Dive into the beautiful waters of Hawaii and try some of the local cuisine with this list of things to do.
- Dive into paradise in Hawaii.
- Rent snorkeling equipment and head to Hanauma Bay on Honolulu. After watching a video about this fragile reef environment, you'll get up close with parades of tropical fish, as well as eels, sea turtles, urchins, coral, and more. And you'll always remember the turquoise waters that sit in this ancient volcanic crater.
- Visit the North Shore.
- The North Shore of Hawaii is famous for places like Sunset Beach and Sharks Cove where you can sit back and enjoy an amazing setting. During the Winter time you will get the chance to see some of the largest waves in the world. Many times the height of the wave can reach over 30 feet.
- Swim in Sharks Cove.
- Sharks Cove is a lava-rock beach on the North Shore of Oahu. There is a diverse marine life living in the cove, but don’t worry you will most likely not see a shark while you’re here. The cove got its name from an old story that claims the outline of a reef outside the cove looks like a shark when seen from above.
- Tour Pearl Harbor.
- Pearl Harbor is the only naval base in the U.S. to be recognized as a National Historic Landmark where thousands of people go each month to honor the soldiers who fought for America's freedom. Take advantage of one of the Pearl Harbor tours.
- Natural Marvels of Hawaii.
- If you are going to be living in Hawaii you must-see these 5 natural marvels. Some of these places have history dating back to 1653 and one will take you to the southernmost point in the United States.
- Whale watch.
- Nearly 10,000 whales visit the Hawaiian waters yearly. There are many tales surrounding the history of Hawaii and the sanctuary it has become for whales. See these beautiful creatures for yourself by whale watching at some great locations in Kaupulehu, Hapuna Beach, and the Waipio Valley Lookout.
- Star Gaze.
- One of the most famous places to star gaze in Hawaii is 14,000 ft. above sea level atop Mt. Mauna Kea. An average of 325 nights a year the sky is visible from this point. Before going on this adventure make sure you check out these safety tips and consider taking a guided tour.
- Experience Hawaiian Cuisine.
- Interested in trying some Hawaiian cuisine? Read up on the details of what some consider the 10 must-eat local Hawaiian specialties are. There is everything from Spam, to pork, to fish tacos on this list!
- Volcanoes National Park.
- If you’re looking to get up close and personal with some of the most active volcanoes in the world, visit Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park just south of Hilo. One of the most well-known volcanoes in this park, Kilauea, is currently producing 250,000-650,000 cubic yards of lava per day.
- Visit a National Wildlife Refuge.
- Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is the home to several seabirds, such as frigates, shearwaters, Laysan albatrosses and more. This is also where the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse was built in 1913 as beacon for traveling ships. Visit this location to learn about the different bird species and have a spectacular view of the coastline.
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- Treat yourself to a luau
An authentic Hawaiian luau is an experience involving a sumptuous feast, underground cooking (imu), live music, and Polynesian dancers. Savor the rich tropical flavors, sounds, and performances – and enjoy feelings of warmth, togetherness, and fun, as well as a fresh appreciation for the rich culture and history of Hawaii. To find a traditional (and affordable) luau near you, ask a local.
- Experience the heartbeat of an active volcano
See the Earth’s largest and most active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You can explore the summit of Kilauea volcano via Crater Rim Drive, an 11-mile road that encircles the summit caldera, passes through lush tropical rain forest, and provides access to scenic stops and short walks.
- Choose your ideal beach
Which color sand do you prefer – black, white, green, or red? The choice is yours. Enjoy discovering the incredibly beautiful beaches of the Hawaiian Islands.
- Celebrate surfing at a famous festival
Watch top surfers and stand-up paddleboarders during the annual Duke’s OceanFest in Honolulu, August 22-30. The event, honoring Hawaiian hero Duke Kahanamoku, features a variety of ocean sporting events and a beach volleyball tournament along the beaches of Waikiki.
- Step into Hawaii’s past
The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives in Honolulu includes three restored houses, two of which are the oldest houses in Hawaii, from 1821, and research archives that give a unique glimpse into 19th-century Hawaii. Sample regional foods at the Mission Social Hall & Café.
- Enjoy tropical gardens
The National Tropical Botanical Garden maintains and preserves gardens at four locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands. All host tours to help you learn about their significant biological, cultural, and historical resources.
- Celebrate the arts
Hawaii inspires artists in all mediums. See for yourself at one of the many art celebrations across the islands. Favorite stops include the monthly First Friday in Honolulu, the Maui Friday Town Parties, held weekly in different towns across the island, and every Friday in Hanapepe on Kauai.
- Escape the crowds
Locals say the island of Molokai, the least developed and visited of the main islands, looks like the rest of the state did before mass tourism arrived. While you won’t find even one traffic light, you will find many native Hawaiians, independent stores, interesting sights, and a wealth of natural beauty.
- Take a hula lesson
The hula has been part of Hawaiian culture since the earliest times, and while there are many legends about its origin, there is no doubt that this ancient tradition offers deep insight into the spirit and culture of Hawaii. Ka`Imi Na`auao O Hawai`i Nei Institute offers hula classes in Kauai, Oahu, and Maui.
- Volunteer in your local community
- Whether you prefer to walk the dogs at an animal shelter, serve food at a soup kitchen, or plant a tree with a conservation group, there are many ways to volunteer in your local community. You’ll find plenty of other opportunities at networkforgood.org/volunteer/ or volunteermatch.org/. Be sure to tag #cieegivingback when you post your photos!
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