Underrated Tourist Spots in Hawaii

Hanakapi’ai Falls pic
Hanakapi’ai Falls
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Steve Shillingford earned MBAs from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Columbia University Business School. He has held executive positions with several technology firms and currently serves as an advisor with the venture capital firm Signal Peak. In his leisure time, Steve Shillingford enjoys traveling and frequently visits the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and with good reason. Lush tropical landscapes and beautiful beaches draw visitors from the world over, but there are other spots in Hawaii that often get overlooked. Here are two of the most underrated tourist destinations that the islands have to offer.

The eight-mile hike to Hanakapi’ai Falls on the island of Kauai traverses challenging terrain, but hikers are rewarded when they reach the mountain oasis, hidden from the rest of the island, which features an impressive 300-foot waterfall that pours into a lovely swimming pond. Hikers can also stop halfway along the trail to visit Hanakapi’ai Beach, which is only visible during the summer months. The beach features gorgeous cliff overlooks and stunning caves.

The Plantation Village in Waipahu on the island of Oahu is an homage to the lives of migrant sugar plantation workers from Asia, Puerto Rico, Portugal, and the Philippines who inhabited the area from the mid-1800s to the 1940s. With such a diverse social stratification, the people developed their own unique cultural heritage. The on-site museum offers guided historical tours during the midday hours Monday through Saturday.

Hawaii Adventures to Embark On

Hawaii pic
Hawaii
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Steve Shillingford from Signal Peak enjoys mentoring other entrepreneurs. He received his bachelor of science from Brigham Young University in 1992. He currently serves as an adviser at Signal Peak Ventures. To get away and relax, Steve Shillingford enjoys visiting his favorite travel destination, Hawaii.

When visiting Hawaii, the adventures you can engage in are practically endless. One of the favorite things for vacationers to do in Hawaii is snorkeling. There is simply no better way to see the amazing and beautiful plant and animal life under the ocean’s surface. For those new to snorkeling, professional guides rent the necessary equipment and offer guided tours, making it possible for even a first-time snorkeler to have a truly unforgettable experience..

Golfing is another activity which brings people from all over the world to Hawaii. The public, private and elite courses and their terrain are as varied as the islands themselves, and offer a chance to get out in the wind and to experience the lush and luxuriant mountains. Some courses, located well above sea level, offer spectacular 360-degree views of the seashore and ocean below.

One of the most popular nighttime activities are the Luaus. A Hawaiian party or feast, Luaus have their roots in the harvest celebration. Often including live music, luaus are a great place to experience the traditional food, drinks, and music of the Hawaiian people.