Mokule‘ia Beach Park is a quiet, uncrowded beach across from the Dillingham Airfield.

Beaches in Hale‘iwa, Oahu

All four of the beaches in Hale‘iwa are beach parks, which means parking (sometimes gated), facilities like restrooms, and usually grassy public areas with picnic tables and the like. Here are the amenities for each park along with which beaches are best for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities.

Cattle graze in upcountry Maui at PoliPoli State Recreation Area.

Hiking Maui: Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

Polipoli is an out-of-the-way, rarely visited destination offering some of the best hiking on Maui. Trails vary from short out-and-back hikes, to long moderate loops and more strenuous hikes, and altitudes vary from trail to trail as well. Use this summary of the area and map to plan your best hike.

Landscape grass and a flat beach at Hapuna beach park on the Big Island.

Planning Your Time in Kohala

The main reason to plan your time in Kohala is so that you remember to leave that perfect beach you’ve been lounging on. Don’t miss out on the great trails, scenic drives, and many other fun activities that could fill your days—lunch plates and kayaking, anyone?

Turtles on Puako Beach.

Best Beaches of South Kohala, Hawai‘i (Resort Area)

South Kohala on the Big Island is home to many great beaches, making it easy to find the perfect one a dip in the ocean or to make it a classic beach day, or even for a bit more oceanside activity before stretching out on the sand. Whatever you’re looking for in your beach day, one (or more!) of these beaches will be the perfect fit.

A mural of a train station at the Laupahoehoe Train Museum on the Big Island.

Sights on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai‘i

Sightseeing on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island is a nice mix with a few places to simply relax and enjoy the island, a bit of history and culture, the usual beach activities, and a few surprises like zip lining above beautiful gardens (that you can also explore on foot).