"AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE -- in..." Hawaii (State of) Things to Do Tip by winetam

Hawaii (State of) Things to Do: 553 reviews and 840 photos

AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE -- in Honolulu (island of Oahu) -- drop your bags in your room, pick up a free island magazine in the lobby, jump in the car and drive to the Pali Lookout (maps are in the mag).....awesome and breath-taking -- you're up at least 800+ ft. and can see clear out to Chinaman's Hat in Kaneohe Bay and beyond.

Another must see (if they'll allow you access) -- drive up to Schoffield Barracks and ask the guard at the gate to let you drive up to Kolekole Pass (pronounced kolee kolee pass)....better than an Indiana Jones movie. This is NOT a tourist spot and is NOT safe for small children....you park around 500 ft. and hike up a smooth path about another 500 ft. to a clearing where you can see the other side of the island....incredible...the mountains rise at least another thousand feet above where you're standing...no guardrails - you may even be the only ones there. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get down to your car before it starts getting dark or even twilight.

BACK AT THE OCEAN -- Look for dolpins and manta rays......so beautiful and graceful.....the manta rays are gentle (mantas are also known as 'devil rays' -- they have two horn-like protrusions) - not to be confused with dangerous stingrays which are round and bury themselves in the sand. If you encounter the dolphins or the rays in the wild it will touch your heart. Sometimes the rays will swim close to you if you're snorkeling and actually allow you touch them as they swim by. Incredible....

ON KAUAI -- if you can afford it, take a helicopter tour around the Na Pali coast...make sure it's a clear day and a highly reputable company. The photo at the top of this page is part of the Na Pali coast....
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  • Updated Aug 25, 2002
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