We all have preconceived notions about what experiences a destination holds for us. We form this image in our minds based on the advertising campaigns companies run to attract tourist. There are numerous ways to plan a perfect trip. Let’s face it – wedding costs can be huge, but if you set up a registry that is well planned out – you might as well have just enough for a perfect, long-stay honeymoon!
Companies that run campaigns to entice someone to visit their location work with a very definite time and space restriction.
They cannot show you everything the location has, so they choose the most popular attractions for the visitors who come there.
They give you a taste of that scene and hope it is the flavor that you are looking for. The only problem is we never allow ourselves to reach higher or dive deeper.
We wrap that 30-second advertising around our mind and to us, those images become that location.
And, when we finally get there we are fighting between our will to relax, see everything there is, try local cuisine, go out, stay connected even though you’re on vacation and still, learn something new.
For some beautiful destinations that have a lot to offer that can be a two edged sword. When we focus on one thing, we miss the other 99% of the picture because we do not look to see it.
So, what is it that we are missing the most?
When we think of Hawaii, the first thing most of us think of is beautiful beaches, colorful flower leis, a luau and the hula.
When pushed for more, we may bring up canoes, dolphins, sunsets, and fruity drinks. If these images are your idea of paradise, you are perfectly happy with this limited knowledge.
Maybe this is not your idea of a perfect place. Maybe you are interested in different things. This is where you must challenge yourself to learn more. Do some research.
If you think watching the stars is a beautiful experience, you are about to enter a realm that few people get to experience.
On the summit of Mauna Kea, at 9,300 ft. elevation, are 13 giant telescopes where the stars are studied.
The elevation, virtually no light pollution, and the clear air give you a look at the stars that is impossible to see anywhere else in the world.
This natural beauty looks electric and the stars look so bright, they look like diamonds.
There are millions of them! You need a 4WD vehicle to get there and that is one reason why a tour is recommended. They will provide you with parkas to keep you warm in the evening.
Forest, hidden waterfalls, hidden beaches
In many ways, Hawaii is like a hidden treasure. We do not often relate forestry, hiking, and mountain trails with Hawaii, but we should.
The Maui Forest Reserve is famous for miles of bamboo forest, trails which will lead you to mountain ridges, and all the wildlife you expect in a protected region.
Do not be surprised to turn around and find a breathtaking waterfall that you did not even know was there. So if your “thing” is hiking, bird watching, treasure hunting, and quiet nature, Hawaii is perfect for you!
If you are a history buff, you must visit Pearl Harbor.
This significant historical place was home to the attack that changed the face of history and brought the horrors of war to our front door.
See the ships, planes, and bases of the military and discover how important they were to the United States. This single attack was the turning point in our history during World War II.
Learn about the royalty of Hawaii. Discover the evolution of the planets and how the people of Hawaii live.
Discover their local customs and dare to look past the beauty at the true people of the area. Discover what is important to them and why. Learn about Hawaii before it became the tourist giant it is today.
There is so much more to see and learn here. Walk along the edges of a live volcano. See beaches of black sand and pink sand. See coral reefs that are unlike anywhere else in the world. No matter what your nature is, you will feel at home in Hawaii.