Large hotels and condominiums are absent in the lush jungle area of Kilauea. Accommodations here are limited to vacation rentals and small cottages, which is a good thing in hopes of maintaining the country feel.
Beaches in the Big Island’s Captain Cook area are all excellent for various water sports, including rental kayaking, and two have great amenities for a full day at the beach with a packed picnic lunch.
Kaua‘i’s north shore has a beach that will make your day: surfers revel in the world-class waves during the winter months, snorkelers enjoy pristine reefs during the summer, beachcombers can easily find shells and driftwood, and sunbathers will love the white sand and myriad nooks and crannies along the coast to find their own slice of paradise.
If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, no trip to Maui is complete without tackling at least one of Haleakala’s trails. With that thought in mind, here’s a rundown of the most popular hikes, listed from shortest to longest.