If there is one place on earth that is most closely associated with the word “paradise,” it has to be Hawaii. It has long been the go-to place for moviemakers searching for a tropical location with a sense of the remote, as well as a certain other-world-like quality. The beaches of the Hawaiian Islands lent their beauty to such TV shows as Lost and more recently, the latest Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. It is circumstances like these that cause many of us to see these tropical islands as a sort of unobtainable exotic dream.They become a place that you often dream and talk about visiting, but never actually go. If you have experienced something like this, here are five reasons why you should finally take your Hawaiian dream trip.
In your mind, create a mental picture of Hawaii. Got it? I bet somewhere in that picture, there is a beautiful beach with white sands. This is not an imaginary beach, it is real! Hawaii is the number one destination for anyone who wants to spend time on the beach, soaking up the sun, or even someone who would rather spend time in the ocean, surfing some big waves. Some of the best beaches to check out are Ke’e and Hanalei Bay in Kauai, which is also the place to be for learning to surf.
Hawaii is the only state that is made up almost entirely of volcanoes. This makes it truly unique, and there are few other places that you can see such majestic volcanoes as Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Both of these volcanoes are located on the Big Island, and they alone would be enough to make any trip to Hawaii worth it.
It is not just volcanoes that make the Hawaiian Islands worth visiting, the entire island chain is made up of breathtaking scenery that can only be experienced in this state. There are many trails that you can take, either by foot or on bike, to better explore the islands. A visit to Volcanoes National Park will provide you with many of these trails. There are some parts of the islands that you simply cannot get to by foot, so you may want to look into taking a helicopter tour.
Hawaiian cuisine is too often overlooked. With so many immigrants, there is a little something from such diverse places as America, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Portugal. All of these cultures combine to create a cuisine that is so much more than just Spam – although make sure that you try some of those Spam-tastic dishes as well!
And Finally…Because you Owe it to Yourself!
What are dreams if they are not obtainable? The only person who can stop you from taking your dream trip is you. And do you really want to be the thing that is keeping you from your Hawaiian trip of a lifetime?
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Vincent Stokes is a Portland native and world traveler. He also is a freelance writer for Summit Pacific. If visiting the Kauai is a dream of yours, Summit Pacific’s Kauai vacation home rentals are a must. You can also connect with Vincent on G+ or twitter (@TravelingGlobal).