You are to be congratulated on selecting one of the most spectacular vacation destinations in the world. In addition to its breathtaking scenery and friendly spirit of aloha, Hawaii offers an incredible diversity of things to see and do. As a certified Hawaii Destination Specialist, I can help you make the most of your vacation in this island paradise. Let me help you plan your vacation. Hawaii offers great vacations for families, those on a honeymoon, retirees and romance seekers. Enjoy discounts where the rates are less than last year.
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Hawaii lies 2,397 miles west - southwest of San Francisco
- South Point on the Island of Hawaii is the southern most point in the United
- Hawaii is actually a 1,523 - mile chain of islets and eight main islands.
Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, KAuai and Niihau
- Hawaii has the world's most active Volcano, Kilauea crater on Mauna Loa
- Mt. Waialeale on Kauai is known to be the wettest place on earth
- Hawaii is the only state with an official native language
- Hawaii boasts the most diverse population mix of all the states
- Hawaii is the only state ever governed directly by monarchs who were
recognized by international law. Iolani Palace on the Island of Oahu is the only
royal palace in the United States
- During WWI, many Hawaiians went into the service
The weather on all of the Hawaiian islands is very consistent, with only moderate changes in temperature throughout the
year. During the summer months that extend from May to October, our average daytime high temperature is 85 degrees F (29.4 C); during
the winter months, from November to April, it's about 78 degrees F (25.6 C). Nighttime temperatures are approximately 10 degrees F
Ocean temperatures are always warm; trade winds keep the islands
cool and the humidity comfortable. Generally, the leeward side (west
and south) of the island is drier and sunnier; while the windward side
(north and east) of the island is wetter and windier. Remember to bring
along your hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen - which you should re-apply
liberally throughout the day.
When packing for your Hawaiian vacation, keep it simple. With Hawaii's casual dress attire, shorts, t-shirts, sandals,
and a swimsuit are usually all that's needed during the day. In the evenings, a mu'umu'u (sundress) for women and slacks
and an Aloha Shirt for men will do.
Lei symbolizes the Aloha spirit and is always a welcome gift. Creatively woven into artistic strands, these fragrant flower lei
include plumeria, tuberose, pikake (jasmine), white ginger, and green maile leaves. Available at any of the numerous stands
located in the Honolulu International Airport, in shopping malls, and on Maunakea Street located in Chinatown, in Downtown
- Aloha - Hello, goodbye, love
- Mahalo - thank you
- Ohana - family
- Malahini - newcomer, visitor
- Kama'aina - native-born local resident
- Kane - men
- Wahine - women
- Keiki - child or children
- Lomi lomi - traditional Hawaiian massage
- Mauka - toward the mountains
- Makai - toward the ocean
- Diamond Head - eastbound
- Ewa - westbound
Ukulele and slack key guitar, the distinctive sounds of Hawaiian music, are another way native Hawaiians share their story of
their culture. Visit any one of the many music stores throughout the state for your favorite Hawaiian music, and let the
music bring you back to Hawaii long after your vacation to paradise is over. Some of the popular artists are Israel
Kamakawiwoole (Bradda Iz), the Brothers Cazimero, Keali'i Reichel, and Na Leo Pilimehana.
Top things to do in the islands:
- Macadamia Nuts - Try the different varieties that are available, from chocolate-covered to salted and flavored. You
can find these delicious treats almost anywhere in the islands, from specialty stores to convenience stores.
- Dole Pineapples - Individually selected and carefully hand-packaged so they will be fresh, juicy and delicious.
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- Experience delicious cuisine and local delights unique to Hawaii!
- Attend a Hawaiian Luau - complete with authentic Hawaiian food such as Kalua
(roast) pork, fresh Island fish, and poi, as well as hula dancers and spectacular fire
- Eat a local plate lunch - each casual drive-in or 'take out' experience features such
things as laulau, chicken katsu (cutlet), mahimahi, spareribs and much more - all
served with the mandatory 2 scoops of (white) rice and 1 scoop of macaroni salad; a
local favorite for any meal of the day!
- Enjoy world famous Hawaii Shave Ice - Unlike its "Snow Cone" counterpart on
the mainland, 'Shave Ice' has a much finer consistency, holding in much more of the
sweet flavored syrup, and literally melting at the tongue. For a true local twist, try
the li-hing mui (preserved plum) flavored syrup, or Japanese azuki beans smothered
- Sample fresh Island Poke - Freshly prepared, uncooked local fish, diced and mixed
with soy sauce, Hawaiian rock salt, chili pepper, limu (fresh seaweed) and a dash of
sesame oil...You don't need a local's palette to enjoy this simple, delicious melange of
truly unique flavors.
- Play at the Beach - white, red, black and green sand beaches in Hawaii
- Po'ipu Beach (Kauai) - boogie board or sunbathe
- Punalu'u Beach Park (Big Island) - famous for its black sand and sea turtles
- Ka'anapali Beach (Maui) - snorkel or take a Hobie Cat ride
- Waikiki Beach (Oahu) - take surfing lessons or surf the waves in an outrigger
- Visit and marvel at the beauty of Hawaii's Natural wonders!
- Be in awe of the colorful vistas at the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", Waimea Canyon
- See the lava flowing from Kilauea Volcano on Big Island of Hawaii
- Take a drive atop Mount Haleakala, "House of the Rising Sun," to see the vibrant
sunrise on Maui.
- Take a hike to the top of famous Diamond Head Crater for panoramic views of Oahu
- Visit a historical site to understand and appreciate Hawaii's Past!
- Take a drive to the Kauai salt ponds, where native Hawaiians continue the centuries old
practice of harvesting Hawaiian 'Alaea' salt. Alaea has been used for centuries in
Hawaiian blessing ceremonies as well as for flavoring, in cooking and preserving of
- Pu'uohonua O' Honaunau "City of Refuge" - Honaunau Heiau on Big Island of Hawaii
- Visit Iao Needle on Maui, where King Kamehameha the Great fought a great battle to
unite the island of Maui
- Pay your respects at the Arizona Memorial, a memorial to the armed service men and
women who fought valiantly during the Pearl Harbor attack on Oahu.
- Take an insider's look at the Hawaiian Islands!
- On Kauai visit an intimate
artifact and pictorial gallery or take a tour to learn about Hawaii's Plantation era and
the immigration of different ethnic groups that make up the local culture of today.
- On the Big Island, visit Parker Ranch, the nation's largest privately owned, working
ranch and learn about the history and current activities of the "paniolo" or Hawaiian
- Visit the farms in the upcountry Maui area and see the rare Silversword and other
exotic protea plants, buy Maui onions or visit a lavender farm and come back to your condominium to prepare them.
- Visit Iolani Palace or Queen Emma Summer Palace on Oahu and discover and learn
about the Hawaiian monarchy, that lasted for a century.
Top 5 Things To Do on Your First Trip to Hawaii's Big Island:
5. Take a scenic drive down the lush Hamaukua Coast.
4. Stargaze atop
the tranquil summit of mount Mauna
3. Step back in time for a glimpse at ancient Hawaiian culture at Puuhonua
o Honaunau National Historic Park on the Kona Coast.
Sunbathe on the white sand beaches of Hapuna Beach State Park.
through the 400 foot Thurston
Lava tube and view Kilauea at Hawaii Volcanoes
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