If you ask 100 people to name their top choice for a celebration destination, at least 30 of them would name Hawaii, according to a recent poll. Visions of tropical palm trees swaying in the breeze, drinks in coconut shells, and hula dancers performing to soothing Hawaiian music draws millions of people to visit Hawaii each year.

Hawaii is American’s own tropical paradise with no passports required!

There are 5 main islands in the Hawaii chain open to tourism and each one of the islands offers a totally different experience.

Want to visit Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, and like big-city nightlife, shopping, and crowds? Oahu is your answer!

Are you more the “country club” type, enjoying luxurious resorts and planning to spend most of your time lazing around the pool or on the beach? Maui sounds perfect!

Want to get away from it all, play golf together, turn in early and enjoy some peace and “small-town” quiet? Lanai has an amazing newly-renovated Four Seasons resort to offer!

Do you love to hike, paddleboard, kayak and be stunned with the most breathtaking scenery on the planet? You would love Kauai, the “Garden Isle”!

Are you fascinated by nature, history, the Polynesian culture, and scientific wonders? The Big Island of Hawaii offers active volcanos, telescope observatories on top of snow-capped mountains, and historical and religious landmarks – too many to count!

Once you pick your destination, here are eight ideas to keep you busy.

Whale Watching – The ‘Big Island’ is the most popular destination for whale watching in Hawaii.  The peak season to catch a glimpse of Humpback whales is from January to March.  You have the option to view via a cruise or private boat tour.

Luaus – These traditional ceremonies are a major source of entertainment on all islands within Hawaii. Take the opportunity to enjoy live dancing, learn about Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, and enjoy delectable cuisine.

See a Lava Show – Hop aboard a World-class catamaran to get up and close to the volcano fingers as they enter the sea.  You will have thoroughly trained staff aboard and safety is paramount. Tours run in the morning, sunset, day, or at twilight.

Helicopter Tours – There are various tour lines that offer unique aerial journeys that allow you to view the breathtaking Hawaiian scenery.  From volcanoes and waterfalls to hidden valleys and majestic coastlines.  A helicopter tour is truly an ideal way to sightsee.

SUP (Stand-Up Paddle Boarding) – This activity originated in Hawaii and is a derivative from surfing.  SUP is soothing and allows you to explore the waterways on your own terms.  A great paddle path to take is from the Lanikai Beach to the Mokulua Islands.

Horseback Riding Tours – Explore the coastline or venture to hidden trails on an exploratory horseback tour.  Most companies offer private as well as group tours.  There are countless ranches and stables that accommodate tourists.  Paniolo Adventures is one of the largest, with an 11,000-acre cattle ranch located in Waimea.

Mauna Kea – This dormant volcano is a unique wonder to explore and erupted over 4,000 years ago.  You can hike the summit but be sure to stop by the VIS (Visitor Information Station) to check for weather and safety tips.

Kona Coffee Farm Tour – Kona coffee is some of the best gourmet coffee that you can find and is world-renowned.  Kailua Kona, which is located on the ‘Big Island’, is the heart of Kona coffee.  When taking a tour, you will get to see processing facilities as well as the coffee fields.  Don’t forget to take some time to indulge in the popular beverage.

How in the world can you decide which island, or islands, are for you? Ask me!  Hawaii is not a one-size-fits-all destination…and you deserve to be sure that your priceless vacation time and money are spent on the trip that is just right for you. Aloha!

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Janine & Amy’s Travel TV Live Visits Hawaii with Hawaiian Expert Lisa Fletcher