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What to See and Do in Hawaii

What to See and Do in Hawaii

5 Reasons Why You Should Plan a Hawaii Vacation

Are you looking for a vacation destination for an upcoming trip?
If you are, you should examine Hawaii. Hawaii vacations are popular and their popularity continues to increase.
There are good reasons for that. In fact, five reasons why you should plan a Hawaii vacation are outlined below.

Hawaii Beach

Hawaii Beach. Image by Bettina Nørgaard from Pixabay

1 – Affordability

The cost of travel can seem quite high today, especially with the high cost of gasoline.
In fact, many individuals are putting off their summer vacation plans.
With that said, many travelers are surprised to learn just how affordable it is to vacation on a beautiful Hawaiian island.
With a small amount of time and research, you can easily find amazing Hawaii travel deals and discounts.

As for how you can find great travel deals and discounts, examine online travel websites.
They are ideal for comparing the rates of airline tickets, hotel reservations, and car rentals.
When using a travel website, be sure to examine vacation packages. They are convenient to book and you are often rewarded with a small,
but helpful, discount. It is also a good idea to visit the websites of Hawaii hotels and airlines directly,
as some are known for offering money-saving discounts directly to consumers.

2 – Beauty

If you have never visited Hawaii before, the beauty of the land will likely leave you breathless.
In addition to vacations, did you also know that Hawaii is a great place to get married?
Hawaii destination weddings are just as popular and that is due in part to the beauty of Hawaii.

Hawaii Ocean

Image by Quinn Radford from Pixabay

The beauty of the land is great for travelers who are unable to decide on a destination, as there is so much for you to do and see.

It is hard to find a destination like Hawaii where you can relax in a tropical climate, swim in the ocean,
hike to see beautiful waterfalls, and explore volcanoes.

3 – Activities

As previously stated, all of the Hawaiian Islands are home to a vast array of landscaping.
This opens up a world of opportunities for you and your traveling party, in terms of Hawaii activities.
It is also great for families whose members all have different likes and dislikes.
Whether you enjoy staying on land, being on the water, or being in the air,
there is so much for you to do and see while on a Hawaii vacation.

As for beach activities, swimming, boating, fishing, dinner cruises, surfing, body boarding, and scuba diving are popular.
Popular land activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, and sightseeing.
Hawaii can also be explored by the air and the perfect way to do is with a private Hawaii helicopter tour.

4 – Attractions

If the above mentioned Hawaii activities weren’t enough to keep you occupied on your trip, the large number of attractions in the area will.
Regardless of which Hawaiian Island you choose to visit, there are so many wondering, beautiful, amazing, and historical sites for you to visit.
One of the most popular Hawaii attractions is that of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is located on Big Island.
Kauai, Molokai, Maui, Oahu, and Lanai all have their must-see attractions as well.

5 – Travel Reasons

Perhaps, the greatest reason why you should consider taking a Hawaii vacation is because of your reasons for doing so.
Although you do not need a reason to travel to Hawaii, any reason will do.
Hawaii is the perfect destination for family vacations, romantic getaways, and trips with a group of friends.
You will also find that many Hawaii activities and attractions are designed for individuals of all ages,
which is nice if you are planning a family vacation.

As you can see, Hawaii is the perfect vacation destination.
With a number of beautiful islands to choose from, a number of travel deals and discounts,
and a large number of Hawaii activities and attractions, what more could you ask for?  What are you waiting for?  Book your Hawaii trip today!

Hawaii- A Brief History of Culture

The beginning of a Hawaiian kingdom started in 1809 after the fall of King Kamehameha.
The new king moved to Honolulu to take control of the trade that was going on.
Honolulu was the perfect place because it was centrally located.
In the 1830’s sugar plantations were established and Honolulu became a booming city, bars and brothels alike were opened.
In 1845 Honolulu officially replaced Maui as the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Because of increasing western influence, Hawaii, and most importantly Pearl Harbor, officially became a US territory in 1898.
There were several arguments, failed bills, and lots of political red tape that kept Hawaii from becoming a U.S. state.

Hawaii to become an official state

The gateway to allowing Hawaii to become an official state was tourism.
Pan American Airlines flew the first passenger flights from the mainland to Hawaii in 1936.
This led to mass tourism. After the Korean War and the attacks on Pearl Harbor, it became imminent to make Hawaii an official state.
Hawaii was declared the 50th state on August 21, 1959.

Hawaiian language

In the 1970’s the Hawaiian culture had a resurgence of pride and heritage awareness.
The ancient Hawaiian language had all but disappeared and a huge westernization had spread across the state.
In the seventies, the original Hawaiian language was reintroduced back into preschools and became an important part of the heritage again.
Thanks to the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch we all know that ohana means family.
Today the language is taught at the University of Hawaii as well.

The luau

The luau is also another important part of Hawaiian culture.
Luaus have been with the culture for hundreds of years.
The word luau really just means a party or a celebration.
This is the way that friends and family honor each other on special occasions.
Today there are two types of Luaus.
The first is like the original way, just a gathering of family and friends, and is the only authentic type.
They are private, and unless you have local connections, it is unlikely that tourists would be invited to such an event.
The second type of Luau is commercial.  It’s the type that we tourists would frequent.
They are heavily choreographed and can be quite entertaining.
The luau usually has a buffet of some sort of roasted pig as the entrée accompanied by rice and of course pineapple.
These luaus are also complete with hula dancers for the guys and Polynesian dancers for the ladies viewing pleasure.
There is plenty of entertainment to go around, especially when you add an open bar to the mix.

The hula festival

The merry monarch festival was founded in 1971.
It is a hula festival; in fact, it is the largest hula festival in the world.
It features thousands of dancers and honors the long time Hawaiian tradition of hula dancing.

Hula Festival

Hula Festival

The festival takes place in March or April and draws huge crowds.
It is located in Hilo on the big island of Hawaii and is a weeklong cultural event.

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