Considering a trip to Hawaii and questioning the timing, particularly after the devastating wildfires in Maui this August? State tourism officials are eager to convey that travel to the Aloha State is not only welcomed but encouraged “now more than ever.”
Your visit contributes to supporting local businesses and workers who depend on tourism for their livelihoods. Throughout the islands, embrace Hawaii’s warm and caring aloha spirit and show compassion as you explore.
In West Maui, all areas, excluding Lahaina, which bore the brunt of the damage, have started to reopen. Explore premier resort spots like Kapalua with its scenic bays and beautiful beaches. Indulge in the vibrant offerings of restaurants, boutiques, and golf courses. Kaanapali Beach, known for its daily cliff diving ceremony at sunset, and Napili Bay, offering some of Maui’s best snorkeling, are must-visit destinations.
Venture into East Maui, where Haleakala National Park boasts breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Hiking trails lead through a diverse landscape, from Mars-like red deserts to lush waterfalls and streams. The Hana Highway, a narrow 65-mile route along the eastern coast, is a scenic drive passing through tropical rainforests and offering stunning ocean views. In South Maui, Wailea boasts five crescent-shaped beaches, outstanding golf courses, and luxury resorts. It’s an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, and whale watching.
Beyond Maui, each of Hawaii’s other islands has its own charm.
Oahu, home to the state capital, Honolulu, features world-renowned beaches and historic sites. While Waikiki Beach is iconic, numerous spots offer sun-soaked sands, surf, and romantic sunsets. Explore historic sites tied to Hawaii’s royal past, such as the 19th-century Iolani Palace and the memorials at Pearl Harbor.
The Big Island, the largest in the chain, hosts Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with two active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Opt for hiking trails or the scenic Crater Rim Drive around Kilauea’s summit. The Punaluu Black Sand Beach, a result of volcanic activity, stands out, as does the Kona District, rich in history, coffee farms, and vibrant nightlife.
Kauai, the oldest Hawaiian Island, earns its moniker as the Garden Island with lush valleys, mountains, and cliffs. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy activities like kayaking on the Wailua River, snorkeling at Poipu Beach, and hiking in Kokee State Park. Explore Waimea Canyon, often referred to as “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”