How about Hawaii for the holidays? Warm sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, tropical warm weather? Snow is wonderful and makes for a beautiful winter wonderland, but warm weather and the pacific ocean just be what you need, especially if you live in the cold.
The Big Island of Hawaii did recently have quite the dropping of snow on Mauna Kea. Locals got their boogie boards, or snow boards if they have them and headed up to the Mauna Kea slope to enjoy the fresh powder. Surfing during sunrise and enjoying snow in the afternoon! So if you really need a little winter, the Big Island of Hawaii is producing it this year.
The Hawaiian Islands consist of eight islands. One of islands, Ni’ihau, is privately owned and considered the “forbidden island”, as no one is allowed to visit the island. Of the other seven islands, 4 of the islands contain the majority of the population of the Islands in totality, and are the most visited.
Big Island– the actual Island named Hawaii, is the largest of the Hawaiian Island. Mauna Kea, it’s highest mountain range at 13,796 feet, was the mountain that received snow this season. The Big Island is home to Kilauea, the still very active volcano. The Big Island is diverse in it’s landscape offering sunny beaches on the west side of the island, green hills in ranch town Waimea, and the lush rainforests and waterfalls, and volcanoes on the East Hilo side. The Big Island is great for the couples that travel, as well as families. It offer an array of activities to fit a variety of interest. There are many beautiful beachfront vacation rentals on the west side of the island, as well as coffee style cottages in the mountains.
The Big Island also hosts the famous Ironman Triathlon every October in Kona. Athletes from all over the world travel to the Big Island to participate in the rugged race, facing headwinds and ocean currents.
Maui– the second largest island, Maui is home to the peaks of Hale Akala, and world renown surf contests. Maui has a little more going on in the form of night life. Many professional divers travel to Maui to explore the underwater reefs and sea life. Maui sits along the channels of the three other small islands, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Molokaʻi. Thousands of years ago, when the water was shallow, the islands all formed one large island. Now they are separate and easily accessible from Maui. Visit our Maui Vacation packages.
Oahu– Oahu is home to the capital Honolulu, and two thirds of the entire Hawaiian population. Although only the third largest, Oahu is home to nearly 1 million people. Pearl Harbor is among one of the favorite and memorable places to visit by tourists and locals alike. Other notable places are Diamond Head and the famous North Shore, where many movies have been filmed and surf contests held.
Kauai– Well known for the filming of Jurassic Park, Kauai is the smallest of the main four islands with a population just over 67,000. It is dense and lush with beautifu rainforests, jagged mountains, and incredible hiking. It is the most remote of main four islands, and a great island to really escape the chaos of everyday like.
No matter what Island you decide on, Hawaii is a beautiful spot to visit. From beautiful hotels, to vacation ownership options, and rentals, their are options for many. Putting Hawaii on the vacation bucket list is a must, no matter what time of the year you go!