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Why visit Hawaii? Well why not? Here we are in London, loving everything the capital has to offer, but still, the dreams and the plans are with us and as strong as always. We’re slowly stashing away the travel bucks and getting ready to spend them next year, but where, where will we go next? You will need to check current travel restrictions, this post came out pre-pandemic, but Hawaii is open to some holiday-makers.
Deepest thanks to Suzanne of Boomeresque travel blog for sharing some of her images with us. Suzanne and her husband lived on the Hawaiian islands for 3 months recently.For more Hawaii posts visit her blog.
The Indian subcontinent is calling us, it has been for a long time, but a new destination has made it onto our travel wish-list, Hawaii. Not just Hawaii. A trans-Pacific cruise with Hawaii as our final destination, yes, it’s true, a plan is forming. You already know how much we’ve enjoyed cruising (our experience is mostly Trans-Atlantic cruises) and how affordable cruising can be, but why Hawaii? Why pick Hawaii as a destination?
- Hawaii has a great climate. Tropical temperatures with little seasonal variation at sea level keep the Hawaiian islands blissfully warm all year round. There can be snow on the highest peaks in winter.
- Hawaii is child friendly. Keiki, children, are welcomed and accommodation and attractions are geared for families. This is a great list of kids’ attractions on the islands.
- Ironman Friendly. My husband is an Ironman, Kona is an IronMan Mecca. He’s not training at the moment, a full event takes a year of preparation, but he wants to breath the air, swim in the sea and touch the tracks of Kona.
- Hawaii is Dolphin and Whale Friendly. We’ve got a thing about marine mammals, nothing beats seeing them in the wild. We’ve experienced hump back whales off Australia and from cruise ships, seen blue whales in Sri Lanka and spotted dolphins many times. On the Hawaiian island they come in close to shore, I hear you can even swim with the dolphins.
- Hawaiian cuisine to try. Polynesians, whalers, diverse immigrants and missionaries contributed to Hawaiian cuisine. We want to try Kalua pig, lau lau and lomi salmon, I’ll have a Blue Hawaiian with mine please.
- The diversity of the Hawaiian islands. Volcanoes, huge surf, history, local and WWII, high rises, rain-forests and ranch land. We want to see it all!
- Grass skirts and hula dancing. Independent travellers with attitude may call it cheesy, but cheesy is fun, we want to go to a luau, a traditional feast with music and dance. Hawaiian men were barred by custom from eating with women, in 1819 King Kamehameha II did away with the old rules and luau parties were born.
Luckily, the nice people Australian site, My Holiday Centre have sent me this infographic on how to Hula, the kids and I are in training. This wahine, however, refuses to wear coconuts!