Hawaii is one of the most beautiful island in the world. If you have a chance to come here, which places shoud you choose to visit first? The following list is top 3 places to visit in Hawaii.
1, North Shore of Oahu
The North Shore of Oahu refers to the geographic area between West Oahu’s Ka’ena Point and East Oahu’s Kahuku Point. The North Shore is most well-renowned for its larger than life waves during the Winter, breathtaking coastlines, and for attracting surfers from all around the globe. Famous North Shore surf-spots include Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, and Banzai Pipeline (Ehukai Beach).
The main hub in the North Shore is the historic Town of Hale’iwa, named after the first hotel opened on the North Shore by Benjamin Dillingham in 1898. Hale’iwa is definitely one of the coolest and most charming towns to visit in all of Hawaii with art galleries, local food spots, surf shops, a surf museum, gift shops, food trucks, yoga studios, and a great community of laid back residents.
When on the North Shore of Oahu, definitely go to Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Kahuku and order the garlic shrimp plate, visit the historic M.Matsumoto’s Grocery Store in Hale’iwa Town for shave ice, spend some time at Waimea Bay, and check out Lani’s Beach (Laniakea Beach) to see the Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles in their natural habitat. Please do not touch the turtles!
2, Waikiki Beach
Today, Waikiki is a gorgeous beach town spread across 1.5 square miles, lined by hotels, luxurious resorts, and decorated by a variety of restaurants, shopping centers and nightlife. Waikiki Beach is a glory in its own with fabulous stories of Hawaiian entertainers like Hilo Hattie and Andy Cummings. Mainland celebrities that contributed to popularizing Waikiki were Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Temple, Bing Crosby, Amelia Earhart and Elvis Presley. Perhaps one of the most cherished Waikiki namesakes is Duke Kahanamoku, a celebrated Hawaiian hero, and a master waterman.
When in Waikiki, take surf or stand up paddle lessons at Waikiki Beach, check out the Duke Kahanamoku statue, visit the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium, walk through the international marketplace for gifts, souvenirs, and a chance to taste some local fare. Do not miss out on happy hour and some ono pupus (appetizers) at Duke’s Waikiki on Sundays to listen to notorious Hawaiian musician Henry Kapono.
3, Haleakala National Park
Visit the magical Island of Maui, and feel the power of the 10,023-ft dormant Mt. Haleakala all around you! When on the Valley Isle, visitors must seek out an adventure to Haleakala for a sunrise or a sunset, guided activities, hiking and camping trips. When visiting Haleakala for sunrise or sunset, plan for at least a 1 1/2 hour drive from Central Maui (Kahului) to the summit.
Due to the high elevation, the temperature drops, so bring something warm to wear for the unpredictable weather. Make sure you load up on gas, bring food and water, and check up on local sunrise and sunset times.
If you’re planning on doing guided activities at the Haleakala Crater, plan ahead for all the most recent event information. Here, guests can gather together in an outdoor classroom and learn more about Maui’s geography, and Haleakala’s unique natural and cultural history. Park naturalists are extremely educated on all topics and easily engage all participants with science projects, demonstrations, and short guided hikes.
For hiking and camping adventures to Haleakala National Park, definitely do your research and form your plan of action ahead of time. There are a variety of day trip hiking options available, but Haleakala is most famously traveled through with multi-day hiking and camping trips. In this way, guests can journey through the Crater learning about Maui’s unique eco-systems with approximately 30-miles of hiking trails. Popular trails include: The Kaupo Gap, Sliding Sands, Halemauu, Hosmer Grove & Supply Trails, and Kipahulu.