Hawaiian Travel Platter – The Urban Delights
If you ask me about the places to visit for adventure, for rejuvenation, and for assimilating nature, I would pick 'one' multi-locale destination - Hawaii. Lush green forests, mesmerizing sand beaches, snow-capped hills, volcanoes, deserts, and amazing fauna & flora, the floral, vibrant culture, Hawaii definitely offer life size experience. It's all worth a long vacation and many revisits.
The Hawaii State
Hawaii or the Aloha State, aptly nicknamed Paradise is a US state. A chain of more than 120 islands, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and The Big Island (Hawaii) are the 6 prime Islands.
Known mainly for its 'natural' seduction, Hawaii offers lesser-known city tourism as well. Here, I am attempting to bring out some key promising things to do in the cities of the Hawaiian Islands - mainly Oahu, Maui, and some in The Big Island. So, we are exploring beyond the very stimulating greenery, glowing volcanoes, coffee plantations, reefs, and enchanting beaches.
The Big Island: As you de-board at the Kona International Airport (KOA), Keyhole, Hawaii, get geared up for a splendid journey. I can assure you that you will be back to the airport with a longing to be able to spend some more time on the magical islands of Hawaii. This archipelago does this kind of thing to you. When in Kona, do visit the Kona Brewing Company, the biggest seller of craft beer in the State of Hawaii. Some 53 miles and 2.5 hours drive to the East from Kona, is Hilo. You can get a deeper glimpse of the fun culture of Hawaii. Those kinky flowery accessorizing thrills you like anything.
Oahu: For the indulgent souls, Waikiki city forms a perfect place to jazz up the spirits. Rum Fire or Duke’s Canoe Club in Sheraton Waikiki is a hit among the tourists owing to the live music and drinks the place offers. Hit the Royal Hawaiian Centre for sumptuous food. Splurge on shopping and spoil yourself a little at the Waikki Beach Walk.
If you are a connoisseur of art, then the Honolulu Museum of Art is the place to be. You can also visit Chinatown near Downtown Honolulu. Chinatown features historic buildings alongside urban lofts.
Maui: If watching performing arts is your idea of sheer entertainment, then Maui Theatre in Lahaina can serve you the best. Here, Ulalena –a widely acknowledged and award winning stage performance of the Hawaiian people, promises an interesting watch. As you stroll further, you will find yourself amidst shopping areas, beachfront restaurants in the Whalers Village.
To sum up, Hawaii caters to all tastes and preferences. This destination commands a visit.
-By Bhumika Gupta, Writer TSS & Rakhi Sinha, Founder & Director, TSS