It’s no secret that Hawaii is now the undisputed Paradise of the Pacific. The isolated volcanic islands state in the Central Pacific region is saturated with all the heavenly landscapes of the US. The gold, red and black sand beaches in the eight main islands are an absolute must-visit while on tour around the youngest state.
From the Pearl Harbor to the pounding capital of Honolulu and even down to the second-to-none paradise-like islands, we attempt to highlight 9 of the topmost attractions in the Rainbow state. It is not that easy to sample down the best places in Hawaii really. Everything and anything in the 808 State is worth your while. That said, please bear with us if we won’t be able to exhaust all the wonders hidden or otherwise inside the rugged landscapes of Hawaii.
Polynesian Cultural Center – Oahu, Hawaii
Located in Liae on Northern Oahu, the living museum and performance center showcases a very rich Polynesian theme. The authentic Polynesian experience is a dive into the complete splendor of a typical Polynesian village. Furthermore feel like a real king while you dine on the most intricate cuisines from the Pacific Island. The sumptuous ali luau is accompanied by genuine Hawaiian entertainment experience. The center displays the craft, music, dance and games culture of up to 6 separate countries comprising the Polynesian Islands. The performances are carried out by the natives which makes it the more original and absolute credible and authentic.
Hana Road – Maui, Hawaii
Twisting, turning and snaking around the scenic Hana Town and beyond the immaculate beach, the 104-kilometer Hana Highway in Eastern Maui offers perfect photograph sites and camp points along the travel. Visitors prefer to travel to Hana Maui via a tour van or a private car just to experience the thrill in wandering the famous Highway. Travel not only through the wildernesses and lush mountains painted by the Hana Highway but also through the intriguing history of legends of the Hana Town. You can’t overstate the pristine countryside feel that the Hana Road opens you to, however. Also take a helicopter tour above the extensive Hana Rainforest if you feel like it. Hikers and bikers, we can’t forget about you either.
Mauna Kea – Hawaii’s Tallest Peak
Hawaii is not short of its own share of the peaks. The towering Mauna Kea immediately strikes your mind. It is the latest volcanic site in Hawaii to become dormant making it coarsest-looking compared to its neighboring peaks. Mauna Kea furthermore has a rich mythology attached to it. It was previously only visited by highest ranking people of the land. Snow sports are also commonplace at the rough summits of Mauna Kea during winter. You may head to the Visitor Center and acquire pristine sights of the whole extents of the Mauna Kea summit and the waters below it.
Maui Ocean Center
This Aquarium and oceanography center located on the Maui Island brings the ocean life closer to home. Witness the wondrous ocean life-forms in this unique underwater experience without touching a drop of water. The premier aquarium was furthermore recently named in the top 25 Aquariums in the US. The Aquarium of Hawaii brings to land the awesome relationship the Hawaiians have developed with the sea. The exciting sea creatures present at in the Ocean Center include sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and loads of tropical fishes. The clear blue water in the aquarium is moreover the perfect reflection of the Hawaii beach life.
Haleakala National Park
Head to the base of the Haleakala Peak at sunrise and witness the magic of the rising sun beyond the inactive Haleakala volcano gracing the park’s skyline. The unpredictably rugged landscape is a further thrilling wonder. You just must see it to believe it.
Unique Waipio Valley rests peacefully below sylvan cliffs and beside the clear blue ocean water. The term loosely translates from Hawaiian into ‘curved water’ and the valley doesn’t disappoint in that sense. The winding waters round the valley are complemented by the gushing waterfall at the back. Standing above the green cliffs gives an unmatched and diverse viewpoint of the perfectly color-matched terrains below. A seamless yet contrasting match of black sands, white waves and blue water offers the ultimately refreshing take on nature.
Pearl Harbor Historic Site and USS Arizona Memorial
Pearl Harbor serves as a reminder of the bloody WWII. The memorial consists of 9 historic sites; 5 of which exist inside the Pearl Harbor. These include the now famed ruins of the USS Arizona warship on top of which lies the USS Arizona Memorial. The historic USS Arizona attracts beyond 1.8 million guests annually to come witness where WWII began for the US. The now expanded and lavish Harbor’s Visitors center can be fully explored by guests from one coast to the next.
Volcanoes National Park
How about an up-close size-up of an active volcano’s hot lava flowing dangerously downhill? The sightings in the fantastic Volcano Park expose the overpowering might of the volcanic eruptions. Recently produced volcanoes further form their own unique landscape. Also available at the perilous park is the volcanology museum where you may study the extents of the volcanoes. Crater Rim Drive and several trails crisscross the lands of the Earth’s natural monuments. Wading through these life-on-the-edge paths reminds us that a force too powerful for us to fathom still stirs our planet.
Waikiki Beach – Honolulu, Hawaii
The once playground-of-the-royal-class has turned into one of the best all-inclusive beaches on earth. The easily accessible waterfront neighborhood in the south of Honolulu comes in the form of the typical contemporary city. It as such offers all the amenities for the perfect Hawaii-style vacation experience. From turquoise waters to perfect white sands and spectacular city skyline, Hawaii’s major resort waterfront has only the best gifts from nature. Visitors from the world over gather in their multitudes in a vibrant entertainment hub with the best hotels around. The resort experience in the south shore of Honolulu is second to none at all.
World-class shopping, dining, music and surfing are some of the pronounced activities at the Paradise inside the Paradise of the Pacific. There are however a million more reasons to visit the renowned coastal site than just the beach. You may visit the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, Royal Hawaiian Center or the celebrated Pearl Harbor half an hour down at Oahu.
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Originally posted 2017-05-12 12:56:41.