Climb a Volcano
Okay, may be you don’t actually have to climb a volcano. There are lots of tours that can take you up to the top of one. Hawaiiis the tip of a huge undersea range of mountains that continues to grow because the volcanoes are still active. Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you will find both the Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Both volcanoes are well worth seeing.
Kilauea is the world’s most active volcano and Mauna Loais actually the world’s largest. This park was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. If you are feeling extravagant, why not take a helicopter tour up to the top and look into the craters from the air? There’s even a good chance you will get to see some lava flow. There are also bus tours that go to the top, or you can rent a car and drive yourself. Just remember to pack something warm to wear! The altitude can be a shock to your beach-acclimatised skin.
Wear a lei
Lei is the Hawaiian word for a garland or wreath and perhaps one of the most recognisable of the Hawaiian traditions. Sport one and shake a leg!
If you are going to go to Hawaii, it’s important to be aware of some of the customs surrounding the lei — you don’t want to offend anyone by accident! If someone offers you a lei, don’t say no. If you absolutely can’t wear it because of allergies or some other reason, treat it kindly. Place it somewhere special to show the giver that you respect the gift. When the lei is given to you, let the giver kiss you on the cheek — the entire custom is a sign of affection.
Swim with the fishes
Some of the world’s best snorkeling can be found in Hawaii. Whether you rent a condo and stay for a few weeks, or you are only in town for a stopover on your cruise, it’s worth planning some time to rent snorkel gear and explore some of the 266 miles of tropical coast.
Eat like the locals do
The Hawaiiclimate makes it an ideal destination for foodies. Visit the farmers markets, chat with locals and pick up everything you need to cook a fresh meal or pack snacks for your day excursions. And don’t forget the homegrown Kona coffee! This is a perfect place to pick up insider tips for things to do (like secret beaches that only the locals know about). Plan to attend a luau. Traditional Polynesian food has a distinct mixture of fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and the macadamia nuts that the islands are so well known for. Luaus are often offered to travelers at hotel resorts and are usually accompanied with great entertainment.