Hawaii, a collection of emerald islands deep in the Pacific Ocean, make up America''s 50th state. The islands are 2,000 miles away from any continent, so they take a little more work to get to, but, wow, is it worth it! By serendipity or design, Hawaii is a near flawless holiday destination, offering honeymooners, families and thrill-seekers an exotic paradise that is as much a playground as it is a peaceful haven. The cities offer great restaurants, superb shopping and are the economic and cultural powerhouses of the individual islands, but beyond the joyful urban hustle and bustle lie acres of island splendour; verdant mountains, mammoth surf, secluded campgrounds, cavorting whales, cultural gems, active volcanoes, art museums and beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches. It''s an enchanting multicultural melting pot whose roots lie in North America, Polynesia, Asia, and Europe, and it''s an illustration of nature at its most luscious and divine.
There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii''s Big Island. You''ll find each island has its own distinct personality and offers its own adventures, activities and sights. Mark Twain called Hawaii, ''That peaceful land, that beautiful land... the climate, one long delicious summer day, and the good that die experience no change, for they but fall asleep in one heaven and wake up in another.'' We invite you to explore the Islands of Aloha to find your own heavenly Hawaii experiences.
Nightlife & Party with Locals
With so much to do during the day, Hawaiian nightlife continues to deliver adventure. Oahu is the epicentre of nightlife in Hawaii. On every night of the week you can find good local food, live music and dancing in a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges from Waikiki to downtown Honolulu and Chinatown. You''ll discover live music at hotels and resorts throughout Waikiki. Club and bar venues like The Yard House in the Waikiki Beach Walk and RumFire in the Sheraton Waikiki are popular spots for locals and visitors alike. With so many bars, restaurants and venues to choose from in Waikiki, it''s best to check with your concierge or with local weekly guides to see what''s happening during your stay.
Gourmet Cuisine & Dining Out
Modern Hawaiian cuisine is a fusion of many cuisines brought by multiethnic immigrants to the Hawaiian Islands, particularly of American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Polynesian and Portuguese origins, including plant and animal food sources imported from around the world for agricultural use in Hawaii. Many local restaurants serve the ubiquitous plate lunch featuring the Asian staple, two scoops of rice, a simplified version of American macaroni salad (consisting of macaroni noodles and mayonnaise), and a variety of different toppings ranging from the hamburger patty, a fried egg, and gravy of a Loco Moco, Japanese style tonkatsu or the traditional lu''au favourite, kalua pig. Modern Hawaiian cuisine may also include a style of cuisine that has emerged over the past two decades, now known as Hawaii regional cuisine.
World''s Best Scuba Dive Sites
Some people come to the islands solely to take the plunge into the tropical Pacific and explore the underwater world. Hawaii is one of the world''s top 10 dive holiday destinations, according to Rodale''s Scuba Diving Magazine. Here you can see the great variety of tropical marine life (more than 100 endemic species found nowhere else on the planet), explore sea caves, and swim with sea turtles and monk seals in clear, tropical water. If you''re not certified, try to take classes before you come to Hawaii so you don''t waste time learning and can dive right in. If you dive, go early in the morning. Trade winds often rough up the seas in the afternoon, especially on Maui, so most operators schedule early-morning dives that end at noon.
World Class Golf Courses
Welcome to golf heaven. Blessed with breathtaking scenery, unforgettable signature holes and championship calibre course design, it''s no wonder why Hawaii attracts so many golfers from around the world. Discover a variety of unique course layouts on Hawaii''s six, geographically distinct islands, from greens lined with volcanic rough to stunning seaside water hazards. And with more than 70 amazing golf courses to choose from, it won''t be difficult to find the perfect course for you.
Imagine you and your family viewing one of the most active volcanoes on earth on Hawaii''s Big Island; watching humpback whales leap from Maui''s warm waters; flying happy dragon kites in the tradewinds of Molokai; exploring the tide pools of Hulopoe Bay on Lanai; witnessing the grandeur of Kauai''s Waimea Canyon; or exploring the fascinating exhibits at the Bishop Museum on Oahu. You''re sure to create lifelong family memories on your vacation to Hawaii. You''ll find the culture of Hawaii is very family friendly. The Hawaiian word for ''children'' is ''keiki'' and fun for your keiki isn''t hard to find no matter which island you visit. Build sand castles with your kids on one the islands'' beautiful beaches. See their eyes light up as they play with interactive exhibits in Hawaii''s finest museums. Or explore Hawaii''s many National Parks and Historic Sites and learn about the islands together. Check with your hotel or resort for keiki programmes that may include lei making, ukulele playing, and hula lessons. So charge up your digital camera, pack some snacks, and bring plenty of sunscreen. And don''t be surprised if your family vacation to Hawaii becomes a brand new family holiday tradition.