Four Must-See Locations on Four Islands
Usually, the only downside to a vacation is that, at some point, it has to end. As much as we’d love for them to go on for just a few more days, life and time constraints get in the way. That being said, any amount of time spent in the Hawaiian Islands is going to be time well spent and will become the source of memories you won’t soon forget.
If you find yourself in a time crunch and have to be extra selective about what attractions, adventures, and locations to focus on, here’s a list of one location on each of the four main islands that you should pay close attention to.
Whether you’re adventuring on Kauai, relaxing on the Big Island, enjoying the weather on Maui, or exploring Oahu, be sure to make time to experience these four incredible locations.
Kualoa Ranch, Oahu
On Oahu, it’s a toss-up between Pearl Harbor and Kualoa Ranch, but if it’s adventure and thrills you’re looking for, the Kualoa is a great choice.
The first things you notice about this Windward Oahu swatch of beauty are the exquisite vistas that await you. Large fields of rolling hills, dense stretches of forestry, golden sandy beaches – it’s no wonder many Hollywood studios have turned to the ranch as a backdrop for their films.
Some of the most recognizable blockbusters have scenes filmed at Kualoa, and if following in the footsteps of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars piques your interest, you can set off on an ATV journey across the ranch. Not only can you see instantly-recognizable locations of movies and TV shows shot here, you also get a first-rate view of the awe-inspiring beauty of Oahu.
The town of Hana takes up a small chunk of the eastern coast of Maui but what it has to offer makes it seem so much bigger. Beyond exploring the quaint town and enjoying plenty of local culture and flair, the drive to Hana may be one of the most exciting parts about visiting.
The road to Hana is a 68-mile excursion that takes you down a winding road of over 600 curves and plenty of places to pull off to enjoy the natural beauty of the island. The fun starts well before you hit town, as you’re likely to happen upon multiple hidden waterfalls.
When you come to Hana, you come for the view along the road there and stay for the fun of being in an authentic old Hawaiian town.
Located on the eastern side of the Big Island, Hilo packs an incredible punch that’s brimming with Hawaiian culture, history, and plenty of attractions to see. The town of Hilo overlooks Hilo Bay and owing to it’s location on the rainy side of the island, it’s incredibly lush and green all year long.
When you’re ready for a break from the quaint town of Hilo and its beautiful surroundings, you can set off on a hike through the nearby lava fields or better yet, take a helicopter ride to get a bird’s-eye view of the ongoing eruption of Kilauea.
Hilo is also home to the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company, Hilo Tropical Gardens, Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo.
If it’s an all-natural glimpse into the Hawaiian Islands you’re looking for, Koloa is the place for you. The attractions in and around this small town on Kauai showcase the beauty of the island along with its agricultural importance.
The Old Sugar Mill of Koloa may be the most important building on Kauai. Today, it’s a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the first successful large-scale sugar operation in the Hawaiian Islands. You can also explore Makauwahi Cave, enjoy the view from Spouting Horn lookout, and be intrigued by the local culture at Kaneiolouma Heiau.