Windsurfing Maui on a beautiful sunny day.

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing Lessons in Central Maui

Since Maui can offer some of the most exhilarating, yet challenging, conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing, those who want to pick up the sports can save themselves hours of frustration by taking lessons from a pro. Here are schools in the area, the packages they offer, and rental shops for gear.

Surf boards in red and white on a Maui beach in Hawaii.

Best Surf Spots in South Maui

It’s the southwest swells of summer that bring the best waves to South Maui, but large northwest winter swells can also wrap into select areas to provide the occasional out of season surf. Here’s where to go for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers.

This restored stone structure is a historic and spiritual window into Hawaiian culture and perseverance.

Sightseeing in Makaha, O‘ahu

Sightseeing in Makahu includes a little bit of history, both outdoor and underground adventure, and some truly beautiful views. A few sites are deeply sacred in nature, so keep that in mind while you’re exploring. Here’s where to go.

Aerial view of Lana‘i's coastline, past an airplane's landing gear.

Getting To and Around Lana‘i

Getting to Lana‘i requires a jump from neighboring Honolulu or Maui. Here’s how by air and sea, along with how to get around the island during your visit.

Cyclists ride up a gravel path in a pine forest.

Flathead Valley Cycling in Glacier National Park

Oodles of two-lane highways and paved country lanes make long loops around Flathead Lake or short farmland tours for roadies, and there are many single-track and dirt-road choices for mountain bikers. Here’s where to go for each, along with bike rental and repair shops in the area.

A surfer gets out in front of an enormous wave on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Surfing in Hale‘iwa and Turtle Bay

Dubbed the “Seven Mile Miracle,” O‘ahu’s North Shore has more high-quality surf breaks packed into the scenic coastline from Hale‘iwa to Turtle Bay than in any other place in the world. Here’s where to join surfers from around the world on these legendary waves.

A six-foot statue of Queen Lili‘uokalani located in downtown Honolulu.

The End of the Kingdom of Hawaii

Like the Hawaiian people themselves, the Kamehameha dynasty in the mid-1800s was dying from within. Learn about the decline of the Hawaiian royal line, its fall to an unpopular coup, and how the Hawaiian Islands came to be a part of the United States of America.

Sharks Cove, part of the Pupukea-Waimea Marine Life Conservation District.

Day Trip Ideas for O‘ahu’s North Shore

Surf, sun, and beaches—the rural North Shore is all about leaving behind the city and tapping into the laidback atmosphere. For both summer and winter, here are some great trip ideas for a day on O‘ahu’s North Shore.

A Blue Hawaiian Helicopter coming in for a landing.

Adventure Sports in Kohala

There is little in the way of organized recreation along the north coast of the Big Island, but what there is can be adrenaline-fueled excitement. Try an ATV or helicopter tour, or for a real wind-through-your-hair experience, a zipline adventure.