Places in Hawaii
Oʻahu is much more than just a transit point en route to the Neighbor Islands. It’s the thrill-of-a-lifetime adventure. Here you can surf the North Shore’s giant waves, hike atop knife-edged pali (cliffs), dive into Hanauma Bay’s outdoor fishbowl, go windsurfing or kayak to uninhabited islands off Kailua – and still be back in Waikiki for sunset drinks.
Kailua-Kona, also known as ‘Kailua,’ ‘Kona Town’ and sometimes just ‘Town,’ is a love-it-or-leave-it kind of place. On the main drag of Aliʻi Dr, along the shoreline, Kailua works hard to evoke the nonchalance of a sun-drenched tropical getaway, but in an injection-molded, bargain-priced way. But we like it.
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Tips and articles
On location in Hawaii: film and TV locations in paradise
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Hawaii for first-timers: how to choose an island
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Kauaʻi with kids: top family activities on the Garden Isle
Lonely Planet writer Andy Murdock takes his kids to the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi for some outdoor adventures...
Hawaiian day trips: Lana‘i
With its variety of microclimates, multifaceted history and diverse flora and fauna, Hawaii is made for day trips...