HAWAII: The Islands of Aloha

Here at AurTravel, we love a good beach, warm weather, and breathtaking sights, and Hawaii is in no short supply. We did some research on a few of the most popular islands that make up Hawaii and we really think you’ll enjoy what we’ve found!

Kauai, sometimes referred to as “The Garden Island”, is filled with so many lush forests and scenic beaches. One of the most unique ways to get a good interior tour of the island is by mountain tubing. This series of canals and tunnels were originally dug out over a century ago by workers at a sugar plantation to help irrigate their fields, but after it closed down they were put to much more entertaining use. Just make sure you bring some sunscreen and water proof shoes and you can ride the gentle stream and catch some of the best views.

Oahu is probably the best island if you want to get a diversity of modern and traditional island life. If learning to surf is on your bucket list, you’ll definitely want to check out Waikiki Beach. This particular beach has been a surfing hot spot since the early 1900s when it was used by Hawaiian royalty. The calm waters of Waikiki make it the perfect spot to try out if you’re just starting to learn to surf. If you’re a more experienced surfer or you’re just interested in watching the sport, the North Shore is the place to be. If you find yourself visiting Hawaii in the winter, you won’t want to miss The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (which is basically the Super Bowl of surfing).

Maui has been voted the “Best Island in the U.S.” for the last 20 years and there are so many reasons why. One truly unique Hawaiian experience would be Upcountry Maui. Nestled up in the mountains, it is home to the paniolo, which means “Hawaiian cowboys”. You’ll definitely want to schedule a farm tour and don’t forget to ask the locals where to find the best Maui-made wines and spirits. You’ll definitely want to take a day trip over to Haleakala National Park to take a hike up the dormant volcano. In Hawaiian, Haleakala means “house of the sun” so you’ll definitely want to plan your trip around either sunrise or sunset to get some of the most spectacular views.

The Big Island of Hawaii is almost twice as big as all of the other islands so there is no shortage of sights to see and places to explore. Certainly added to my bucket list are the black sand beaches of Punaluu Beach. It’s not the ideal beach for swimming but it’s a great place to see (but not touch) Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. If you’re planning to visit during the winter or spring months, you’ll definitely want to book a whale watching cruise. Whales, or kohola, have a huge cultural significance to native Hawaiians and are treated with the upmost respect.

You can’t go wrong with any island in Hawaii, so if you’re having a hard time choosing which one, give us a call at AurTravel at 402.891.6909 and we’ll get started planning your Hawaiian adventure.

Rebekah Swerczek, AurTravelRebekah Swerczek
Growing up in a small Texas town, Rebekah always had the desire to travel and discover as much of the world as possible. After high school, she took her chance. Rebekah joined a performing arts group based out of southern California called The Young Americans. She had the opportunity to perform, teach, and mentor young kids all around the world. With this group Rebekah was able to travel to 11 different countries. She also met her husband while performing with this group and eventually they settled down in Nebraska, but they still love to travel together any chance they get. So far their favorite places are Riviera Maya, Mexico and Northern Michigan, but they still have a few big ticket bucket list items they’d like to mark off their list including: New Zealand, Hawaii, and Scotland. Rebekah is also a huge animal lover and an avid Harry Potter fan.

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