Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Virtual Vacation: Hawaii

My favorite itineraries to put together for clients are ones for Hawaii. I have never been personally, but its a place I hope to travel to someday. So this week let’s go to Hawaii! 

There are eight major islands of Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai, Kahoolawe and Niihau, with six being open to tourists. For this vacation we are going to virtually island hop around. 

Let’s start our day with a virtual sunrise from Malaekahana Beach on Oahu.

Almost everyone of our client’s who goes to Hawaii wants to visit Pearl Harbor located on Oahu. We often recommend going on your first your day there. Most people who travel to Hawaii will be up early on their first morning as your body is adjusting to the time change and it is a very popular tourist destination, so a good one to visit early in the day. The museum is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 so they have launched  “Pearl Harbor at Home”, an online on-demand digital resource offering historical and educational experiences that can be enjoyed from home. 

From November to May, whale watching is another popular tourist activity when the Humpback Whales migrate from Alaska.  Check-out this close encounter during a whale watch tour in Maui. The peak season for whale watching is January to March.

The Iolani Palace is the last seat of Hawaiian royalty and site of Queen Lilioukalani’s imprisonment after the overthrow of the monarchy. This 360-degree online tour allows you to virtually walk the ornate hallways, scale the Koa staircase and visit the queen’s chambers. 

Let’s next visit the Big Island’s most iconic waterfalls, Akaka and Rainbow, as well as a couple other popular spots. 

Many visitors' to Hawaii enjoy tours that include the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park also located on the Big IslandGoogle Arts and Culture does a great virtual tour of the park. 

Speaking of Volcanoes, Diamond Head is one of the most famous landmarks on Oahu. It was once an active volcano, but hasn’t spewed any ashes for more the 150,000 years. The extinct crater and lookout point at the peak of it is a popular hiking destination for many. Check out this video of the area. 

Ready for some action during your virtual trip? Check out this 360 degree Paddleboarding video. You will feel like you are right there on the board along the coastline of Oahu. 

After paddleboarding how about we relax on the beach with some Hawaiian Beach Music along with the sights and sounds of the ocean?

What would go good with this scene is a Mai Tai, the quintessential drink of the Islands. Enjoy this drink recipe provided by Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Mai Tai- Mix ingredients

  • 1 ¼ oz. light rum
  • ½ oz. orgeat syrup
  • ½ oz. orange Curacao
  • 2 oz. lemon Juice
  • 2 oz. pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. dark rum float

And what’s more iconic about a trip to Hawaii than a luau? Let’s end our day with a performance by some Hula Dancers

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