Winter in Hawaii has the qualities one needs to relax and unwind from the Holiday Stress. If Hawaii is on your radar, consider this:
When planning a vacation, one thing most travelers look for is good weather. The good news is that Hawaii has some of the best weather anywhere in the world. While the islands have a dry (summer) or a wet season (winter), the temperature remains relatively steady throughout the year. While rain showers keep the islands green and lush, every island has an area where the sun shines almost every day of the year. When the trade winds are blowing, the cool breezes make for a perfect day in paradise.
The “Spirit of Aloha”
While every vacation destination has a few people who don’t like visitors, Hawaii has fewer than most vacation destinations. Part of the reason is that tourism is the major “industry” in Hawaii and almost every family has someone who works in the tourist industry. A larger reason, however, is that most people in Hawaii do promote the “aloha spirit.” In fact while most people practice it as a part of their nature. It’s true: The law in Hawaii that all citizens and government officials are obligated by law to conduct themselves in accordance with this law.
Hawaii is the only state in the USA where everyone
is a minority. In addition to the original Hawaiians who sailed to Hawaii from the islands of Polynesia, the islands have attracted groups of people from around the world including Caucasians, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Hispanic/Latinos and more.
Today, Hawaii is truly a melting pot of all of these cultures. Almost 25% of island residents claim ancestry of two or more races. I encourage all visitors to learn about the cultures and history of all of the people of Hawaii.
– A thousand or more years before Columbus arrived in the New World, Polynesian settlers arrived in Hawaii from the Marquesas Islands. In 1778 Captain James Cook “discovered” Hawaii. In 1795 King Kamehameha I united all of the Hawaiian Islands.
– The 1820’s saw the arrival of missionaries from New England. Less than 100 years after the islands were unified by Kamehameha I, the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown by government white ministers, planters and businessmen, establishing the Republic of Hawaii.
– The Republic lasted only until 1898 when the United States annexed Hawaii. On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II. In 1959 Hawaii became 50th U.S. state.
With over 750 miles of shoreline and over 400 named
beaches, all of which are public beaches, you’re sure to find a beach in Hawaii that’s perfect for you and your family. In Hawaii you can also choose the color of your beach. There are white sand beaches, yellow sand beaches, black sand beaches, red sand beaches and even one green sand beach. Since the ocean conditions can be unpredictable, my suggestion is to go where people are, not out on your own.
Each of the Hawaiian Islands was formed by a single hotspot on the floor of the ocean. The islands stretch over 1500 miles from Kure Atol in the northwest near Midway, to Lo’ihi , the newest island being formed off of the southeast coast of Hawaii Island, the Big Island. As the islands move off the hotspot over time, each have reminders of their volcanic past.
Where there are islands, there is water, and Hawaii has a wide assortment of ocean activities of which you can partake.
For those who want to ride the waves, Hawaii has some of the best surfing, boogie boarding and windsurfing spots in the world. If you enjoy getting under the water, there is great scuba diving, snorkeling and the hottest craze is Snuba.
For most of the last century, the food in Hawaii consisted primarily of the traditional foods of the numerous cultures in the island – Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Hawaiian. Restaurants featuring those and other ethnic foods remain some of the best “hole in the wall” and affordable places to eat in Hawaii.
Most visitors continue to enjoy at least one commercial luau during their stay, where the food can range from “quite good” to “just ok!”
There is a lot more to shopping in Hawaii
than those “everyday” souvenirs you find at those stores in and around Lahaina.
Hawaii’s Japanese visitors love to shop at the high end stores at “The Shops of Wailia” or Whalers Villiage.
If they’re a bit too expensive, you can try the more affordable stores at Lahaina’s Front Street or the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. Be sure to take a peek at some of the craft shows, farmers’ markets and flea markets around the island. Whatever your price range, you’ll find some great memories of your Hawaii vacation to take home – save some space in your suitcase!
Kaua’i is lush and green with the amazing sea cliffs of the Na Pali Coast and the Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
Oahu has Diamond Head, the beautiful Hanauma Bay and, of course, the world famous North Shore.
Maui has ‘Iao Valley, the Hana Coast and Haleakala, the House of the Sun.
Hawaii Island, the Big Island, has the stark beauty of its volcanic landscapes, it’s amazing waterfalls and the Waipio Valley, where you can descend 2000 feet to ride horseback through taro fields and tropical rainforest to a black sand beach.
Come and Enjoy YOUR Luxury Accommodations on Maui, Oahu or in Belize!…
Dreamland Villa – Kahana/Napili
This large, gated, villa is a secure and comfortable space for the whole family. Just a few minutes away are fine restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques, championship golf courses, and of course some of the most magnificent beaches in the world. from: $2,100 – 3,650 per night –
6 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 12 sleeps | Beach Front | Pool
Lahaina Beachfront Estate
Enjoy your own beach access to one of Maui’s pristine beaches from the cool grassy lawn fronting this popular beach destination. After taking a sunset stroll, enjoy a dip in the Jacuzzi, which is a perfect way to end your day on the beach.
From $1,500 to 2,250 per night
4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 8 sleeps | Beach Front
Kamaole Villa is located on one of Maui’s exceptional South Shore beaches with sandy bottom and clear blue water. Enjoy spectacular sunset views all year round. From November through April whales can often be seen not far offshore. From $1,600 to 2,850 per night
3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 6 sleeps | Beach Front | Pool
Paul Mitchell Estate
Located conveniently 30 minutes from downtown Honolulu, is a magnificent, private, tropical retreat known as the Paul Mitchell Estate. This 11,000 square foot estate is situated on 1.3 acres, located on the eastern side of the island of Oahu in beautiful Lanikai. It lies on a sparkling white sand beach that looks out to the Mokulua Islands in Lanikai Bay. From $6,000 to 10,000 per night.
7 bedrooms | 9 bathrooms | 14 sleeps | Beach Front | Pool
Sunset Beach House This captivating vacation escape is located on historical Sunset Beach, home to beautiful waves in the winter and tranquil waters in the summer. Relax as the movie starrs do; this home was featured in the Morgan Freeman and Owen Wilson movie “The Big Bounce”. From $2,200 to 3,500 per night
5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 10 sleeps | Beach Front | Pool
Casa Tortuga is a luxurious, 5,280 sq. ft., two-story five bedroom villa on the beach in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. The villa features five magnificently furnished bedrooms with canopy beds, five large baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, bar, two sixty foot long verandas with luxurious seating and dining, and a thirty foot tall turret. From $995 to 1,795 per night
5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 10 sleeps | Beach Front | Pool
Call to check availabilities on these or many other fine locations at: www.LuxuriousDestinations.com