When conversation arises regarding exotic getaway destinations, Hawaii often enters the discussion. The constant images that we’re shown of beaches and blue waters are certainly a big reason for why one may fall in love with Hawaii, but what else makes it such a heralded land?
A faraway destination, It’s the most geographically separated, populous area in the world. It is a land of exotic fruits and plants: coffee, pineapples, sugarcane, macadamia nuts, and more. The island culture is also very unique, being a unique blend of Japanese, Filipino, and Polynesian flavour.
Aside from all of this though, it is a land of beautiful and mystifying geography. By picture and description, it can single-handedly make you fall in love with Hawaii, the eight-island nation.
Outside of the hustle of the popular tourist congregation points lays the awe-inspiring Waipio Valley, located within the Hamakua district on the Big Island it is sparsely populated because of its aptitude for severe storms and is relatively untouched by man.
This recent photo of the valley not only makes you fall in love with Hawaii, but it also gives you an idea of the astounding view encountered when rested at the top of the 2,000-foot-high valley walls. Enjoy lush flora and fauna, and a picture-perfect meeting of land and coast.
Photo Credit: Paul Bica
Leaving the untouched land of Waipio Valley, we make our way to the very charming town of Hanapepe. Hanapepe’s population is slightly more than 2,000, and with its wooden store fronts, old-style feel, and laid-back attitude, it is a postcard-esque Hawaiian town.
Beyond Hanapepe’s quaint feel and look, there is a lot to do and take in while here. Pay a visit to some of the many world-renowned art galleries. Check out the exquisite Orchid Festival. Explore the town’s rich historic areas. And all throughout, enjoy the phenomenally pleasant local disposition.
Photo Credit: Eric Chan
Lanai City Area
Lanai City and the surrounding area of the island of Lanai are among the world’s most recognized honeymoon locales. This is because of a number of factors. The island is almost completely under private ownerships.
Visitors can be at home among the rolling hills and gorgeous, private vistas and island homes. This, and its natural beauty combine to give visitors the feeling of being in their own private slice of paradise. Another commonly experienced sentiment: never wanting to leave.
Photo Credit: Wendy Cutler
Po’ipo sits right in the heart of “garden island.” Although frequent rainfalls keep many away, it is precisely these rainfalls and climate that make the area one of the most beautifully inhabited vegetation areas in all of Hawaii.
Visitors often spend time relaxing along the postcard waterfront of Po’ipo Beach Park. Mano’Okalanipo Park, with its biennial array, is also a noteworthy point of interest. And if a resort atmosphere is what you are after, downtown is just a stroll away.
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Hawaii Volcanic National Park
Imagine being able to see an amazing rolling landscape for miles. Throw in the excitement of active volcanoes, rising steam clouds, and subtle lava streams, and you have Hawaii’s lava fields. The Hawaii Volcanic National Park is one of the best places to see these natural wonders up-close.
This must-see destination is composed of acre after acre of lava fields. Some are old and have begun sprouting new life. Others are still relatively new and are nothing but stretches of ominous, hardened lava-rock. Just watch out for those steam vents and active lava flows.
Hawaii is definitely a place to see. If you have never been, know that you will be amazed. The sights, sounds, aromas, and experiences can be intoxicating and are certainly unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced. Tropical paradise awaits you here.
Photo Credit: Lux Tonnerre
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About the Author: Lela is a seasoned traveller who shares her love of exploration and discovery with her readers. Originally from Texas, she has lived in Montana, Vermont, Colorado, New Mexico and Hawaii. She writes for Hostelbookers.com as a freelance travel and adventure writer.