Hawaii was characterized by Mark Twain as “the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.” The name is thought to derive from Hawaiki, the former name of Raiatea, the ancestral home of Polynesians.
Hawaii is economically vigorous, with diversified agriculture and manufacturing. Hawaiian activities of national and international importance include research and development in oceanography, geophysics, astronomy, satellite communications, and biomedicine. Often called the Crossroads of the Pacific, the state is strategically important to the global defense system of the United States and serves as a transportation hub of the Pacific basin. Finally, Hawaii is a cultural centre and a major tourist mecca.
Here at Volcano Ohana, we can be your guide to experience Hawaii in a different way than expected. Here are our top 3 “must sees” on our “Hawaii bucket list”.
1. Road To Hana
The Road to Hana is more than just a great drive through a beautiful area of Maui. Most visitors tend to zip to and from Hana with a checklist of sights to photograph. This is the wrong way to do it. We highy recommend doing a tour with large windows, an experienced local guide, and only going to safe, legal, epic spots!
In order to truly experience Hana, it helps to know more about the history and legends of the area. You may find out that there are legendary stories associated with each spot where Gods have left their mark and historic battles have been fought.
2. Watching Sea Turtles
Every night at sunset no matter what time of the year, sea turtles swim ashore to rest at Ho’okipa Beach Park. On the east end of the beach at the bottom of the cliff near the water, twenty to forty at a time will gather together and sleep. These are endangered creatures, so be sure to respect the cordoned off area and give them their space on shore. As long as people are respectful and refrain from touching them, people are allowed to swim and snorkel with the turtles, though Ho’okipa Beach is not known for great swimming. Surfing, kitesurfing, and windsurfing are the most popular activities here. A park volunteer will be here to answer any questions guests may have about the turtles. Located just east of Pa’ia town and Mama’s Fish House, this is a perfect place to stop and relax after a day wandering Hana, or while waiting on their dinner reservations at Mama’s.
Ho’okipa is Mecca to the windsurfing world (and no slouch for board surfing, either.) There are professional windsurfing competitions held here, and on just about any day with wind (most) you can watch pros doing their thing. Ho’okipa also provides sightseers a stunning backdrop to watch the best effortlessly play with the ocean in a way that mere mortals can only dream of.
3. Visiting Volcanoes
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park protects some of the most unique geological, biological, and cherished cultural landscapes in the world. Extending from sea level to 13,680 feet, the park encompasses the summits of two of the world’s most active volcanoes – Kīlauea and Mauna Loa – and is a designated International Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes are both erupting! The eruption of the world’s largest active volcano – Mauna Loa in Hawaii – may soon come to an end, according to the US Geological Survey.
Mauna Loa began erupting November 27, choreographing a spectacular display that sent rivers of molten rock gushing down its side and drawing crowds of spectators hoping to see the flowing lava in person.