Heaven? Absolutely. But there’s more than sun and sand to these beautiful Hawaiian islands. Here are 13 reasons why you need to start planning your trip to Hawaii .
1. Why travel to Hawaii? All its beaches are public!
Which means if you can get on a beach across from a seaside property owned by one of the celebrities who own property here (the list includes Oprah, Ben Stiller, Bette Midler, Pierce Brosnan and even Roseanne Barr), you can disembark and simply enjoy the day in a prime location.
2. Breakouts occur regularly
Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes , is also one of the best places on earth to see lava flow. Now part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park , its name means “spitter” in the Hawaiian language and its common eruption, which has been constant since 1983, has altered the surface of more than 123 square kilometers of the island. People congregate at the lookout overlooking Kilauea every night to see the orange glow, and companies like Ioloni Air offer daily scenic flights over the hot liquid magma.
3. It’s the birthplace of surfing
The first written account of the sport was recorded on the Big Island by one of Captain Cook’s crew, in 1779. Sometimes known as the “sport of kings” because originally Reserved for Hawaiian royalty, it’s now available to everyone, including visitors learning at popular surf spots like Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore and beaches near Lahaina, Maui.
4. It is the home of the highest mountain in the world
When measured from base to summit (as opposed to numbers of feet above sea level), Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest peak, is the tallest mountain in the world. Although it is only 13,803 feet above sea level, much of the mountain lies below the ocean, and when this mass is included, its height of 33,500 feet is, base to summit, more than twice the size of Everest.
5. Dance the Hula
Accompanied by songs, this Hawaiian dance was originally created to tell the legends, myths and history of the islands, including the story of their creation. Nowadays, the Hula is usually danced at a Luau such as the historically delicate Old Lahaina Luau, where guests feast on kalua pork, cooked in a traditional underground oven, and learn about other elements of traditional culture. Hawaiian.
6. You will be able to see President Obama’s old house
Hawaii is known as the birthplace of Barack Obama . The President and his family return there every year for their winter holidays. The 5,000-square-foot plantation home he now rents in Paradise Point , Oahu is a far cry from the somewhat seedy apartment in downtown Honolulu he shared as a teenager with his mother. (and which you can see in one of the many tours offered about Obama). You can also take the opportunity to collect some bobblehead figurines of President Obama, on the Aloha theme.
7. Hollywood loves Hawaii
The islands of Kauai, Oahu and Maui have served as sets for major Hollywood blockbusters and popular television shows. One location in particular, Kualoa Ranch , on the windward side of Oahu, is a spectacular spot, overlooking the hat-shaped Mokoli’i Islet , which hosted filming for Jurassic Park, Godzilla, The First 50 Dates you and the Lost series.
8. Explore Leper’s Island
The island of Molokai, near Maui, has long been inhabited by the most famous leper colony in North America, although no active cases of this disease (now known as Hansen’s disease) remain there today. today. Molokai is also home to the highest sea cliffs, which tower a few thousand feet above crashing Pacific waves.
9. The freshest pineapples in the world
Although very few pineapples are still grown there – there are only two commercial growers left on the islands – the Maui Pineapple Tour offers you a rare opportunity to venture into the middle of the fields and taste this prickly fruit in its original form. the juiciest, a few seconds after being picked.
10. The only royal palace in America
The stately Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu – which discerning viewers will recognize as the police headquarters in the current version of the Hawaii 5-0 series – was built in 1882 by King David Kalakaua with all modern conveniences ( it was equipped with electricity before the White House). It remains today the official residence of the Hawaiian royal family.
Elvis loved Hawaii
These islands are not only Elvis Presley’s favorite vacation destination (he spent a lot of time here, lying on the beach), he also shot 3 movies there ( Blue Hawaii , Paradise-Hawaiian Style and Girls! Girls! Girls! ). In 1973, he also gave a live broadcast concert – the first satellite broadcast around the world – at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. A very tall statue of Elvis still sits in front of the arena.
Here you will see the Humuhumunukunukuapuaas
Hawaii’s official state fish, one of the longest words in the Hawaiian language, is the inspiration for many songs, restaurants and fancy shirts across the islands. It seems certain that if his French name “triggerfish of the reefs” were more widespread, this humble little swimmer would be much less famous.
Intimacy at the rendezvous
What better place to really get away from it all? At nearly 4,000 kilometers from the nearest mainland, Hawaii is generally considered the most isolated populated place on earth.