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  • Writer's pictureMeredith Strack

Top 8 Things to Do in Hawaii



Hawaii includes hundreds of islands and a diverse range of activities to partake in. With huge waves, volcanoes, and interesting culture, Hawaii will keep you busy and entertained. These are eight top things to enjoy while visiting the beautiful islands.

Whale Watching – The 'Big Island' is the most popular destination for whale watching in Hawaii. The peak season to catch a glimpse of Humpback whales is from January to March. You have the option to view via a cruise or private boat tour.

Luaus – These traditional ceremonies are a major source of entertainment on all islands within Hawaii. Take the opportunity to enjoy live dancing, learn about Hawaiian as well as Polynesian culture, and enjoy delectable cuisines.

Pearl Harbor - This piece of history shouldn't be left out of any itinerary, especially if you're visiting Oahu. Spending a half-day here is a must, but a full day is better to really experience the entire Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri battleship, museums, and more.

Helicopter Tours – Various tour lines offer unique aerial journeys that allow you to view the breathtaking Hawaiian scenery. From volcanoes and waterfalls to hidden valleys and majestic coastlines. A helicopter tour is truly an ideal way to sightsee!

SUP (Stand-Up Paddle Boarding) – This activity originated in Hawaii and is a derivative of surfing. SUP is soothing and allows you to explore the waterways on your terms. An excellent paddle path to take is from the Lanikai Beach to the Mokulua Islands.

Horseback Riding Tours – Explore the coastline or venture to hidden trails on an exploratory horseback tour. Most companies offer private as well as group tours. Some countless ranches and stables accommodate tourists. Paniolo Adventures is one of the largest, with an 11,000-acre cattle ranch located in Waimea.

Mauna Kea – This dormant volcano is a unique wonder to explore, and erupted over 4,000 years ago. You can hike the summit, but be sure to stop by the Visitor Information Station to check for weather and safety tips.

Kona Coffee Farm Tour – Kona coffee is some of the best gourmet coffee that you can find and is world-renowned. Kailua Kona, which is located on the 'Big Island,' is the heart of Kona coffee. When taking a tour, you will get to see processing facilities as well as the coffee fields. Don't forget to take some time to indulge in the popular beverage.

Grab your gear and take charge of your getaway with these activities that will be sure to make your experience fascinating!


My name is Meredith Strack -- Adventure and Family Travel Advisor This last year, we took our 3 kids to Hawaii for 3 weeks and had the best time. We explored Maui, Oahu, and Lanai, and can’t wait to go back and spend more time on the Big Island and Kauai! Over these last several years of being a travel advisor, I’ve also booked numerous clients on honeymoons and family vacations to Hawaii, and love hearing about the amazing experiences and memories that have been created!

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