From snorkeling and surfing to simply relaxing on the beach, Hawaii has no shortage of places to visit, sights to see and things to do. To count down to our 100th anniversary on May 31, 2019, we’ll be sharing 100 amazing ways to experience a perfect day in the Aloha state. Follow along as we’ll be sharing a list of new adventures each week.
1. Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island
After an explosive summer last year, Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano has taken a break. While the lava lake in the crater is gone and the lava flows have stopped, there is still much to see at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Drive through the Chain of Craters Road and stop at each of the scenic viewpoints to see the impressive landscapes left behind by the eruptions. Visit the Volcano House for its incredible views of the Kilauea Caldera. Discover hundreds of miles of hiking trails where you can see old lava tubes, unique plants and species, Hawaiian petroglyphs and more.
2. Try SUP Yoga in Waikiki
Yoga on a beach in Hawaii sounds blissful, but why not step up your yoga game by practicing your poses on the water. Fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the 5-acre Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon offers a calm setting to try yoga on a stand up paddle board.
3. Go Whale Watching on Maui
Make your way to Hawaii during the winter and early spring (December through May) to see humpback whales frolicking in the warm Hawaiian waters. These mesmerizing giants are drawn to the area’s shallow waters, especially in the channel between Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Boat tours may be the best way to get up close, but the west and south shores of Maui are also great spots for viewing whales from a distance.
4. See Kauai’s Sleeping Giant
Less than 2 miles away from the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai at Wailua Bay is the Nounou Mountain range – better known as Sleeping Giant. Stare at the ridge and you’ll see its formation resembles a human body lying flat on its back. Local legends say villagers tricked a giant into eating rocks hidden in its food. Sleepy from the feast, the giant took a nap and never woke up again.
5. Celebrate Hula on the Big Island
Before written language existed, hula and oli (chants) played an important role in communicating history and culture for native Hawaiians. Hula is more than a dance—it’s a way native Hawaiians connected with the aina (land) and the gods. At the Grand Naniloa Hotel, guest experiences are centered on the perpetuation and preservation of hula and Hilo’s famed Merrie Monarch Festival, known as “the Olympics” of hula. In addition to welcoming dancers from all over the globe during the festival each spring, guests can watch a local hula halau (school) practice on the hotel grounds every Monday evening.
6. Hike to Oahu’s western-most point
The most western tip of Oahu is called Kaena Point. Located within a state park, this relatively remote area is also a bird sanctuary offering scenic views of the Pacific and Leeward coastline. The only way to get to this point is by hiking the long and notoriously hot trail. Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water.
7. Indulge Your Taste Buds on Maui
A sumptuous evening of dinner and drinks, with dramatic ocean sunsets, at the Grand Wailea’s award-winning restaurant is calling your name. Highlighting Hawaii’s bounty and rich cultural history, Chef Mike Lofaro takes pride in creating a menu with sustainably and locally sourced dishes.
8. Go Bird Watching on Kauai
Situated at the northernmost tip of Kauai, the Kilauea Lighthouse offers beautiful views of the rugged coastline and the deep-blue Pacific. The lighthouse is located within a national wildlife refuge, a sanctuary for the area’s seabirds. You’ll see Laysan albatrosses, shearwaters and boobies nesting and soaring the skies above.
9. Go on a Waterfall Crawl on the Big Island
On the Big Island’s northeastern coast, you’ll discover some of the most breathtaking waterfalls. Begin your journey at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo and take a 15-minute drive to Rainbow Falls in Wailuku River State Park. Arrive early on a sunny morning to see the best rainbows. Then head north along the scenic Hamakua Heritage Corridor and stop at Akaka State Falls Park. Take a short 0.5 mile hike through the lush rainforest to see the incredible 442-foot falls. Continue your scenic drive to Waipio Valley, counting the waterfalls along Hawaii Belt Road. Behind this lush valley is the towering 1,300 foot Hiilawe Falls, where you can take a guided hike to get an even closer look.
10. Check Out Honolulu’s Art Scene
Artists from the around the world hit the streets of Kakaako for the annual Pow! Wow! Street Art Festival, leaving every corner of this up-and-coming area bursting with vibrant and colorful murals. Take a stroll through the neighborhood to admire the art, then stop by one of the many breweries to sample the island’s local craft beers.