Top 8 Reasons To Visit Hawaii

Top 8 Reasons To Visit Hawaii
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The top 8 reasons to visit Hawaii for your next vacation.

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Where do 9 million people go and spend over $15 billion each year? You guessed it, the Hawaiian Islands. So why are the islands home to over 220,000 tourists daily? The list is probably endless but let's cover the Top 8 Reasons To Visit Hawaii.

Hawaiian Weather

Want to know the current weather in Hawaii? Chances are good that it's 83 degrees Fahrenheit (around 28 degrees celsius). Sure, it gets colder at night and at higher elevations. For the average person visiting the islands you can expect average daily highs in the mid to high 80's (Fahrenheit) during our summer months (which runs from around May and into October) and average daily highs in the high 70's to low 80's during our winter months (around November through April). More at: Hawaii Weather and Hawaii Living: Weather.

Hawaiian Beaches

It's no secret that Hawaii is lined with hundreds of incredible beaches, each one unique in its own way. As we talk about in Hawaii Beach Sand Colors, Hawaii is home green sandy beaches, black sand beaches, red sand beaches, and everything in between. We have amazing hidden beaches (see Top Hidden & Secret Hawaii Beaches) and great snorkeling beaches (see Best Snorkeling Beaches In Hawaii) and plenty if you just want to read a book or splash in the water. More at: Hawaii's Best Beaches

Hawaiian Sealife

The islands are filled with an abundance of marine life, including the fun to pronounce Humuhumu-nukunuku-apua'a - Reef Triggerfish. For many, the best way to see marine life is by snorkeling. Never done it before? Read How To Snorkel to get started along with Should I Bring My Own Snorkel Gear To Hawaii? Just remember, no touching! If you prefer to see these amazing creatures without getting wet try the Waikiki Aquarium on O'ahu, the Maui Ocean Center on Maui, or the Mokupapapa Discovery Center on the Big Island.

Of course, if we're not all good stewards of the 'aina (land) and keep adding to The Great Pacific Garbage Patch it may not be like this forever. Read Top 10 Ways To Protect Coral Reefs to find out how you can help. For those who plan to do a little fishing, be sure to read Hawaii Fishing Information & FAQ. Then you can go book a fishing tour. Fish on!

Amazing Activities

If you enjoy an active lifestyle then Hawaii is the place for you. From incredible hikes and watersports like stand up paddleboarding (sup) to ziplining and the Ironman World Championship - Kona there is something for everyone here. Prefer relaxing at your hotel pool with a Mai Tai over white knuckle thrills? Well, we have you covered there as well, just read Top 12 Resort Pools In Hawaii.

Hawaiian History & Culture

Hawaiian and Polynesian history and culture thrives here in the islands. The early days during the times of King Kamehameha weren't always peaceful as is evidence of events like the bloody Battle of Nu'uanu but incredibly interesting nonetheless. Even more modern events like Sugar in Hawaii can be quite fascinating to learn.

Even if you're not a history buff, you'll still enjoy getting a taste of the local culture. Our Hawaii Museums Guide is the best place to start with places like the Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial that are not to be missed. Even places like Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are rich with ancient Hawaiian history and mythology on subjects like Pele - The Volcano Goddess. Just make sure you don't take home any Lava Rock & Sand Souvenirs and never look directly at the Nightmarchers. You've been warned!

Hawaiian Food

The Hawaiian food scene is so much more than the Kalua Pork you had at the luau. It goes far beyond that paste like stuff known as Poi. The islands are a melting pot of cultures now and Hawaiian cuisine has really expanded far beyond what it was even just a few years ago. Of course, we still recommend all of the usuals like loco moco and some shave ice (see 3 Great Places for Shave Ice on Oahu)! And anything with Haupia in the name is almost guaranteed to be delicious. More at: Top Must Try Hawaii Foods

Hawaiian Shopping

You're visiting a mall on your Hawaiian vacation? Hey, that's okay, we don't judge. And Hawaii has some pretty amazing malls and unique shops all over the islands. From mega monsters like Ala Moana Center, the world's largest open-air shopping center with over 350 shops and restaurants, to one off boutiques that pepper the islands we really have it all here. Forgot that perfect gift or souvenir? Don't worry, you can find the perfect item online in our own Made in Hawaii Gift & Souvenir Store.

Hawaiian People & Aloha

The Aloha Spirit is a reference to the attitude of friendly acceptance for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous. It can refer to a powerful way to resolve any problem, accomplish any goal, and to achieve any state of mind or body that you desire. Hawaiians call this Universal Power "mana" and using this power can help you to attain happiness, peace, and much more.

You'll hear the world aloha a lot here, but aloha stands for much more than just "hello" or "goodbye" or "love." Its deeper meaning is "the joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life energy (ha) in the present (alo)" and it's one of the best reasons to visit Hawaii. More at: Aloha Spirit