When I first visited the Hawaiian Islands I was absolutely thrilled by the beauty and diversity of the five Islands I explored. It’s lush tropical setting and unspoiled beaches are perfect for a romantic honeymoon or destination wedding. Since this remarkable state is actually a part of our wonderful country, you won’t even need a passport to have a perfect Hawaiian honeymoon!
I had heard repeatedly how spoiled Oahu was. However, I fell in love with Honolulu and still feel that way every time I go back. Waikiki Beach is crowded but a beautiful swimming beach. There are classy old-world hotels like the Royal Hawaiian, ‘the Pink Lady’, and The Moana Surfrider (the first hotel on the island), that are some of my favorites. The locations are perfect with beautiful beaches and views of Diamond Head. The sunsets are magnificent and it is great fun watching the surfers ride the waves. Some must see attractions in Oahu are Pearl Harbor and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Maui is the Valley Island and many people say it is their favorite. The beaches are lovely and you can view whales jumping right from the shore in January and February. This is the Island where many famous people build their homes. Mt. Haleakala, the incredible volcano, dominates the island from over 10,000 feet. Lahaina, a 19th century whaling village, has wonderful museums, galleries and delicious dining. It is also fun to drive the winding road to Hana where you can find beautiful black sand beaches.
Kuai is my favorite Island! It is the beautiful Garden Island and still like the Old Hawaii. A hike along the Na Pali Coast will delight you with some of the most magnificent scenery on earth. You can also take some time to explore Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
The Big Island is the Volcano Island where there are still active eruptions from time to time. A must see here is Volcanoes National Park, which is also a great place for a hike. It is also fun to take a drive around this Island which is very rich in diversity. You will see farm lands and beautiful beaches from white sand to black sand. This island is home to one of the most beautiful black sand beaches I have ever seen! The sparkling black sand beside a turquoise sea with a beach full of swaying palm trees creates a breathtaking view.
Traveling to this beautiful remote place is one of my favorite memories of the Islands. The hike to Kalaupapa National Park is 2.9 miles in each direction, with unbelievable scenery and amazing history.
Any of these Islands are wonderful and worth the trip. Short flights are available between the islands, so you don’t have to choose just one to visit. There’s sure to be one that’s perfect for your romantic Hawaiian honeymoon or destination wedding!