Getting Active & Outdoors
• Get the adrenaline flowing when the stars appear with the twilight stand-up paddleboard activity offered by Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore. An expert from Hans Hedemann Surf Guides leads participants — who can rent or use their own equipment — around the calm waters of protected Kawela Bay.
• In partnership with Trident Adventures, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina has launched a "Navy SEAL for a Day” experience. Owned by former Navy SEALs, Trident Adventures is a luxury dive operation that offers a variety of dive and aquatic programs for guests to choose from.
• Bike Hawaii has introduced a solar powered bike tour around Oahu’s Ko'olau mountain rainforests. The 250-watt electric-assist mountain bike eases the tour’s five-mile uphill climb before the road’s eventual descent. Bike Hawaii also recently added a full-day private Ko‘olau Waterfall Hike and Kamehame Ridge tour, which covers the scenic vistas of two privately-owned island properties.
• Hit the boards: Every island offers surfing lessons, where you can learn the basics of the sport that has its roots in the state. Waikiki Beach is still one of the best spots in Hawaii to get on your feet and ride your first wave; one firm to try is Surf SNL.
• Climb an icon: Hike to the top of Leahi (Diamond Head), Hawaii's most recognized landmark, for panoramic views of Waikiki and Honolulu.
• Roberts Hawaii has launched a sweet new adventure: the "Oahu Sugar Tour,” which tells the story of the cane crop dating back to the arrival of early Polynesians, all the way to contemporary island society. Highlights include a visit to Hawaii’s Plantation Village, an educational site dedicated to preserving Oahu’s multiethnic plantation history.
Rum Fun: Groups can to visit Ko Hana’s
distillery in the former pineapple plantation village of Kunia on Oahu.
The facility offers tastings of its agricole (made from sugar cane juice) rums, and tours of its operations
and native Hawaiian sugar cane garden. Kyle Reutner, brand manager, Ko Hana
Hawaiian Agricole, partners with
mixologists from legendary Hawaii bars, Harry’s Hardware Emporium, Bar
Leather Apron and The Pig and the Lady
to tell the story of the island's distinctive potable.
The island of Hawaii's bikeshare program will soon expand: A $5,400
grant to People Advocacy Trails Hawaii, will extend
the program to Kailua-Kona. Visitors can
sign up online for unlimited 60-minute or 30-minute trips or purchase one-time rides
at kiosks. A map of bikeshare locations can be found here.
Extending Your Hawaiian Trip
• Kilauea, the active volcano on the island of Hawaii, gets most of the attention, but there are great group experiences to be found atop the dormant Maunakea, also located here. Hawaii Forest and Trail now offers groups an opportunity to see the day begin from the latter’s 13,803-foot summit with its Maunakea Sunrise Experience. Meeting attendees who take the land-based tour will learn about the cultural and scientific significance of Hawaii’s tallest mountain as they visit the world-class astronomical observatories dotting its slopes. Pick up spots for the excursion are located on both sides of the island in Kona, Waikoloa and Hilo. Those who might be skittish about joining this tour due to last year’s highly publicized Kilauea eruptions should be comforted by the recent low activity levels reported by the U.S. Geological Survey, whose USGS Volcano Hazards Program monitors active and potentially active volcanoes, issuing timely warnings when necessary.
The USS Arizona Memorial has
reopened following a $2.1 million project that improved the dock’s anchoring
system and addressed a critical infrastructure need. The enhancements allow
visitors to Pearl Harbor
to more closely understand the story and pay their respects to the men aboard
• The premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific region, Oahu's Bishop Museum is renowned for its cultural collections, research projects, public education programs and Native Hawaiian artifacts.
• Once the residence of Hawaii's reigning monarchs, the Oahu's Iolani Palace's grounds and galleries are open to the public.
Hawaii's Festival Scene
• The first Hula Girl Festival will be held in Waikiki, Nov. 7-10, 2019. The main drag of Kalakaua Avenue will be blocked off for a half-mile of stages, hula booths, exhibitions, hula supplies, live performances, Hawaiian food, music and crafts. Dancers from around the world will be attending to celebrate the world of hula. Not to be missed is the Miss Hula Girl Pageant and Competition on day one.
• The annual Ukulele Festival, held each July at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki, celebrates that most Hawaiian of instruments, which actually came to the islands via Portuguese immigrants who settled here in the 19th century
Top Restaurants in Hawaii
Some the best local cuisine can be found in hole-in-the-wall spots throughout the islands. A few to try:
• Sample loco moco — white rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and brown gravy — at Café 100 in Hilo, the island of Hawaii town where this comfort-food dish was invented.
• Maui locals head to Tin Roof, owner-chef Sheldon Simeon's version of a mom-and-pop takeout place, for the mochiko fried chicken and pork-belly bowls.
• Honolulu's no-frills Ono Seafood (808-732-4806) is worth a stop for its made-to-order shoyu (fermented soy sauce) and spicy ahi poke.
• Cool off with a rainbow-hued shave ice at Matsumoto, a legendary confectioner on Oahu's North Shore.
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