A Few Newer Activities in the Hawaiian Islands for your next vacation

Hawaii is a popular destination.  Everyone seems to fall in love and go back again and again.  You probably have done the usual luau, snorkeling trip, sunset cruise already.  Here are some newer tours in Hawaii that you might not have done and can try.

Kauai:  Mountain Tubing Adventure.  The hiking and the helicopter tours are must do, but this float trip should also make your list.  It’s a popular activity and book up months in advance. You get on these rafters and float several miles down the old irrigation ditches of the former Lihue Plantation, some of it is in pitch black tunnels. You will get headlamps on helmets to light the way.  There are no rapids. The water is just knee deep. It is an easy trip but feels like an adventure. There are lots of fun bumping and spinning as you go. It is very organized, fun, and safe.  Great for all ages.

 

Oahu:  Oahu is more than Waikiki beach and Pearl Harbor.  This island has the most offerings in terms of culture and history.  Consider the Hawaii Monarchs Tour.  It’s a small group docent led tour and visits the Bishop Museum, have lunch, and visit the Iolani Palace.  You get to see the fascinating exhibits of all things Hawaiian at the Bishop Museum.  The Iolani Palace was the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy and is currently a National Historic Landmark.   You’ll see the crown jewels, the throne room, and hear many great stories of the beloved queen. The museum also has a world class planetarium and many lava rocks on display.

 

Maui: after ziplining, Molokini snorkeling trip, and even catching sunrise at Mt. Haleakala, you might consider visiting Upcountry.   The rustic town of Kula is known for is produce farms and botanical gardens. You can visit lavender farms and coffee and protea farm. Then there is the Surfing Goat Dairy where you can sample award winning Maui Gourmet Goat Cheese!  Maybe vodka will go well with the cheese? Who knows? but you can find out at the neighboring OCEAN Vodka. It’s the only vodka in the world made from organic sugar cane and deep ocean mineral water.  You can have vodka tasting and bring home those cute bottles as well.

 

Hawaii Island, aka Big Island:   the Volcanoes National Park, the waterfalls and snorkeling are all great.  Hawaii Island, however, has a unique heritage, a rich “cowboy culture” more than a century old, centered in the upcountry ranchlands of Waimea. The historic Parker Ranch was one of the largest cattle ranch in the US.  Kahua ranch is a working sheep and cattle ranch that allows you to learn about the paniolo ( Hawaiian cowboy) lifestyle.  You can explore on horseback or ATV.  An Evening at Kahua Ranch is a fun and entertaining evening with great food and dancing. That’s night life, Hawaii style.

Lanai:  the quaint, charming island of Lanai… don’t have a new activity, but the newly reopened Four Seasons Lanai resort will keep you pampered and well entertained for some lazy island days, I’m sure.

Molokai:  don’t want to forget Molokai, the island of outdoor adventure. The newest happening will be that the famous mule trails at the Kalaupapa National Historical Park have new railings! Well, that is big deal. Maybe now, you will feel safer and try it and explore this scenic trail. If not, there are always miles of bike trails in Molokai.

 

There are so much more to share and so many great activities to do….. just give me a call and we can chat more about other fun things & ideas for your next Hawaii vacation.

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