Hawaii

Hawaii is a destination that blends many cultures into a beautiful tropical adventure. While Hawaii stands as the last state to join the union, it's the first vacation location on everyone's list. Each island comes with its own exotic highlight.

Generations of immigrants from the Americas, Asia and the South Pacific brought from their homelands culture that slowly over the years adapted into Hawaii traditions. Did you know the flower lei you receive upon arrival to the islands is actually a custom of celebration that can range from birth, to graduation, to anniversaries. Plus they have certain flowers to match each occasion. Culture is very important to the residents of the 50th State and one of the main reasons for the popularity of the islands.

These islands are also rich in history. You can bike, hike and/or ride horseback your way to these sites. You can see petroglyphs, taro terraces, temples (heiau) and tributes to the different monarchs of the islands. 

Each island reflects not only different cultures and history, but different landscape and ways of Hawaiian life. Here you can have the choice of gardens, to beach, to lava, to mountains, to snow skiing. Yes, they ski in the islands.

Change of Scene agents have all taken the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau's Ke Kula O Hawaii (The School of Hawaii) classes and have earned the Akamai Level. We are true specialists. Combined with first hand knowledge of the islands, our specialists are your best route to planning a Hawaiian vacation. We can assist you with a cruise, to guided tours, to an all inclusive beach resort to the whole vacation package. Our specialists want you to have the best Hawaiian vacation. We are always here to answer your questions.

The Big Island of Hawaii

The most diverse island of all, with many different landscapes to choose from within a short drive. We start our tour on the East side of the island, in the main city of Hilo. This side is rich in picturesque tropical gardens and foliage. You can walk to Akaka Falls, a beautiful waterfall within a tropical rain forest or hike to the Puako Petroglyphs just north of Hilo.

Traveling south you can find the Mauna Lao macadamia nut factory, beautiful black sand beaches, and the world's only active volcano, Kilauea.

This leads to the West coast where the sun shines so regularly that some hotels can offer guarantees against rain. This area is also known for the excellent Kona coffee. The main resorts are located on this side of the island. For those people who miss their snow skiing in the winter there is the Mauna Kea at 13,796 ft. On the other side is the famous Parker Ranch, which is the largest working cattle ranch in the United States at about 225,000 acres. So from snow skiing to tropical rain forest this island has everything for everyone.

Kauai

The picturesque tropical gardens of this island have to people nicknaming this the Garden Island. Take a helicopter tour around the shores of the island to view the spectacular waterfalls into the ocean. Most notable tourist spot on this island is the Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. This area was made popular over the recent years with the filming of the Jurassic Park movie. Kauai also has extensive beaches, one of which is the well-known Lumahai Beach. Hotels on this island must limit their heights to no higher than a coconut treeâ??40 feet, so many of the resorts are low rises, spread out over tropical grounds. This is truly a fantasy island paradise.

Lanai

This island was formed by a single shield volcano, which became home to the world's largest working pineapple plantation. When the industry started to decline due to international competition, the corporation Castle & Cooke, Inc. who owned 98% of the island, decided to turn the island into a very special resort. They developed it into a private island retreat to the upscale market and built two excellent resorts on the island, the Lodge at Koele and the Manele Bay Hotel. Otherwise the island is truly undeveloped natural foliage.

Maui

Maui stands as the second largest Hawaiian island and only trails Oahu in popularity as a destination. Many stay in the main tourist resort area, which is on the southwest area of the island, a region that spans from the western shores of Kapalua to the south beach area of Makena. There you can find a diverse choice of accommodations ranging from condos, to homes, to resorts. You can stay at excellent oceanfront condos at the Aston Mahana or the tropical Maui Prince or visit the magnificent Grande Wailea for an unforgettable stay.

On Maui, you can hike to the Haleakala Crater to reach a special view of the sunrise or take a day long drive along the famous Hana Highway visiting the Seven Sacred Pools hewn out of solid rock by fresh water that streams into the ocean or the Iao Valley State Park another sacred area where the Iao Needle (a basalt pillar almost 1200 feet high) rises from the valley. Almost everything on Maui is easily accessible by the most scenic roadways of Hawaii.

Molokai

Often called the Friendly Isle, Molokai is a true native island where the majority of the residents boast Hawaiian ancestry. With the ready smiles and helpfulness to visitors, you will made to feel at home on this rural island. This is also the least developed of the major Hawaiian islands. The island has no supermarkets, no buildings over three stories and no traffic signs. On the Ala Malama (Main Street) of Kaunakakai, you may even see a horse tied by one of the stores. Kaunakakai is an authentic one street town where folks take pride is in their native culture, not neon signs. Famous author James Michener focused on the history of this islands leper colony in his epic novel Hawaii. This colony now exists as a National Historical Park and remains a refuge for former patients who were stricken with Hansen's disease.

Oahu

Oahu is the most modern of the Hawaiian Islands, and gives a great spot to spend a couple days enjoying the Hawaiian city life. The Waikiki Beach area offers towering resorts either on or within walking distance of the beach. This locale is the most visited of all the islands. Here you can view the historical sites of Pearl Harbor and the agriculture of the Dole Pineapple plantations. Here, you can dip into the Hawaiian culture at the famous Polynesian Cultural Center, participate in a traditional luau, or wonder through the seven authentic island villages. We cannot forget Hawaii's most famous landmark, Diamond Head. At this extinct volcanic crater, you can hike up 0.7 miles to the summit for a panorama view of the Honolulu area.

 
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