Sharing the legend of the first voyagers to Hawaii during ancient times, the performance was filled with song and fire-twirling. Plus, to get us in the Hawaiian spirit, we were able to string our own orchid leis onboard the ship earlier in the week.
As you can surely guess, these weren’t the only “touristy” things we did. By signing up for prearranged tours through the cruise line, we hit up many common hotspots before the week was over. But to keep things from becoming too predictable, we also rented a car for a couple days, which let us get out on our own and enjoy street fairs and “local” hangouts that were more off the beaten path.
Here, some highlights of our adventures.
I’ll definitely be back to hike Diamond Head, which we could see from our port in Honolulu.
Maui’s Iao Valley is lush and rainy. We also watched a kite surfing lesson at a small beach discovered along our drive to the island’s winery, where we sipped – what else? – pineapple wine.
Chickens run lose everywhere in Hawaii, where they live like wild birds! We saw this flock while stopped at a roadside market.
At Volcanoes National Park, we saw steaming craters and checked out the museum. That night, our ship also sailed past an active volcano, giving us a view (from a distance) of lava as it poured into the sea.
Sailing up the Na Pali Coast in Kauai was absolutely incredible!
Before catching our flight home on Oahu, we were able to visit Pearl Harbor, which was a must for history buffs like us.
When you travel, do you tend to go for popular tourist attractions, or do you prefer to seek the less common? What are some of your favorite sights in Hawaii?
(Photo Credits: Stephen Walrath)