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Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-kona 967403.5 out of 5.0
Located on the water next to Kona Pier, Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is ideally situated for …
Hilton Waikoloa Village
69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa 967384.0 out of 5.0
This 7-story Waikoloa beachfront hotel located on an island is adjacent to two golf courses and within a 5-minute drive of …
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa 967384.0 out of 5.0
Fronting a deep, half-mile stretch of beach on the sunny Kohala Coast, this family-friendly Waikoloa Beach resort is locate …
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona 967404.0 out of 5.0
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is located near an active volcano, snow capped mountains, and marine activities. Yo …
Kona Seaside Hotel
75-5646 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona 967402.0 out of 5.0
Glass-bottom boat tours, snorkeling excursions, and deep-sea fishing are all within reach of this hotel located in Kailua-Kon …
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
62 100 Kaunaoa Dr, Kamuela 967434.0 out of 5.0
Part of the 1,839-acre Mauna Kea Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is flanked by 2 …
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
71 Banyan Dr, Hilo 967203.5 out of 5.0
Featuring views of the ocean or quaint Hilo Town framed by the backdrop of Mauna Kea, this full-service Hilo hotel is close t …
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
1 N Kaniku Drive Kohala, Kamuela 967434.5 out of 5.0
This 32-acre oceanfront resort is set on the sunny Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. The resort features water sports, …
Royal Kona Resort
75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-kona 967403.0 out of 5.0
Royal Kona Resort is perched on the edge of Kailua Bay, just a 10-minute walk from the fishing village of Kailua-Kona. It’s 1 …
Hilo Seaside Hotel
126 Banyan Way, Hilo 967202.0 out of 5.0
Hilo Seaside Hotel is 4 miles from downtown Hilo and 1.5 miles from the airport; Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 26 miles away.
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Nature at its Most Incredible
One of Hawaii's most impressive sites is Kilauea Volcano, one of the world's most active volcanoes. It erupted in January 1983 and has been continuously flowing ever since. By January 2000, it had added 506 acres of land to Kilauea's southern shore. You might imagine that humans are prohibited in this volatile landscape, but actually it's possible to hike through the lush rainforest nearby and experience vents spewing steam, walk-through lava tubes, and newly created land.
Being situated in the Pacific Ocean has its perks. Humpback whales migrate from Alaskan feeding grounds every winter to holiday in the warm waters surrounding Hawaii. If you're lucky, you might see a frolicking whale leap out of the water during one of many whale-watching catamaran cruises. Equally, dolphins seem to love Hawaiian water, and glass bottom cruises are the ideal way to view these intelligent animals in their natural habitat.
The islands are also home to some of the biggest waves on earth. Waves at Jaws Beach on Maui can reach heights of 70 feet and move at 30 miles per hour. For this reason, it has become something of a mecca for experienced surfers the world over.
For people who like their sea slightly less choppy, Hawaii also has some of the world's most beautiful snorkelling spots. Molokini, for example, has the clearest water in Hawaii, with visibility often at 200 feet, and is teeming with vibrant aquatic life.
From the air, a helicopter ride along the Kohala Coast explores stunning sea cliffs opening into the majestic valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Much of Hawaii is not accessible by foot, but a helicopter ride offers an unparalleled vantage above untouched landscape.
The culture of the native Hawaiian people has been enjoying a proud rebirth. The best way to experience this cultural uprising is at a Polynesian Luau, where the history, music, and dance of Hawaii are celebrated by women in grass skirts, men with face paint, and crowds of fire dancers.
Of course, Hawaii had a major part to play in the Second World War, and the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour pays tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.
Be it on land, in the ocean, or from the air, the true power and beauty of nature reveals itself in Hawaii. But while its volcanoes bubble and its waves roar, the people of these islands are able to relax, smile, and enjoy the finer things in life. And when you visit, they'll encourage you to do the same.