The Ultimate Thrill-Seekers Guide to Hawaii

Beyond its beaches, Hawaii is a paradise for the adventurous looking for that next thrill.

Hawaii’s natural environment and rich culture make it the perfect place for epic adventures. Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or after-dark dive or you prefer to disconnect and take an inner journey instead, Hawaii offers exhilarating adventures for all ages, interests, and skill levels.

25 Ultimate Things to Do on Hawaiis Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii is a land of fire, ice, and wonder.

By far the largest Hawaiian Island in the archipelago, Hawaii Island, a.k.a. “the Big Island,” is known the world over for its active volcanoes, diverse flora and fauna, crystal clear water, and spectacular beaches. There are so many things to do on the Big Island that it’s hard to fit everything into a weeklong vacation. But if you have to choose a few, here are the must-do things when you visit the Big Island. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE BIG ISLAND?No matter what time of year you visit, Hawaii Island will be warm and inviting. Summer tends to be hotter and rainier with more placid seas, while winter blesses visitors with dry, cooler weather and occasional seasonal swells. Check out the latest COVID protocol and updates for travel to Hawaii’s Big Island here.

50 Ultimate Things to Do in Hawaii

From gorgeous beaches to traditional luaus to top-notch surfing, Hawai‘i offers terrific experiences that should be on every traveler’s list. Here’s what to do in Hawaii for a memorable trip.

Hawaii is one of those amazing places that sits at the top of most people’s travel lists, with daydreamers picturing stunning sunsets and sand in their toes. But it’s not all beaches and umbrella drinks here. The chain of islands is as diverse as it is beautiful, and the list of things to do in Hawaii is staggering. Hawaii’s eight primary islands—including Oahu, Hawaii Island (the Big Island), and Maui (there are dozens more atolls and islets in the chain)—have their own personalities and features, offering Hawaiian vacation activities for everyone from the beach bum to the foodie, from the surfer to the adventurer. So eat (here’s a list of the best restaurants in Hawaii), drink, and have fun, because once you arrive in Hawaii and have that lei around your neck, you’ll never want to leave! WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT HAWAII?There isn’t a bad time to visit Hawaii (year-round sunshine and mostly consistent weather), but the rainy season is November through March. December and January see a lot of visitors, so keep in mind when booking your winter getaway. April through September are recommended times to go. For up-to-date information on Hawaii’s Covid-19 protocols, check out the state of Hawaii’s travel info page.

11 Fascinating Historical Sites in Hawaii That Go Beyond Pearl Harbor

Discover some of Hawaii’s most important historical landmarks on your next island vacation.

The Hawaiian Islands conjure up images of white-sand beaches, tropical sunsets, and laid-back vibes—but it has so much more to offer. The Hawaiian Islands have a rich and troubled history that’s definitely worth exploring. It’s a history that stretches back to AD 400 with the arrival of the first Polynesian voyagers to the ruthless 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom to becoming part of the United States in 1959. As a visitor, one way to show respect to the Hawaiian people and their culture is to try and understand how past events have shaped the present; and to consider our own roles in this narrative. Check out these 11 historical sights next time you make it to the Aloha State.