Thursday Thirteen #2

25 10 2007



13 Things You should do when visiting Hawaii.


1. Spend the day at the beach. I’ve met tons of tourists that come for vacation and didn’t spend a single day at the beach. Plan for a whole day at the beach. Nothing beats relaxing to the sound of the crashing waves, the feel of the warm sun on your skin, taking deep breaths of unpolluted ocean breeze, and watching girls/guys run around half naked.


2. Go snorkeling. You can do this on almost any island, but Kauai is known best for its off shore snorkeling on the South Side. You really don’t have to go out far and its simple. Within 100 feet of any beach in Hawaii there is a snorkel gear shop. It’s cheap to rent and its really relaxing too.


3. Try local restaurants. Please you can get your McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc back at home. You go to a new place try NEW foods. Yeah, it’s nice to eat out at the nice big restaurants here, but it’s no different than any other 4 or 5 star restaurant back at home. Eat some Lau Lau, Kalua Pork and Cabbage, Loco Moco, any fish here because it’s caught right here at home off the shores of the islands, Poke (Ahi or Tako).


4. Go to a Luau. Sure they can be over hyped, but its great entertainment. Practically every hotel in Hawaii offers a Luau and if they don’t then your hotel can refer you to any great Luau on the island. It also give you a great chance at doing #3, new foods.


5. Fish for your own shrimp. If you love shrimp you’ll love the North Shore of Oahu. There is a giant shrimp farm in which you can go pick your own shrimp, yes it’s alive still, and bring it over to the restaurant and have it cooked to your order. Now that is Fresh!

 6. Watch the sunset and/or rise. It is absolutely beautiful to watch that beautiful sun rise and set on the horizon. With the ocean and the sky it looks like time goes on forever and it’s just you in the world. Absolutely peaceful.

7. Go hiking through the trails and/or to a waterfall. You can do this on any island, but Kauai has the greatest trails and the most beautiful waterfalls. Kauai also has the waterfall where Jurassic Park was filmed on the East Side.

8. Swimming with the Sharks. On the North Shore of Oahu at Haleiwa Boat Harbor you can take a boat ride about 3 miles off the shore and jump into the clearest ocean and of course swim with the sharks. Granted, there is a cage protecting you and very qualified people to take you out. I’ve done and I loved it.

9. Mardi Gras of the Pacific. If you are here on Halloween then Maui is your island for partying. Take a drive to Lahaina and experience the party of the year.

10. Go ATVing in our backyard. Nothing beats some mud, the wilderness, and mean ATV between your legs. Kauai is the real country backyard of the Pacific. I took my boyfriend for his 22nd birthday and he loved it.

11. Feel the different energies of each island. If you are really in tune with yourself, enjoy meditating, yoga, and very spiritual each island holds it own energy. When you stand on the beaches barefoot and just focus on your surroundings you can feel the different energies of each island. It can be very a powerful feeling.

12. Look at the stars. Of all the places I’ve lived, out of Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, and Vegas, Hawaii is the only place that no matter where you are at at night you can see the stars as bright as day. It’s truly one of the most beautiful things here. At least that’s what I think.

13. Slow down. I know that sounds weird, but in Hawaii they have this weird saying “Hawaiian time.” It’s totally weird, but makes absolute sense. People here are very relaxed and kicked back. There’s no need to rush anything, just cruise. Toss the cell phone, forget about work, screw the people that are dragging you down. Just relax, don’t rush everything. Because it’s rushing that you forget to stop and take in the true beauty of Hawaii.





3 responses

26 10 2007

The winter weather has finally taken over here…so I would love to be in Hawaii right now. Hawaii sounds absolutely amazing. I’ve always wanted to visit and I definitely hope to be able to one day! And when I am there, I’ll try to tackle all of the items on your list 😉

26 10 2007
Susan Helene Gottfried

Whoa. What a cool list. Fish for your own shrimp? I’m SO there! Not so much the swimming — I’m not a swimmer — but I’d definitely like to hike around the wild areas of the islands. I’ve read quite a bit about the lush vegetation; I’d like to see it up-close.

Happy TT — a day late, but who cares? It’s all about the visiting!

26 10 2007

I went to Hawaii with my family many, many years ago & out of your list I did #s 1 thru 4, 6,7,12 & 13 so I guess I kinda did it right! =) If I ever make it back I’ll have to try the rest of those.

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