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Running in Hawaii

 

For some, running is a pastime while for others it is a way of life. If you were to ask a daily runner why they run, the answer may be to stay healthy or to alleviate stress. While hardcore runners might say it’s in their veins and it opens up the valve to adrenaline for them. Can you imagine anything better than being a runner and being in Hawaii? It could be a place where your passion meets paradise. Some races are an annual tradition, while others still are for a higher cause; but, no matter the reason, runners hit the road in paradise.

The Family Promise 5K Fun Walk/Run

The Family Promise 5K Fun Walk/Run is one of those instances where fun and running gathered together for a good cause. Hundreds of participants gathered together recently to run and walk for a cause – that cause was to help put an end to homelessness on the beautiful isles of Hawaii.

The Family Promise of Hawaii was the sponsor for this philanthropic event. The premise behind the event was to raise awareness and to also highlight how their foundation helps families to avoid homelessness through innovative programs offering food and shelter as well as a means toward gainful employment.

Within a period of a few short months, many families have been able to rebound from homeless status to finding housing. Can you imagine the exhilarating feeling of running a race in paradise combined with running for a good cause? It just doesn’t get any better than that.

 

The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon

If you missed the Family Promise 5K, no worries – there are plenty more running events throughout the islands. The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon is a perfect example. Besides the fact that the race is being held in Poipu, Kauai, this race is extra special. Prior to the race, there will be a concert on the lawn on Friday, September 4th. The concert kicks off the race and will host an assortment of enticing treats for the whole family.

Tasty treats, beer, wine and cocktails will be available as the Poipu Athletic Club teams up with the Kauai Marathon to get everyone geared up for the race that Sunday, September 6, 2015.

 

Honolulu Marathon and Race Day Walk

Are you considering a trip to Hawaii during December to get away from cold, blustery weather elsewhere? If you are a runner and wondering where to run your next race, think no further than Honolulu if you are adventurous enough. If beginning a race at 5:00 a.m., watching the sun rise over Honolulu and hitting the pavement feels right to you, then December 13, 2015 is your date.

This race attracts thousands upon thousands of runners each year, and is the fourth largest marathon in the United States. With more than four decades of experience under its belt, the Honolulu Marathon and Race Day Walk is a well-organized and enjoyable experience for all.

The 26.2 mile journey will leave you feeling exhilarated and in awe of all the beauty you will take in along the path.

If running a marathon in paradise makes your heart skip a beat, why not consider joining the thousands who participate in any one of Hawaii’s great races and make your dreams come true.

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Hawaii Scenery

 

Everyone who has ever been to Hawaii knows that it’s all about the beaches and the sunsets. Of course, Hawaii’s beaches are silky smooth ribbons of white and its waters are aquamarine gems to swim, snorkel and play in; but there is more to Hawaii than just its pristine beaches and indescribable sunsets.

There are also, of course, volcanoes complete with lava flow, rainforests and waterfalls. Don’t forget to throw in some winding twisting roads that will leave your hair standing on end. From waterfalls to winding roads, here are some of the best of the best Hawaii has to offer.

 

Hanakapi’ai Falls

For some, it’s the vision of a magnificent waterfall that makes the destination so exhilarating. For others, it’s more about the journey. Some hikers love the trail as much as the pot of gold at the end – the breathtaking waterfall. Others enjoy the experience of being in a remote and secluded location.

The Na Pali coast, for some, is referred to as one of the most beautiful coasts there is. If you choose to hike in the Na Pali coast, your trek may begin with the Kalalau Trail, leading you to Hanakapi’ai beach and then up further toward the Hanakapi’ai Falls.

This trail is not for the faint of heart as conditions can sometimes be laden with slippery mud, steep inclines and declines, as well as narrow foot pathways and loosened rock underfoot. Make sure to bring appropriate supplies of water, and be prepared to view one of the most majestic waterfalls as it cascades over and dives into a deep pool below.

 

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is 80 feet of exquisite beauty located in Hilo, Hawaii. As the water majestically plunges into the river below, you have a good chance at capturing a shot of a rainbow gracing its dive. Rainbow Falls is surrounded by lush tropics. The falls lead into the Wailuku River where there is some possible royal history attached to it.

If you seek an easier visit to see one of the most magical falls, then Rainbow Falls is definitely for you. Visit Wailuku River State Park for a picture-perfect postcard view of one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in a lush tropical setting you will ever set sights on.

 

Pools of Ohe’o

You may have heard the term, “The Seven Sacred Pools” while exploring your visit to Hawaii. The pools belonging to the Haleakala National Park in Maui offer you beautiful waterfalls leading into several pools in which you can play and swim. Stunning and exhilarating are two perfect words to describe the experience of visiting the Seven Sacred Pools.

These pools are quite popular and just as crowded. So if you enjoy having a one-of-a-kind experience in a pool of wonder and enjoy sharing it with many others, the Seven Sacred Pools are sure not to disappoint.

 

Akaka Falls

This waterfall lives in beautiful Akaka Falls State Park. When you visit the park, you have the opportunity to take a hike that will fill all your senses. Breathe in the scent of wild orchids as you make your way through a lush rainforest. From there, continue your hike to view one of the smaller water falls known as Kahuna Falls. Go forward and loop around until you are in awe of the spectacular Akaka Falls which is known to be more than a 400 foot drop, giving the appearance that it is a secret treasure in the middle of everything. Take it all it as you view this waterfall plummeting downward into its pool and admire the beauty and majesty of nature.

If all this magnificence is not enough for you and you seek even more adventure, why not spin your wheels on Maui’s famous Hana Coast.

 

Hana’s Maui Coast

High above Hana’s Maui’s coast, dotted with black sand beaches, you will find the road to Hana. If you want somewhere to leave all your cares behind, this is the place to do it. As you drive over the slithering cliffs of the road to Hana, there’s nothing else to think about other than the drive itself.

Here, you can experience the view of Hawaii’s beautiful oceans and lush greeneries while getting a thrill-rush of a ride all the while. This coast offers more than 50 miles of winding curves, with just as many bridges – some of which are only big enough for one lane – as it snakes around until you come to a stop. Enjoy the feeling of being in the middle of the most beautiful nowhere you have ever seen. Leave your cares behind and understand that there are places like this on earth that are few and far between.

 

Waimea Canyon Drive

If the thought of Hana’s Maui Coast terrifies you a bit too much, then try your way on Waimea Canyon Drive. While there are curves, turns and cliffs, most people who have traveled this road say it’s more for the tame at heart as opposed to the road to Hana. The Waimea Canyon will remind you of all the glory and beauty of the Grand Canyon only smaller scale. With rugged terrain and an impressive and dramatic view of Kauai’s landscape, you can view the canyon at the overlook.

From rugged terrain with winding, serpentine curves to majestic rainbow waterfalls, these place are sure to leave an impression on your heart and mind. Be sure to check to see current conditions and openings on all before you go.

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Hawaiian Island

 

If you are planning a trip to Hawaii for the first time, there is so much to consider. Do you want to be an island hopper or do you want to stay put in one place and what kind of experience are you intending to have? Traveling to Hawaii, for many, is an once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You want to be certain that you make the most of it and are as informed as possible.

The moment you open a brochure or search online about traveling to Hawaii, it is easy to become enthusiastic – overwhelmingly enthusiastic, at that. There is one important factor you need to consider as you set out to create the details of visiting Hawaii. After all, you don’t want to stress out before you head to paradise.

 

One of the Most Important Factors to Consider before Visiting Hawaii

Anyone who is even half-awake will be excited at the possibility of venturing to Hawaii. However, after the excitement has waned a bit, you will want to get down-to-earth about your visit. Here is the number one question that needs answering beforehand:

 

What Kind of Experience do you want to Have?

Of course visiting the Hawaiian Islands are exquisite and blissful, but what kind of experience are you seeking? Are you seeking to go after one hundred percent rest and relaxation? Or are you looking to get in touch with nature in the form of Hawaii’s volcanoes, waters and mountains? Once you choose your adventure, picking a destination is that much easier.

Kauai might be the best choice for you, for example, if you are seeking rest and rejuvenation combined with natural adventure such as kayaking. Kauai has waterfalls and mountains that will offer you the experience of being that close to nature. Kauai also offers a more authentic cultural experience both in its food and in its terrain. You can kayak its waters or visit the Na Pali Coast for a remote, out-of-the-way experience.

If you are a sightseer, then Oahu may be the best choice for you. Many visitors to the Hawaiian Islands choose Oahu as it serves as the perfect choice for home base. From there, you can bounce over to the many other islands. In addition, if you are a lover of sightseeing, you can visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.

The islands of Molokai and Lanai offer a more authentic Hawaiian experience and are the perfect choices for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. If you can’t de-stress in one of these islands, you may need to stay a while longer.

While the big island of Hawaii has it all. If you want to experience nature in the form of volcanoes at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or get to know the ocean better, rest and relax during the day and then hit the nightlife at night, the big island may be the perfect choice for you.

Maui is perfect if you want to taste the culture of Hawaii, but stay in one of its luxurious resorts. Maui is all about mixing luxury from resorts to dining with combining long, windy roads and traditional luaus.

Of course, visiting Hawaii is thrilling, exciting and adventurous; however, once you have gotten used to the excitement and can focus on the notion of what type of adventure you want to experience, your trip will be that much more fulfilling. From exciting and remote beaches to winding, turning roads up toward the mountains to rest and relaxation and traditional Hawaiian culture, the choices on the beautiful isles of Hawaii are just about endless.

 

 

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Hawaii Beaches

Taking a trip anywhere these days takes a lot of creativity, especially when it comes to financing that trip. If you’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii but couldn’t quite seem to fit it into the budget, you don’t have to lose heart. There are many activities that are inexpensive and some are even free on the beautiful isle of Hawaii.

If you have saved enough for your airfare and found a decent hotel, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have an exhilarating experience in Hawaii. Of course, there is the beach, but there are also a host of ways to enjoy the beach in Hawaii other than simply sunbathing.

 

Sports on the Beaches of Hawaii

If you are the energetic type and sitting still on the beach endlessly for hours has little appeal, you can enjoy the beaches of Hawaii in a bevy of ways. Taking up a sport is a perfect example. Of course, there is beach volleyball, but if you are more extreme than that, you’re in luck. You might want to get involved in playing extreme volleyball or try your hand at kite surfing.

Kite surfing is a mixture of wakeboarding and windsurfing. What makes kite surfing so popular in Hawaii lies within the fact that the trade winds combined with the waves can make conditions perfect for this sport.

Kailua Beach in Oahu is one of the top spots to enjoy kitesurfing. The conditions at Kailua are optimal. Kite Beach is another prime location, especially if you are a beginner. You can take kitesurfing lessons and try your hand at something different. If you enjoy the feeling of surfing and sailing, then kitesurfing will beat sunbathing hands down for you.

Stand up paddle boarding is all the rage in waters everywhere these days. Aqua jogging is another great way to enjoy your time at the beach, as well as power walking with ankle weights. Join a zumba class on a beach and combine excitement with peace and calm.

Mixing physical fitness with the beautiful landscape of the ocean beaches and the challenge of working out in the sand is the latest trend. There are plenty of ways to exercise and enjoy the beaches of Hawaii

 

A Little Yoga Goes a Long Way

Whether you are a beginner or pro, a male or a female, you may just find yourself getting hooked on yoga. Picture yourself on the beach in the early morning, sand underfoot and glorious scenery all around you as you get into the flow of yoga. Beside the fact that yoga on the beach can change your health, physical fitness and your mindset all at once, there are also several forms of yoga from basic to power yoga.

Hatha yoga is your basic form of yoga that focuses on breathing techniques. The power of breath is the energy of life according to this type of yoga.

Power yoga uses quicker, livelier movement with the more advanced poses. Power yoga challenges you, has the potential to burn a few hundred calories in one hour and also increases flexibility.

 

Meet New People

One of the top universal fears for just about everyone is fear of speaking in public and meeting new people. If you are a business person and need to brush up on your people skills, what better place to do it than on the beach in Hawaii. No matter if you are walking on the beach or sitting and taking in the sun, this is a great opportunity for you to polish up your skills and practice extending yourself to new people.

Having a backdrop of paradise makes it an easy-going experience to strike up a conversation. Even if you flub, when you are in Hawaii, there’s nothing really wrong. You never know, you might just meet your next big client.

Taking up a sport, getting into yoga pose or trying your hand at meeting new people are all creative and fulfilling ways to spend (at least some of) your time other than sunbathing on the beaches of Hawaii.

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Hawaii Cruise Vacation

There are many tourist attractions in Hawaii from volcanic activity to memorial sites; however one of the biggest attractions in Hawaii is the water itself. If this is your first time visiting Hawaii and its neighboring islands, there will be much excitement and planning, as well. In your zest to see it all and do it all, you may forget some items along the way.

Whether you are cruising to Hawaii on a cruise ship or taking a sail boat out on the water, there are some important tips you need to know.

Cruising

Contact Your Cruise Specialist – If you are setting sail on a cruise ship, there may be a good chance that you are leaving from a foreign port of interest. In the midst of your excitement, you may simply forget (or not know) that you need a passport. Check the rules and regulations of the cruise ship you are sailing. Make certain to inquire as to whether or not you should carry your birth certificate just in case. Ask whether or not there are any necessary immunizations necessary. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; it’s better to ask too many questions than to have too few answers.

If you have family back home, you will want to keep in touch. Inquire about your cruise ships internet capabilities and pricing packages. For the most part, getting in touch by simply sending a text or placing a call could result in exorbitant cell phone fees. You don’t ever want to be surprised by a cell phone bill with hundreds of dollars of roaming charges on it.

Most cruise ships offer internet packages that you can pay for with a set amount of time you can use. Once you are in port, you might be able to set your cell phone to Wi-Fi mode and make a call or two, but check with your cruise agent.

Also, keep an eye on your on-board account. You will have an on-board account attached to a credit card while on board. It is easy to lose track of how much you spend and it is important to keep track as you go along.

Do Your Research before You Set Sail – Take some time to explore the excursions for your cruise. If there is something that interests you and you are certain you want to partake in that activity, then take the time to book it in advance. Once you are on board, there will be a host of activities from shopping and possibly gambling to dinner shows. Booking your excursions in advance is a wise choice indeed.

Contact Your Credit Card Company in Advance – Whenever you travel, it’s a smart idea to contact your credit card company in advance to let them know you will be away and charging to the card. More than a few travelers on cruises have learned the hard way that the credit card company will not honor the credit card in the attempt to protect you. Call them in advance and this will alleviate any potential headaches when you should be traveling.

Look at Your Itinerary Closely – Take a look at your itinerary closely and be certain that you will have all the items necessary for that particular itinerary. Don’t forget a small beach tote and a small canvas cooler to keep some water or fruit cold while on the beach. The last thing you want to do is to spend more than it cost you for the cruise on food elsewhere on the islands. It’s always a good idea to bring more than one bathing suit because, more than likely, one will be wet at all times. A small laundry bag or plastic bag for dirty laundry is also a good idea.

Dress Appropriately - Check to see if your cruise has a formal night and be prepared. You will need a nice dress or suit and the appropriate shoes. While you are excited about heading out to the gorgeous beaches of Hawaii, flip flops and formal wear don’t go together. Bring a hat and a spare pair of sunglasses as well as a bathing suit cover up for poolside and beach excursions.

Don’t forget the sunscreen - While this might sound like a common sense item to pack, you would be surprised at how many travelers forget to bring sunscreen. Sunscreen is three times the price on board than it is at your local home pharmacy.

Get acquainted with the Culture – While it’s great to do all the touristy excursions and pack them all in before you get back on board, why not consider getting to know the people and the culture of Hawaii as you go along. Stop along and chat with the locals and try their food, as well.

You may be going on your first ever cruise to Hawaii and these tips are important items to know and to remember in order to make your cruise as much like paradise as Hawaii is.

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Going Green in Hawaii

 

Hawaii is a much-loved land; both by its own people and the tourists that visit there and understandably so. What’s not to love – miles of sugar sand beaches, delightful waters that beckon you to come and play, and so much to see and do. The list is endless indeed. Nevertheless, the more visitors that Hawaii sees, the more potential for pollution.

You would think with all the greenery Hawaii already has, green energy would not be necessary. Hawaii is thinking a different shade of green though these days – energy related green and not just palm tree and rain forest green.

 

Little Critters Make a Big Difference

We all know how little critters can make our lives uncomfortable from mosquitos to those large cane spiders in Hawaii. Nevertheless, Hawaii has other critters that are important in the work that they do – honey bees.

Several years ago, the Adopt-a-Beehive with Alan Wong Program was developed in the hopes of raising awareness about honey bees and their current situation. At the UH Hilo Farm Laboratory in Pana’ewa, you can adopt a beehive. Once you sponsor your beehive, you will get news about how well your beehive is doing. This program promotes the importance of the honey-bee and offers education to the public, as well as filling the need for honey bees to thrive and continue to be the contribution that they are.

With the opportunity to promote research on how important the honey bee is to a sustainable environment in Hawaii, this program makes honey a little bit sweeter.

 

Going Greener with Greenery

When it comes to keeping the green in Hawaii, TREE (Tropical Reforestation & Ecosystems Education) is a perfect example of such an endeavor. TREE has a commitment to the preservation and restoration of Hawaii’s natural green beauty. There are a variety of programs TREE creates in order to maintain and sustain the rare and native species of Hawaii.

By connecting both youth and adults alike to the maintenance and preservation of native Hawaiian ecosystems, TREE promotes an environment that thrives for both nature and human-kind.

 

Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative takes action in keeping Hawaii green by planting trees in an area that was once claimed by King Kamehameha. While a few koa trees remain on this land, the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative continues to take efforts to recreate this area.

You can sponsor a tree, track your tree and if you don’t have any plans to visit Hawaii any time soon, you can check in on your tree using your coordinates online. What a fun and rewarding way to be a contribution to the green movement located on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

 

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

There once was a quote by Samuel Taylor Coleridge about “Water, Water, Everywhere.” There seems to be a new, unfortunate, way of being where we find plastic everywhere we go – from our homes to the vehicles we drive and even our workplace.

It is more important than ever for visitors to take exceptional care with plastics in Hawaii. With so many beaches and hiking opportunities, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that those improperly discarded water bottles can wind up in the oceans of Hawaii. Not only does that pollute the ocean water, but the sea life that lives within it. The ecosystem of that sea life is necessary and vital.

The Surfrider Foundation Chapter rises above the task by creating programs such as Rise above Plastics. Local action that makes a difference on a large scale is what this program is all about by educating and reminding people of the dangers of overuse of plastic and the pollution it causes. Rise above Plastics reminds people to recycle, reuse and make some change.

 

Solar Energy in Hawaii

Utilizing all that energy from the sun just makes sense in Hawaii. Just about everywhere you go in Hawaii, there is an abundance of sunshine. Tapping into all that energy, the government as well as the utilities are creating incentives for homeowners to go solar. Hawaii is a leader in the solar energy movement throughout the nation and understandably so.

So, while Hawaii may seem effortlessly and naturally green, it’s not without the efforts of those behind movements such as these.

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Hawaii Best Kept Secrets

 

When you need to take a visual break and envision somewhere tropical, far away and easy-going, Hawaii is the perfect image to envision. Hawaii is the epitome of sugar-sand beaches, ocean surf and a laid-back lifestyle to say the least. However, did you know that Hawaii has more than two colors of sand beaches other than sugar white and black sand?

Of course, the black sand beaches are remnants from the volcanic history that makes up Hawaii. After all, Hawaii would not be in existence if it were not for that volcanic history. However, the volcanoes and coral reefs of Hawaii did more than make a little slice of paradise with black and white sand beaches. They created the colorful world of Hawaii’s colored sand beaches.

 

Red Sand Beach

Officially known as Kaihalulu Beach, Red Sand Beach is quite a sight to see. Red Sand Beach gets its color, once again, thanks to Mother Nature in Hawaii. One visit to the Red Sand Beach and you will know why it is known as one of the most exquisite beaches Hawaii has to offer.

Red Sand Beach, of course, has red sand, but it’s the surrounding colors of nature compiled with the sand that make it breathtaking. Bluer than blue ocean waves, the greenest of forestry and the red sand make it look like something out of an artist’s portrait. Pictures sometimes cannot even capture the beauty of this beach.

While there is no swimming allowed and climbing could be tricky, with a guided tour you may be able to chalk your visit up to the red sand beach as one in a million.

 

Green is Golden

Papakolea Green Sand Beach on Hawaii is considered a treasure of a find. While the sand may be green, the opportunity to see this uniquely colored beach is golden. To say that a visit to Papakolea Green Sand Beach is to speak the truth. You will have to drive your car and park it and begin your hike over to the beach.

Imagine having to take a 2.5 mile hike only to reach a cliff overlooking the Green Sand Beach and then having to climb down to explore. While it is not a long nor treacherous hike, you will still need to be prepared. Make sure you have the right protection such as sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water along for the adventure.

The green olivine crystals that formed the beach are magnificent to see whether you view the beach from atop the cliff or get up close and personal and hold some in your hand.

 

Yellow as the Sun

While visitors to Hawaii expect a lot of sunshine, they may be surprised to see quite a bit of that sunshine right on the sand in the form of yellow hued granules. Yellow and brown sands have a tendency to attract more heat and more beachgoers. The hotter the sand, the hotter the location for tanning and swimming. Waikiki is said to have miles of yellow sand beaches to enjoy.

 

Black Sand Beaches

Imagine laying out in the sun on a black sand beach. The black sand is courtesy of the volcanic activity from the islands in the form of lava fragments. While other beaches may have a combination of marine life and coral reef to attribute its sand colors to, black sand beaches can thank goddesses such as Pele for their formation.

Another thing you can bet on when visiting a black sand beach – the sand will be hotter than hot. You know how you are advised to wear lighter colors such as white during summer months in order to reflect the sun’s rays and how black attracts those rays all the more? Well, the same goes for the black sand beaches – they will be hotter than hot. Wear your flip flops or beach shoes at all times.

Punalu’u Beach on the Big Island is a favorite of beachgoers and even sea turtles. The green sea turtles do well there since the black sand stays warmer for the turtle eggs to thrive. If you are looking to do some serious swimming, it’s best to check on the surf for the day. The surf on this particular beach can be rough going at times. Sunbathing or walking along the beach may be a better option.

 

The Glorified White Sand Beaches

While it may appear that the white sand beaches of Hawaii are smooth and soft, there may be more on these shores than meets the eye. The sand may actually contain more fragments of shells and coral reef remnants.

Kailua Beach on Oahu is one such example. The combination of azure waters meeting white sandy beaches is something your eyes won’t believe and your memory will never forget either. Waikiki Beach is also a popular choice what with Diamond Head in the backdrop. You can relax and feel like a king or queen when visiting this well-loved stretch of white sand beach.

So, if you thought Hawaii only had white sand beaches, now you know there are other options to choose from; some of which are even colors of the rainbow like yellow and green.

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Hawaiian Islands

 

The Big Island of Hawaii

The island of Hawaii is referred to as the “Big Island.” Hawaii owns this title as the biggest island because of its size – more than 4000 square miles and also the largest island in the United States.

However, the title of “Big Island” can also be attributed to the variety of things to see and do. On the big island of Hawaii, you have a host of options from viewing surface lava from a volcano to hiking through lush rainforests in Hilo. From snow-capped mountains to sugar-sand beaches, Hawaii earned the name of “Big Island.”

Volcanic Activity – On the big island of Hawaii, you have the opportunity to view surface lava flow. A visit to the Hawaii’s Volcano National Park will leave you speechless. Getting the opportunity to view volcanic activity is, in a way, a method to pay homage to what created Hawaii in the first place, not to mention it is a sight you will never forget.

Hawaiian Hiking – When you envision Hawaii in your mind, chances are you mostly think upon the endless stretches of beach. The big island is so much more than just sand and water. If you are an expert hiker or even if you are a first-time hiker, you will want to visit the Kilauea’iki Trail.

You can travel through the plush forest and get to climb in and out of the Kilauea’iki crater. How’s that for getting up close and personal with volcanic history in Hawaii?

Kau Desert – If you have adventure in your soul, you may want to consider a hike through Kau Desert. Within close proximity to a rain forest, this is an amazing sight to see. With ocean on one side and cliffs on another, you need to be a well-prepared seasoned hiker to cross through. This desert is the site of unfortunate historic happenings surrounding a volcanic eruption.

Of course, there are all the tourist attractions that are typical of Hawaii such as every water sport imaginable and sites that are steeped in history and culture, which Hawaii goes above and beyond to preserve.

 

Niihau

If you get the rare opportunity to visit the island of Niihau, you are fortunate indeed. The island of Niihau is a privately owned island that has maintained its simple lifestyle based on Hawaiian tradition and culture.

While some travelers set off to go camping in order to soak in the idea of roughing it, a visit to Niihau is the real deal. There is no technology on the island with no plans of changing that any time soon either.

Known as the “Forbidden Isle,” Niihau is available to tourists on a limited basis. You can visit the isle either by receiving private invitation from the family or through one of the limited tours available to tourists. You can enjoy a refreshing swim in secluded waters or hope to spy some of the endangered species that call the island home.

 

Kauai

Kauai gets to boast being the fourth largest island in Hawaii and also the fourth favorite of tourist visitors. Known as the “Garden Island,” Kauai is full of plush green vegetation and breathtaking waterfalls.

Na Pali Coastline – The miles of coastline that make up Na Pali coast are made up of millions of years of weather worn elements courtesy of Mother Nature. Here you can view breathtaking cliffs, plush greenery, exquisite waterfalls and secret caves.

Waimea Canyon – The Waimea Canyon is quite a sight to see being 14 miles long and more than 3,500 feet deep. You can take in panoramic views of the canyon as you stand on the overlook. If you are up for a hike, you can visit Kokee State Park where wildflowers wait to greet you as you make your way to view the breathtaking scenery of the canyon on your hike.

Hanalei Bay – If you love everything that involves water, then Hanalei Bay is where you want to be; with its mesmerizing bay and mountain backdrop, you can enjoy swimming and powerful surfing opportunities here.

 

Oahu

Oahu is probably the most beloved of the islands with popular spots to visit such as Waikiki, Honolulu, and Pearl Harbor.

Diamond Head – Diamond Head is probably the most well-known volcano that is easily associated with Waikiki. The perfect combination of hiking and partaking in exquisite views, Diamond Head should be on every adventurer’s list of things to do.

Iolani Palace – Iolani Palace is part of what makes up the history and culture of Hawaii. If you need a break from volcanoes and beaches, then a visit to the palace is sure to be a breath of fresh air. You will learn about how royalty lived as part of Hawaii’s past.

Pearl Harbor – Just about everyone knows about the history of Pearl Harbor; however, knowing and seeing it are two different things. The USS Arizona is the most visited tourist attraction in Hawaii, and rightfully so as it depicts the history of World War II. As the final resting place of over one thousand men in the attack on Pearl Harbor, it is an honorable site indeed.

 

Maui

The Island of Maui gets to boast the title of second largest island. There is something mystical about the island of Maui from the winding roads to the sacred pools.

The Seven Sacred Pools – The seven sacred pools are part of the reason Maui is considered magical and mystical. These pools are beyond what words can describe. From the mountains to the ocean with reflective pools and beautiful waterfalls in between, this is a sight to experience. Swimming in these pools only makes the experience all the richer.

The Road to Hana – What would a destination be without a journey. Travel the well-known road to Hana and see why this winding road that carries you around the curves and over the bridges is so well loved. Stop by to see sights such as Wainapanapa State Park and Black Sand Beach, Hana Bay and the Seven Sacred Pools.

 

Molokai

Kalaupapa Peninsula – Coming in at number five in size is the island of Molokai. A scenic visit is what you will get as you travel by mule down the Kalaupapa Peninsula. However, there is more than just beautiful scenery here. There is history steeped in compassion. Father Damien, a Belgian priest was the hero of this island. He devoted his life to the care of those stricken with leprosy. You can visit the National Historic Site.

Kamakou Preserve – If you are interested in off-the-beaten path adventures, hiking and rainforests, than this is the site for you to visit. Here you can view the surroundings, such as rare native birds, blossoms and plants.

Molokai Ka Hula Piko – As always, anywhere you go in Hawaii, there is culture and tradition. In May, there is a cultural festival that celebrates the origin and traditional folk lore that is Hula. You can enjoy music and dance Hawaiian style at this festival.

 

Lanai

While Lanai might sound unfamiliar, it is actually in the top five islands to visit in Hawaii. The Lanai Culture and Heritage Center will give you more information that you had imagined about all the richness of Hawaiian culture.

Polihua Beach with its breathtaking scenery, golf courses that will entice you and art galleries to appeal to your intellect are all waiting for you on Lanai.

 

Kahoolawe

Last but certainly not least is the island of Kahoolawe. This island (among others) fits into the category of most likely to be unseen. This island is uninhabited and visitors are either limited or restricted; however, there is hope for the completion and funding of a restoration project.

So, if you thought Hawaii was only about hula, beach, sand and surf, you now have several other ideas to envision the next time you think of Hawaii.

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Hawaii Misconceptions

 

When you think of Hawaii, do you envision everyone lined up doing the Hula sipping on a pineapple coconut beverage with a small umbrella in it? Well, that is part of the tourism of Hawaii and some of its culture, as well; however, it’s not all that Hawaii stands for in all its essence.

There are quite a few misconceptions about Hawaii and here is a sampling of a few of them.

 

Not all Beaches are White Sand Beaches

While Hawaii is the epitome of paradise, there is so much more depth to it. There are beaches – endless sugar sand beaches and even black sand beaches just to name a few. Some of the beaches have colored sand, as well, due to the volcanic activity in the region.

Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach is a perfect example of a one-of-a-kind beach. While not for swimming and just for viewing, this beach is an exquisite find. If you like to hike and are up for an adventure, a trip to Kaihalulu Beach will leave you amazed. You may want to consider hiring a tour guide to get you over the terrain and down close enough to view.

Halawa Beach Park is another striking beach that has a black sand beach. If you have heard about the black sand beaches of Hawaii and have not yet visited, this one might be intriguing for you, especially if you’ve never seen a black sand beach before.

 

Everyone in Hawaii is Native Hawaiian

Contrary to popular belief, not every individual in Hawaii is native Hawaiian. According to suburbanstats.org, for the 2014/2015 year, only nine percent of the total population in Hawaii was Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander and only five percent was Native Hawaiian. As a matter of fact, the Asian population came in at thirty-eight percent while the white population came in second with twenty-four percent.

Moreover, in order to be considered a native Hawaiian, you must have the Hawaiian ancestry in your background. Moving to Hawaii – even if you’ve been there for decades – does not account for being a true native Hawaiian.

 

Everyone in Hawaii Speaks and Knows the Hawaiian Language

Hawaii has two official languages; Hawaiian and English. A very small percentage of the population of those living in Hawaii speak the native Hawaiian language. There are some unique and interesting components to the Hawaiian language.

For example, there are only thirteen letters in the Hawaiian alphabet and every word should end in a vowel. One of the consonants in the Hawaiian language is the glottal stop otherwise known as the ‘okina. The ‘okina is an important consonant because, depending on where it is placed, it has the power to change the meaning of a word. A small little character with a lot of power.

 

It Never Rains in Hawaii

Winters in Hawaii can bring a passing trade shower or a full-on rain depending on where you are located. For the most part, it is typical to see a rain shower during the day while the sun is beaming during the summer months. This is almost always followed by a majestic rainbow. It is no wonder why Hawaii’s rainbows are the most photographed.

Did you know that one of the wettest places on earth is in Hawaii? Mt. Waialeale on the island of Kauai gets close to five hundred inches of rain each year. That’s quite a bit of rain. No wonder why it boasts the title of one of the wettest places on earth.

 

Hawaiian Volcanoes are Asleep

Many people planning to visit Hawaii go with the intention of soaking up paradise. They are not even aware that Hawaii Volcanoes National Park even exists, nor are they aware that they can view surface lava in action. While the black sand beaches are there due to the remnants of previous volcanic activity, some of these volcanoes still make some waves – lava waves, that is.

Maunaloa and Kilauea are two volcanoes that are still active and part of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You can visit the park, go on a guided tour, and possibly see a surface lava flow.

 

The Big Island of Hawaii is the Most Popular

Most people believe that the Big Island of Hawaii is the most popular and the most populated. While the big island is certainly full of tourism activities, Oahu remains the most popular and the most populated of the eight Hawaiian Islands.

Oahu is the most popular possibly because the well-known area of Waikiki offers everything a tourist could ever dream of in a Hawaiian vacation from an assortment of hotels, restaurants and nightlife, not to mention miles and miles of sugar sand beaches. The convenience of getting to the major city, Honolulu, and world-class surfing experiences elsewhere on the island offer a mix of just about every vacation experience you could possibly seek. So whether you want to visit, the USS Arizona Memorial or get lost in Oahu’s endless beaches, you can find an eclectic assortment of experiences on the island of Oahu.

Now that you know these misconceptions about Hawaii, you may want to keep some distance between you and Mt. Waialeale so it won’t rain on your parade. You may even want to make plans in advance to visit Oahu or stay away completely if tourist destinations are not your style of vacation.

No matter what you choose, knowing what to expect and what not to expect will open up new experiences on your next trip to Hawaii.

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live longer in hawaii

It seems that Hawaii has one of the highest life expectancy ratings out of the United States. So, why are people who live in Hawaii so fortunate? Hawaii has a high cost of living like many other states such as New York.

Logic would dictate that a high cost of living would equate to a high-stress lifestyle due to working harder and trying to make more money just to keep up with the cost of living. So, what’s different about Hawaii?

There could be several factors that contribute to Hawaii’s high life expectancy rate.

Free Vitamin D – Courtesy of the Sun – In other states such as New York, there is something known as Seasonal Affective Disorder due to lack of sunshine and lack of Vitamin D; Hawaii does not suffer from this, however. There is always plenty of Vitamin D courtesy of an ever present sun.

Inhale and Exhale – In Hawaii, when you breathe in and out, you get the benefit of fresh air and plenty of aromatic scents from the exotic flowers there. This could have a direct impact on how you are feeling and the thoughts you are thinking. Hawaii has built-in aromatherapy.

The Right Foods – Vegetables, the freshest of fruits and plenty of fish make up the bulk of the Hawaiian diet. It’s no wonder that people living there, live longer.

Water, Water, Everywhere – Everywhere you look, you see water in Hawaii. Going for a swim in the ocean is not a difficult undertaking. Swimming is a natural choice for exercise in Hawaii even if it is just for a lunch-break swim.

A Zen State of Mind – Anyone who is in the field of personal development or even just a follower of matters of the mind knows that the state of your mind can have a major impact on your day, your week and most importantly your health.

If you start out your morning in a foul mood, chances are that this will spiral into an even worse day. There is a lot to be said about the attitude of Hawaiians in that there seems to be a happy-go-lucky foundation underneath it all. Research is beginning to show that thinking positive thoughts and being happy are some of the reasons to better health and longevity.

Strong Ties – A strong sense of community along with holding on to values and traditions makes a contribution to the Hawaiian lifestyle. This fostering of relationships with others makes for a sense of support, and promotes longer life, healthy living, and longevity just to name a few bonuses.

Fresh air, loads of sunshine, the scent of exotic flowers wafting under your nose and being surrounded by easy-going, happy-go-lucky people sounds like a recipe for longevity after all. Hawaii seems to have all the right ingredients.

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