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Hawaii is one of my favorite places. I have been to Oahu, Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. Picking a favorite island is nearly impossible since each island is so different and each has such a different vibe. When visiting the islands be sure to NOT act like a typical tourist. Do NOT race from one place to another and try to see everything. Take your time, savor the flavor and feel of the islands, talk with locals (really take time to enjoy their company), and take time to do nothing but enjoy the tranquility. Above all, be respectful of the land and of the people. Here are some of my favorite Island spots and memories.

Waipio Valley
Waipio Valley

The Big Island (full article) has something for everyone. There are sandy beaches, trails, spectacular views, mountains, rugged coastline, volcanoes, wildlife, cities, dining, and wonderful people. The Big Island has all climate zones from desert to snow. If you could vacation on only one island I would suggest the Big Island because of its diversity.

Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon (Kauai, HI)

Kauai (full article) is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and is the garden island. Some of the main features on Kauai are the spectacular beaches, zipline tours, snorkeling spots, and the Waimea Canyon.

Diamond Head Lighthouse
Diamond Head Lighthouse

Oahu (full article) has many famous sites including Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, etc. I particularly enjoyed the sites and history at Pearl Harbor. This is a “must see” place. I also enjoyed the climb to the top of Diamond Head and the spectacular views. Another favorite was the trail to the Makapu’u Lighthouse.

Favorite Places

Here is a short list of some of my favorite places on the islands. Click the links to read full articles about the individual locations.

In Closing

I highly recommend the Blue Book. These books give details about the places and sights and tell about the lessor know sights. Costco carries the Blue Book and the major islands have a Costco. Above all, experience the Islands and learn about the culture, customs, kapu, and take the time to absorb the atmosphere of the Islands. Do NOT take home pieces of the Islands such as sand, rocks, coral, etc. It is said that items removed from the Islands will carry a curse with them. I don’t know if that is true but taking things from the Islands is rude and disrespectful. Be sure to take photos and memories and thank you for reading.