Amidst the fast track life that we all are part of today, some moments of relaxation comes as a boon; more better if spent in nature. Travelling not only familiarizes us with new lands but their culture and history. And never to forget the beautiful experience that comes back home with us. One such scenic beauty with natural scenery, great collection of pristine beaches and surprisingly active volcanoes to add up the list can be found in Hawaii.
One of the recent states to join United States of America in the year 1959, Hawaii is actually located in Oceania and only state to be purely composed of islands. Deriving its name from the name of its largest island ‘Hawaii’, the state consists of seven other islands apart from this and all are permanently inhabited. Honolulu is the capital of the state and the climate is really pleasant because of the near constant trade winds blowing. A fabulous place to visit with family or go enjoying alone, here is a list of 5 must visit spots in Hawaii-
- Pearl HarbourPearl Harbor lies in the west of Honolulu and is the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet. You can pay tribute and respect to the heroes of Pearl Harbor and can see the wreckage of the ship that sank in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Take a tour to the Battleships of WWII or chose the Pearl Harbor and Oahu Circle Island Tour; everything is so historic and fascinating. If the history and culture fascinates you, the Historic Honolulu City Tour and the Polynesian Cultural City Tour is something you definitely should try.
- Hawaii Tropical Botanical GardenA non-profit botanical garden, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is located on the 4 mile scenic route off of Route 19. The garden has some very alluring waterfalls, streams and a boardwalk along the ocean. Take a glance of the over 2,000 plant species with an impressive collection of varieties of palms, bromeliads and heliconias. More interesting that the garden also has collection of mango and coconut tree which are over 100 years old. Take a trip amidst the orchids; get enchanted by the view of the bamboo waterfall, smile when you see the Hawaiian Red Ginger and feel the cool breeze of the Onomea Bay from the Lower Gardens
- Hawai‘i Volcanoes National ParkEstablished in the year 1916, the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park offers a scientific peep in to the origin of the Hawaiian Islands. The spot seems source of interest to many travelers specially the volcanologists and the ones fascinated by natural phenomenon. Located in the Hawaii Island, the national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What you can expect from here is unusual view of flora and fauna and volcanic landscapes. The National Park encircles two active volcanoes namely the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, where the former is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the later is the world’s most massive shield volcano.
- Polynesian Cultural CenterOne of the most frequented tourist spots in Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center is located in Laie on the north of Oahu. The center is a Polynesian themed park and live museum. Here you can enjoy demonstrations of various arts and crafts of Polynesia. Get indulged in to the rich heritage, the fun activities like learning traditional customs of the villagers, canoe rides and ukulele lessons. It’s interesting to know that the center is a way to provide employment and scholarships for students and also to preserve their culture. Well, you can upgrade to include a meal and hotel transportation.
- Waikiki BeachLocated in the island of O‘ahu in Hawaii, the Waikiki Beach is a mesmerizing beach in Honolulu. The word ‘Waikiki’ means spouting fresh water in the Hawaiian language. Back in the 1800s, the beach was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty who surfed there on early versions of longboards. The place is today filled with large beach resorts and hotels. Outdoor performances, surfing competitions, hula dancing are some of the interesting events that takes place annually and becomes center of attractions for tourists.