Richi Reynolds has invited us to visit Hawaii with her. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Answer: We traveled to Hawaii last summer. The trip was a graduation trip for my son who graduated from high school. We chose to limit the trip to two islands: Maui and the Big Island
Question: Did you do any research online about Hawaii and what where your challenges? What information was hard to find?
Answer: I did a lot of research and since I had been to Maui before, I had somewhere to start. On our first trip to Maui we had stayed at the Hyatt Regency Maui and loved it, so we decided to stay there again. Luckily, I got the idea to ask the conceirge to help me plan our trip. She was wonderful! She made reservations, recommendations and helped us get the most out of our time in Hawaii.
Question: What places did you visit in Hawaii?
We visited Maui and the Big Island. On Maui, we took the road to Hana, which is a twisty 42 mile road full of 54 bridges and 600 hairpin turns through some amazing natural scenery. On the Big Island we traveled to Volcanoes National Park to see the active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa.
Question What was a highlight on your trip?
There were lots of highlights, but two of my favorites were the authentic luau at the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui and night snorkeling with manta rays off the coast of the Big Island.
Question: What was a disappointment? The biggest disappointment was that we had to leave! Travelers to Hawaii should be aware that prices are high. We knew that, but a first timer might be shocked.
Question: How would you describe the food in Hawaii? The food in Hawaii can be as heart healthy or as artery clogging as you like. It just depends on the choices you make. If you stick to the fresh fruit and seafood, both of which are abundant and absolutely delicious, Hawaii can be one of the healthiest places to eat. But, if you eat some of the local favorites, such as the loco moco, which involves white rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and brown gravy and may also include chili, bacon, ham, Spam or kalua pork, you can pack on pounds pretty quickly. The shave ice in Hawaii is wonderful and should not be missed!
Question: Name 5 places in Hawaii that you would recommend visitors to Hawaii should see. 1) Hana 2) Volcanoes National Park 3) Snorkeling with Manta Rays off the coast of Kona on the Big Island 4) Sunrise or sunset from the top of Haleakala on Maui 5) Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina, Maui
Question: Any advice to future visitors to Hawaii? There is so much to do in Hawaii, it is easy to rush. Slow down, if you can and take time to enjoy the beauty of Hawaii. Do not try to visit too many islands in one trip or you will find yourself sitting in airports the entire time. .
Steam rising from the steam vents in Volcanoes National Park.
Rainbow eucalyptus trees on the road to Hana.
Old Lahaina Luau
Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina, Maui. This is all ONE tree.
Shave ice in Maui.
Coastline on Hawaii’s Big Island as we were leaving Volcanoes National Park.
That is up to you! This part of the blog is 100% dedicated to you and you decide where we will go and what we will see. If you have any ideas or want to be a guest blogger please let me know in the comments section or send me an e-mail.by