A green anole perches on a red Ti leaf.

The Effect of Introduced Species in Hawaii

Before settlement, Hawaii had no fruits, vegetables, coconut palms, edible land animals, conifers, mangroves, or banyans. Learn how introduced species have thrived, at times for better and other times for worse.

Lei-covered statue of Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki.

Hawaiian History: The Story of the Waikiki Beachboys

f there’s something about Waikiki that sets it apart from other tropical sea destinations, it’s the Waikiki beachboys. Hailing back a century, the Waikiki beachboy culture has evolved with the changing face of tourism in Hawaii, but the gentlemen in the red shorts still practice the same core values of sharing the sports of surfing, outrigger canoe riding, and aloha with visitors.

Shoreline fishing at Ka‘ena Point.

North Shore O‘ahu Fishing Spots

During the summer, spearfishing is common along the North Shore, while shoreline fishing tends to be a year-round activity. With deep water offshore and strong currents from the northwest, the North Shore is great for sportfishing, and has several charters available for part, half, or full-day trips.

The Kohala Coast from a stand-up paddleboard.

Water Sports in Kohala on the Big Island

Activity fees and rentals for water sports in Kohala tend to be higher when purchased through hotels; you’d be better off to go directly to the source to get a better price. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about locales and outfitters to plan a day in the water.

A Swainson's Toucan poses for a picture at the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo.

Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo in Greater Hilo

Not many travelers can visit a zoo in such a unique setting, where the animals virtually live in paradise. The Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo is small, delightful, and home to both endemic and introduced species. A visit will take a full day; here’s helpful trip planning information and tips.

Aerial view of Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui.

Tips for Visiting Molokini Crater

A visit to Molokini Crater can be the best underwater experience you have in Maui… but if you’re not prepared, it could be disappointing, too. If you’re planning a trip to Molokini, here are the most important facts to keep in mind.

A paddleboarder sets off from Lahaina.

Stand-Up Paddling in West Maui

Stand-up paddling in West Maui ranges from perfectly laid-back to vastly more challenging, depending on the area. Either way, there’s plenty of opportunity to get in the water, and there are a decent number of rental shops for gear and a few schools for lessons and guided excursions.