Things to do in Hawaii

Hawaii scenery

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Hawaii has been on my bucket list for quite a while now (let’s face it – what isn’t on there?!) as it looks like one of the most beautiful places in the world. Situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the islands have over 300 days of sunshine each year and the laid back island lifestyle is definitely something that really appeals to me. I can just picture myself hanging out in a hammock as I sip from my coconut! But there’s more to the state than just beaches, so here are some things to do in Hawaii.

Mountain hikes

I’m a huge fan of walking and hiking on holiday as it’s a really good way to keep fit when you’re away from home. Plus, you’ll get to explore and get to know an area better AND get some stunning pictures for your Instagram. Some of the best walks and trails can be found on the island of Oahu and treks vary from the hour-long Koko Crater Arch to the more advanced Windward Ridge Loop Hike. There’s something to suit every ability.

Exploring Honolulu

The Hawaiian capital is a large city, situated on the island of Oahu, and there’s plenty to do there. Start your day in Honolulu with a delicious brunch at Heavenly (rated number 1 on Yelp) before chilling out on Waikiki Beach and then heading to Iolani Palace in the afternoon to get your dose of culture. It’s the only royal residence on American soil and it’s a pretty fancy house and museum. There’s more information about this fabulous capital city on this Honolulu city guide.

Head to House Without a Key in the evening for live Hawaiian music and traditional hula dancing. Their signature cocktail is a mai tai, which is said to be the best on the island – perfect for a sundowner.

Places to stay in Honolulu


Maui is home to the Haleakala National Park, which has the highest peak on the island and many natural pools and waterfalls. There’s also 30 miles of beaches, great for sunset walks. If you drive, you can rent a car and drive the island’s Road to Hana – a scenic highway that gives you amazing views of Maui’s stunning scenery of lush rainforests and cascading waterfalls. You could go on 20 different Maui vacations and you would find a new thing to do every time – from hiking to snorkelling to boat tours! Now, where did I put my passport?!

Places to stay in Maui

The beaches

Obviously, you can’t go to Hawaii and ignore the beautiful beaches. With white sands, blue surf, and rugged coastline, the islands have got it all. I’d love to visit the famous Waikiki Beach where the Hawaiian royals used to hang out. Located on the island of Oahu, if you’re feeling energetic you can have a surfing lesson, or relax with your favourite book on the white sands. I also love more secluded, quiet beaches and Kauna’oa Beach on The Big Island sounds right up my street. It’s limited to 25 people at a time so you have to get there early (I’m talking pre-9am!) but it’s more than worth it to escape the crowds at this tropical paradise, or have a look at the numerous beaches you can find on South Kona, with stunning sands and waters all around.

If you’ve got any top tips for things to do in Hawaii then let me know in the comments below.

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