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My Favorite Thing To Do On Each Hawaiian Island

I’ve spent the majority of my Hawaii vacations on the island of Maui, and it is my favorite of all the islands. But I have been lucky enough to visit each of the islands, most for several days and one for just a day. So I thought I would share with you my personal favorite thing to do on each Hawaiian Island.

My first visit to Hawaii, 1977. I was seventeen.

The Island of Lanai

Sailing around Lanai with my son

With only two hotels on this island, known as the Pineapple Isle, you might consider a day trip from Maui. It’s a great way to visit this tiny island, where Hulopoe Beach is my favorite thing. The marine preserve at this beach is home to tide pools, turtles and wonderful marine life. The golden sand beach is beautiful and it’s a perfect snorkel spot.

The Island of Kauai

Na Pali Coast Kauai

The oldest and lushest of all the islands, beautiful and green Kauai is known as the Garden Isle. There are many amazing things to see and do on this beautiful island, but my favorite is Na Pali Coast Wilderness. There are several hikes to get into this beautiful but very remote area. However, don’t attempt hiking here unless you are an experienced hiker.

The Island of Hawaii

Manta ray night swim on the Big Island

The Big Island is the youngest of the inhabited island and is an amazing sight with the recent lava flows and stark and barren landscape. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is amazing, but my favorite thing to do on the Big Island is to do a night swim with the manta rays in Kona. Swimming with the manta rays is one of the most amazing things I have ever done.

The Island of Oahu

Koko Head Crater Hike Oahu

The most populous of the islands, nicknamed The Gathering Place, Oahu is home to the state capital of Honolulu. This is the first island I visited back in 1977 and I fell in love with Hawaii. There are so many things to do on this island, but it is also very crowded with tourists. Shopping and dining are popular and of course going to the beach and snorkeling. I loved the quieter and more laid back North shore. But my favorite thing I have ever done on this island is hike up the Koko Head stairs. This “hike” is a scramble up a very steep, uneven, ancient railroad track. It’s 1048 stairs up. It is hard but it’s still my favorite thing to do on Oahu.

The Island of Molokai

Mule ride Molokai

The Friendly Isle is very much that. This island feels the most like what I imagine Hawaii was sixty or so years ago. There is lots to do on The Friendly Isle, but my favorite thing, unfortunately is currently closed. Taking a mule ride down to the Kalaupapa Leper Colony is an amazing experience. The history is fascinating and the beauty is sublime. I hope this attraction can reopen. You can get to the colony by flying, but the mule ride is just so awesome. While on Molokai be sure to visit Kamoi Snack-n-Go ice cream shop! It’s owned by my dear friend Kimberly and you will love the ice cream!

The Island of Maui

Maui – heaven on earth

Maui no ka oi. The Valley Isle. My favorite island and one of my favorite places in the world. I love Maui. I just tried to count how many times I have visited Maui and I think it’s about 8…but maybe 10. Anyway in all those visits we have done pretty much every attraction and seen every destination there is. I have a favorite beach (Keawakapu), a favorite restaurant (Mama’s Fish House), a favorite place to run (Wailea Beach), a favorite hike (La Perouse), a favorite farmers market (Upcountry), a favorite snorkel spot (Blackrock Kaanapali) and a favorite public golf course (Maui Nui). I even have a favorite yoga studio (Maui Yoga Path).

But what is my most favorite thing to do on the beautiful Valley Isle? Absolutely Nothing. I love to sit with my morning coffee or my afternoon gin and listen to the waves and breath the clean fresh air and count my blessings.

Lucky girl that I am.

My favorite thing to do on each Hawaiian Island. Fabulous Hawaii. Aloha.

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  • Reply Nancy Rimel

    Where are you staying on Maui? I am looking for 1/1 with kitchen and on the beach with view. Any recommendations?

    November 6, 2020 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Michael Söhlke

    Time to be at least a bit jealous… – enjoy every minute while the US still experiences political limbo in its presidential race.
    By the way: one of my favourite lifetime moments was the Manta snorkellig, too. It‘s so overwhelming, elegant, graceful, heavenly…
    I think, I have to go there agsin… – so please, Corona, get lost….!

    November 6, 2020 at 9:08 am
    • Reply Laureen

      We are still stressed over both pandemic and election s but better stressed in paradise than rainy Washington!

      November 6, 2020 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Bree

    Oh my I want to be sitting with you and a gin in hand. Hopefully one day we can visit this magical place too…

    November 6, 2020 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Sinjana

    Hawaiian island are so beautiful. I love the idea of doing nothing in Maui

    November 6, 2020 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Nancy Hann

    I’ve had a chance to go to Oahu and Maui. Loved them both. I’d love to get to the Big Island and even the others too. Thanks for sharing your favorites.

    November 7, 2020 at 4:39 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Thanks for reading!!

      November 8, 2020 at 9:00 am

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