Hawaii

Hawaii Travel Guide

A National Historical Landmark, ‘Iolani Palace is the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. Built by King Kalakaua in 1882, the fortress was home to both Kalakaua and his sister Queen Lili’uokalani.

This West Maui shooting range hosts open shooting times, as well as competitions, safety classes, and role-playing shooting games. Shooting in the IPSC competition format started in the Western US in the mid 20th-century.

Founded with the purpose of promoting Hawaii as a bastion of the arts and fostering artistic relations between the east and west, thirtyninehotel is part art gallery, part performance venue.

Resembling a small beach hut with a wood-shake roof, this Kona surf shop is packed full of board shorts, beach bags, sunglasses, and tropical-print bikinis. In addition, the shop also rents boogie boards and a variety of surfboards, all of which are available at affordable prices.

Island and European styles merge in the Allerton Garden, located in Poipu’s Lāwa`i Valley. Allerton and the nearby McBryde Garden are run by the National Tropical Botanical Garden and share a visitor center near the Spouting Horn.

Kona’s Keauhou Bay is one of the best places on earth to swim up close to huge and harmless manta rays, elegant nocturnal beasts that feed on plankton.

Located in an old clapboard building in Paia, Mana Foods is a health food store that offers organic, international, and gourmet foods and health care products. Island-grown produce such as lychee and durian are available; the butcher also offers local seafood, beef, and chicken.

Hawaiian shirts sell for as little as $4, but vintage varieties from the 1930s will set you back thousands of dollars.

One of the last of the old-school tiki bars, this everyman’s establishment has occupied the waterfront of Keehi Lagoon for more than five decades—in a location even island residents rarely get to.

Located in Honolulu’s Chinatown, this marketplace features a wide range of Asian and Hawaiian foods and merchandise, including meat, seafood, produce, tea, clothing, trinkets, and kukui nut necklaces.

For a dose of history, travel to Agrigento, home to the fifth-century B.C. Valley of the Temples—a collection of seven Doric-style Greek temples that is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Since 1916, the Komoda family has taken the flavors of Upcountry Maui — like guava and coconut — and rolled them into handmade pastries.

A Certified Travel Counselor, Laura Woo has nearly 30 years of experience in the travel industry. The China native lived in Hong Kong before coming to the United States and has traveled extensively both in the Far East and Europe.