Three Places for Return Visitors to Hawaii Island to See and Experience
No one can truly say they’ve “been everywhere and done everything” in Hawaii. No one.
That’s because, in the Hawaiian Islands, even the most iconic, popular and well-traveled spots reveal unexpected finds and rewarding surprises along the route to get there.
Hawaii’s six major islands – Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii Island – provide travelers with infinite possibilities for unexpected exploration beyond places and locales generally considered iconic to the Islands. And neither residents nor repeat visitors can claim they’ve exhausted every one of these possibilities. Here are three places for return visitors to Hawaii Island to see and experience:
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and checked off everything on your list of must-see and must-explore places on its vast mountain and seashore acreage, encompassing two active volcanoes …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: Hawaii Island’s four other National Park Service-managed parks, sites and trails – Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. Each has a unique story to tell of its importance and role in Hawaiian culture and history. Each also has a great website with all the information you’ll need to begin exploring.
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: Hawaii Island’s scenic Hamakua Coast via modern Mamalahoa Highway (aka Hawaii Belt Road), traversing its greenery-rich ravines, soaring steel bridges and vast agricultural fields, while taking in its ocean views on the quick …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the remaining, at times even more rewardingly scenic pockets of Old Mamalahoa Highway, once the main road connecting the many sugar plantation towns of the Hamakua Coast. Its still-drivable remaining segments offer a slower-paced, back-in-time view of Hamakua, crossing century-old bridges and lush rainforests, and rambling past remnant structures of the coast’s sugar plantation history, small towns and rugged coastline.
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: Akaka Falls and Waianunue (aka Rainbow) Falls and gazed longingly at each cascade’s substantial scenic splendor from their ground-level overlooks …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: Hiking and helicopter tours of the island’s Hilo, Hamakua and North Kohala districts showcasing countless other interior and coastline waterfalls, streams and forest reserves within the vast eastside slopes of Maunakea and Kohala mountains. From birding tours in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge and ziplining at Umauma Falls to hikes into Pololu Valley and up-close air tours of the North Kohala sea cliffs and valleys, there’s an adventure for every kind of forest and waterfall fan.
Written by Siera Duiser: Siera Duiser is a travel agent with Destinations in Hawaii. She loves helping plan incredible vacations at no cost to you. Contact Siera to book your next vacation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-771-1290. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.