The Alakoko Fishpond tells the story of Hawaiian history and myths.

Sightseeing in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i

While Lihu‘e certainly has some amazing sights to see, such as a beautifully preserved plantation and truly inspiring museum architecture, the stories behind the sights make them worth the time to fully experience.

Koloa offers shoppers many boutiques, galleries, souvenir shops, and clothing stores.

Shopping in Koloa, Kaua‘i

Shopping in Koloa on the south side of Kaua‘i is contained to several areas where many boutiques, galleries, souvenir shops, and clothing stores are clustered together. Many offer local goods, giving you a chance to support the island and sometimes get a sneak-peek into how things are made.

Take a kayak up the Wailua River in Kaua'i.

Spend a Day Exploring East Side Kaua‘i

To experience the best of the best on the east side, begin early, be ready for a busy day, and since the best beaches are found on other parts of the island, go with activities rather than lounging on the sand. Begin in Kapa‘a, then work your way toward Lihu‘e.

Everyone should experience a Haleakala sunrise at least once in their lifetime.

Visiting Haleakala National Park on Maui

Hale-a-ka-la: House of the Sun. Few places are more aptly named in the Hawaiian language than this 10,023-foot volcano. The biggest question surrounding Haleakala is not if you should visit, but when: both sunrise and sunset offer truly breathtaking views.

A beautiful beach in Po'ipu, Kaua'i.

Shopping in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i

Shopping in Po‘ipu on Kaua‘i’s south side is weighted towards arts and crafts of all kinds from home decor to furniture to jewelry. Amongst all the galleries and boutiques you’ll find a few clothing stores that meet island apparel needs.

Carlsmith Beach Park is a favorite spot with locals.

Hilo’s Best Beaches, Hawaii’s Big Island

If you define a beach as a long expanse of white sand covered by a thousand sunbathers and their beach umbrellas, then Hilo doesn’t have any. Hilo’s beaches are small patches of sand between lava fingers—perfect for keeping crowds away, for intimate gatherings, and family picnics.