Get Inspired / USA / Pacific Islands / Hawaii Enriching your Hawaiian Experience Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / USA / Pacific Islands / Hawaii Enriching your Hawaiian Experience story by: Inspire Magazine As the perfect holiday destination all rolled into one, Hawai`i boasts incredible night life, shopping to die for, stunning beaches, exquisite cuisine and a warm welcoming aloha culture. And this is all just on O`ahu… wait till you get to the neighbour islands! O`ahu is home to the majority of the population and a vibrant mix of natural and cultural attractions. Monster waves on the North Shore attract daredevil surfers, while Waikiki is the epitome of sophisticated beach life. Lots of history to see, from pre-European customs through to the poignant memorials at Pearl Harbour. Remember to book your Pearl Harbour tour early, as it’s popular and sells out weeks in advance. November and February are best for big wave surfing on the North Shore. From May to September it can be very calm, which is perfect for swimming. A sure fire way to enrich your Hawai`i experience is with an island add on. The neighbour islands all offer something different – are very diverse and spending time on one or more of the islands while in Hawai`i is highly recommended. Kaua`i is the oldest Hawaiian island and blessed with dramatic scenery and a relaxed easy-going ambiance. Attractions include Poʻipū Beach, which was voted one of America’s best Waimea Canyon – nicknamed the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’. Enjoy the solitude of the Kuilau trail and the stunning tunnels on the North Shore. Visit Maui any time of the year for spectacular beaches and breath-taking scenery, but choose the Northern Hemisphere winter for amazing whale watching. The waters off Maui are home to humpbacks from December to April. Expect delightfully warm days and an average water temperature of 24°C. The clear waters are warm enough to swim all year. Hawai`i Island – The Big Island is larger than all the other islands combined and getting bigger by the day thanks to one of the world’s most active volcanoes. If it all sounds a bit dangerous, don’t be concerned. The steady production of lava stops the pressure building and ensures a consistently awe-inspiring show. There are so many amazing activities on Hawai`i Island, you can experience rainforests and snowy peaks all in one day. Be sure to check out the majestic manta rays. Swimming with one of these giants is an experience never forgotten. There are also 16 golf courses to choose from. Hawai`i has never been more accessible, now with six flights a week from NZ, it’s an easy nine hour flight – not too long for the kids and only a movie and a sleep away for the adults. Add to this the natural warmth of people enjoying a practically perfect climate and you’ll understand why the exuberant colour and humour of a Hawaiian shirt could only have evolved right here! 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