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.