Our trip to “The Garden Island” came about when we stumbled upon a new year’s eve fireworks event poster on the internet. So we decided to travel to Kauai, 3rd island we visited in the Hawaiian archipelago. Not much in advance we made our travel arrangements for a 4 day/3 night trip. On the day of new year’s eve, after a 6 hour delayed flight from Long Beach, we finally arrived at Lihue airport, Kauai.
An important and fun aspect of traveling is trying out new cuisines and delicious foods. Hawaii has amazing choices. It is one those places where the food is served from farm to table, freshly harvested fruits and veg, freshly caught seafood everyday, cooked up into absolute deliciousness.
If you are planning a trip to Maui for the first time but not sure what to see there, don't stress, let us help you out. Maui is home to some unique beaches, tropical rainforests, valleys and waterfalls, and it might seem like an overwhelming number of things to do. We have narrowed down some of the best spots on the island and how to tour them, to help you plan your trip efficiently.
If there is anything we love more than the beaches in Maui, it is the food. Maui is blessed with an impressive range of cuisines and flavors brought in by people who migrated to the Hawaiian Islands. Nothing beats the fresh local ingredients that are abundant on the island, like fresh caught fish, tropical fruits and vegetables.
For anyone planning a trip to Maui, a "Road to Hana" journey happens to be the top most priority. A 53 mile road stretching over more than 50 bridges and 600 hairpin turns through lush tropical rain forests. The drive features beaches, lava tubes, waterfalls, valleys, gardens and many hidden treasures, therefore making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Maui.
Wai'anapanapa State Park is located in Hana on the eastern side of Maui island, just off Hana highway. It features some of the most uniques sites like black sand beach, lava tubes, blow holes, caves and gorgeous ocean views.
An amazing way to witness the dramatic spectacle of steam, boiling water and explosive lava as red hot lava enters the water is by taking a boat tour. This incredible trip comes with an expensive price tag. Despite the price tag, early wake-up and a rough boat ride, there is no guarantee that you will see the lava flow because it is unpredictable. But if you are lucky to witness it then this will be the most epic experience of your life worth every penny.
Lava Tree State Monument park preserves lava tree molds formed when lava flow from an eruption in the 1700s swept across a forested area. Located in Pahoa in southeast of the Big island of Hawaii, this park is another perfect example of natures cycle of destruction and rebirth.
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park is one of Hawaii's most sacred historical sites. It was a royal ground and a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiians lawbreakers and defeated warriors until the 19th century. It is located on the coast of Honaunau Bay in south Kona, on the island of Hawaii.
Punalu'u beach is the largest and one of the most popular black sand beaches in Hawaii. It is located on the southern end of Big Island close to the small town of Na'alehu. It is known for its jet black sands, coconut palm lined shores and sea turtles.