48 Hours on the island of Hawaiʻi
48 Hours on the island of Hawaiʻi
...with DeSilva Meeting Consultants, a DMC Network Company
With the Winter season finally sweeping the globe with a visit from Jack Frost, there’s one thing certain – Hawaiʻi is on your mind. A paradise year-round with tropical temperatures on each of the main Hawaiian Islands offering travelers infinite possibilities. From legendary cuisine curated by the melting pot of Hawaiʻi’s cultures to iconic well-traveled locations, Hawaiʻi beckons travelers willing to heed the call of soft adventure, award-winning beaches and the aloha spirit that showcases the epitome of generosity from one human to another.
The day begins in the early morning hours on the northern coast of Hawaiʻi Island where remnants of the booming sugar cane industry have been reimagined into a guided tour through the tunnels and irrigations systems. Now, a deeply sought after tour offering guests a guided kayak tour through the 14.5-mile irrigation network of the Kohala Ditch built over a century ago. Guides will share the history in this lazy river-style tour.
Head down the slopes of Kohala mountain to the quaint paniolo (cowboy) town of Waimea where the rolling, green hills showcase idyllic Hawaiʻi in an unexpected way. Stop off to a local favorite eatery, Hawaiian Style Café and enjoy local Hawaiian comfort food like kalua pig hash (shredded pork, potatoes and onions) or a loco moco (hamburger, eggs and gravy served on top of rice) with generous portion sizes for every dish.
Charter an exclusive helicopter to the northern coast of the island of Hawaiʻi and observe both islands from the skies showcasing incredible views of valleys, ridges and waterfalls of the Kohala Coast inaccessible by land.
Venture to the leeward side of Hawaiʻi Island, journey over to Kailua-Kona’s Aliʻi Drive as the most popular thoroughfare as a coastal road is surrounded by restaurants, shops and a few hotels with iconic landmarks like Hawaiʻi’s first Christian Church, the summer palace of the Hawaiian monarchy and pockets of beaches sprinkled throughout.
In the evening, suit up for a guided Manta snorkel tour into the Pacific Ocean where guides will attract plankton with a light board to have mantas glide and backflip in the water as they feed, letting spectators safely watch from the surface. The array of luxury resorts on the Kohala Coast are the perfect way to charge up for another day of exploration with the amenities of rest and relaxation.
Start the morning off with Hawai’i Forest and Trail with a sunrise breakfast on the beach fronting the hotel with local fruits (fresh papaya, pineapples and mangoes) with delectable island-favorites like Punaluʻu Sweet Bread and Passion Orange Guava juice.
Explore Kona’s volcano, Hualālai with private access to the site of multiple volcanic eruptions from the 1800s and through a segment of a lava tube. Hike through an untouched cloud forest with incredible scenic views of the Kona coast with a stop at Kona’s newest brewery, Ola Brew, for a sampling of their locally made beers, ciders or energy drinks.
Venture from Kailua-Kona across the island of Hawaiʻi and observe the drastic changes of landscape on the island where all but four of the main climate zones exist. From the arid, rocky plains of the leeward coasts to tropical rainforests with lush waterfalls, the drive itself will pass numerous waterfalls and conservation zones protecting the native floral and fauna.
Experience a tasting and a barbeque dinner at Volcano Winery, offering wine tastings of the eight wines grown on the 4,000-foot slopes of Maunaloa with signature local, distinct flavors offered such as Hawaiian Guava Grape, Macadamia Nut Honey Wine and Volcano Blush.
As the sun dips beneath the horizon, head upwards to the slopes of Maunakea with a guided tour for some of the best stargazing on the entire planet. Learn wayfinding and how the ancient Polynesians used the stars, the sea and the birds to navigate through the Pacific Ocean and how both in Western ideology and Hawaiian that the some of the same constellations were used.
All photos are credited to Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and their respective photographers.
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