Conde Nast has rated Maui as “The Best Island in The World” for 20 consecutive years. There’s no mystery why Maui has held this honor for two decades, Maui is truly a magical island filled with natural beauty and wonder.
If you’re looking for romance you don’t need to look far when you’re on Maui. The island’s beauty is the perfect backdrop for romance. Here is a list of romantic things to do on the Valley Isle.
Watch the sunrise over the Haleakala then bike down the mountain at your leisure.[spacer height=”-50px”]
During the Whale Watching Season set sail on a Whale Watching Cruise and be awed by these gentle giants. Humpback whales return to the relative safety of Maui’s warm waters each year to give birth to their calves. They normally arrive between October – November and the last ones leaves around June. The peak of the whale watching season is between February – March when whale sightings are abundant.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Go to a Luau on the beach. The Feast at Lele serves up a sit-down 5 course dinner and entertains you with music and dance from the Pacific Islands.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Road to Hana
One of the must do’s on Maui is the drive to Hana on the winding Hana Highway. See some of the most beautiful scenery on the island, take a dip at under a water fall, and drive over 59 historic bridges along the way.
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The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest of the 8 main islands that make up the 50th. State. It is best known for its volcanoes Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world. Its current eruption began in 1983 and has added over 500 acres of new land to its southeastern shore.
Many activities on the Big Island center around the volcanoes, both of which are easily accessible to visitors. They really are a site to behold, but are not the only things the Big Island has to offer, specially for those looking for romance. Here is a list of romantic things to do on this island.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
No trip to the Big Island would be complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Take a drive along its main roads, Crater RimDrive and Chain of Craters Road. Both roads have scenic stops along the way where you can pull over to see some of the park’s points of interest. Among them is the Thurston Lava Tube, a definite must see.
Hike or bike one of the park’s many trails for an up close look at the wonders of the volcanoes.
There is some risk to visiting an active volcano area, be sure you check in at the Visitor Center for current conditions and road closures. The official National Park website can help you plan your visit. Click here to be directed to the NPS site.
See the lava flow into the ocean on one of the Lava Boat tours. Sunrise and Sunset tours are available.
Take a dip in Champagne Pond. Nestled on the Puna Coast in a residential area the pond is heated by natural geothermal heat. The pond is always pretty calm making it an ideal place for swimming and snorkling.
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Green Sand Beach
Stroll on the sands of Papakolea Beach, also known as Green Sand Beach due to the greenish color of the sand. The sand is made up of olivine, a semi precious stone created by the volcano eruptions. The water is very turbulent here so don’t go swimming.
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Rainbow Falls State Park
Take an early morning drive out to Rainbow Falls State Park. Swimming is prohibited but you can see this scenic spot from the look out, you may be treated to rainbows in the mist of the falls.
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Waipio Valley, Hawaii’s version of the “Valley of the Kings”, on the northern Hamakua Coast is steeped in legend and history. The valley was the childhood home of King Kamehameha I and was an important political and religious center in Hawaii. Today it’s not only an important place for Hawaiian history and culture it is also a an awesome place filled with dramatic beauty.
You can view the valley from the lookout or walk in and hike through the forest to the beach. Click here for more hiking info.
Drive or hike to the summit of Mauna Kea the largest volcano on earth. The spectacular sunsets on the volcano is a must see.
Children are not allowed to the summit due to altitude sickness. Persons with heart and lung issues should check with their doctor before attempting to go up to the summit. Click here for more info and directions.
Stargaze at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station. The skies above the mountain are usually clear and perfect for stargazing. The VIS has a free nightly stargazing program that includes telescopes operated by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.
The mere mention of “Hawaii” calls to mind, pristine beaches, crystal clear warn waters, and amazing sunsets; all the ingredients for a romantic getaway to the Aloha State.
Every island has its own charm and beauty, and you can find romance on all of them.
The 50th. State is an island archipelago made up of 8 main islands, several atolls, numerous islets, and undersea seamounts. Over all there are more than 100 islands that span 1500 miles from the the Big Island of Hawaii to Kure Atoll. The 8 main islands are Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Lani, Kaui, Ni’ihau, and Kahoolawe; all but the last are inhabited.
The Island of Oahu, also known as The Gathering Place, is the most populated island and is the seat of the state’s government. The state capital Honolulu is on Oahu. Here is a list of romantic things to do on this island.
Paddle from Kailua Beach to Popoia “Flat Island”, Moku Nui (the larger of “Twin Islands” or Na Mokulua as both islets are known), and Lanikai Beach.
Na Mokulua islands are both part of Hawaii State Seabird SanctuaryMoku Iki, the smaller of the two, and the interior of Moku Nui are off limits to visitors. Popoia Island is also part of the bird sanctuary. I boasts a tranquil strip of sand that is popular among kayakers and surfers when conditions are right. The island offers magnificent views of the near by Na Mokulua island, Kailua Beach, and Lanikai Beach. Lanikai Beach is always on someone’s list of top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s known for its extra fine white and and clear turquoise water.
Watch the sunset at Waikiki Beach, or any beach around the island
Drive past lush tropical foliage and stately homes on your way to the Wayside which is part of the Hawaii State Park System.
The lookout offers sweeping views of Honolulu from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it on one of the picnic tables in the park. If you’re up to it take a short easy hike on the ‘Ualaka’a Trail. The trail loops through thick forest canopy.
Enjoy a picnic and a swim at Kualoa Beach Park on Oahu’s windward coast.
You can swim, paddle, or wade across to Mokoli’i Island aka Chinaman’s Hat, during low tide.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Drive to the parking lot at the very end of Lagoon Drive behind the Honolulu Airport. Watch planes take off and land on the Reef Runway.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Ride a horse along the 12 mile oceanfront trail in the Turtle Bay Hotel [spacer height=”-20px”]
Browse the shops in the seaside town of Haleiwa, drive by the world renowned surfing beaches Sunset, Pipeline, and Waimea Bay, and stop for lunch at Giovanni’s shrimp truck. End the day watching the sunset on one of the many beaches along this coast.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Oceanside dining at awarding winning La Mer in the Halekulani Hotel . Wine and dine in classic elegance in full view of Diamond Head
Whenever I’m asked me where I live I always get the same reaction when I tell them that I live in Hawaii. My declaration never fails to impress. Whether it’s a taxi driver in Rome, the tour guide in Russia, a shop keeper in Istanbul, or fellow travelers on a cruise ship, my response is met with awe mixed with just a tinge of envy. It seems that the 50th. State is on almost everyone’s travel bucket list.
The mention of Hawaii invokes images of pristine beaches, crystal clear ocean, and amazing sunsets; it promises adventure, luxury, and romance. Hawaii is all of that and more. Our islands abound with beautiful beaches, exotic sealife, and exquisite sunsets.
If you’re looking for romance Hawaii is the perfect destination for Valentine’s Day. Our world class resorts with their friendly staff will surpass your expectations. Here is a list of the most romantic hotels on our islands. Perhaps it will inspire you to visit our lovely islands.
Royal Hawaiin Hotel
The iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel is nicked named “The Pink Palace of the Pacific”. It opened its doors on
February 1, 1927 and today is a member of Starwood Hotels’ Luxury Resorts Collection. It is also a member of
Located on Oahu’s Gold Coast The Kahala Hotel & Resort has it all; luxurious suites, award winning restaurants, and dolphins.
Have a personal encounter with these intelligent creatures right in the hotel’s lagoon.
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St. Regis Proceville
Located in the resort community of Princeville in Hanalei on the northern shore of The Graden Isle, Kaui, is the St. Regis Princeville. This resort marks this legendary brand’s first resort in the 50th. State.
Enjoy unparalleled sophistication and serene luxury on what many consider to be one of the most spectacular destination in Hawaii.
The Ritz Carlton Kapalua on the island of Maui is luxury at it’s finest. Hike through the island’s lush forest, snorkel among Maui’s coral reef, or get pampered in a cabana by the pool. Whatever your interest the Ritz Carlton staff will provide you with a memorable experience at one of Hawaii’s most beautiful resorts.
The Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is in Wailea on the island of Maui. On the shores of Wailea Beach the resort boast 9 sparkling pools, champion golf courses, award winning restaurants, and spectacular views.
The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’ūpūlehu in Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. This resort will exceed your expectations of a Four Seasons property. Impeccable service, outstanding food, and views to die for.
I know when you hear Hawaii images of beaches and palm trees swaying come to mind. I doubt you think “waterpark”. Yes, Hawaii is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. And yes when you visit or live on the islands you will definitely find yourself at one of our world famous beaches, it’s what we’re known for! But when you have kids to entertain, and even if you don’t, a waterpark maybe just what you need. Hence a trip to Wet ‘N’ Wild Hawaii is a good choice.
Wet ‘N’ Wild Hawaii is Oahu’s one and only waterpark. Located in Kapolei on Oahu’s Leeward side the park isn’t huge, but it’s packed with slides, pools, and other fun water attractions.
My family recently spent the day at Wet ‘N’ Wild Hawaii. We took my twin grandkids, Sadi and Harper, 20 months old, their cousin Chase, 2 years old, and my grandsons Dion, 13, and Devon, 8. All of them had a blast!
The toddlers enjoyed the Keiki Kove, the children’s splash zone. Keiki Kove was just their speed! It’s filled with small slides, spraying water, and Sadi’s favorite, the mushroom shower.
Devon loved the Water World Playground. It’s got the giant water bucket that dumps water each time it’s full, some fun slides, and other water activities.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Dion and the adults had a great time on the moderate and extreme rides including the Tornado, Island Racers, and Waianae Coasters.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
And we all loved the Kapolei Kooler, the park’s lazy river.
Here are a few things you need to know for your day at Wet ‘N’ Wild Hawaii!
From Waikiki – take the H-1 West towards the airport, it’s about 20 minutes away from the airport so continue on H-1 to exit 1E. The entrance to the parking lot is on the right (mountain side)
From the Ko’olina Resorts (including Disney’s Aulani) – Take HI-93E to exit 1B to HI-93W (in Makakilo) this will take you back to the parking lot, it will be on your right.
General Admission $49.99 + tax
Junior Admission (under 42″) $37.99 + tax
Senior Admission (ages 65+) / Handicapped $37.99 + tax
Children 2 years and under FREE
Local Residents with a valid Hawaii State or Military ID
$34.99 + tax
Right now thru the August 31, 2016 there is a Ka’amaina Special – Wednesday only $25 for Adults & Juniors with a state ID.
Admission tickets don’t include parking, special events, cabanas, lockers, personal tubes, mini-golf, or the flowrider.
You may not bring outside food in to the park, they check bags before the gate. You may bring water.
Windjammer Cafe has a variety of fast food choices (it’s pretty pricey for mediocre food! Large Soda $4.99, french fries $6.99, chicken fingers with fries $9.47)
Carts around the park sell lemonade, ice cream, and snacks (Dip ‘N’ Dots ice cream small cup $4.99)
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Lockers are located behind the Guest Services Counter.
You can rent them from the machines in front of the lockers. Small locker (will barely fit a backpack) $13, Large locker (2 backpacks) $18.
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Look out for specials, they seem to be always running them! Or you can buy a season pass for the price of the General Admission. (you can upgrade this for $25 to include parking, mini-golf, and other things).
Here’s a short video of our day at Wet ‘N’ Wild Hawaii!
One of our favorite Disney activities is a the Character Breakfast at a Disney Resort. Until recently we had to fly to Orlando or Los Angeles to participate in this activity at either Disneyland or Disney World. Now we can have breakfast with Mickey and his friends right in our own backyard at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa.
Last week we took the twins to the resort for the Character Breakfast. I’m not too sure the twins were thrilled to see their favorite Disney characters up close and personal, it’s one thing to watch them on TV, another thing to see the over-sized mouse at your side. But we enjoyed it!.
We’ve been to several Character Breakfasts at the other Disney resorts they’re all pretty much the same. A photo op with Mickey before you’re seated, a breakfast buffet, and other Disney characters stopping by your table. So what makes Disney’ Aulani Resort Character Breakfast different?
Character Breakfast at the Surf’s Up restaurant in Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel in LA
Well first off the pre-seating photo with Mickey is out doors, not against a painted backdrop like the one at the Paradise Pier Hotel in Los Angeles.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Makahi restaurant’s outdoor seating
You also have the option to dine outdoors on the Makahiki restaurant’s lania that overlooks the resort’s pool.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Disney’s Aulani Resort’s character breakfast has a Hawaiian flare; from the Aloha shirt clad characters to the local additions to the buffet to the ukulele playing Auntie this breakfast definitely has lots of local color.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Mickey Mouse Waffles at the Kids’ Buffet
The breakfast buffet is pretty impressive. The kid’s buffet offers their signature Mickey Mouse waffles, which the twins loved. This section also offers bacon and eggs, just like the other buffets do.
Kids’ s buffet
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The next section is filled with fresh fruit and pastries including this adorable “dolphin” banana in a pail of blueberries. Harper’s favorite!
The pastry section has hot mini- malasadas, fried bread balls rolled in sugar, a local favorite, and Hawaiian Sweet bread french toast with a choice of maple or coconut syrup. Yum![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
The buffet also offers Portuguese Sausage, scrambled eggs, fried rice, and grilled local fish as well as an omelette station at the end.
Don’t miss the Pina Colada yogurt, it’s delish!
Disney’s Aulani Resort’s breakfast buffet definitely offers more choices than the other Disney Character breakfasts buffets I’ve ever been to. I was stuffed for the rest of the day!
During breakfast we were visited by Goofy and Minnie. The twins were not happy!
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We were also entertained by Auntie who played the ukulele and sang for us. She led the children in a couple of parades around the restaurant, adults were welcome too!
By the way this character breakfast isn’t just for kids! There were plenty of folks that weren’t accompanied by kids. In fact the table next to ours held a group of young ladies who were staying at the hotel for a bachelorette party! They had a great and memorable time! So don’t be shy, go a head have breakfast with Mikey!
The buffet cost $35 per person and includes juice and hot beverages. Kids up to 9 are $18 and kids under 2 are free. If you’re not staying at the resort you can valet park for free with validation. The validation is good for up to 4 hours so you can walk around the resort grounds and have a look around after breakfast, it’s so worth it! We liked it so much we’re planning on booking a staycation soon!
The resort has several pool areas including the Waikolohe Pool and stream. This is the main attraction and features waterslides and a lazy river where you can enjoy a tube ride.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Then there’s the Rainbow Reef the resort’s private snorkeling lagoon.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
For younger kids there’s the Menehune Bridge and the splash zone.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
There are other pools on the property some tucked away in a corner for a bit of privacy. There are also 4 whirlpool spas as well. And don’t forget the beach is just steps away! Where you can rent water sports equipment.
Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa has something for the whole family. It’s definitely worth a visit![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]