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Honolulu, Hawaii

Home to the State Capitol, Honolulu is the vibrant epicenter of Hawaii. Here you’ll find everything from historic landmarks and treasured monuments to world-class shopping and a flourishing arts and culture scene. Home to the majority of Oahu’s population, the sprawling city of Honolulu spreads throughout the southeastern shores of Oahu, from Pearl Harbor to Makapuu Point, encompassing world famous Waikiki. Honolulu has it all. This is the home of some of Hawaii’s most historic places from Iolani Palace, the Kawaiahao Church, the Mission Houses and the treasured artifacts of the Bishop Museum to iconic landmarks like the Aloha Tower, the King Kamehameha I Statue, the Duke Kahanamoku Statue and the historic Hawaii Theatre. Honolulu is also Hawaii’s hot spot for arts, culture and entertainment. From the nightlife, live music and fine dining of Waikiki to the art galleries and underground bars of the Chinatown arts district. Whether you’re looking for Hawaii’s finest museums, or Hawaii’s finest Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs, the best resorts, festivals, and events, or just some fun things to do, you’ll find it all in Honolulu.

Honolulu is the center of government, transportation, and commerce for the state; home to a population of nearly one million people in the metro area (80% of the state’s population) and of course Hawaii’s best known tourist destination. The majority of visitors to Hawaii enter through this city, meaning this is definitely not the place to go for a “get-away-from-it-all” Hawaiian vacation - It is as fast-paced and dynamic as any city, with all its problems such as heavy traffic, drugs, crime, and homelessness. But Honolulu still has the charm of the Islands’ laid-back atmosphere and culture. Before the Europeans came, Honolulu was insignificant; soon so many foreign ships were frequenting its waters that it had become Kamehameha’s capital, and it remains the economic center of the archipelago. While the city covers a long (if narrow) strip of southern Oahu, downtown is a manageable size, and a lot quieter than its glamorous image might suggest. The tourist hotels are concentrated in the skyscrapers of the distinct suburb of Waikiki, a couple of miles east. While its setting is beautiful, right on the Pacific and backed by dramatic cliffs and extinct volcanoes, most visitors are here simply to enjoy the sheer hedonism of shopping, eating, and generally hanging out in the sun. It’s also the center of an exemplary public transportation system that facilitates exploration of the whole island. Enjoy.
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Hana Highway, Hawaii

Today we bring you something completely different. Instead of a destination, we would like to present to you the road to a destination. We decided to do this since this 52-mile, serpentine Road to Hana on Maui’s eastern coast is consistently ranked as one of the most scenic drives in the world. It can take upwards of three hours to navigate the road, built in 1926, from Kahului in the north to Hana in the south. It is also highly recommended to fuel up in Paia, the last sizable town before the highway. But the slow pace is to tourists’ benefit. On the lush jungle road, it just means more time to stop and smell the ginger blossoms.

Guidebooks often devote large sections to traveling the highway leading to the eastern side of Maui and document the many waterfalls and attractions that can be found along the way. Some of these attractions lie within or through private property and will often have “no trespassing” signs posted or even signs claiming that the attraction does not exist. All beaches in Hawaii are public. Some guidebooks document the “keep out” areas and ways past barbed wire fences and locked gates to reach attractions. At the end of the H?na Highway (actually past Hana in a clockwise direction around eastern Maui) is the ?Ohe?o Gulch, also known as the “Seven Sacred Pools”. This series of waterfalls and pools is located inside the Haleakala National Park.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Most of us are fascinated by volcanoes because of their powerful look and that is when we start to think how nature is beyond the humanity, how life is not all about me, me and me. Fire up your life and visit this uniqueness. Have fun while exploring the beauty of nature.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is easily visited by car in just a few hours or may be explored in more depth over several days. Many of these volcanoes formed islands that have subsided and eroded beneath sea level, and some of the old volcanoes probably never reached sea level. The park encompasses five volcanoes of which are two active: Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive volcano. Also it gives scientists insight into the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and ongoing studies into the processes of vulcanism. For visitors, the park offers dramatic volcanic landscapes as well as glimpses of rare flora and fauna.

If you are ever visiting Hawaii this is probably a place worth going, and if you are not interesting, then just have fun on the precious islands. See some cool images below.
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