Hot in Hawaii

“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.” – Paul Theroux

Things are certainly heating up this summer in Hawaii. It’s time to hit the beach, go snorkeling, and have an adventure!! There is so much to do in Hawaii and I can’t wait to experience all of the fun for myself one day! Just yesterday,  I came across 101 Things To Do in Hawaii and it was really exciting to see all of the possible things that I could do some day in the future.  Also, I always keep in mind the fact that I could use the My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion to guide me around the islands. Traveling is great! Even when you’re just thinking about it 🙂

Beach Bum

Most people know of Waikiki for its famous beaches. Waikiki is located on the south shore of Honolulu and it is known in Hawaiian as “sprouting waters.”  Many hotels and resorts are located here and it’s the perfect spot because each room is just about two or three blocks away from the sea.  Some of the beaches that can be explored in Waikiki are: Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Kaimana (San Souci) Beach, Kuhio Beach, Queens Surf Beach, and of course, Waikiki Beach. Each of these beaches offer unique qualities, from tranquil spots to swim with the family to pleasant spots that are good for picnicking. Another great thing about Waikiki is that there are amazing attractions nearby too. For instance, you could check out the Waikiki Aquarium, take a tour of Shangri La, enjoy ocean views from Leahi (Diamond Head) Lookouts, go to Kapiolani Park, see the animals at Honolulu Zoo, take an Atlantis Submarine ride, or walk the Waikiki Historic Trail. There are so many options! To learn more about these beaches and attractions, check out: Waikiki Tourist Attractions.

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Cruise the Coast

According to 101 Things To Do, the coastal view from the east side has always been compelling but has never been easily accessible. Fortunately, the luck of the Coconut Coast is changing with the construction of a $30 million bike/walking trail that follows the outline of the scenic coast. When complete, the pathway will cover 16 miles from Ahukini (near the Lihu‘e Airport) to Anahola. For now, vendors have popped up on the path that is officially known as “Ke Ala Hele Makalae” in order to mark their territory and begin making a profit. Their appearance will also make it easy to rent bicycles, shop at an outdoor market, or grab a quick lunch. Among these vendors, a beach bike rental business known as Coconut Coasters has shown up. Their information about the coast says that it was named for “the hundreds of Coconut Palm trees planted along Kauai’s east side” and that when the pathway’s official name is translated, it means “the path that goes by the coast.” Pretty appropriate, if I do say so myself!

Coconut Coast

Coconut Coast

Snorkel in the Sea

If you’ve always been interested in getting an up close and personal look of tropical fish and sea life, then snorkeling is for you! The Hawaii Snorkeling Guide can teach you how to “swim with dolphins, bask with turtles, and glide with manta rays!” The Hawaiian local who runs the site, Grant Kailikea, picked the best snorkeling beaches to put on his site. According to Grant, the beaches he chose have “an abundance of marine life, consistent and safe ocean conditions, visitor accessibility, and ease of water entry.” He also says these are the beaches he recommends to his friends! So what beaches did he pick, you might ask? The best beaches for snorkeling are: Maui (Honolulu Bay, Kapalua Bay, Turtle Town Maui & Maluaka Beach, Kaanapali Beach-Black Rock, Ahihi Reserve, Molokini), Oahu (Kuilima Cove, Kahe Pointe Beach Park, Sharks Cove, Hanauma Bay, Kaena) and The Big Island (Mauna Kea Beach-Kaunaoa Bay, The City of Refuge-Puuhonua O Honaunau, Kahaluu Beach Park). If you want to cool off one day, go on an underwater adventure by taking a snorkeling trip! There are a lot of tips in the Hawaii Snorkeling Guide and you already know which beaches to choose! See what snorkeling is like by watching this short clip from Sharks Cove in Oahu:


I hope y’all enjoyed my tips about what to do in Hawaii!! Mark my words, one day I’ll be able to post my own photos and videos from Hawaii and I hope y’all can do the same 🙂

Melissa Woodring

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