2023 Hawaiʻi Official Statewide Visitors' Guide

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Six unique Hawaiian Islands. Unending opportunities to mālama Hawai‘i - to have an even more amazing experience by helping to regenerate the natural beauty, environment and culture of Hawai‘i. From crystal blue waters to stunning green cliffs and black sand beaches, Hawai‘i’s wealth of natural beauty is not just a spectacular backdrop for your trip, but a chance to contribute to the flourishing of the distinctive islands, people and culture that come alive when you selflessly give of yourself. Delve a little bit deeper and you’ll discover not just a thriving food scene, timeless culture and breathtaking natural wonders, but also vibrant communities that long for visitors to truly care about Hawai‘i and take part in long-standing efforts to mālama.

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The hidden key to authentic Hawai‘i

There’s a secret to the Hawaiian Islands’ allure. It’s the reason why Hawai‘i has a unique appeal for travelers who don’t just want to see and do all that makes this place special, but feel and be a part of it. When you experience it first-hand, it can transform your visit and even change your life.

— It’s the concept of mālama. —

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What is mālama?

Like so many words in the Hawaiian language, mālama has many definitions. It translates to mean take care of, to attend to or cherish, to preserve or protect and even to save. And so it is a word used often today in discussions about the importance of preserving and protecting Hawai‘i’s oceans, its land and the people who call the islands home. In the context of Hawaiian thought, where the land, the people and the ocean are not discrete things but part of one unified system, to mālama one is to mālama all.

Mālama is an idea so firmly entrenched in Hawai‘i that it influences how locals relate to one another. Home to 1.4 million people, the Hawaiian archipelago is one of the most isolated land masses on the planet, separated from California by nearly 2,400 miles of ocean and more than 3,800 miles from Japan. Hawai‘i’s geographic isolation and the islands’ relatively small population foster strong personal bonds with family and friends, as well as close ties with neighbors and our communities.

It’s not only about change but about healing. I think that’s a big part of our work. We’re healing the land, we’re healing the people, we’re healing ourselves.
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Noelani Lee, Aquaculture Restoration

3 ways to Travel Pono with Hawaiian Airlines

To Travel Pono means to explore the Hawaiian Islands with care. We ask for your help to preserve our natural resources, cultures and communities — all while gaining a deeper connection to Hawai‘i.


Know before you go

Prepare for your trip to Hawai‘i’s unique landscapes by doing your research in advance. Understand the laws and follow posted signs. Check ahead for current hours and operations. Pick the right activity for your skill level. Bring the appropriate gear for the weather, including reef-safe sunscreen.

Mind your surroundings

Enjoy your visit to the Islands while ensuring others have a good experience, too. Be mindful of those around you and respect their personal space. Keep a safe distance from wildlife, many of which are federally protected. Look for ocean hazards before entering. Always leave places better than you found them.

Make your trip meaningful

Take your time to gain a sense of place and learn about the cultural significance of each location. Wherever you go, support local businesses so you can leave a positive impact in our communities. Show up for your reservations and express your appreciation to everyone you meet — a ‘mahalo’ goes a long way.

As Hawai‘i’s hometown carrier, we’re proud to welcome our guests with information that enriches their experience and helps protect our way of life. Do your part to Travel Pono in Hawai‘i with these tips.
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We do our best to take care of others, and others, in turn, do their best to look after us. It’s a pervasive part of life here that reaches across all the islands, spreading through each community no matter how bustling and busy or sleepy and remote.

Mālama for others is an idea rooted firmly in Hawaiian culture, but so is taking care of the islands’ resources – the land, the ocean, sea life, birds, plants and trees – to ensure they remain healthy and prosper for future generations. Simply put, we do our best to perpetuate the beauty, the people, the culture and uniqueness of this place because if we take care of the Hawaiian Islands, they will take care of us. That two-way nature of mālama - when we care, we are in turn cared for - is part of what makes mālama efforts like volunteering such a rewarding experience. For example, Hawai‘i’s natural beauty is often depicted as untouched and pristine. The reality is that it’s been touched for

centuries, by a local population that works incredibly hard to care for it, so that it can be enjoyed by future generations. That hard work, that mālama, is what makes it possible to enjoy Hawai‘i’s natural beauty. And that enjoyment is doubly fulfilling when you have a part in making it happen. When you can say, “It’s beautiful here, and I helped plant that tree. I helped restore that stream. I helped protect that endangered bird,” you’ll feel a sense of belonging and kinship to this wondrous place. With modern research now confirming traditional Hawaiian scientific observations that being connected to nature improves one’s well-being, it’s clear that our culture of mālama is a big part of Hawai‘i’s frequent appearance at the top of well-being and happiness rankings. However, mālama is a practice to implement not just by locals, but also by visitors who take the time to take care of Hawai‘i.

How can you benefit when you mālama?

Mindful travelers who opt to mālama during their Hawai‘i stay are sure to enjoy an enriched visit by immersing themselves in authentic experiences that connect them to place and people. Taking part in any of Hawai‘i’s many unique volunteer activities cultivates a sense of giving and genuine service to the islands. Actively helping to preserve the beauty and culture of this remarkable place creates a lasting connection that truly stays with travelers long after their return home. It often draws them back years later, to see the impacts of their actions evident in saplings grown into forests, more abundant native fish and wildlife, more sustainable food systems and more vibrant communities.

Moloka‘i resident Noelani Lee, who works regularly with visitors to restore one of the island’s centuriesold Hawaiian fishponds, has seen firsthand how travelers who give back during their vacation undergo an unmistakable transformation.

“When people come in and they give of their whole selves, they leave feeling elated,” Lee says. “They’re so joyous for what they’re able to have gifted. And if it’s removing gorilla ogo (invasive seaweed) or pulling and snapping mangrove or just being there with their positivity and their aloha, ... that’s the mālama. They’ve given back to a place and that place – it opens and receives them and gives back and nourishes us.” gohawaii.com/malama

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If you say you love Maui, you think it’s beautiful, you should see what it’s like being able to actually put in the work, contributing to this beauty. That’s something that lasts generations.

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The Hawaiian Culture

The past is still a vital part of the present in Hawai‘i—from the cherished daily traditions to the historic sites that stand next to modern buildings, and the festivals that celebrate the legacies of Hawaiian royalty. We invite you to share in the power and beauty of Hawai‘i through its history, traditions, culture and natural wonders.

LEI ALOHA—A lei given with love

At graduation ceremonies, birthdays and almost any celebration, it is common to see people decked out in dozens of lei. Most often the garlands are of fragrant island flowers including delicate plumeria, pīkake (jasmine), tuberose and white ginger. The traditional gift can also be created out of kukui, shells or ribbon. Regardless of the material, giving or receiving a lei is an expression of love, welcome, congratulations or simply friendship between two people. If you plan to take one home, ask the lei seller which dry best for longevity and check the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s list to make sure your choice is allowed to be transported.

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Hawai‘i’s heritage is a royal tapestry of monarchs, heroes and saints.


Pai‘ea is born and immediately hidden in Pololū Valley, away from warring chiefs. He would grow up to be King Kamehameha I, the first of Hawai‘i’s many great monarchs


‘Iolani Palace is built by King Kalākaua, who initiated a cultural revolution including revival of the hula







Hawai‘i is declared a republic



MO’OKIHA O PI’ILANI VOYAGING CANOE ON MAUI TI LEAF LEI HILO Hawai‘i is annexed by the United States Seat of Government moves from Lāhainā to Honolulu 1893 Monarchy overthrown 1889 Bishop Museum opens only ruling queen and last monarch, Queen Lili‘uokalani comes to power Kamehameha I statue is unveiled in Honolulu Kōloa Sugar Mill, first of its kind in the islands, is opened by Ladd & Co.
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Captain Cook arrives in the Hawaiian Islands and names them the Sandwich Islands after Britain’s Earl of Sandwich, his patron

MELE O HAWAI‘I—Hawaiian music

In the early years, Hawaiian music was comprised of drums, the subtle sounds of a nose flute and the rhythmic, melodic voices of the people. The now familiar strains of ‘ukulele and slack-key guitars are a more recent addition, after the Portuguese and Mexican-Spanish vaquero (cowboys) brought stringed instruments to the shores in the 1800s. Specific form, melody, harmony influenced by New England missionaries and rhythm are combined with Hawaiian words and poetry that are often taken from traditional Hawaiian oli (chants). Four of the most prolific haku mele (composers) were referred to as Nā Lani ‘Ehā, the Royal Four, and lived in the late 19th Century. Royal siblings King Kalākaua, Queen Lili‘uokalani, Princess Likelike and Prince Leleiōhoku II wrote some of the most treasured and loved songs of Hawai‘i, many which are still performed today.

KALO (TARO)—Hawaiian life force

The leaves are used to make laulau (wrapped meal) and lū‘au (type of stew). The root is the base of poi (pounded taro) and many other dishes. Kalo (taro) is a staple of the Hawaiian diet and is considered the source of life for Native Hawaiian people. Traditionally grown in lo‘i, a system of irrigated ponds or dryland terraces, legends speak of kalo as the ancestor of the Hawaiian race. This familial relationship is the foundation for mālama ‘āina—take care of the land as it takes care of you; as one would care for a parent. Today, discover the many flavors and uses for it in everything from crispy chips to poi doughnuts and acai bowls made with pa‘i‘ai (freshly pounded kalo).

NĀ HOLOKAI—Canoe voyaging

The ancestors of the Hawaiian people were skilled navigators and voyagers who sailed back and forth across the Pacific Ocean for thousands of years in wa‘a kaulua (doublehulled canoes). The stars, wind, ocean currents and other signs of nature were their only compasses. Today, the traditions are being taught to new generations with the Hōkūle‘a. Since its maiden voyage to Tahiti in 1976, the crew of the Hōkūle‘a has continued to travel around the world using only traditional Polynesian techniques. The only nod to technology has been live video streams which allow crew members to educate local students and groups about their journey hokulea.com For more cultural information visit Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association at: NaHHA.com or HTA’s Hawai‘i Style & Resource Toolkit: hawaiitourismauthority.org/what-we-do /tools-resources/maemae-toolkit


Duke Kahanamoku sets a world record for the 100-meter dash in swimming at the Stockholm Olympics


Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, destroying and disabling 200 aircraft and killing over 2,000 officers and men, and bringing the U.S. into World War II




Kīlauea volcano on the island of Hawai‘i erupts and continues to occasionally flow


Father Damien, priest who cared for the Hansen’s disease patients on Moloka‘i, is canonized by Pope Benedict XVI


1900 President McKinley signs the Organic Act making Hawai‘i a territory of the United States


First interisland telephone call placed between Hilo and Honolulu

Queen Lili‘uokalani, the last Hawaiian Monarch, dies

Hawai‘i becomes 50th U.S. State

Mother Marianne Cope, who cared for the Hansen’s disease patients on Moloka‘i following the death of Saint Damien, is canonized by Pope Benedict XVI


The Hawaiian language is reinstated as one of the official languages

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Heritage Sites of Hawai‘i Events & Festivals

Festivals celebrate Hawai‘i’s rich heritage and traditions and are a great way to learn more about the islands’ multi-culturalism.

Below is a listing of just a few of the most notable events and festivals.


Sony Open in Hawai‘i O‘AHU sonyopeninhawaii.com

Sentry Tournament of Champions MAUI pgatour.com/toc

Heritage Sites of Hawai‘i are “must-see” destinations for your next visit to the islands.

For many generations, the people of Hawai‘i have been visiting these special places for their cultural, natural, scenic and historic significance. Immerse yourself in the long history, culture and beauty of our islands. For more information about Heritage Sites across the islands visit gohawaii.com/heritage-sites or visit the GoHawaii app.

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualālai ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I hualalairesort.com /golf/mitsubishi-electric -championship-at-hualalai


Waimea Town Celebration KAUA‘I waimeatowncelebration.com

POW! WOW! Hawai‘i O‘AHU powwowworldwide.com /festivals/hawaii

Whale Tales MAUI whaletales.org

Great Maui Whale Festival MAUI mauiwhalefestival.org

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Prince Kūhiō Celebration of the Arts


Honolulu Festival

O‘AHU honolulufestival.com

Kona Brewers Festival ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I konabrewersfestival.com


Spring Fantasy Orchid Show KAUA‘I gardenislandorchidsociety.org

Waikīkī SPAM JAM®

O‘AHU spamjamhawaii.com

Celebration of the Arts MAUI kapaluacelebrationofthearts.com

East Maui Taro Festival MAUI tarofestival.org

Merrie Monarch Festival ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I merriemonarch.com


Lei Day Celebration

KAUA‘I kauaimuseum.org

Lei Day Celebration

O‘AHU honolulu.gov/parks/program.html

The Hawai‘i Adaptive Surfing Championships

O‘AHU accessurf.org

We Are Samoa Festival & World Fireknife Championships

O‘AHU polynesia.com

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Events & Festivals


King Kamehameha Celebration Festivities STATEWIDE ags.hawaii.gov/kamehameha

Taste of Hawai‘i KAUA‘I tasteofhawaii.net

Pan Pacific Festival– Matsuri in Hawai‘i O‘AHU panpacificfestival.org

Moloka‘i Paniolo Heritage Rodeo MOLOKA‘I

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival MAUI kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com

Maui Film Festival MAUI mauifilmfestival.com

Hawai‘i Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I hikuauli.com


Kōloa Plantation Days KAUA‘I koloaplantationdays.com

Prince Lot Hula Festival O‘AHU moanaluagardensfoundation.org /prince-lot

Lāna‘i Pineapple Festival LĀNA‘I lanaipineapplefestival.com

4th of July Parker Ranch Rodeo ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I parkerranch.com


Heiva I Kaua‘i KAUA‘I heivaikauai.com

Duke’s OceanFest O‘AHU dukesoceanfest.com

Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I hibtfishing.com


Kaua‘i Marathon KAUA‘I thekauaimarathon.com

Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival KAUA‘I maliefoundation.org

Aloha Festivals Ho‘olaule‘a and Floral Parade O‘AHU alohafestivals.com

Festivals of Aloha MAUI, MOLOKA‘I, LĀNA‘I festivalsofaloha.com

Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Races ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I qlcanoerace.com

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Kaua‘i Chocolate and Coffee Festival KAUA‘I kauaichocolateandcoffeefestival.com

Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival

O‘AHU, MAUI ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com

Aloha Classic MAUI alohaclassicmaui.com

Maui Marathon & Half Marathon MAUI mauimarathonhawaii.com

IRONMAN® World Championship ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I ironman.com

Honolulu Pride Festival O‘AHU honolulupride.com

Hawai‘i‘s Woodshow

O‘AHU woodshow.hawaiiforest.org

Festivals of Aloha MAUI, MOLOKA‘I, LĀNA‘I festivalsofaloha.com


Kaua‘i Festival of Lights KAUA‘I kauaifestivaloflights.com

Hawai‘i International Film Festival

O‘AHU hiff.org

Maui Invitational

O‘AHU mauiinvitational.com

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I konacoffeefest.com


Lights on Rice Parade KAUA‘I lightsonrice.org

Honolulu Marathon O‘AHU honolulumarathon.org

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing O‘AHU vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day O‘AHU nps.gov/perl/learn/historyculture /national-pearl-harbor-remembrance-day .htm

Honolulu City Lights O‘AHU honolulucitylights.org

Waimea Christmas Parade ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I waimeatown.org

For a listing of more events and festivals, visit gohawaii.com/events

Events and dates are subject to change.

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Kaua‘i retains a wild beauty, with waterfalls that carve their way down canyons and

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mountain ridges and dazzling white sand beaches and cliffs that soar out of the sea.

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Discover the royal legends of Hawai‘i’s oldest and northernmost of the main Hawaiian Islands.

Centuries before Kamehameha I, the great unifier of the Hawaiian Islands, four ali‘i (chiefs) ruled their respective islands with absolute authority. Cloaked in the plumage of native birds, the ruling class of these islands were revered by their people and so celebrated that we still honor them today, centuries after their bones have been wrapped and secretly laid to rest. Their epic battles and deeds, preserved in oli (chants) and mele (songs) are woven into the culture of the island, and live on as poetic testaments to their leadership and prowess.

The great chief of Kaua‘i, Manokalanipō, lived in the early 1400s. Legend remembers him as a gifted war strategist, having once defended Kaua‘i from waves of invaders with fewer than 500 warriors at his command. It is said that after that feat, no battles were fought on the island, and Kaua‘i enjoyed peace, growth and prosperity. Today, a peak shaped like the mahiole (feathered helmet) stands tall in Kalāheo, named in honor of Manokalanipō.

Each of the ruling chiefs of the islands of Hawai‘i promoted peace and prosperity through unity. Their leadership and aloha for their people and the ‘āina (land) will forever be a part of Hawai‘i’s fabric as long as there are those who share their stories and continue their memory.

Welcome to Kaua‘i—peaceful, lush and naturally spectacular.


Nāpali Coast

With sea cliffs rising to 4,000 feet, Nāpali Coast is a 17-mile stretch characterized by dramatic, rugged terrain; sea caves; green and red cliffs; a turquoise sea; and the frequent appearance of rainbows and dolphins. Even for those who live here, the spectacle is always striking.

Nāpali was once home to early ocean voyagers from Polynesia, and the coast’s rock walls and agricultural terracing are evidence of sophisticated irrigation systems and a traditional fishing and kalo-growing (taro) culture.

You can experience firsthand the mystery and beauty of an ancient Hawaiian settlement by joining a tour to remote Nu‘alolo Kai, where community groups and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners have been restoring historically important parts of what is believed to be one of the earliest settlements in the Hawaiian Islands.

You can experience Nāpali Coast by air, sea or land. Take a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft tour—the quickest and easiest way to see the sights—and gaze into otherwise unseen valleys that cut into the mountainsides.

For an idea of what early Hawaiians felt as their canoes reached Kaua‘i, paddle out on a guided kayak tour in the summer or take a Zodiac or catamaran boat tour along the coastline.

A more intimate experience is on foot, hiking along the narrow Kalalau Trail that crosses five valleys and ends at a whitesand beach. The expert-level trail is often slick with mud so be sure to bring suitable footwear, all necessary equipment and plenty of water. Please note that if you plan to visit Hā‘ena State Park, which includes the Kalalau Trail, Hanakāpī‘ai Falls and Kē‘ē Beach, an advance-paid reservation is required to access the park. For the official Kalalau Trail (11 mile hike one way), a camping permit is required if you hike beyond Hanakāpī‘ai Falls. Your camping permit also serves as entry into the park. These steps help reduce crowding and ensure a better experience for all who interact with this culturally important and ecologically fragile place.

Day passes can be purchased here: gohaena.com

Camping Permits for Nāpali State Park can be found here: dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/hiking/kauai/kalalau -trail

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Waimea Canyon State Park and Kōke‘e State Park

Here’s your chance to hike in a native Hawaiian forest or across a high-elevation swamp, to gaze into the depths of Hawai‘i’s deepest canyon or view some of Hawai‘i’s highest sea cliffs. Waimea Canyon State Park and the adjacent Kōke‘e State Park offer an exceptional range of natural beauty and adventure.

Waimea Canyon is over 3,600 feet deep and 14 miles long. Drive along Waimea Canyon Drive and you’ll find lookouts with stunning vistas. Pack a jacket for the cooler elevations. The road ends in Kōke‘e State Park—4,000 acres of dense forestry atop a plateau. The park includes some of the island’s most varied and challenging hiking trails including the popular Pihea Vista Trail which crosses the Alaka‘i Swamp. Listen closely and you may hear the calls of native birds

like the Kaua‘i ‘elepaio, the ‘apapane and the fiery red ‘i‘iwi. At the quaint log cabin-style lodge, warm up with a chili bowl made with Kaua‘i beef, the lodge’s famous cornbread and a cup of Hawai‘i-grown coffee. Next door, the Kōke‘e Natural History Museum has informative displays and sells maps, walking sticks, books and gifts. Ask about reserving a cabin for longer stays. kokee.org

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Habitats You Can Help

Several organizations across Kaua‘i offer opportunities for visitors to mālama (care for Kaua‘i) during their stay, including beach clean-ups with Surfrider Foundation Kaua‘i and the Friends of Kamalani & Lydgate Park, or help remove invasive species with Hawai‘i Land Trust. When you give back - to the land, the ocean, the wildlife, the forest and the community - you will experience Kaua‘i on a much deeper and connected level. gohawaii.com /malama

Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse

The 52-foot Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse stands at the northernmost point of Kaua‘i and the main Hawaiian Islands at the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. From here you can gaze out at the Pacific and the surrounding coastline, scanning the water for humpback whales (from December to April). All around you, there are hundreds of nesting seabirds: wedgetailed shearwaters; red-footed boobies; Laysan albatrosses (in the winter months); and Hawai‘i’s native goose, the nēnē. Reservations are required to visit this special place at recreation.gov.

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Island Facts

Island Color: Purple

Island Flower: Mokihana (Pelea anisata)

Size: 552 square miles

Length: 33 miles

Width: 25 miles

Coastline: 90 miles

Highest Point: Kawaikini Peak (5,243 feet) on Mount Wai‘ale‘ale

County Seat: Līhu‘e

Population: 72,543

Beaches: Over 50 miles; more beach per coastline mile than the other Hawaiian Islands

Weather: Daytime highs from mid-70 to mid-80 degrees Fahrenheit, lows from mid-60 to mid-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Slightly higher in the summer

Ocean Temp.: 72 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit, year-round

Anahola 30 min (15 miles)

‘Ele‘ele 30 min (17 miles)

Hā‘ena 75 min (40 miles)

Kalaheo 25 min (14 miles)

Kapa‘a 25 min (10 miles)

Kekaha 60 min (28 miles)

Kīlauea 45 min (26 miles)

Kōloa ........................... 25 min (11 miles)

Nāwiliwili 5 min (2 miles)

Po‘ipū 30 min (14 miles)

Princeville 60 min (30 miles)

Wailua 15 min (7 miles)

Waimea 45 min (25 miles)

Waimea Canyon 75 min (36 miles)


Guarded Beach

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Discover charming towns set throughout the island’s five resort areas

Po‘ipū Beach Park



Hā‘ena State Park

To protect the natural beauty of the area, respect the neighborhood and create a better experience for all visitors, a reservation system for Hā‘ena State Park and a North Shore shuttle service was created, which includes Kē‘ē Beach and the Kalalau Trail. Please note that if you plan to visit Hā‘ena State Park, which includes the Kalalau Trail, Hanakāpī‘ai Falls and Ke‘e Beach, advance paid reservations are required, whether you plan to drive, walk or use the North Shore shuttle. Anyone without the proper reservations or permits will be turned around. Day passes are available up to 30 days in advance and sell out in a very short period of time. These steps will help manage demand and ensure a better experience for all who interact with this culturally important and ecologically fragile place. gohaena.com

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

At the northernmost tip of the Hawaiian Islands, Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to witness wildlife in all their majesty, featuring one of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in the state. Reservations are required and available up to two months in advance. recreation.gov/ticket/facility/300018

This sandy stretch draws visitors and locals with its excellent beach, lifeguards, outdoor showers, restrooms and covered pavilions. It also draws marine life, including honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) and endangered Hawaiian monk seals (remember to keep a respectful distance if you see one on the beach). Keep a lookout for humpback whales from December through April. Add to all that a spacious grassy lawn, children’s playground and a protected swimming area, and you have one of the island’s most popular beaches.

Kalapakī Beach

If you’re looking for an easy-to-visit beach with plenty of nearby amenities (shopping, dining) and multiple options for activities (surf lessons, stand-up paddleboarding, beach volleyball, kayaking), Kalapakī is the place. This sheltered bay is one of Kaua‘i’s most family and kid-friendly beaches.

Hanalei Town

A quintessential beach community where kids carry surfboards on their bikes and local shops promise interesting finds. Laidback, walkable and home to historical churches, Hanalei lies between a perfect crescent-shaped bay and towering green mountains streaked by waterfalls.


Kūhiō Highway (Highway 56) runs through central Kapa‘a, but it is much more than a drive-through town. One of the best ways to explore this area is to bike or walk along Ke Ala Hele Makalae (Coastal Path). Come in the morning and you might have the ocean sunrise all to yourself. Kapa‘a town has a wealth of small shops, galleries, boutiques and plenty of great places to eat and relax.

Līhu‘e is more than just a starting point for your adventure. The area has completed its Līhu‘e Loop makeover which has enhanced the lively town center while paying homage to the sugarcane plantations that once thrived here. With these improvements, you can bike or walk from a modern industrial craft brewery to a mom-and-pop saimin (a local noodle soup) stand in business for more than 40 years.


Hawai‘i’s sugar plantation era, which shaped culture and society across the Islands, originated in Kōloa with Hawai‘i’s first sugar mill, built in 1835. History buffs will also appreciate the self-guided 10mile long, 14-stop Kōloa Heritage Trail, which passes through landmarks including Pā‘ū A Laka (Moir Gardens), a botanical garden founded in the 1930s, Kōloa Jodo Mission, a Buddhist temple built in 1910, and the Sugar Monument, which commemorates the site of Hawai‘i’s first sugar mill. You can walk, bike or drive the trail.


This historic seaport town is rich in paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) history and home to the longest-running festival on Kaua‘i, the Waimea Town Celebration. A variety of small shops, restaurants and businesses can be found here and it is also a great place to stop for snacks and supplies before heading to Waimea Canyon. It is in Waimea, Kaua‘i where British discoverer Captain James Cook first landed in Hawai‘i in 1778.

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Wailua Falls Lookout

This is one of the most dramatic drive-up waterfalls on the island. The only way to view Wailua Falls is at the lookout which is

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‘Ōpaeka‘a Falls

Along with Wailua Falls, ‘Ōpaeka‘a is another beautiful drive-up waterfall on Kaua‘i. The falls spread out like silver fingers. Pull over at a roadside lookout off Kuamo‘o Road (Route 580) for a photo op with this waterfall that flows into a hidden pool.

Waipo‘o Falls

At the Waimea Canyon lookout, you can park and enjoy views of these 800-foot silvery falls. For a closer look, hike the Canyon Trail, which takes you right above it.

Manawaiopuna Falls

These majestic falls, featured in the movie “Jurassic Park,” is primarily seen from the air, with one company permitted to land near the base of the cascade.

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Puhi (Spouting Horn)

Spouting Horn

blowhole is a spectacular natural lava tube that releases huge sprays of water during large swells. According to one Hawaiian legend, this site was once guarded by a giant mo‘o (lizard) that would eat anyone fishing or swimming nearby.

A young boy named Liko fought the mo‘o in the ocean and escaped through a small hole in a lava rock shelf, in which the mo‘o got stuck. Today, as the sea spouts through the rock, you can hear the mo‘o hiss and roar from inside Spouting Horn. Giant lizards notwithstanding, do not cross barriers. Lava tube shoots should be viewed from a safe distance.

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Botanical Gardens

Get up close and personal with Kaua‘i’s endless shades of green at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), the only congressionally chartered network of botanical gardens in the U.S. Begin at NTBG’s McBryde Garden in Lāwa‘i Valley - a vast 259 acres with collections of palms, rare tropical trees and the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian plants.

tours, depart from the South Shore Visitors Center across from Spouting Horn.

Journey through Hawaiian culture and history with fire dancing, storytelling, and the exhilarating beat of Polynesian drumming.



Adjacent to McBryde Garden, the 80-acre Allerton Garden was designed by Robert and John Gregg Allerton in the 1930s. A multi-layered palette of green envelops fountains, pools, garden “living rooms,” and Moreton Bay fig trees with their otherworldly roots made famous by Jurassic Park. Allerton Garden tours are guided and, like McBryde Garden

The Limahuli Garden and Preserve on Kaua‘i’s North Shore offers guided and self-guided tours (by reservation only) detailing the Hawaiian culture, endangered native plants and a restored lo‘i (irrigated terrace) where kalo (taro), one of Hawai‘i’s most culturally important plants, grow. ntbg.org

Another unique botanical garden not to be missed is Na ‘Āina Kai Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Park located in Kīlauea. This garden offers 240 acres of diverse gardens, complete with one of the largest collections of bronze sculpture in the United States. naainakai.org

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HVCB members are a community of more than 1,300 businesses who collaborate with the Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau to actively shape Hawai‘i’s future and deliver valuable experiences.

View the directory by clicking on the buttons below.

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Home to Honolulu, the state capital, Hawai‘i’s most diverse island is a fusion of modern and historic; of scenic hikes and renowned chefs and mom and pop eateries. Wake to the sound of waves against the sand then jump into an ATV racing over mountain trails in epic valleys you’ve seen in the movies. Walk through a 19th century palace or get dirty and feel great helping to maintain an ancient loko i‘a (Hawaiian fishpond). Hang ten and learn to he‘e nalu (“wave slide” or surf) at the birthplace of surfing or hang back for a rejuvenating lomilomi (massage). Taste fresh cacao pulp right from a tree or the exotic dishes created from the island’s unique ingredients in a world-class restaurant. Shop at the world’s largest open-air shopping center or browse handcrafted art at a farmers market. Have the perfect exhilarating island adventure, or relaxing getaway. Whatever your passion, you’ll discover it on O‘ahu.

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Island Facts


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Yellow Color: Island

Island Flower: ‘Ilima (Sida fallax)

Size: 597 square miles

Length: 44 miles

Width: 30 miles

Coastline: 112 miles

Highest Point: Mount Ka‘ala (4,003 feet)

County Seat: Honolulu

Population: Approximately 953,000

Weather: mid- from highs Daytime 70 to mid-80 degrees Fahrenheit, lows from mid-60 to mid-70 degrees Fahrenheit Slightly higher in the summer

Ocean Temp.: 71 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit, year-round


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Dow ntow n Honolu lu: 15 m i n (4 m i le s)

H a le‘iwa: 6 0 m i n (35 m i le s)

H a n au m a Bay : 4 0 m i n (11 m i le s)

Da n iel K I nou ye

I nter n at ion a l A i r p or t : 30 m i n (11 m i le s)

Kualoa Regional Park: 45 m i n (23 m i le s)

K o ‘oli n a: ................................ 50 m i n (29 m i le s)

Pea rl H a rb or: 30 m i n (13 m i le s)

Tu r t le Bay : 9 0 m i n (4 6 m i le s)


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Wāwāmalu (Sandy Beach Park)

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Koko Head


Centuries ago, Native Hawaiians named this iconic volcanic crater Lē‘ahi, “brow of the tuna,” because of its shape. Later, British sailors mistook the calcite minerals on the slopes for diamonds, hence its English nickname, “Diamond Head.” If you choose to hike up the 760-foot volcanic tuff cone (it’s extinct), the walk is about 1.6 miles round trip. It can get hot so wear sunscreen and don’t

forget to bring water to stay hydrated. For a unique learning experience volunteer at the crater’s native plant garden.

There’s a fee to hike and reservations are required. Gates open at 6 a.m. and close at 4 p.m., and all visitors must be out of the park by 6 p.m.

Remember: Lē‘ahi is a fragile resource. By staying on the trails, respecting other hikers and not taking shortcuts, you save plants and habitats and reduce erosion.



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Pearl Harbor National Memorial

The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, left O‘ahu scarred and Hawai‘i in sorrow. Thousands were killed, hundreds wounded and it drove the U.S. into World War II. Honor those who fought as well as those who worked to restore peace at this National Historic Landmark. Pearl

Harbor is also the home base to the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the world’s largest naval command. We recommend beginning your journey at the Visitors’ Center with a walk through the USS Arizona Memorial Museum. A film including vintage newsreel footage from that somber day in Hawai‘i history sets the scene. Then, a short boat ride takes you to the USS Arizona Memorial, constructed atop the sunken battleship as a memorial to the 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives. Also visit the USS Oklahoma Memorial, honoring the 429 crewmen who died aboard that ship.

The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, a National Historic Landmark that features the restored WWII sub tells the fascinating history of underwater warfare. Next, take the shuttle to the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial, a living museum offering a glimpse into life on the historic “Mighty Mo.” Walk the deck, then climb into the living quarters of this 60,000-ton ship, to relive the other end of World War II history, where documents ending the war were signed. You can even mālama history by volunteering to preserve and maintain the Mighty Mo!

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Complete the wartime experience at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, located in the battlefield hangars at Pearl Harbor’s Ford Island. See historic exhibits and actual fighter planes and try the flight simulator. Watch for open cockpit days when you can climb into the pilot’s seat. There is a “no-bag” policy for each of the sites, but lockers are available for a nominal fee. A visit to Pearl Harbor is a deep dive into history; multi-day tours are available for visitors to immerse themselves in “a date which will live in infamy.” Make sure to check on current online reservation requirements while planning your visit. Pearl Harbor National Memorial will collect a $7/day parking fee beginning January 15, 2023. nps.gov/valr


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Dynamic and lively Waikīkī showcases modern resort amenities alongside local-style relaxation. Luxurious hotels, vibrant nightlife, great shopping and dining can all be found in the worldfamous destination, once the playground of ali‘i (royalty). Take to the water on a catamaran to view the stunning coastline. Or, explore beneath the ocean’s surface in a submarine to see sunken ships, airplanes and reef structures visited by colorful fish and other marine life. Searching for an entertaining lū‘au (feast)? Hungry for a musubi or looking to dine at one of the finest omakase sushi experiences in the country? Waikīkī’s got it. Want a lesson at the birthplace of surfing? Sure! Venture out and rent a bike to explore the surrounding areas or if you’d rather kick back and relax on a towel on a beach, that’s fine, too. There are endless ways to enjoy Waikīkī.


Located on the North Shore is seven miles of flawless beaches and stunning winter swells where you will find top surfers searching for the perfect wave. During the winter months (November-January) in Hawai‘i, bring a plate lunch to watch thrilling contests, including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, where some of the best in the world tackle swells up to 30 feet tall (sometimes larger). Always adhere to ocean safety and parking signs. In the summer and early fall (June-October), calmer conditions mean beginners can surf, swim and snorkel on the iconic North Shore. Enjoy an amazing round of golf at a championship course and then head to Kahuku for the shrimp trucks (you’ll smell the butter and garlic before you see them). Stop in Hale‘iwa Town to stock up a beach picnic basket and to try a local favorite “shave ice”—finely shaved, soft ice doused with syrups in flavors from liliko‘i (passion fruit) to rootbeer. Then, check out this historic surf town’s quaint shops, understated restaurants and charming art galleries. It’s a popular area and it’s highly recommended visiting on weekdays instead of weekends if possible.


A short 40-minute drive from Waikīkī but worlds apart, this resort area offering consistently sunny weather is great for golfing, stand-up paddlers and folks just wanting to relax in the sun. Here you’ll find exceptional resort accommodations, a championship caliber golf course, a fantastic marina, tranquil man-made lagoons, an array of dining options and a sunset lū‘au

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O‘ahu’s story is a fascinating history of the Native Hawaiian people, wayfarers and royalty, and a melting pot of cultures, of plantation workers and military, all of which continue to shape the island’s unique culture and lifestyle.


Originally founded in 1889 as a repository of royal collections, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum has since expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photos about Hawai‘i, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific cultures. Learn about the diverse cultures that created the island’s rich past, walk through a volcano in the family-friendly science center and learn how Polynesian voyagers navigated using the stars to sail the Pacific Ocean in the planetarium. bishopmuseum.org


At the base of the verdant Ko‘olau Mountains, this replica of a 950-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan was built in memory of the first Japanese immigrants who came to O‘ahu to work in the sugar plantations. Ring the peace bell, feed the koi and admire the roaming peacocks at a place that is picture perfect. byodo-in.com

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By 1882, once their labor contracts expired, many of the Chinese immigrants who came to the islands to work on sugar plantations started their own businesses. They established a bustling commercial district near Honolulu Harbor alongside Honolulu’s financial district. During the day, chefs mingle with residents and visitors exploring the open markets for farm-fresh ingredients. Stroll to noodle shops, buy traditional herbal medicine, watch flower lei being strung at nostalgic lei stands, visit temples and admire some of the state’s oldest architectural buildings. Explore the trendy boutiques, art galleries and stay for dinner at an eclectic mix of restaurants or perhaps a show at Hawai‘i Theatre or live music and lively bars.


The secluded summer retreat for King Kamehameha IV, Queen Emma and their son, Prince Albert, remains a hidden gem. The historic 1847 building, furnishings and regalia are remarkably preserved. Travel back in time to see how the family lived during the Hawaiian Kingdom, while learning about the family’s contributions to education, health care and culture. daughtersofhawaii.org


The Hawai‘i State Art Museum features works of art primarily by artists with a connection to Hawai‘i. Venture on an eclectic journey through different mediums — paintings, sculpture, textile art and much more. Admission is always free including monthly events. hisam.hawaii.gov


View three original framed houses that were built in New England and shipped to Hawai‘i in 1820. Learn about the life and impact of Protestant missionaries, who settled here in 1821 and left a significant influence on Hawai‘i’s history, in a guided tour or special speakers series. missionhouses.org


Recognized for its Pacific, Asian, American and European collections, the Honolulu Museum of Art consists of six tranquil garden courtyards surrounding the museum’s 30 galleries. The Doris Duke Theatre shows independent films and festivals, including the popular surf film festival held during the summer. honolulumuseum.org


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Walk across the floors and up the grand koa staircase at what was once the only official royal residence in the United States. Learn about the innovation of King Kalākaua, the dramatic overthrow of his sister, Queen Lili‘uokalani, the global

respect for the Hawaiian royals and life for the monarchs in the pivotal 19th century. Visit on Friday for a free concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band, which has entertained Hawai‘i since 1836. iolanipalace.org

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Mālama in Word and Deed

There are countless ways to take care of, or mālama, O‘ahu’s diverse natural ecosystems, from shoreline clean-ups to mountain-top reforestation efforts and everywhere in between - like a day in the valley restoring Native Hawaiian sustainable farming practices with farmers like Rick Barboza.

But you can also mālama by helping to keep O‘ahu’s culture alive. It can be as simple as learning and using the Hawaiian names for our geography, which embed rich cultural backstories and ecological wisdom into the places you may visit. In Hawaiian culture, to name something is to assume responsibility for its care. It’s easy to make jokes about how hard it is to pronounce new words in foreign languages. But by learning and keeping Hawaiian place names alive instead, you can help preserve and perpetuate the culture that makes this place unique and special.




The nonprofit that runs the Native Hawaiian garden here and the historic home Kūali‘i, is committed to preserving the natural and cultural history of Mānoa Valley. Call in advance to schedule a guided tour. manoaheritagecenter.org


Wind alert! Perched 3,000 feet above the windward coastline, the Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout provides one of the best views of the Ko‘olau cliffs. It’s also the site of the epic battle of Nu‘uanu, where Kamehameha I completed his conquest of O‘ahu in 1795 in his quest to unify the Hawaiian Islands.


The traditional division of land in Hawai‘i is an ahupua‘a (a sustainable division of land stretching from the mountains to the ocean). Explore the ahupua‘a’s natural diversity at Waimea Valley, an 1,800- acre rain forest with botanical gardens. The valley, which is run by a Native Hawaiian nonprofit, also serves as a backdrop for Hawaiian culture: musicians, hula, lauhala (pandanus leaves) weavers and other practitioners visit daily. Bring a swimsuit for a dip in the swimming hole below the valley’s waterfall, or bring your sense of mālama and volunteer to remove invasive species or help reforest this beautiful ahupua‘a waimeavalley.net

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

More than 54,000 military men and women found their final resting place at Pūowaina, the crater of a longextinct volcano. The dramatic but peaceful setting of the federally-run cemetery includes memorials to the missing and the unknown, as well as the remains of many famous individuals including astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who died aboard the Challenger and war hero and influential U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.


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Taste of Aloha

Waves of immigrants have left their imprint on how we eat, from the first Polynesian settlers to the whalers and missionaries to the plantation workers from China, Japan, Portugal, the Philippines and other countries. O‘ahu, as the most cosmopolitan of the Hawaiian Islands, is also home to a great diversity of cuisines and contemporary flavors. It’s the only place in the world where you’ll find shrimp trucks wafting aromas of butter and garlic, local restaurants serving Hawaiian food based on the traditional Native Hawaiian diet, seafood restaurants on the pier blending soy sauce with beurre blanc and some of the best creative fusion food in the Pacific.

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Neighborhoods with Local Flavor

For meals with a different type of view, set your sights on the microbreweries, street art and trendy boutiques and eats that make up the colorful, urban neighborhood of Kaka‘ako. For a cultural explosion, visit O‘ahu’s unique Chinatown which offers fragrant lei stands, bustling produce markets, local upscale boutiques, art galleries, and traditional Chinese fare, as well as some of the island’s most prominent and innovative chefs from New American, French-Korean and new-age Vietnamese. For those ready to truly explore, a trip to Wahiawā is in order. Long home to locally loved bakeries, in recent times this sleepy town has become an up-and-coming culinary community with new eateries popping up reflecting its diverse resident population. For some old neighborhood charm, enjoy the juxtaposition of generational mom and pop storefronts living alongside some of the newest and hottest eateries and confectioneries in Kaimukī. So close but worlds apart, Kapahulu Avenue is not just a road connecting Waikīkī to Kaimukī but “a venue” with some of the islands’ most iconic eateries from sweet treats like malasadas and shave ice to the quintessential savory local plate lunch, you can find it all strung along in one tasty mile.

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O‘ahu Adventure

Go stand up paddleboarding on the North Shore or watch the sunset during a horseback ride on the Windward side. From high octane adventures to laid-back recreation, O‘ahu offers adventures for all ages and interests, from thrill-seekers to big nature enthusiasts.

Surfing literally began as the “Sport of Kings” in Hawai‘i, when ancient Hawaiian royalty would show off their skills on Waikīkī Beach and other surf spots around the island. O‘ahu has many options for you to experience surfing, either by watching the pros take on big surf or by trying it out yourself on the gentler waves. Beyond he‘e nalu (surfing), you can enjoy a variety of water activities ranging from stand up paddle yoga, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving to sunset cruises. With 112 miles of sandy shoreline, there’s a beach for everyone, whether it’s for family swims, romantic sunsets or exciting waves to ride.

O‘ahu is also home to the most hiking trails near the urban core, which means you can easily leave for a hike into a forest and end the day with an ‘ono (delicious) dinner at an amazing restaurant in town. There’s a wide variety of hiking trails for all levels and beautiful botanical gardens to explore. Visit the Hawai‘i State Department of Land and Natural Resources website (dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/nah) for a list of recommended trails on O‘ahu. Biking is another great option for exploration and with Honolulu’s new bike-share program, it’s easy to get around the city, from Lē‘ahi to downtown. For mountain biking adventures there are companies that will provide access to amazing private trails.

To pick up the pace, try speeding across beautiful valleys on ziplines, trailblazing on horseback, or for a little more

horsepower, jump on an ATV or electric bike. To explore all this and more, like famous movie sites, visit Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve. Set on 4,000 acres, it offers a variety of tours and adventures, including opportunities to mālama and support conservation of the property. For a heartwarming outdoor experience, you can also enjoy horseback rides and ATV adventures at Gunstock Ranch, along with an unforgettable tree planting and dedication ceremony.

For a walk on the wild side, opt for twilight tours at the Honolulu Zoo, spot colorful fish and sunken ships and planes with Atlantis Submarines, visit a wholphin and feed turtles at Sea Life Park or see endangered Hawaiian monk seals, he‘e (Hawaiian day octopus), sea dragons and sharks at Waikīkī Aquarium, the second oldest public aquarium in the U.S.

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You can’t visit Hawai‘i and not go to a lū‘au (feast). Expect a lively celebration with food and entertainment that often includes everything from Hawaiian hula to Samoan fire-knife dancing. The performances tell stories from Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures while you savor dishes like kālua pig, poke (diced raw fish) and poi (pounded taro).

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Life is simple and inspiring on Moloka‘i. A mere 38 miles long and 10 miles across the world’s tallest sea cliffs and Hawai‘i’s longest continuous fringing reef. See

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Moloka‘i Mālama Moloka‘i

During your stay on Moloka‘i be part of the Mālama Hawai‘i program by volunteering with the nonprofit organization, Moloka‘i Land Trust. Visitors volunteering on vacation will receive a discount when staying at Hotel Moloka‘i and will enjoy a hands-on learning experience touring the Mokio Preserve while learning about Moloka‘i culture and history. gohawaii.com/malama


Hālawa Valley

Hike along a sun-dappled path into the heart of Hālawa Valley. Book a guide to lead you past significant archaeological sites on your way to Mo‘oula Falls, an awe-inspiring, double-tiered, 250-foot cascade. Do not meander off the trail as it crosses private property. Be aware that the area is prone to flash flooding so check with your guide ahead of time. And don’t forget water and comfortable walking shoes—the hike is fairly rigorous. halawavalleymolokai.com


Kaunakakai’s historic wharf forms Moloka‘i’s main harbor, where you’ll find charter boats for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and seasonal whale-watching tours. The unassuming town has a little bit of everything: lunch wagons, several snack shops and grab ‘n go food counters, an art gallery and a pharmacy. Don’t forget the ‘ono ice cream shop with house-made specials. There are no public restroom facilities in Kaunakakai.


Pāpōhaku Beach Park

On Moloka‘i’s sunny west end, Pāpōhaku Beach is three miles of uninterrupted white sand. The rough water isn’t safe for swimming, and the wind is often roaring here, but few beaches are more beautiful. There are no lifeguards on Moloka‘i beaches, so be mindful of strong currents and ocean conditions. If no one is swimming that could be an indicator of unfavorable swimming at that time. The grassy park on the way to the beach is a great spot for picnicking and camping.

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Moloka‘i’s Saints

The stories of saints Damien and Marianne Cope are truly inspiring. For over 100 years, from 1866 to 1969, Hawai‘i residents showing symptoms of Hansen’s disease (leprosy) were exiled to Kalaupapa. The remote peninsula, separated from the rest of Moloka‘i by sheer 2,000-foot-tall sea cliffs, functioned as a natural prison. In 1873, a Belgian priest volunteered to minister to the unlucky people quarantined here. Known as Father Damien, he built churches, houses and schools and cared for both the physical and spiritual needs of his community. Ultimately, he succumbed to Hansen’s disease— but his legacy of compassion has inspired people around the globe. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI elevated Father Damien to sainthood; Saint Damien’s Feast Day is celebrated worldwide on May 10. Sister Marianne Cope continued Damien’s work at Kalaupapa and in 2012, she too was canonized—the first Franciscan woman from North America and the 11th American saint. You can visit two of Saint Damien’s churches: St. Joseph of Kamalō and Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Kalua‘aha, which hosts weekly Sunday services.

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Come here to soak up the solitude. Untouched Lāna‘i has few paved roads, no crowds Explore the island’s historic town, Lāna‘i City, a short and scenic ride upcountry and restaurants. Download the Lāna‘i Guide App to explore the island

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crowds and lots of space to unplug and let the island’s slower pace of life soothe your soul. through tree-lined vistas from the harbor, where you’ll discover quaint mom and pop shops responsibly. Discover the iconic Pu‘upehe Islet Heritage Trail and more.

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Much of Lāna‘i is uninhabited wilderness, accessible only by fourwheel drive vehicle. In the dry, shadeless center of the island you will find Keahiakawelo (the fire of Kawelo). According to Hawaiian tradition, Kawelo was a Lāna‘i kahuna who protected the people of Lāna‘i from the ill-intentions of Lanikaula, a Moloka‘i kahuna. This region used to be covered in native dryland forest, but environmental

degradation due to invasive ungulates and subsequent erosion has resulted in the arid landscape you see today. The setting sun casts a warm orange glow on the rocks, illuminating them in brilliant reds and purples. And on a clear day, visitors can see the islands of Moloka‘i and O‘ahu. Please respect this intriguing natural wonder and sacred site: Do not stand or sit on the rock formations, and the removal or stacking of rocks is disrespectful. Access Keahiakawelo by hike or four-wheel drive.

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Lāna‘i Cat Sanctuary

Located just outside of Lāna‘i City, the Lāna‘i Cat Sanctuary is a 3.5 acre nonprofit organization, giving feral cats a home while also protecting the island’s many endangered birds. Visitors are welcome daily to pet and play with these adoptable felines. Bags of treats are provided upon entry. Visitors are also welcome to volunteer at the Lāna‘i Cat Sanctuary during their visit through the Mālama Hawai‘i program.

Lāna‘i City

Travel back in time with a visit to Lāna‘i City. This former pineapple plantation town hasn’t changed much in the past century. Browse the quaint shops, art galleries and restaurants around Dole Park, and buy some fresh ‘ahi poke (sliced or cubed tuna) for a picnic beneath the

towering Cook Pine trees. The Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center’s free resource: The Lāna‘i Guide App, will help you explore and discover the island’s rich natural and cultural heritage. For the most up to date information on museum hours visit lanaichc.org

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Pu‘upehe Islet Heritage Trail


Before you arrive, reserve a rental car, shuttle, taxi or rideshare in advance.

When you’re there:

• Take it slow.

• Take your time and drive with aloha. Unpaved roads require 4 x 4 vehicles.

• Go slow so that others aren’t “dusted out.”

• Be sure to give a friendly “Lāna‘i wave” to passing vehicles.

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Download the free Lāna‘i Guide App to hike to and learn about this unforgettable place. Tread lightly as you peer into the nests of ‘ua‘u kani, Hawaiian Wedgetailed Shearwater, who burrow their nests into the dune along the side of this stunning coastal trail.

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Maui, the second-largest Hawaiian island, is full of contrasts—luxury resorts set against the coast and into green-flanked mountains. The remote and sacred Haleakalā National

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white-sand beaches, charming small towns tucked against country roads that wind along Park offers a taste of history and culture. Take a minute to relax and inhale the island air.

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Maui Golf

You’ll want to frame your scorecard, no matter what you shoot. Golf on Maui is that memorable. Choose from 14 courses (several of which are ranked at or near the top of the “world’s best” lists) designed by noted course architects and golfing luminaries such as Arnold Palmer and Ben Crenshaw.

Kapalua is home to two renowned golf courses, the Plantation Course and the Bay Course. Every January, the prestigious Sentry tournament on the PGA TOUR is held at the Plantation Course, so you may even see a pro in the clubhouse. Kā‘anapali also has two championship golf courses, the

Royal Kā‘anapali and the Kā‘anapali Kai, where you may even see a breaching whale as you try to line up a shot.

With fairways abutting ancient lava flows, tees surrounded by palm groves, and greens arched by rainbows formed in the ocean mist, you’ll see why it’s difficult to imagine a more dramatic setting for these 18-hole masterpieces. From Kapalua to Kā‘anapali, the views are intoxicating. But stay focused on your game. You’ll want to show off that Maui scorecard when you return home.



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Kā‘anapali and Kapalua

Once the sporting grounds of Hawaiian royalty, Kā‘anapali is known for its championship golf courses and beautiful white-sand beaches perfect for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. Near the middle of Kā‘anapali Beachwalk, seek refuge from the sun at Whalers Village. The beachfront shopping center has you covered with a variety of designer boutiques, local artisans, restaurants with live music and cafes with locally grown coffee. At the northwest tip of the island, the resort community of Kapalua is quieter and cooler than its neighbors to the south. The elegant and serene retreat is a prime destination for luxurious spas and superb dining—if you’re visiting in June, don’t miss the delicious dishes and drinks at the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. And anytime of the year, snorkel at Kapalua Beach and be on the lookout for Hawai‘i’s state fish, the humuhumunukunukuāpua‘a (triggerfish).

Pu‘u Kukui Watershed Preserve

The largest private nature preserve in the State of Hawai‘i extends across more than 9,000 acres on Maui’s West Side from ma uka (toward the mountains) to ma kai (toward the ocean) of Mauna Kahālāwai. Pu‘u Kukui is a vital source of water for the West Maui community and is home to some of the rarest endangered flora and fauna in the islands. Conservation efforts to manage the thriving native ecosystem include non-native invasive species control, research and the protection of rare species. puukukui.org


The little neighborhood of Nāpili clusters around a sparkling bay. Consider staying in one of the boutique hotels or condominium complexes here to have front row seats for the sunset each night. You’ll find a few shops and restaurants within walking distance, and many more options a short drive away.

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Approximate Driving Times

From Kahului Airport (OGG) to:

H a lea k a l ā 1 h r, 50 m i n (38 m i le s)

H ā n a 2 h r s , 30 m i n (53 m i le s)

K ā‘a n apa l i 50 m i n (28 m i le s)

K apa lu a 1 h r (33 m i le s)

K ī hei 25 m i n (10 m i le s)

‘ U lupa la k u a 45 m i n (26 m i le s)

Wa i lea 35 m i n (16 m i le s)

Wa i lu k u 10 m i n (5 m i le s)




Island Color: Pink

Island Flower: Lokelani (Rosa damascene)

Size: 729 square miles

Length: 48 miles

Width: 26 miles

Coastline: 120 miles

Highest Point: Haleakalā Crater (10,023 feet)

County Seat: Wailuku

Population: Approximately 144,000

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Towering over the island and visible from just about any point, Haleakalā Crater is a force of nature in every sense. At 10,023 feet above sea level, this dormant volcano is the stage for a breathtaking range of landscapes—and skyscapes. Haleakalā, which means house of the sun, is the ideal pinnacle for bidding farewell to the day at an epic sunset from the top of the world and stargazing. Experience beauty on a stunning scale as sunbeams pierce the clouds, spreading radiant shades of color at dusk. On a clear day, look out for the neighboring islands of Lāna‘i, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu and the island of Hawai‘i, before the light fades and a brilliant cascade of stars come out, seemingly within arm’s reach.

To see unique flora and fauna, take a day-time guided hike along Haleakalā’s wilderness trails or head out on your own. Bring layered clothing and plenty of water, as weather conditions here change rapidly. See rare ‘āhinahina (silversword) blooming in the volcanic rock, catch a honeycreeper feeding on ‘ōhi‘a lehua blossoms, and listen for the honking of the endangered nēnē (Hawaiian goose), Hawai‘i’s state bird. And don’t forget to visit the coastal section of the park—out past Hāna in Kīpahulu. Bookings fill up quickly for these reservations-only experiences. Make your reservations for summit viewing or camping well in advance at recreation.gov/camping/gateways/2751.

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Relaxation is almost guaranteed in this beautifully landscaped resort community. Take your pick: boutique hotel, luxury condo or opulent resort. Book a tee time at one of the top golf courses in the country and a reservation at some of Maui’s top restaurants. Take advantage of Wailea’s generally perfect weather— sunny days and clear evenings—and spend a day on the sands of its idyllic beaches. When you need a break from sunbathing, head to the local shops to satisfy your every need.


There are many reasons to visit Mā‘alaea, including the Maui Ocean Center and Mā‘alaea Small Boat Harbor. Arrive early for your snorkeling, scuba diving or whale-watching excursion and explore the harbor shops and restaurants. The Maui Ocean Center offers an exciting peek into the underwater world. Feisty ulua fish and reef sharks swim in a giant tank and a new virtual humpback whale experience brings the marine mammals up close and personal.


Two miles off Maui’s southern shore you can spot the small crescent of Molokini, a volcanic crater that’s home to colorful schools of fish, eels, rays, reef sharks and lobsters. Drift above the coral reefs during half-day dive and snorkel boat tours to this protected marine and bird reserve, where the visibility is often so good you can gaze from the surface down 100 feet to the seafloor.

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Get your beach fix in sunny Kīhei, a suburban, family-oriented community with a collection of accommodations from condominiums to small hotels and cottages. Along South Kīhei Road, you’ll find plenty of casual shops and restaurants, all facing some of the prettiest beaches on the planet. Kama‘ole Beach Park III has a gentle shore break and a playground for kids. Kalama Park has a skate ramp, playground and surf school. Adults can have fun too, in Kīhei’s sports bars and karaoke spots.


Visit the wilderness beyond the manicured resorts of Wailea and suburbs of Kīhei. Along this starkly beautiful coastline, you’ll find a historic Hawaiian church, a boat landing with terrific snorkeling and Mākena State Park. This undeveloped place has magnetic power. Relax under an umbrella, or play a game of beach volleyball, but be careful entering the water. The shore break is steep, swift and can be dangerous. There are entrance and parking fees.

King’s Trail

At the end of the paved road in Mākena, you’ll find the beginning of the King’s Trail. This ancient coastal path weaves along the starkly beautiful southern coastline—the site of Maui’s most recent lava flow and many bygone villages. Dozens of archaeological sites line the trail, which was paved with large, smooth stones first during the reign of Chief Pi‘ilani and later by Hoapili in 1830. The path continues around most of the island; this section ends at rocky and remote Kanaio Beach. The hike is strenuous, especially under the hot sun. Start early in the day, wear reef safe (mineral-based) sunscreen and sturdy shoes, and bring extra water and a fully charged cell phone and charger.


Maui’s business district boasts botanical gardens and waterfalls.

‘Īao Valley State Monument

Peaceful, verdant and sacred ‘Īao Valley State Monument offers easy hikes, scenic mountain views and the chance to dip your toes into a cool mountain stream. The park is centered around ‘Īao Needle (Kūkaemoku)—a captivating rock pinnacle 1,200 feet high. Bring lunch to Kepaniwai, a shaded picnic area surrounded by tropical gardens and model houses representing each of Hawai‘i’s diverse ethnicities. Strike out to explore the park’s trails and natural pools. A tumultuous past belies the tranquility of this place. In 1790, ‘Īao Valley was the site of a battle, in which King Kamehameha I of the island of Hawai‘i defeated Maui’s army in his quest to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Before visiting, check the State Park website for parking fee information and current weather and stream conditions.


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Walk through historic Wailuku to admire the colorful murals that are part of the Small Town/Big Art ( smalltownbig.org ) program and storefronts from another time. Peruse the shelves stacked with books about Hawai‘i at the beautiful public library next door to Ka‘ahumanu Congregational, Maui’s oldest church. Later, grab a snack and coffee and snag some locally designed clothing or jewelry as a souvenir. Be sure to visit the Hale Hō‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House — an early missionary home full of mystifying Hawaiian artifacts, paintings by Edward Bailey and original furnishings from the 19th century.

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Take a relaxing stroll through the garden and learn about Hawai‘i’s special plants: rare native species and those that Polynesian voyagers brought with them in their canoes. Look for the mai‘a hāpai (“pregnant” banana plant), a variety that produces ripe fruit inside its swollen trunk. If the garden is hosting a wreath or dye-making workshop while you are on Maui, don’t miss it! You’ll get hands-on instruction from some of Hawai‘i’s most skilled artisans.


Most trips to Maui begin and end in Kahului at the airport or cruise ship dock. It’s also the best place to catch a movie or concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (check the calendar and buy tickets in advance at mauiarts .org). You might be surprised at the big name stars who come to perform on the intimate stage here.

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The island’s agricultural hub is a refreshing contrast to the sunbaked shoreline.


Head up to Kula for cooler temperatures and Maui’s freshest produce. Try the delicious farm fresh vegetables from Kula that are often incorporated into local dishes. Take your pick of farm tours; you can visit a goat farm, lavender farm and persimmon farm—even a farm that produces vodka. Continue on to ‘Ulupalakua to visit a working ranch and winery.


Little Makawao town was once headquarters for paniolo (cowboys); now the intersection of Baldwin and Makawao avenues sports a collection of posh boutiques and galleries. But the cowboys haven’t ridden off into the sunset just yet! After browsing the quaint shops, stop by the Oskie Arena to catch a weekend rodeo or polo match.


Maui’s rural north shore and lush east side are still untamed.


“The journey is the destination” is an apt description of the Road to Hāna. With over 600 hairpin turns and an estimated 59 narrow bridges, this drive winds through lush rain forests and along seaside cliffs. Head out early to avoid traffic and plan on at least three hours of driving each way. We strongly suggest taking a tour instead of making the drive so you can enjoy the ride and scenery. If you drive, it is important to adhere to signs and only pull over where appropriate. Learn more about how to drive the road to Hāna with aloha at hanamaui.com/drivewithaloha and be sure to check with your accommodations for current road conditions. When you finally reach the little town of Hāna, let its quiet simplicity be your reward. Dig your toes into the sand of Koki Beach. For added adventure, consider hang gliding above the town or spelunking in a lava tube.

Wai‘ānapapa State Park is famous for its black sand beach and stunning coastal views. All out-of-state visitors are required to make reservations (accepted two weeks in advance of visits) to enter the park. Same-day reservations are not available. Fees for entry and parking are in effect. gowaianapanapa.com

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Twelve miles past Hāna, the Kīpahulu section of Haleakalā National Park is a worthy, yet distant, destination. You’ll cross old stone bridges over cascading waterfalls, and if you feel inclined, head up through the bamboo forest to spectacular Waimoku Falls. At the end of this slippery, mildly arduous trail you can watch in awe as a stream plunges 400 feet over a sheer rock wall. nps.gov/hale /index.htm


Pā‘ia’s colorful plantation-era storefronts and boutiques are gold mines: the best spots to find unique souvenirs, surf gear and locally produced art, jewelry and clothing. Browse the shops and refresh with a smoothie made with coconut water harvested on Maui and fish tacos at a local hangout, and then head to Ho‘okipa Beach Park to watch windsurfers catch air.

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Mālama Maui

From perpetuating culture at the Olowalu Cultural Reserve to reforesting Honokōwai Valley, there are many opportunities to turn a Maui adventure into a way to give back, enriching your experience of the island and leaving it a better place for locals and future visitors. When you join Maui residents in their mālama ‘āina efforts, like Kia‘i Collier showing volunteers the importance of protecting the habitats of native species, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of what community means, and how you can be a part of caring for and protecting it. gohawaii.com/malama

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Maui offers adventures of all sorts, from hikes in Haleakalā Crater’s Mars like landscape to snorkeling in Molokini’s calm, clear waters.

Surf and Windsurf

In the winter months when swells roll in, see surfers in the lineup at Honolua Bay. Inspired by the pros? Whatever your age, skill or interest, there’s someone here who can teach you to surf.

Cruise and Sail

Take to the water for a mellow sunset sail with cocktails or an early morning whale watching cruise from December through April.

Kayak and Stand-up Paddling

The southern waters of Kīhei, Mākena and Keone‘ō‘io, offer opportunities to kayak or SUP (stand-up paddle). Some companies offer lessons, guides and even a photographer so you can capture your moments on the water.

Your vacation should be… a vacation… Swim. Snorkel. Hike. Shop. Dine. Explore. Enjoy on-property activities, or simply lounge on a beach chair while gazing at stunning Napili Bay. Try stand up paddle boarding. Golf at Kapalua Resort (special rates). There’s plenty to do. Or not! The hardest thing you’ll have to do is leave.

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Swim safely! Maui has a wide variety of beautiful beaches to choose from, but we strongly recommend only swimming at beaches with lifeguards on duty. Double check the county website before heading out for fun in the sun.


Snorkel and Dive

Get all goggle-eyed and introduce yourself to Hawai‘i’s friendly fish. The islands are home to hundreds of snorkeling sites, with fascinating underwater life. Some of our favorite spots include Kā‘anapali and Honolua Bay (in the summer when the surf is gentle). Or sign up for a snorkel cruise to Molokini, the volcanic crater just off the coast of Maui that is home to colorful schools of fish. The ocean current is strong so it is always a good idea to use a snorkel, mask, flotation device and flippers.


If you scuba dive, you’ll need to wait at least 24 hours before driving to Haleakalā Crater or taking an air tour due to altitude changes.


For a different view of Maui’s backcountry, soar above its forests, rivers and waterfalls at 35 mph. Options include a lush jungle journey in Ha‘ikū or a dual zipline course in West Maui. In the summer, you can even zip around under the full moon. Find other zipline adventures in Kā‘anapali, Makawao, Waikapū and near Haleakalā.

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Take a hike? With pleasure. From coastal trails to lush forest paths, the islands have a wealth of hiking options for people of all abilities. One of our favorites is the Halemau‘u Trail or Keonehe‘ehe‘e Trail down from Haleakalā Crater, where you can see native plants like the endemic ‘āhinahina (silversword). Also check out ‘Īao Valley State Park or the Pīpīwai Trail to the 400-foot Waimoku Falls.


Pitch a tent at one of the island’s many campgrounds. Remember: Camping permits are required. Get one in advance by contacting the appropriate state, county or forest reserve agencies:

• Kanahā Beach Park and Pāpalaua Wayside Park: County Parks Department 808-270-7389

• Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area and Wai‘ānapanapa State Park: Maui Division of State Parks 808-984-8109

• Haleakalā National Park recreation.gov

By Air

Rise above it all. Take a helicopter tour and get a bird’s eye view of Maui’s volcanic craters, lush mountains and other wonders. This amazing perspective allows views of otherwise inaccessible spots along the coast and throughout Maui’s valleys. If you’re lucky, you might spot some whales in season (November through May).

Adventure awaits. But before you get started, find our tips at gohawaii.com/traveltips

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Whale Tales

Encounters with whales and dolphins in the wild can be the most thrilling part of a Maui vacation. Koholā (humpback whales) migrate to Maui’s warm waters in late fall when these 40-ton creatures travel to mate, give birth and care for their newborns. The season lasts from November through May, with peak sightings in January and February. Roughly 10,000 to 12,000 humpback whales make their way from Alaska to Hawai‘i each year. Maui offers the best spots for whale watching in all of Hawai‘i. “By far, the largest numbers of the visiting humpbacks congregate off Maui’s south and west shores,” says Greg Kaufman, former marine biologist with the Pacific Whale Foundation. Off Maui, whales and dolphins will forever be wild. However, at the Maui Ocean Center you can watch virtual whales swim inches over your head in a dramatic new 3D dome theater.

How do I see a whale?

For a close encounter with a cetacean, we recommend taking a whale-watching cruise. While regulations forbid boats from sailing within 100 yards of a whale, you’ll still get close enough to marvel at these gorgeous animals and take photographs. You can even catch a sighting of our favorite ocean mammals from shore (not while driving, please!). Scan the horizon from your beach blanket or hotel lānai and you just might spot a spout or fluke. For an even more magical experience, dip your head under the surface of the water and listen: You might just hear a male whale singing.


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Island of Hawai‘i

At more than 4,028 square miles (and still growing) Hawai‘i’s youngest island is larger than the other seven main Hawaiian Islands put together.

With that sprawling size comes great diversity: you can explore the summit of an active volcano at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park or visit remnants of old fishing villages. Listen to native birds sing in the rain forests or stroll the shoreline of black or white sand beaches.

Discoveries from the scenic to cultural abound. Centuries before Kamehameha the Great unified the Hawaiian Islands, four ali‘i (chiefs) ruled their respective islands with absolute authority. Cloaked in the plumage of native birds, the ruling class of these islands were revered by their people and so celebrated that we still honor them today. Their epic battles and deeds, preserved in oli (chants) and mele (songs), form so much a part of each island and live on as poetic testaments to their leadership prowess.

Keawe, short for Keaweikekahiali‘iokamoku, was an ali‘i of the island of Hawai‘i in the late 17th century and brought unity to the people through diplomacy as well as strategic alliances and marriages. He is also the great-grandfather of Kamehameha I, the chief who would become the first ruler of the unified Hawaiian Islands. Today, the honorary name of the island of Hawai‘i is Moku o Keawe. Hale o Keawe at Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is also a proud reminder of the legacy left behind by Chief Keawe. Each of the ruling chiefs of the Hawaiian Islands promoted peace and prosperity through unity. Their leadership and aloha for their people and the ‘āina (land) will forever be a part of Hawai‘i’s fabric as long as there are those who share their stories and continue their memory. Welcome to a dramatic, dynamic island of Hawai‘i.


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Island Color: Red

Island Flower: ‘Ōhi‘a lehua (metrosideros polymorpha)

Size: 4,028 square miles

Width: 76 miles

Length: 93 miles

Coastline: 266 miles

Highest Point: Maunakea (13,796 feet)

County Seat: Hilo

Population: Approximately 200,629

Weather: d-80 degrees mi from highs Daytime

Fahrenheit, lows from mid-60 to mid-70 degrees Fahrenheit

Slightly higher in the summer 71 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit, year-round Ocean Temp.:


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INT’L AIRPORT (ITO) Kea‘auPāhoa Rd Pu‘u‘ō‘ō x 2,979’ Kukui Pt Leleiwi Pt Kumukahi 137 Kapoho-KalapanaRd 30 km 20 mi Kea‘au Hakalau Honomū Kurtistown Pāpa‘ikou Pepe‘ekeo Pāhoa Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden Lava Tree State Park Rainbow Falls Hilo Bay KE A UKAH A KA I M Honoli‘i Beach Park Beach Park Keaukaha Beach Park Kolekole Beach Park Richardson Ocean Park Leleiwi Beach Park Onekahakaha Beach Park lsmith Beach Park ealoha Beach Park Car K Isaac Hale County Beach Park MacKenzie State Recreation Area Hilo The Island of Hawai‘i Puna Beach Town Primary Hwy Minor St Main St Secondary Hwy Park Guarded Beach Civic Major Stream Water Land Point of Interest Island Facts
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‘Akaka Falls State Park

One leisurely hike takes you to two magnificent waterfalls, and along the way, you’ll experience a Hawaiian rainforest. The first stop on the paved footpath is stunning Kahuna Falls, dropping 100 feet from the mountain tops. Next, the dramatic ‘Akaka Falls paints a spectacular picture as it plunges 442 feet. Visitors are encouraged to pay for parking and entrance prior to arrival due to limited cell reception at the park.


 Waimea

In the upland town of Waimea, paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture rules. The first cattle were gifted to King Kamehameha I in the late 1790s. Decades later, Mexican-Spanish vaqueros (cowboys) were brought in to teach Native Hawaiians and other local residents how to keep the wild animals in check. Waimea was the center of Hawai‘i’s important ranching industry in the 19th century, and remnants of that era are still present today. Visit the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani (Pu‘ukalani) Stables to learn more about paniolo history, and to see photos and saddles from the time. And then, saddle up at one of the ranches, where you can explore wide-open pastures.

Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site

Around 1790, it is said that a great kahuna (priest) advised Kamehameha I to erect a heiau (temple) to the war god Kū at Pu‘ukoholā. Hawaiian heiau took on many forms—from simple stone markers used as fishing shrines to enormous stone platforms, but massive heiau like Pu‘ukoholā could only be accessed by priests and those of chiefly class. Not only is Pu‘ukoholā believed to be one of the last structures built before the arrival of Western influence, it is also one of the largest, bestpreserved temples on the island.

Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

Ancient Hawaiian society could be unforgiving. Break the law and face death. Unless, that is, the culprit could make it to a “place of refuge,” such as Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau. At these sacred places of peace and amnesty, criminals were safe from persecution, provided they reached it before the law caught up with them. Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau is actually one of the island’s five national parks and home to other significant sites, including: the 1871 trail, an abandoned farming and fishing village, three hōlua (sledding paths) and Hale o Keawe, a structure surrounded by ki‘i (carved wooden images) which houses the bones of great chiefs.

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Hāmākua Heritage Corridor

The Hāmākua Heritage Corridor scenic drive is known for its miles of water-carved gulches, valleys thick with tropical foliage, cascading waterfalls and seaside vistas. Starting in Downtown Hilo, head north on 190. You’ll pass miles of scenic vistas of Hilo Palikū - including small, quaint sugar plantation-era towns. Also on the route is Kalōpā Native Forest State Park and Recreation Area, where, at 2,000 feet above sea level, you can hike through a forest of ‘ōhi‘a trees, and an arboretum of other native plants. To help mālama (to care for) these native ecosystems, please be sure to remove any mud from your footwear before hiking, as it can carry the fungal pathogens that cause Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD) and other environmental threats. bit.ly/hikingprotocols

Historic Kailua Village

Once a sleepy fishing village, Historic Kailua Village is now a lively seaside town. Chic shops and restaurants cooking up local produce line a section of Ali‘i Drive, which winds past important historic spots such as Ahu‘ena Heiau, a reconstructed temple and final home of Kamehameha I. Just across the bay is charming Hulihe‘e Palace, former vacation residence for Hawaiian royalty and today a gathering place for community events.

Hilo Farmers Market

‘Ono (delicious) local food is only one of many things you’ll find at the Hilo Farmers Market. Arrive early at this open market for the best selection of great gifts, fresh produce, Made-inHawai‘i crafts, fresh tropical flowers, aloha wear and handmade jewelry. You’ll find the most vendors on Wednesday and Saturday.

Pololū Valley Lookout

Formed hundreds of thousands of years ago, Pololū is a wahi pana or celebrated and storied place, especially for Native Hawaiian families with ancestral ties who hold a deep reverence for its history. In 2021, KUPU Hawai‘i, Nā Ala Hele Trails, and the lineal descendants of the area created the Pololū Valley Stewardship program – in an effort to mālama ku‘u home – to manage, educate, and share this wahi pana with visitors and residents.

Waipi‘o Lookout

Waipi‘o Valley, once an important center for political and religious life and home to thousands of Native Hawaiians, holds a deep historical significance. Today, the remote community is home to fewer than a hundred residents who live and work close to the land. Waipi‘o Valley Access Road is closed to visitors, who can enjoy a panoramic view from the lookout or book a helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view of all the valleys.

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Snorkel With Manta Rays

One of the most magical experiences on the island of Hawai‘i is snorkeling alongside manta rays at night. Don’t worry, they feed on plankton, not people, and they can’t sting you. The Kona Coast is the most popular location to find them. Tour operators set up lights on the ocean to attract the feeding rays; you can dive to the ocean floor to watch or hover above the graceful rays.

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Mālama Opportunities

Sparkling beaches, deep turquoise ocean waters, wild mountain trails. The natural setting of the island of Hawai‘i is striking when you enjoy its beauty as a bystander. But a more rewarding experience awaits those who go deeper.

When you join efforts to mālama, and give back, by working alongside the communities dedicated to preserving the island’s unique history and precious ‘āina (land), you are immersed in Hawai‘i’s true culture.

Volunteer with organizations like Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project or Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative. With your hands in the mud, soil, weeds or fishponds, you get a sense of what it’s like to be a part of this place, inseparable from nature. gohawaii.com

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Stargazing on the Island of Hawai‘i

Our skies on the west side are clear, dry and dark, making it the perfect place for stargazing. In fact, you can see most of the stars visible from earth from the island of Hawai‘i. Enjoy spectacular shoreline stargazing available at several Kohala Coast hotels.

On the East side, learn more about the deep connection between Native Hawaiians and the sky at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i in Hilo.

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Circling the Island

Those who say “the journey is the destination” may be talking about a drive around the island of Hawai‘i. This drive earned the island one of National Geographic’s 50 Ultimate Road Trips in the World and Rand McNally’s Best of the Road, the only road trip to make the list in the state. Rent a car, or guided circle island tours are also available.

Make sure to visit these eight Heritage Sites. These special places provide significant historical, cultural and environmental contributions to the island of Hawai‘i.

It’s an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site and one of Hawai‘i’s most popular attractions.

Find out about life in early Hawai‘i by learning about fishpond systems, viewing ki‘i pōhaku (petroglyphs) and heiau (temples).

A self-guided walk leads to two amazing waterfalls, ‘Akaka Falls (442 feet) and Kahuna Falls (100 feet).

Once a favorite retreat of Hawaiian royalty, this palace features original koa furniture, Hawaiian artifacts and personal memorabilia of the royal family.

Take a self-guided tour and explore traditional Hawaiian lifestyles.

This is where Captain James Cook first set foot on the island of Hawai‘i in 1779, and died only about a month later. A monument stands here in his name.

This site features one of the largest heiau (temples) built in Hawai‘i.

This 180-acre park was once a sacred burial site, royal grounds and a place of refuge.

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

All Hawaiian Islands have a volcanic past. But on the island of Hawai‘i, dynamic Kīlauea, known as the most active volcano in the world, is still transforming the landscape. At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, where austere rock meets tropical rainforest, millions of years of geological activity have created an otherworldly landscape of contrasts. There’s so much to discover here, including native plants found nowhere else in the world. And the sacred home of revered Pelehonuamea, or Pele, goddess of fire, is here, in Kīlauea’s Halema‘uma‘u crater.

Drive the Chain of Craters, a remote trail that takes you past scenic lookouts, lava formations and a sea arch. Chat with a park ranger and get the most current information about volcanic activity, hikes and more.

Visit nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit for the latest information. To learn more about Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, download the mobile app, or visit gohawaii.com/island-of-hawaii.

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How Does Hawai‘i Eat

Hawai‘i may be the greatest place in the world for discovering how profoundly true it is that food brings people together. It’s true today, in the stunning variety of ways visitors are invited to celebrate food in every community on every island. From the thriving food truck and pop-up street food scene where ethnic grinds find extreme executions and mash-ups, to the height of sophistication at five-star white-tablecloth fine eateries where haute cuisine is served with milliondollar ocean views - and everywhere in between. But the diversity of food experiences that makes Hawai‘i the cuisine capital of the Pacific today has been built on an incredible history of people, place, ingredients, cultures and cuisines coming together.

First, the Hawaiian people native to this archipelago engineered a food system the state is still striving to get back to: a regenerative one. They observed the ecology of the natural world and worked with it, managing their resources just as life-giving wai (fresh water) flowed, from its source ma uka (up towards the mountains) down through the valleys and out ma kai (out towards the ocean).

Known as an ahupua‘a, the Native Hawaiians’ traditional land divisions stretching from ma uka to ma kai provided Hawaiian communities with resources they could use or trade for everything they needed to thrive. Ingenious aquaculture masterworks created vast, sustainable shoreline fisheries and saltpans. Water diversion enabled diverse ecosystems for the staple crop kalo (taro). Upcountry forests provided timber and textiles. Everything is related, nothing stands alone.

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That’s because the ahupua‘a system was (and is) based on Native Hawaiian values of reciprocity, responsibility and balance. Only a pristinely balanced environment can offer the purity of Hawai‘i’s water, the unmatched richness of our volcanic soil and temperate tropical year-round growing conditions in the fresh, Pacific air. Throw off that delicate balance and the food system - and all who depend on it - is compromised.

Today, Hawai‘i remains a paradise for high-quality agriculture grown in ideal conditions, with a bounty of locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and seafood, grass-fed cattle and even macadamia-nut-fed pigs. Combine those rich source products with the tapestry of Hawai‘i’s diverse ethnic heritage and you arrive at today’s matchless assembly of technique and culinary tradition. But those old concepts of mālama and

balance are perhaps more essential to Hawai‘i’s culinary culture than ever, as Hawai‘i’s next generation of innovative farmers and chefs grow, produce and serve a more authentic, regenerative farm-tofork experience, unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else.

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Local Eats

With thoughtful attention to technique and sourcing, popular eateries across the Hawaiian Islands are creatively reimagining some of Hawai‘i’s longtime favorite foods that every visitor should try.

Spam Musubi

Found in mom-and-pop shops, chain convenience stores and even beloved restaurants across the islands, the longtime local favorite and extraordinarily portable spam musubi owes its origins to World War II, when the canned meat first became prevalent throughout the islands. Initially thought up as sort of a spam sushi, consisting of grilled or fried spam combined with white rice, today’s spam musubi is typically a slice of the salty meat flavored with a sweetened soy sauce atop a block of white rice wrapped in nori, or dry seaweed. Eateries around the state offer clever takes on the enormously popular comfort food.

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 Plate Lunch

Dating back to the 19th century Hawai‘i sugar and plantation era – when laborers from China, Japan, Portugal, the Philippines, Korea and elsewhere first came to the islands – the plate lunch likely owes its origins to laborers’ midday meals carried in compartmentalized metal containers, featuring a lot of rice and some meat or fish leftover from dinner the night before. Today, plate lunch features a delectably downhome (or sometimes elevated) preparation of fish, beef, pork or chicken, along with two scoops of rice and macaroni or potato salad.

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This sugar-dusted, delicious deep-fried-dough treat first appeared in Hawai‘i thanks to Portuguese laborers, who traveled to the islands to work on sugar plantations in the late 1800s. From there, culinary evolution took off and you can now find malasadas dusted in everything from coffee to li hing mui (dried plum skin) powder to cinnamon and filling options like liliko‘i (passion fruit) custard, chocolate mousse, crème brulee and calamansi meringue.

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Shave Ice

Like so many of Hawai‘i’s favorite foods, shave ice – not shaved ice – first appeared in the islands during the plantation era. Immigrant laborer families gathered on weekends to enjoy fresh fruit syrups poured over soft snow shaved from blocks of ice. Today, it’s common to find the frozen treat throughout the islands, flavored with a extensive selection of sweet syrups and piled over with an arsenal of toppings from ice cream to azuki beans. Many shave ice stands now hand-craft their syrups, often featuring organic ingredients and local farm fresh fruits.

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Our Kuleana: Travel Safety Guidelines

The Hawaiian word kuleana means both responsibility and privilege. It’s the idea that we all have our part to play in maintaining our pristine natural beauty and protecting our unique way of life. You can mālama (care for) Hawai‘i and help our islands thrive by doing your kuleana as a visitor and considering these guidelines as you engage with our environment and culture.

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The most unique aspect of the Hawaiian Islands is our vibrant culture, which deepens and enriches every experience of our pristine natural beauty. While visiting Hawai‘i, it’s well worth it to take the time to learn about our culture and history. We want visitors to leave with both a sense of aloha and an understanding of kapu, not going where you are unwelcome or unsafe, especially to culturally significant places. Both concepts are based on a regenerative worldview of respect and love for others and the environment that can be transformative. We hope visitors take it home with them to share with their families, friends and communities.

Land Safety

In Hawai‘i, the land is considered part of our ‘ohana (family), so please treat it with the same care. Ask permission before entering any area that is not public and leave only footprints. For your safety, consult with a local guide if you’re unfamiliar with the area, and familiarize yourself and be prepared for all conditions with the proper gear and supplies. Before you embark, brush your shoes off before hiking whenever possible to avoid spreading Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, which can travel between islands and threatens to decimate a keystone tree species essential to native ecosystems and culture. While hiking, stay on the trails to prevent

environmental degradation and erosion; making your own shortcuts or paths can be dangerous not only for you but other hikers as well, as it erodes the trail causing damage and creating hazardous conditions. Also, be sure not to leave anything on the trail and take out what you take in. For more information, please consult DLNR OuterSpacial app for hike safety dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/app and the Nā Ala Hele trail website for information on hiking trails hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails

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Ocean Safety and Conservation

Our reefs are delicate and sensitive environments in need of careful conservation and protection. Please observe Hawai‘i’s reef-safe sunscreen laws and choose sunscreen without chemicals that are toxic to coral - check the label and only use products with active ingredients of zinc or titanium dioxide. Be careful not to remove or step on coral reefs, which are living ecosystems made up of thousands of tiny animals called polyps, that also provide a habitat for a wide variety of marine life. Always put trash and recycling in the appropriate receptacles, and if possible, travel with a reusable water bottle and reusable bags to reduce microplastic pollution.

Ocean Safety

For your own safety and that of our lifeguards and first responders, please use care when near to or entering the ocean. Be aware of ocean conditions, rip currents, shorebreaks and rocks. If you’re unsure about ocean conditions, ask a lifeguard or do not venture out. Be on the lookout for warning or hazard signs, determine

safe places to enter and exit the water, only swim within view of a lifeguard and never turn your back to the ocean. Always let someone know where you’ll be going or go with a partner. If you’d like more tips and advice, visit gohawaii.com/trip-planning/travel -smart/ocean-safety-in-hawaii

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Marine and Animal Protection

Close interactions with humans can cause stress, behavioral change and possibly dangerous interactions for our wildlife. Please respect the autonomy and right to space of our endangered species and other marine animals as you observe and appreciate them from a safe and lawful distance:

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For their protection and your safety, never touch or feed marine animals, which is prohibited under federal law. Always use reef safe sunscreen to reduce impacts on marine wildlife.

For more information, please visit fisheries.noaa.gov/pacific-islands/marine



Short-Term Vacation Rentals

The proliferation of illegal vacation rentals is a big issue in Hawai‘i. In all advertisements and solicitations on websites, legally permitted vacation rentals in Hawai‘i must display the taxpayer’s registration identification number (GET and TAT #). A quick online search can protect you from scams that could result in a loss of your deposit or even fines. It may seem attractive, but it’s not worth the risk to book with an unreliable source and stay in unpermitted vacation rentals operating illegally in residential neighborhoods. You can avoid getting scammed - and negatively impacting local communities - by always choosing legal accommodations.

For videos and more travel tips visit gohawaii.com/traveltips and youtube.com/c/gohawaii/videos

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Essential Hawai‘i Made in Hawai‘i

Supporting small local businesses, producers and makers is a great way to mālama (take care of) the Hawaiian Islands. And with plentiful mom and pop stores and farmers markets, it’s easy and fun to shop for the perfect item for anyone on your list. You’ll discover that there’s something especially sweet about products grown and made in the Hawaiian Islands - maybe it’s the gentle climate or loving aloha that’s infused into food, fabric and handicrafts. Here are a few ideas for unique Hawai‘i-made products and gifts to take the islands home with you.


Did you know Hawai‘i is the only state to grow cacao commercially? Tour a farm or factory at one of the bean-to-bar makers in Hawai‘i. Many will provide insulated bags to keep your chocolate cool on the way home.


From 14K gold Hawaiian heirloom bracelets and pendants to modern pieces created with shells ethically sourced from the shores or ocean floor, local designs range from bold to beachy. Look for accessories featuring pearls, delicate and rare Ni‘ihau shells or even beach glass.


Stunning surf photos, intricate woodwork made from reclaimed endemic wood, nature-inspired paintings and fun graphic illustrations of local life appear in galleries across the islands, many of which are influenced by native Hawaiian culture. For a more affordable indulgence, pick up bright or retro—style hand-drawn prints splashed on totes and T-shirts for everyday island style.


The many designers who call Hawai‘i home—including several former Project Runway contestants and New York fashion week veterans—have reinvented modern aloha attire. Look for slimmer cuts, culturally-inspired prints reflecting local flora and cultural motifs, and of course the more traditional vintage designs. And it’s not just shirts. Modern silhouettes for women and kids create chic apparel for the entire family.


Hawai‘i’s famous nuts go beyond chocolate dipped. Look for mac-nut brittle or buttery shortbread cookies.

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With breathtaking scenery, one-of-akind signature holes and championshipcaliber course designs, Hawai‘i attracts golfers of every level from around the world, including the PGA TOUR Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open in Hawai‘i, as well as the Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualālai. Discover a variety of unforgettable courses on every island—from greens lined with black volcanic rough to stunning seaside water hazards. And with more than 60 plus golf courses throughout the islands that are playable year-round, it won’t be difficult to find the perfect course for you. gohawaii.com/experiences/golf

Weddings & Honeymoons

With our balmy climate, enchanting scenery and lingering scent of a floral lei, romance is always in the air in Hawai‘i. Picture yourself renewing your vows overlooking Waikīkī Beach, as surfers ride the waves in the distance. Or saying “I do” on Maui on the sunny coast of Wailea, where oceanfront receptions sparkle in the evening light. Whatever you envision for your perfect day, be sure to seal your love by saying “I love you” the Hawaiian way: aloha au iā ‘oe. gohawaii.com/experiences /weddings-honeymoons

Ideal for Couples

Misty waterfalls, sun-kissed beaches, thrilling opportunities for adventure— our six Hawaiian Islands invite you to slow down and savor the company of the one you love. One of the world’s top honeymoon destinations, Hawai‘i’s alluring landscapes provide an idyllic setting for intimate and relaxing escapes. gohawaii.com/experiences/relaxation -romance

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The main point of arrival to the islands is Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Airlift to Hawai‘i is ample, including many nonstop routes or one-stop connection through major hubs. In addition, there are ample non-stop or convenient one-stop connection via major U.S. hubs to all islands:

• Service by every major U.S. network carrier and 15 international carriers

• Approximately 11 million air seats annually from North America

• Approximately 2.5 million air seats annually from Asia, Oceania and South Pacific destinations

Year-round, nonstop service to Hawai‘i comes from 40-plus gateway cities — Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo (Haneda/Narita) and Vancouver to name a few — plus seasonal service from several more.


Rental cars are the most popular option and they are available at all airports and at some hotels and off-airport locations. On most islands, there are some resort and destination airport shuttles, shopping express shuttles, taxicabs, rideshares and public transportation. Rental bikes, motorcycles and mopeds are also options.


It is generally drier on the leeward sides of the islands, wetter on the windward sides. Generally speaking, there are two seasons. Winter (November through April), when temperatures typically range in the low-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (20 to 30°C), and summer when the high can run into the low-90s Fahrenheit (32°C). Trade winds keep you comfortable year-round.

Time Zone

Hawai‘i Standard Time is GMT-10 (Pacific StandardTime-2, Eastern StandardTime-5). Since Hawai‘i doesn’t observe daylight savings time, add one hour to the time difference when in effect (March through early November).

Dress Code

Attire is “resort wear” even at the most luxurious resorts and restaurants. There’s no need to bring a coat or tie unless you want to dress up. Dress for comfort. T-shirts, tank tops, polo shirts, shorts, jeans, sundresses, sneakers and sandals are all good choices. Temperatures are cooler in the evening, making a sweater and slacks a good idea. It is a custom in Hawai‘i to slip off your shoes when entering a home. “Aloha attire” generally refers to clothing inspired by Native Hawaiian or local Hawai‘i designers.


The USDA enforces strict rules regarding the importation and exportation of uninspected plants and animals. Before landing in Hawai‘i, you’ll be asked to declare any such items. When departing, luggage must pass a pre-flight check at the airport to ensure that no plant insects or diseases are hitching a ride back with you. You’re welcome to take inspected fresh flowers and fruits home. Many items purchased at the airport or mailed home from local vendors are already inspected. For more information, visit hawaii.gov /hdoa or call the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture at 808-834-3220 or 808-834-3240.

The Language of Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i’s two official languages are Hawaiian (‘ōlelo Hawai‘i) and English. There are 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet: A, E, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, U, W and the ‘okina (‘).

The ‘okina is a pause like the sound between the ohs in oh-oh and is a consonant. The ‘okina (‘) or glottal stop, and kahakō ( ˉ ) or macron, changes the pronunciation and meaning of the word.

The 18 sounds in the Hawaiian language are a, e, i, o, u, ā, ē, ī, ō, ū, he, ke, la, mu, nu, pi, we and w with a v sound.

A few words you should know:

aloha: a greeting and farewell, a spirit of love and so much more

kama‘āina: a Hawai‘i-born local or a long-time local resident

kāne: man

keiki: child

lei: a garland given for an occasion

mahalo: thank you

‘ohana: family

pau: finished

wahine: woman

Hawaiian Dictionary: hilo.hawaii.edu/wehe

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Electronic Devices

The area code for the entire state is 808. For long distance calls between islands, dial 1-808 and then the number. When placing calls to the Continental U.S. and Canada from Hawai‘i, dial 1, the area code and the number. All calls within an island are local. Hawai‘i’s cell phone law requires the use of a hands-free device when using a mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. And please note O‘ahu’s crosswalk law, which prohibits pedestrians from viewing a mobile electronic device while crossing a street.

Many of Hawai‘i’s larger hotels and condominium resorts have high-speed internet access, including wireless in some public areas.

Sun Sense

You’ll want to show off a nice tan when you go home, but please use common sense when sunbathing in the tropics. A sunburn will develop faster than you thought possible, so be sure to use reefsafe sunscreen. Remember, it’s usually hottest between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the sun is stronger here than you’re probably used to.


The ocean is Hawai‘i’s playground, but there are precautions to observe. Offshore winds and currents can be powerful and change suddenly. That means don’t stray far from shore or head out to kayak, windsurf or sail if warning signs are posted or if conditions warrant caution. If you’re unsure about conditions, ask a lifeguard. For information about beach safety conditions, visit gohawaii.com/trip-planning/travel-smart /ocean-safety-in-hawaii

If you’re hiking into a wilderness, be sure to sign out with park rangers (if possible) and observe all warning signs. Few places are as safe as Hawai‘i, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon all care as you travel about. Lock your car doors and don’t leave any personal belongings in your unattended vehicle.

Marriage License

A marriage license agent for the state of Hawai‘i will issue your license. The couple must be present when the license is issued and both must be at least 18 years old. There is no waiting period, no residency requirement and no blood tests or shots are required. The license is good for 30 days and the fee is $65. The birthplace,

the names of parents and final divorce decree information, if applicable, will be required on the license application. For more information on Hawai‘i marriage licenses, call 808-586-4544 or visit health.hawaii.gov/vitalrecords /marriage-licenses

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No Drones

Drones are not allowed within five miles of any airport. The use, launching or landing of drones, or other types of aircraft, is prohibited in Hawai‘i’s National, State and County Parks.



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