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Vacationing in Paradise

Published: October 02, 2018

The range of scenery and mild temperatures found in the tropical paradise of Hawaii make for the ideal vacation location within the United States. On the islands, visitors are privy to seeing everything from stunning beaches along the ocean to mountains, volcanoes and an abundance of exotic vegetation. In the summer temperatures hover around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter months, the temperatures drop an average of seven degrees. The state's culture and history are also aspects of the islands that guests adore.

 

Culture and History

Pearl Harbor-The harbor has a number of historic sites that tell the tragic tale that took place here more than 70 years ago. Visit the memorials of the USS Arizona, the USS Oklahoma and the Missouri Battleship. Tour the USS Bowfin Submarine and museum. Guests may also walk through the hangar and witness the damage in the Pacific Aviation Museum.

 

Iolani Palace-From 1882 to 1893, the royal palace on Oahu was the residence of King Kalakaua and his sister and Queen Liliuokalani. Today, the palace, which is located in downtown Honolulu, welcomes guests to the facility for guided and self-guided tours. The visit provides the chance to learn more about the state's royal history and see their prized possessions. Make a trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center and try your hand at paddling an outrigger canoe. Attend a luau and see the fire dancing. 

Bishop Museum-The museum is the largest of its kind in the state and remains dedicated to preserving and studying the history of Pacific cultures. The facility houses millions of artifacts, documents and photographs that depict the culture of the people. A planetarium enables guests to learn how ancient mariners navigated the ocean by using the stars.

 

Kiohhana Estate-Guests have the chance to learn more about the sugar cane industry on the islands by visiting the Kilohana Estate on Kauai. Touring the 16,000 square-foot mansion provides a glimpse of what life was like during the 1930s. The 35-acre site now has a restaurant, a rum company and other shops in addition to an old plantation village and tropical gardens. 

Lapakahi State Historical Park-The 262-acre park is found north of the Kohala Coast. The destination provides the chance to see a traditional 600-year old fishing village. Local once lived here in thatched huts and used stone walls made from lava for fortification. 

Nature Enthusiasts

Maui Ocean Center-the facility has more than 60 indoor and outdoor exhibits that care for marine life found in the waters around the islands. The 750,000 Open Ocean tank boasts a 54-foot transparent tunnel that enables guests to walk through while gazing in awe at the array of sharks, stingrays, turtles and colorful tropical fish. The center also has the largest collection of corals. The facility also has a mammal discovery center, the turtle lagoon and the chance to dive with sharks. 

Whale Watching-Every winter, the humpback whales arrive to breed and care for their young. The massive creatures are visible from any one of the islands. Water-based tours are also available.

 

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo-The destination is renowned for being the only tropical zoo in the states. The facility houses animals native to the rainforests and a number of endangered species. More than 80 animal species live here including white Bengal tigers, lemurs, spider monkeys and the nene geese. The park is also landscaped to resemble a botanical garden paradise filled with bamboos, orchids, palm trees and a water garden.

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park-The 333,000-acre park is home to the Kilauea and Maunaloa volcanoes. A trip here offers the chance to trek along some of the 150 miles of trails that venture through scalded desert terrain, volcanic craters and rainforests. Walk through the lava tubes and witness ancient petroglyphs. Tour the museum and learn more about the unique location.

 

Diamond Head-Each year, more than one million visitors accept the challenge of hiking to the summit of the famous heritage site. The visitor's center provides the chance to learn how the military once used the location during wartime. After reaching the peak, guests are rewarded with panoramic views over Oahu.

 

Scuba Diving or Snorkeling-Molokini is a marine preserve that remains the favorite location for anyone desiring to explore the underwater world. The water is clearer here compared to anywhere else on the islands. Visibility ranges from 80 to 200 feet. The preserve is home to an abundance of tropical fish, corals and other marine life. Getting to the destination requires a short boat trip from Maui.

Sentinel Limo can start your trip to Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines is coming to Logan Airport in Boston. If you're planning a trip to Hawaii, be sure to call Sentinel Limo, and we can drive you to the airport and back plus we can arrange any transportation you might need while visiting Hawaii.