Unforgettable Spots in Hawaii: I Never Tire of Living Here

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In this episode of the podcast, I dive into the unforgettable spots in Hawaii that make the islands a unique paradise to live on. From personal anecdotes to expert insights, we explore the landscapes and experiences that have left a lasting impression on residents and travelers alike. Join us as we journey through the beauty and diversity of Hawaii. This podcast is your guide to understanding why these spots are etched in the memories of those who experience them and make it so I never tire of living here.

East Shore to Windward side

Venturing just 15 miles east of Honolulu leads to the serene beginning of Oahu’s Windward Coast, stretching to Kahana Bay. Along this picturesque shoreline, abundant trails, beaches, lava tubes, and surf breaks await exploration, offering endless opportunities for hiking and beachcombing. Families often enjoy the paved Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail, while seasoned surfers tackle the challenging waves of Makapuʻu Beach and Sandy Beach.

Sherwoods Beach in Waimānalo holds a special place in my heart. Its soft sands, gentle waves, and stunning backdrop of the Ko’olau mountains make it a beloved spot for family outings. After a day by the sea, the journey home is sprinkled with local delights like shave ice, lau lau, and malasadas, adding a flavorful touch to the experience.
Further along Windward Oahu, Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach beckon windsurfers and kayakers with their pristine beauty. Kualoa Ranch, a vast 4,000-acre reserve, offers thrilling adventures such as zip lining and horseback riding, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the rich ‘āina (land) heritage. And tucked away like a hidden treasure, Sherwood Beach enchants with its gentle waves and panoramic views of the majestic Ko’olau mountains.

Upcountry Maui

Every time I head to Maui one of my first treks is Upcountry and a visit to Haleakalā National Park.

Spanning over 30,000 acres, the park is dominated by a dormant volcano, occupying 75 percent of Maui and soaring to 10,023 feet. Haleakalā is a sanctuary for numerous endangered and indigenous species, its name translating to “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian. Locals revere it as a sacred site where ancient high priests sought wisdom through meditation.

Exploring Upcountry Maui, I suggest visiting the Saturday Upcountry Farmers Market in Makawao. Here, you’ll discover an array of locally sourced delights, from tropical fruits to artisanal goods and fresh blooms. We always take a trip to Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, where we stock up on Lavender soap, lotion, and sanitizer and always find something new to bring back to Honolulu that we can’t find here.

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Kauai South Shore

The less developed island of Kauai is nicknamed the “Garden Island.” Home to one of the wettest spots on Earth, Mount Waialeale, this destination receives a good amount of rain. But the South Shore is a slightly drier escape. This sunny swath of Kauai is popular among snorkelers, swimmers, and Poipu Beach resort guests.

For sure, the South Shore has some of the best sunsets. Baby Beach, is I think one of the best places to see it, This is a protected cove just west of Poipu Beach, where you’ll find “calm, ankle-deep waters, perfect for families with babies — hence the name — and small children.” Also, a place known as Sunset Wall, a local favorite spot at Koloa Landing, is just down the road from Ko’a Kea Resort. Also, I love the Sunsets from Salt Pond Beach Park, where a protected lagoon with clear water offers a serene sunset experience.

Hamakua Coast – Hawaii Island

I love this drive so much that I can’t wait to return to it every time I am on the Big Island. It starts with the Pepe’ekeo Scenic Drive, conveniently nestled just a short drive north of Hilo on Highway 19, offering a delightful escape into the essence of old Hawai’i. This leisurely half-hour exploration along the “Old Road through Old Hawai’i” is a true gem spanning four miles of picturesque terrain. While running parallel to Highway 19, it transports you to a world far removed from the bustling traffic and commotion of the main road. Meander through historic cane fields, occasionally blanketed by lush jungle canopies, and encounter serene waterfalls and tranquil creek crossings. Rain or shine, this scenic drive promises an unforgettable experience, showcasing the timeless beauty of the Big Island. You can do all of it in a day and I have even had folks get in Hawaii Volcano National Park as well but you’ll have to skip a couple of spots. Take in the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garde, Akaka Falls, also Umama Falls, and if you have time and a 4-wheel drive vehicle, take in Waipio Vally