Planning a Hawaiian vacation is certainly exciting, but with the bevy of activities available it is important to prioritize. Options on the islands are endless, and you are guaranteed to find ideal activities for every member of the family.
Biking Maui's Haleakala Mountain
One of the best things to do in Hawaii is to take a bike ride down Haleakala Mountain. Haleakala is one of the largest mountains in the world and has a dormant volcano full of volcanic rock. There are more than 27,000 acres of park surrounding the volcano, and visitors can ride up to look into the crater, an experience many have said was the most powerful of their lives. For those interested in the bike ride, it is suggested that you take it during either sunrise or sunset for the best views.
Attend a Luau
Of course, no Hawaiian vacation would be complete without participation in a Polynesian luau. An exotic, South Pacific celebration with vibrant colors, living history, native music and dance, one of the best things to do in Hawaii is to watch the women in grass skirts and the men in face paint demonstrate the island's history.
For those that enjoy wildlife, one of the best things to do in Hawaii is to visit some of the beautiful botanical gardens in Hawaii. The Kula Botanical Garden offers views of Hawaii's floral beauty, and provides insight into the tropical rainforests, cool slopes and sunny shores.
See Humpback Whales
From November to May, more than 10,000 humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii from as far north as Alaska, as far east as Glacier Bay and as far south as the Farallon Islands near California. Maui's south and west coastlines offer excellent opportunities to watch the whales, which are on the endangered species list.
As a member owner with Equity Estates, another of the best things to do in Hawaii is to stay in Kapalua at our sprawling six-bedroom estate. Swim in the infinity pool overlooking the Maui landscape and Pacific Ocean, cook in the chef's kitchen, and sleep in one of the five ensuite bedrooms. In fact, you might even run into Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, who just purchased the island of Lanai, Hawaii's sixth largest island!
*Equity Estates is an equity destination club heading into its tenth year. This vacation home alternative is for accredited investors, offered via private placement. A globetrotter's dream with more than 60 private luxury residences spanning more than 25 countries, Equity Estates' mission is to deliver measurable and memorable returns. Equity Estates Fund I sold out in 2012, and Fund II will sell out by the end of 2016. Equity Estates has collectively raised and effectively deployed over $75 million and delivered over 10,000 outstanding vacation experiences. Equity Estate’s unique model could allow investors to travel for free for 10 years or get paid to travel.