Hawaii Vacation

Hawaii Vacation

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Hawaii!

It goes without saying that Hawaii is full of amazing places to explore. Take your pick. Active volcanoes, deep, lush canyons, endless beaches. And that's all before the Lu`au begins.

Few places in the world are as romantic as Hawaii. Think of brilliant fuchsia and gold sunsets as you stroll along powder soft white beaches. Imagine the fragrance of exquisite tropical flowers dancing on gentle trade winds wafting into your room on a moonlit night.

The islands of Hawaii are America's jewels of the Pacific. Each island offers incredible beauty, yet has a geography, history and personality all its own.

Warm your toes in the golden sand and let the kaleidoscope of tropical sights, sounds fragrances caress your senses and fulfill your dreams.

Maui (Kaanapali, Lahaina, Wailea, Makena, Hana)

It’s 11,000 feet from the top of Haleakala crater down to Maui’s whale-filled seas – and you can experience them both in the same day on this compact island. Whether you’re drawn to shopping, nightlife, art galleries, beaches, golf, or spas at world-class resorts, Maui will charm you.

Oahu ( Honolulu, Waikiki)

The island that attracts the most visitors to Hawaii, Oahu is home to world-famous Waikiki Beach. And that’s only part of its allure: from Diamond Head crater to Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace to the Banzai Pipeline, Oahu offers unique attractions plus fine restaurants, shopping, golf courses, and nightlife.

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Honolulu has a wide range of hotels and resorts, as well as museums, shopping, dining and nightlife. Oahu is known as the Gathering Place, and it is a great place to bring friends, or meet new ones.

Third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands and covering 608 square mi, Oahu was formed by two volcanoes that erupted 4 to 6 million years ago. Honolulu, the nation's 11th-largest city, is here, and 75% of Hawaii's 1.1 million residents call the island home. Somehow, amid all this urban development, you are never more than a glimpse away from a breathtaking ocean or mountain view.

Hawai'i's last kings and queens ruled from ' Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu. Today, 'Iolani stands as an elegant tribute to Hawai'i's rich history as a kingdom, republic, territory, and state. Even in the days of royalty, the virtues of Waikiki as a vacation destination were recognized. Long processions of ali'i (nobility) made their way across streams and swamps, past the duck ponds, to the coconut groves and the beach.

By the 1880s guest houses were scattered along the south shore like so many seashells. The first hotel, the Moana (now the Sheraton Moana Surfrider), was built at the turn of the 20th century and christened "The First Lady of Waikiki." The Moana's inaugural room rates of $1.50 per night were the talk of the town. In 1927 the " Pink Palace of the Pacific," the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, was built by the Matson Navigation Company to accommodate travelers arriving on luxury liners.

Today, hundreds of thousands of visitors sleep in the more than 33,000 rooms of Waikiki's nearly 160 hotels and condominiums. Waikiki continues to serve as home base for endless possibilities for day trips full of cultural and scenic eco-adventures. Visitors can stroll along a new and improved Kuhio Beach and find wider beach expanses and extensive services, and meander along the historic Waikiki walking trail. With Waikiki leading the way, O'ahu maintains its status as an exciting destination, with more things to see, more places to eat, and more things to do than on all the other Hawaiian Islands combined.

Hawaii (Big Island) (Kona, Kohala)

While the Big Island challenges athletes in the annual Ironman Triathlon, vacationers are energized by its golf-shopping-dining triad. And no trip is complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hike to the lip of Kilauea’s red-hot caldera – especially dramatic when viewed after dark.

Nearly twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, Hawai'i (known as the Big Island to avoid confusion with the state name) is used to setting records. Perhaps most dramatically, it has the world's most active volcano: the east rift zone below Halema'uma'u on Kilauea has been spewing lava intermittently since January 3, 1983. The island's southern tip is the southernmost point in the United States, although to the southeast, far beneath the ocean's surface, Loihi, a sea mount bubbling lava, is slowly building another Hawaiian island, due to emerge in about 100,000 years. If you measure Mauna Kea from its origins 32,000 ft beneath the ocean's surface to its 13,796-ft peak, it is the tallest mountain in the world. The Keck Observatory on its summit, with one of the world's most powerful telescopes, searches the universe from the clearest skies on earth.

With its diverse climate and terrain, the Big Island offers skiing (but only for experts) in winter and year-round sunshine on its southern and western shores, where the temperature averages 69°F to 84°F in July and 53°F to 75°F in January. By contrast, land along the Kona-Kohala Coast feels desert like, with uninhabited stretches of lava.

In earlier times, Hawai'i's kings and queens lived and played along the Kona-Kohala Coast. King Kamehameha I was born close to its northern shores, near Mo'okini Heiau, built around the end of the 5th century (a heiau is a stone platform that was used as a site of worship). All along the water's edge are reminders of earlier inhabitants. At Kawaihae, two heiaus -- Pu'ukohola and Mailekini -- mark the site of Kamehameha's final victory in 1810 in his battle to unite the Hawaiian Islands.

Developers are becoming increasingly aware of the cultural significance and rich history of the 'aina (land). They attempt to preserve and restore the bits and pieces of Hawai'i's past that come to light when a bulldozer rakes the land. You'll find historic markers scattered along trails and roadways, at hotel grounds, and in parks.

Although Kilauea Volcano remains the greatest attraction to visitors, one other thing is certain: business owners in all sections of the economy have combined efforts to make the island exciting, welcoming, and fun. Ongoing airport expansions in the Kona area reflect their success. Gated communities are sprouting up along the entire coast, and even remote South Point has become well worth the long drive.

Kauai (Poipu, Lihue, Kapaa)

Lush Kauai, where South Pacific was filmed, offers vibrant beauty. For the big-picture view of lush Waimea canyon, the steep cliffs along Na Pali coast, and Kauai’s uninhabited beaches, take a narrated seaplane excursion. On land, relax at the lush Princeville and sunny Poipu Beach resort areas.

Lanai

Once the site of the world’s largest pineapple plantation, small and isolated Lanai has no stoplights, one tiny town, and two five-star resorts. This island of Hawaii is a favorite with snorkelers, especially Hulopo’e Bay. Golf, sun, swim, hike, and saddle up to ride across Lanai’s sun-drenched terrain.

Molokai

Molokai affords vacationers a glimpse of Old Hawaii, where Father Damien once faithfully tended to Hansen’s disease sufferers on Kalaupapa peninsula. Today travelers can ride a mule down to the white-sand beach, visit a working cattle ranch, and explore Halawa Valley, dotted with magical waterfalls.

Things to do

Experience mountains, rainforests and volcano’s…

Experience the fiery lava vents of the Big Island's active volcano, Kilauea. This is just one of the unique sights you’ll find on an island boasting 11 out of 13 climate zones present on Earth. Enjoy the ride as these recognizable Black Beauties whisk you through the hidden tropical valleys of the Kohala mountains, alive with dozens of roaring waterfalls, and lift you above the beautiful rainforest of the Hamakua coast.

Drive the famous “Road to Hana”….

Hana is a quaint little town on Maui’s northeast side. To get there, you’ll take a long, windy drive down the famous “Road to Hana,” where drivers can take in some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. Be sure to visit Hana’s beautiful beaches: Hamoa Beach, Koki Beach, and Waianapanapa State Park.

Surf, Dance, Dine, Enjoy a Luau!

Surf the waves, appreciate the arts, sway with hula dancers, tantalize your senses with our chef’s creations, rock the night scene or embrace under a waterfall. Discover Oahu, the heart of Hawaii’s ultimate experiences, discover your Oahu! Enjoy an oceanfront luau.

Experience culture and shows!

Experience the cultures of Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, the Marquesas, Fiji, Easter Island, Aotearoa and of course old Hawaii — at the Polynesian Cultural Center... located in Laie, Hawaii, on the beautiful north shore of Oahu. In addition to enjoying the aloha spirit of the people, the Polynesian Cultural Center features the Alii Luau, Rainbows of Paradise canoe show, IMAX™ Theater, and evening show: Horizons: Where the Sea meets the Sky.

Relax by the white sand beaches, revitalize with spa treatments..

Hawaii offers unparalleled properties throughout the Hawaiian Islands with many ways to relax and revitalize beyond your expectations. Take advantage of the special offers at these world-class resorts, secluded hideaways, and celebrated landmark properties, where you can spend your days indulging in spa treatments, strolling down a white-sand beach, sitting poolside reading the latest best-seller or walking to sparkling, natural waterfalls.

Golf, Dine, Scuba dive, visit Pearl Harbor, get a taste of Hawaiian history and culture plus so much more. Hawaii is a special place. GET THERE!!!

Hotel Recommendations

A spacious retreat minutes from Waikiki, Kahala Mandarin Oriental has a crescent-shaped beach overlooking Diamond Head. Legendary for its service, the hotel features beach butlers and private cabanas stocked with refreshments. Dolphin Lagoon shelters five bottlenose critters whose peaceful, playful attitude is irresistible.

Wailea, on Maui’s sunny southwest shore, is home to The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. An elegant beachfront resort featuring ultra-comfortable, all-suite accommodations, The Fairmont Kea Lani will lure you from your quarters to snorkel, sail, kayak, windsurf, and swim in its three sparkling pools, one of which features a long water slide.

Luxury awaits at this spectacular, world-class resort. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean at an isolated end of Poipu Beach, guests enjoy recreational activities at the golf course, spa, and water park. Rooms ease guests back into a 1920s era of stylish graciousness. Marble, ceiling fans, and soft fabrics create understated luxury. The hotel’s famous Poipu Bay Golf Course offers high-tech features like an in-cart satellite navigation system displaying the precise distance from the ball to the hole.

The pink palace of the Pacific is a turreted pink-stucco hotel that made Royal Hawaiian. Waikiki famous. Attracting travelers to its old Hawaii charm since its opening in 1927, its pink color scheme prevails right down to the linens and plush towels in its 556 guestrooms. The hotel’s roped-off private beach is an exclusive setting for Outrigger canoeing, surf lessons, and Waikiki’s only oceanfront luau.

Experience love at first sight as you discover this Kohala Coast beachfront resort’s open-air atrium and grounds, punctuated by native ponds filled with colorful fish, sea turtles and small sharks. Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. Luxuriate in a secluded bungalow. Lounge on the beach in one of the resort’s signature blue cabanas or beside the sparkling pool. Indulge in complimentary snorkeling. Opt for gourmet dining, golf or outdoor spa treatments in authentic thatched-roof huts.

Bask in gorgeous views of the sun-drenched Kohala Coast from your private lanai. Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. At this casually elegant resort, your suite is footsteps from Hapuna Beach. Stroll the white sands stretching out from the hotel, with its expansive pool and ocean-view whirlpool. Discover the secluded snorkeling cove and lava-rock sea caves. Visit a variety of restaurants in beautiful settings. Enjoy golf on two championship courses, a superb tennis center, water sports, spa pampering, and children’s program.

The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Villas

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua

Grand Wailea Resort, Hotel & Spa

Pineapple Hill Estates

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

The Westin Maui Resort and Spa

Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa

Puunoa Beach Estates

Sheraton Maui Resort

Maui Prince Hotel

Kaanapali Alii

Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Wailea Marriott

Kapalua Villas

Embassy Vacation Resort Kaanapali

The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach

Outrigger Palms at Wailea

ResortQuest Kaanapali Shores

Diamond Hawaii Resort and Spa

The Kahala Hotel and Resort

Halekulani

J W Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa

The Royal Hawaiian

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa

ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Tower

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Mauna Lani Bay Bungalows

Mauna Lani Point Estates

Mauna Kea Fairways

To make these vacations even more enticing, the specialists at Anyplace Travel have put together this wonderful collection of fourteen extraordinary resorts, featuring beautiful suite accommodations on four unforgettable islands. Each of these trips is enhanced with special offers and savings, including the free nights, complimentary dining, resort credits, and more at selected resorts.

Escape to your choice of three Big Island resorts on the gorgeous Kohala Coast. Consider Oahu’s four delightful properties, blending cosmopolitan pleasures, and splendid natural beauty. Luxuriate in five wonderful resort choices on the magic island of Maui. Or discover the lure of Hawaii’s oldest island, Kauai, from two extraordinary properties.

Reap the rewards of the well-traveled life in America’s 50th state. And discover the state of utter relaxation that prevails wherever you go in this beautiful island paradise.