Hawaii is the 50th state to join the Union and, despite its distance from the contiguous 48 states, it is well-known and filled with a rich history. I have never visited Hawaii but so many people I know have gone and raved about their trips. They talk about the wonderful hiking and beaches, the volcanoes and crystal clear water. The “Aloha State” is definitely on my wanderlust list!
On our first day, we boarded a beautiful 60-foot catamaran for the ride of our lives with @kauai_seatours. As we sailed along the beautiful Napali coast, we saw a pod of dolphins. We got so close to the coast we dipped under waterfalls. The views were spectacular and the Napali coast is one of the most beautiful places hands down. – @nicole_franzen #VisitKauai #LetHawaiiHappen
Here are a few things I would like to do when I visit the Hawaiian islands:
1. Snorkeling & Parasailing
Ever since I went snorkeling in Belize I have wanted to go again! Experiencing sea life up close and personal was incredible. The waters off the coast of Hawaii are filled with exotic sea life. I’m imagining pairing this adventure with parasailing and what a perfect day that would be! Can you imagine parasailing and soaking in the tropical views like in the photo below?
All the credit for this spectacular view goes to Myles at #jackharterhelicopters, who took us on a breathtaking flight over the garden isle. It was even more special to me as I just hiked this region hours before the flight. If there is one thing you must do on Kauai it's the open door heli tour in a Hughes 500. Just do it. #KauaiDiscovery #LetHawaiiHappen
2. Check out an active volcano
Sounds stupid doesn’t it? Getting up close and personal with an active volcano isn’t for everyone I agree and I don’t even want to get that close to one. Ideally, I would get close enough to see the flowing lava but still be far enough away that if the volcano starts spurting up my face won’t be at risk of melting off.
Milky Way over Halemaumau. Mahalo, @ken_boyer! #HVNP100 #FindYourPark #NPWest #Repost @ken_boyer with @repostapp. ・・・ The fiery pit known as Halema'uma'u Crater with the Milky Way rising out of it in the @hawaiivolcanoesnps. This was taken last year when the Milky Way lined up perfectly with the crater. Fun solo night hiking on some back trails in the park.
3. Relax on the beach
Let me be clear, I won’t be going to Hawaii on business. The plan is to sit on the beach, mai-tai in hand, and soak up the tropical sun. Travel Channel put together a great list of the Top 10 Hawaiian Beaches and I’ll absolutely use that as a starting point for my relaxation goals. I’m hoping the best beaches coordinate with my other vacation goal…
4. Catch some world-class surfing
When in Rome, right? I won’t be doing as the Romans – er, the Hawaiians – do but I would love to see some top surfers navigate huge waves! I’ve been dreaming of seeing the pros surf the North shore since middle school when my P.E. teacher would play the movie “Endless Summer” on repeat.
5. Hawaiian History
Last and certainly not least, I would like to learn more about Hawaii’s history. The most recent and well-known event to have happened is Pearl Harbor. I would also like to learn about history pre-USA and pre-Western contact. I took a Polynesian art history class in college and I was fascinated to learn about boat making and how art was incorporated into rituals on the island.
Hawaii seems so far away to me – geographically and in my mind’s eye. I know it’s a part of the US and our current president was born there, but to be honest it is not on my radar. Visiting and experiencing it in person would help me learn more about Hawaii. I can just hear the waves crashing on the beach.
What’s on your Hawaiian wanderlust list? Tell me in the comments below!