You would probably recognize the landscape of Hawaii from a postcard or the scenes of a classic movie. Its lush greenery and endless sunshine have made it a famous island getaway. But guests who come to Hawaii and stick to the sun and sand are missing out on a world of opportunity. The beaches come in a variety of colors (white on Kauai, black on the Big Island and gold on Maui) but beyond the shore there's even more to discover.
The six islands of the 50th state contain eight national parks. Waimea Canyon on Kauai is 3,500 feet deep and is known as "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Over on the Big Island at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park visitors can see one of the world's most active volcanoes at work, as new land forms right in front of them. In addition to the wide array of natural beauty to behold in Hawaii, there are historically important sites. Pearl Harbor has four museums dedicated to the history-changing attack.
Fine dining on the island can be found throughout Hawaii with particular highlights in Waikiki, Lahaina and on the Kohala Coast on the Big Island. And to get to the source of the delectable pineapple, bright flowers and potent coffee, guests can browse local markets or take plantation tours. Upcountry Maui has a variety of farm tours to offer, or you can visit the small town of Holualoa to sample true Kona coffee.
After all the activities on land have been exhausted, it's time to come back to the cobalt blue ocean. No better place to try surfing than on the enviable waves of Hawaii. Those who'd rather go under the water can scuba dive or snorkel to see wildlife and reefs. Guests can get a unique view of the islands from the water in a sailboat or see things from above in a helicopter.