Summer Activities in Hawaii

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1. Treat yourself to a luau
An authentic Hawaiian luau is an experience involving a sumptuous feast, underground cooking (imu), live music, and Polynesian dancers. Savor the rich tropical flavors, sounds, and performances – and enjoy feelings of warmth, togetherness, and fun, as well as a fresh appreciation for the rich culture and history of Hawaii. To find a traditional (and affordable) luau near you, ask a local.

2. Experience the heartbeat of an active volcano
See the Earth’s largest and most active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You can explore the summit of Kilauea volcano via Crater Rim Drive, an 11-mile road that encircles the summit caldera, passes through lush tropical rain forest, and provides access to scenic stops and short walks.

3. Choose your ideal beach
Which color sand do you prefer – black, white, green, or red? The choice is yours. Enjoy discovering the incredibly beautiful beaches of the Hawaiian Islands.

4. Celebrate surfing at a famous festival
Watch top surfers and stand-up paddleboarders during the annual Duke’s OceanFest in Honolulu, August 22-30. The event, honoring Hawaiian hero Duke Kahanamoku, features a variety of ocean sporting events and a beach volleyball tournament along the beaches of Waikiki.

5. Step into Hawaii’s past
The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives in Honolulu includes three restored houses, two of which are the oldest houses in Hawaii, from 1821, and research archives that give a unique glimpse into 19th-century Hawaii. Sample regional foods at the Mission Social Hall & Café.

6. Enjoy tropical gardens
The National Tropical Botanical Garden maintains and preserves gardens at four locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands. All host tours to help you learn about their significant biological, cultural, and historical resources.

7. Celebrate the arts
Hawaii inspires artists in all mediums. See for yourself at one of the many art celebrations across the islands. Favorite stops include the monthly First Friday in Honolulu, the Maui Friday Town Parties, held weekly in different towns across the island, and every Friday in Hanapepe on Kauai.

8. Escape the crowds
Locals say the island of Molokai, the least developed and visited of the main islands, looks like the rest of the state did before mass tourism arrived. While you won’t find even one traffic light, you will find many native Hawaiians, independent stores, interesting sights, and a wealth of natural beauty.

9. Take a hula lesson
The hula has been part of Hawaiian culture since the earliest times, and while there are many legends about its origin, there is no doubt that this ancient tradition offers deep insight into the spirit and culture of Hawaii. Ka`Imi Na`auao O Hawai`i Nei Institute offers hula classes in Kauai, Oahu, and Maui.

10. Volunteer in your local community
Whether you prefer to walk the dogs at an animal shelter, serve food at a soup kitchen, or plant a tree with a conservation group, there are many ways to volunteer in your local community. You’ll find plenty of other opportunities at networkforgood.org/volunteer/ or volunteermatch.org/. Be sure to tag #cieegivingback when you post your photos! 

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