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The Hawaiian Islands have been subject to various travel restrictions for domestic and international travelers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as of March 25, 2022, all restrictions for domestic travelers have been removed, while international travelers must meet general, but fairly simple US requirements. If you’re looking for things to do on these beautiful islands, here are 10 off-the-beaten-path suggestions that go beyond the typical beaches and bars.
1. Hulihe’e Palace (Oahu)
Learn about Hawaii’s history with a tour of Hulihe’e Palace. This historic building was once a summer residence used by the Hawaiian monarchy. Of our time, it is a museum displaying various artifacts.
2. Visit Kahuku Farms (Oahu)
Try some of the diverse produce such as fresh fruit, delicious acai bowls and homemade pizzas offered at this family farm. Kahuku Farms Tour is a great way to benefit and support a local business as well as take a relaxing excursion.
3. Hike in Wai’anapanapa State Park (Maui)
If you’re looking to explore some of the beautiful scenery that makes up Maui, consider spending an afternoon at Wai’anapanapa State Park. This beautiful park is home to several hiking trails, as well as black sand beaches and lava tubes.
4. Discover the Mermaid Caves (Oahu)
These sea caves have long been considered a hidden gem on Oahu. Located along Zablan beach, it’s a great way to add a fun excursion to your vacation. To ensure you have the best time visiting the caves, visit them when the tide is low and they are most accessible. The areas around them can also be rocky, so water shoes are recommended.
5. Explore the Garden of the Gods (Lanai)
This beautiful rock garden is about 40 minutes from the town of Lanai and is a great place to experience a unique side to the Hawaiian Islands. Unlike the tropical landscape that makes up many popular places to visit, the garden of the gods features an otherworldly display of towers and rock formations.
6. Check Glass Beach (Kauai)
This beach is far from your average sandy or rocky shore. This small but unique beach is known for being dotted with sea glass. dazzling polished glass. Sadly, there isn’t as much sea glass as there used to be due to visitors bringing pieces home, but it’s still an interesting place to explore.
7. Visit the Lanai Cat Sanctuary (Lanai)
Here is a great option for all cat lovers! Lanai Cat Sanctuary began in 2004 as a rescue operation seeking to help Lanai’s street cats. Since then, the sanctuary has grown considerably and now offers hundreds of cats a place to live. If this heartwarming story isn’t big enough, you can also visit the sanctuary and all the cute cats that call it home. The sanctuary does not require an appointment to visit.
8. Visit Kazumura Cave (The Big Island)
This lava tube was discovered quite recently, but already has an interesting reputation: it is the longest known lava tube. Guided tours of the cave are offered, and are a great way to add a bit of adventure to your trip.
9. Explore Kaumana Caves (The Big Island)
Here’s another option if you’re interested in the various caves dotting the Hawaiian Islands. Head to Kaumana Caves State Park to explore part of a lava tunnel! Visitors will descend into the cave via a metal ladder and can look forward to discovering certain parts of the cave. It should be noted that parts of the cave are under private ownership, which limits the area open to the general public, but the visit is still a unique experience regardless. If you decide to visit the Kaumana Caves, be sure to bring a strong flashlight and sturdy shoes. Phone flashlights will generally not be bright enough to provide enough light beyond the entrance.
10. Nakalele Vent (Maui)
If you’re up for a short hike, consider heading to see Nakalele Blowhole. This amazing and fun natural feature is caused by water being forced through an underwater cave, creating a geyser-like display. The hike to reach the vent isn’t long – just over a mile round trip – but it is rocky and rugged in several places. If you decide to check out this memorable feature, you’ll probably want to wear sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.
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