I find myself constantly visiting our Hawaii Travel Guide while writing new blog posts, tour descriptions, or just finding helpful information for our customers online. Today I’ll highlight some of my favorite Hawaii destinations in our travel guide.
Oahu: Chinaman’s Hat (Mokoli’i)
One of my favorite places on Oahu is the Windward side, where Kualoa Ranch is located. A scenic drive along Kalanianaole Highway–which travels South Shore Oahu, past Waimanalo and into Kailua–brings you to Kamehameha Highway, which then leads you past Kualoa Ranch.
Just across Kualoa Ranch is the Kualoa Regional Park, where Chinaman’s Hat sits just offshore (if you’ve got a kayak you can actually visit the island!). But not everyone knows that “Chinaman’s Hat” is not the island’s true name.
The island’s true name is Mokoli’i, meaning “little lizard”. Hawaiian legend tells of Pele’s sister, Hi’iaka, defeating a dragon and placing the body into the sea.
Maui: Ho’okipa Beach
The world’s capital of windsurfing is on Maui, near Pa’ia Town close to where the Road to Hana begins.
The ideal conditions at Ho’okipa Beach were widely recognized as a windsurfer’s paradise with the rise of a new trend in ocean sports in the 1970s.
Modern day surfing at Ho’okipa Beach was popular, but it was the windsurfing community that really took this beach to worldwide stardom.
Kauai: Tunnel of Trees
Historic, picturesque and inspiring. There are so many ways to describe Kauai’s Tunnel of Trees, which mesmerizes passerbys as they drive through the lush canopy.
Kauai residents, businesses, and volunteers gather each year to clean up the Tree Tunnel on Kauai. In 1992, Hurrican Iniki damaged the Tunnel, but with the help of volunteers and Father Time, the trees grew back to their full state.
Big Island: Thurston Lava Tube
The Thurston Lava Tube enchants visitors as they walk through an underground pathway formed when lava flowed, cooled and hardened at its edge. Those hardened edges helped for a tube or tunnel.
Both eerie and otherworldly, the lava tube is actually a short, easy walk along a path with dim lights.
However, the tube extends deeper (and darker) on a path that regular visitors don’t go. Adventurers who want to explore the darker side of the Thurston Lava Tube can do so, but flashlights are essential!