Fall Activities in Hawaii

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Witness Waipi‘o Valley

The steepest stretch of road in the United States is on the island of Hawaii, the Big Island, heading down into the Waipi’o Valley. From there you can see many waterfalls. The tallest one is 1,300 feet!

Go to Waimea Canyon State Park

The island of Kaua‘i was created 6 million years ago out of volcanic lava. Over millions of years, rain falling on Mount Waiʻaleʻale in the center of the island created a river that carved out a 3,000-foot-deep canyon. See unbelievable views at Waimea Canyon.

Relax on black sand

When hot lava hit the cool water of the Pacific, it broke into pieces of basalt that over time built up Punalu’u black sand beach. Check out this rare beach (and keep an eye out for endangered green sea turtles that live here).

Snorkel in a volcanic crater

Find a snorkel spot near you and swim with amazing wildlife like sea turtles, brightly colored tropical fish, and manta rays. If you snorkel in Hanouma Bay (30 minutes from Honolulu on Oahu), you’ll be swimming in the crater of a volcano!

Honor Service Members on Veterans Day

November 11 is observed annually as Veterans Day, honoring all of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This federal holiday is dedicated to honoring American veterans from World War I to present-day soldiers. Pay your respects by attending a Veterans Day parade in your state; find locations here.

Explore the island of Maui

Maui is chock-full of world-famous beaches. On the wetter eastern side, up in elevation you’ll find farm-to-farmers markets, farms, and farm-to-table restaurants making magic with rare volcanic soil. The scenic drive to Hana is mind-blowing!

Give thanks on Thanksgiving

On the last Thursday in November, gather with friends at a home or restaurant, express your thanks for what’s good in life, and eat a fabulous meal together. The traditional American Thanksgiving feast includes roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and pumpkin pie. Make reservations at a restaurant near you at Open Table.

Celebrate Halloween

Hawaii has a number of Halloween events planned for this year. Find a costume and attend one or more of these great events. If you’d like to take it up a notch, check out a Hawaiian Haunted House and prepare to be scared!

Hike Diamond Head Trail on Oahu

Hike up Diamond Head Trail to the cone of a 200,000-year-old volcano crater. Up top you’ll see the surprisingly round crater and a spectacular vista revealing Waikiki’s cluster of buildings down below and a rolling green coastline descending into the Pacific.

Watch a football game

Join over 40,000 fans at Aloha Stadium to see the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors take on the competition this fall. On their home field they’re playing San Diego State, UC Davis, Fresno State, San José State, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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