Welcome to Hawaii, home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the world’s tallest sea mountain, birthplace of surfing and the hula, and former seat of a royal kingdom. Hawaii is one of the youngest geological formations in the world, but perhaps its most unique feature is its Aloha Spirit — the warmth of its people that wonderfully complements the islands’ perfect temperatures.
Maybe the ancient Polynesians who first arrived on the islands brought this sense of Aloha. Maybe Aloha comes from Hawaii's spectacular environment, nurtured by a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Maybe more than any of its natural wonders and diversions, the Aloha Spirit is what makes Hawaii unique. Visit Hawaii to discover what Aloha means to you
When you arrive on these islands, you'll feel your senses come alive. Smell the fresh plumeria in the air. See sapphire seas, emerald valleys and halos of rainbow arches. Feel the warm sun on your cheeks while a cool rush of ocean water sucks the sand from between your toes. With a matchless environment as your playground and a multifaceted culture and history to explore, there’s no shortage of things to see and do.
Choose a color: white-sand beach in Kauai, black-sand beach on the Big Island or golden sands on Maui. Choose an activity: snorkeling in a secluded reef on Lanai, fishing in the cobalt-blue ocean off of Molokai or surfing in Waikiki Beach on Oahu. Choose a point of view: swimming by the shore or sailing out to sea with the dolphins and whales.
Inhale the fresh country air, far from the city. Take a day trip away from the lively crowds and visit lesser-known historic sites for a deeper understanding of the history of Hawaii. Explore the hidden hikes and off-road paths of Molokai and Lanai. Browse the charming neighborhoods of Kauai and the Big Island. Discover the local art scenes of Maui and Oahu. Sunbathe on Big Beach in Maui. Drift down Kauai’s Wailua River in a kayak. Stroll through Halawa Valley in Molokai. Play thirty-six holes unlike any other on Lanai. Let a slack-key guitar soothe your spirit in Waikiki.
In Hawaii, you’ll find everything from local specialty shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques to popular national retailers and high-end stores. Beyond the Aloha shirt and muumuu, you’ll discover a variety of unique local merchandise, including Hawaiian jewelry, quilts, art, ceramics, books and fashion. Specialty foods to take home include Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, preserves and other snacks.
Welcome to golf heaven. Blessed with breathtaking scenery, unforgettable signature holes and championship courses, it's no wonder Hawaii attracts so many golfers from around the world. Discover a variety of unique course layouts on Hawaii's geographically distinct islands, from greens lined with volcanic rough to stunning seaside water hazards. With more than 70 amazing golf courses to choose from, it won't be difficult to find the perfect course for you.
It's no secret that the Islands of Aloha are a scenic paradise for the senses, but an exploration of the deep cultural history of the Hawaiian people makes your first visit to the islands even richer. With so much to experience, you'll find the warm embrace of Hawaii waiting for you on your second visit and beyond.