ACAM: Hawaii — Where to Go

Now that I’ve included Hawaii on my itinerary, I should do a little research into figuring out where to go and what to see. I told Heather (my sister and traveling companion on this leg of the trip) that we’re flying straight to paradise. But what do you do in paradise? Other than beaches. Lots of them.

Akaka Falls, Hawaii

Anyone up for a swim?

Take a hike
Heath and I aren’t the heartiest of hikers, but we are both excited to explore the many natural wonders of the islands. The Akaka Falls on the Big Island sound beautiful, and at less than half a mile, definitely a hike we can handle. On Oahu, the ocean views on the (paved, mile-long) Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail sound enticing. Some other hikes found on this site look good, too.

Hawaii volcano

One of the few NON-surfing spots in Hawaii

Walk into a volcano
Yes. You can walk into the Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes on the Big Island. These are active volcanoes, which means rising steam, flowing lava, and the ever-present (if slight) possibility of eruptions. Exciting stuff. It’d be cool to see the lava flowing at night, but everything seems to indicate that you have to hike in pretty far, over rocky terrain, to do that, which sounds outside the range of possibility for Heather and me. So we’ll probably do one of the easy or moderate walks mentioned here.

Snorkeling

The coolest look

Snorkel
Such a Seussian word, snorkel, like the Snorkels of Pampozzle wear sneeds (a sneed being, as we all know, a thing that most everyone needs). Anyway, it looks like you can rent snorkel gear from just about everywhere, or even buy it if you’re going to be there for more than a week. You can go out and find fish on your own, or you can join a tour and they’ll take you out on a boat to their favorite snorkeling spots. Either way sounds okay to me. Now how do I wear my glasses under those goggles?

Lisa hulus in Dirty Dancing

Any excuse for a "Dirty Dancing" reference

Attend a luau
I’m a little wary of luaus for tourists; they seem to be an overpriced show of razzmatazz. (After all, you can see free hula shows elsewhere, like at the Volcano Art Center on the Big Island.) But Heather is excited about the idea, and I’m not trying to pretend that I don’t like a good show. (See how accommodating I am of my traveling partner’s needs? Join me on the trip and this could be you!) Also, at some luaus, there’s a hands-on arts and crafts portion before the meal and show starts, so you can get a slightly bigger picture of Hawaiian culture before gorging on pork and mai tais.

What am I missing, dearest fellow travelers?

Image 1. Image 2. Image 3. Image 4 from my personal movie collection.

8 thoughts on “ACAM: Hawaii — Where to Go

  1. Snorkeling for sure! We got up close and personal with a sea turtle, amazing!

    I’m pretty sure you said you’re not going to Maui, but that is where we saw the amazing Old Lahaina Luau http://mauihawaiiluau.com/oldlahainaluau.php. You have to connect with the culture of Hawaii while you’re there and a luau is the perfect way to do it. Sure it’s a little touristy, but it’s worth it. The history of their people is sad but the culture is still powerful and strong there. Hopefully you can find one as good as the Old Lahaina.

    As far as other activities, just walk around the markets and absorb the locals. Everyone there is so nice and laid back, it’s refreshing!

    • Thanks so much, Steph! Ooh, a sea turtle, I’d love to see one. Although since I get skittish around animals, even dogs and cats, I wonder what my reaction would be to floating next to a turtle.

  2. AWESOME photos this time, Lisa! Also snorkelsnorkelsnorkel. Although don’t have that thing happen to you that happened in that one episode of Bones. That’d be no good.

  3. Well I am thinking that you will defanitely have to do some hiking. Lots of really great trails, some that you may even have to camp out on. I am quite fond of the idea of renting an ATV and letting yourself get lost on the island. Food is always part of my agenda; you shall try as many local dives as you can. Have a loco moco and think of me 🙂

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