the government of the islands ? (It) was wholly without justification ? not merely a wrong but a disgrace." The provisional government found defenders in the Republican US Congress, however, and declared itself a republic on July 4, 1894.

       On August 12, 1898, Hawaii was formally annexed as a territory of the United States. At this point there was no question of Hawaii becoming a state; the whites were outnumbered ten to one, and had no desire to afford the natives the protection of US labor laws, let alone to give them the vote. Consequently, Hawaii was for the first half of the twentieth century the virtual fiefdom of the Big Five , conglomerations started by the missionary families and rooted in their massive landholdings. By controlling agriculture, they also dominated transportation, banks, utilities, insurance - and government. The inevitable integration of Hawaii into the American mainstream was hastened by its crucial role in the war against Japan, and the expansion of tourism thereafter. The islands finally became the fiftieth of the United States in 1959, after a plebiscite showed a seventeen-to-one majority in favor. The only group to oppose statehood were the few remaining native Hawaiians.

       Support has been growing over the last couple of decades for the concept of Hawaiian sovereignty , on the basis that those of Hawaiian descent should gain at least the rights already held by Native American nations on the mainland. In 1993, the US Congress and President Clinton issued a formal apology to native Hawaiians "on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii"; debate rages as to what form restitution might take, with some campaigners arguing for a complete restoration of independence

     
     Modern Hawaii 

      Roughly sixty percent of the million-plus modern Hawaiians were born here. Around one-third are Caucasian (many of them US military personnel), one-third Japanese and one-sixth Filipino, with 200,000 claiming at least some Hawaiian ancestry. The traditional reliance on agriculture seems to be in terminal decline, with sugar and pineapple plantations closing one after the other, and the need to import virtually all the basics of life has resulted in an extraordinarily high cost of living. In particular, the cost of housing is so high that many islanders find themselves either obliged to work at two jobs, or simply to sleep on the beaches.

      Visitors in search of the ancient Hawaii will find that few vestiges remain. What is presented as "historic" usually postdates the missionary impact. Although the ruins of temples ( heiaus ) to the old gods still stand in some places - notably on the Big Island - and committed campaigners work to revive traditional philosophies, the "old towns" are pure nineteenth-century Americana, with false-front stores and raised wooden boardwalks. The two biggest festivals are the Big Island's week-long Merrie Monarch Festival , honoring King David Kalakaua (mid-April), and the statewide King Kamehameha events (around June 11). Authentic hula dancing is a powerful art form, but you're far more likely to encounter it bastardized in a luau . Primarily tourist money-spinners, these "traditional feasts" provide an opportunity to sample Hawaiian foods such as kalua pig, baked underground, and local fish such as ono, ahi, mahi mahi and lomi-lomi (raw salmon). Poi - a paste made from mashed taro root - remains a staple of the diet, much as it was when one of Captain Cook's men described it as "a disagreeable mess."

      The Hawaiian language endures in place names and music. At first glance it looks unpronounceable - especially as it is written using a mere twelve letters (the five vowels, plus h, k, l, m, n, p and w ). Usually, each letter is enunciated individually - glottal stops indicate a pause for breath. Long words often break down into repeated sounds, such as " meha-meha " in "Kamehameha." Hawaii itself is more correctly written (and pronounced) Hawai'i , but for visual clarity we've omitted the glottal stops in this guide.


    Best Of Hawaii
     
    Waikiki Beach, Oahu
    Learn to surf, or just sip a cocktail on the world's most famous beach.

    Pearl Harbor, Oahu
    Relive December 7, 1941 - the "day that will live in infamy" - by visiting the sunken USS Arizona.

    Kilauea Eruption, Big Island
    The Big Island gets bigger day by day, thanks to the spectacular eruption of its youngest volcano, Kilauea.

    Lahaina, Maui
    This former whaling port ranks among the most characterful historic towns in Hawaii.

    Downhill biking, Maui
    Freewheel forty miles down the slopes of Maui's mighty Haleakala volcano.

    Lumahai Beach, Kauai
    This superb, if dangerous, beach has featured in countless movies.

    Kalalau Trail, Kauai
    The magnificent Na Pali coastline of Kauai can be admired from one of the world's greatest hiking trails.

    Exploring Hawaii

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