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Why Visit Hawaii?

Last Updated 21/07/2021.

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.


Honolulu Sunset from 550 Ala Moana Park

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?

Why Hawaii?

  • 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 550 coastKauai
  • 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!
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  • Grass skirts and hula dancing. Indipendant 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!

Hula-Your-Way-to-Hawaii---Final (1)

Vern Lovic

Wednesday 24th of December 2014

Hi Alyson! Well, do whatever you can to get over there! I haven't lived on Big Island, but Maui and Oahu - yes, for 6 years. Quite amazing, especially Maui. I am going to shoot for some time residing on Big Island if we can swing it. It fascinates me. I am not any sort of IronMan, but I did the olympic distance triathlons years ago. The long bike rides would be picture perfect. I do hope you go! Aloha and best of luck and life! - VL

Deanne

Monday 26th of May 2014

We just got back from the Big Island with the kids in March! We had a great time and the kids learned so much about Hawaiian history, tropical plants and animals, geology (volcanoes!) and lots of other things. One tip for keeping the budget down is to stay on the rainy (east) side. Tourists flock to the dry western coast, but there are some very reasonable rentals on the Hilo side. I've written a few posts about Hawaii with kids on my little blog. http://exploredreamdiscoveries.wordpress.com/tag/hawaii/ I'm looking forward to hearing where you're going next, but I'm also hoping you'll be in London for a while so we can keep hearing your updates from there!

alyson@worldtravelfamily

Monday 26th of May 2014

Hi Deanne, yes, we're in London probably until after Christmas, but the boys and I will probably take some short trips from here while Chef works. The major problem was finding a short term flat rental, the one we're probably taking is allowing us an 8 month get-out clause. We love London, so this is an awesome opportunity for us. I'll go read your Hawaii posts, thanks!

Mary

Monday 26th of May 2014

I have lived in Hawaii for over a year now on 2 different islands and while it is slightly expensive it is not as bad as most people think. If you are a budget traveler you can find a way. Certain areas are cheaper than others and the farther away you get from tourists the cheaper it will be. Big Island is the most affordable!

Hawaii is so amazing though that even if you pay a bit more it is worth it. I would NEVER come here on a cruise though, you will not even scratch the surface of what you would want to see and do here. Just doesn;t give enough time!

alyson@worldtravelfamily

Monday 26th of May 2014

It must be do-able Mary, everything is! Where there's a will and all that. I'm not a fan of seeing the world via cruise ships either, you have a ridiculously short time. On Madeira we didn't bother going beyond a cafe in the harbour, it seemed crazy to bomb round ticking off sights. This cruise is a trans Pacific, terminating in Hawaii. We've crossed the Atlantic twice in the last year, now we want to do the big one, we love being at sea.

Jon

Saturday 24th of May 2014

I've always thought of Hawaii as an expensive, tourist destination. I'm sure with the right planning and research you'll make it affordable. Personally, I would love to visit French Polynesia.

alyson@worldtravelfamily

Sunday 25th of May 2014

Us non-Americans actually know very little about Hawaii, it's very rarely on the European travel radar, being so far away. We all head to Asia instead. But a trans Pacific cruise is very likely next year and it termintes in...yep, Hawaii. It does all the islands on the way, too. Love my boats!

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