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Seven Beautiful things to add to your Hawaii Bucket List

I have to go to Hawaii in my lifetime. I daydream about it so much that I decided if I must retire in my latter years, it’ll be to Hawaii or no deal. Of course, I already know what I want to do once I eventually get there – hopefully before the age of 65. Here’s seven things to do in Hawaii to add to your bucket list:

My Hawaii Bucket List

Relax on the beach:

relax on a beach in hawaii - bucket list

Beaches in Ireland are not the most pleasant in the world; more often than not they’re freezing, it’s windy, and even in July you’re dressed like it’s the middle of winter. Hawaiian beaches are absolutely stunning and it has the warm tropical climate to match. Just imagine it, laying on the beach, getting a tan, drinking from a coconut? Sheer bliss.

Go to the Merrie Monarch Festival:

Hula girls dancing at the Merrie Monarch festival in Hawaii

This years Merrie Monarch festival is currently underway and I’m sitting on my couch at home. You can practically feel my envy.

The week long festival was legacy of King David Kalākaua, who is acclaimed for his efforts in preserving and promoting the Polynesian traditions, language and culture. It’s not just a big hula competition as there’s also art fairs, hula shows, and a parade. Whenever I go to Hawaii, it’s going to be during this festival.

You can read about the history or the Merrie Monarch festival here.

Go to a Luao:

a fire dancer at a luao, in hawaii

Of course, anyone who visits Hawaii has dreams of attending a Luao. The traditional Laou was a feast followed by entertainment (dancing, music etc), hopefully I end up at a more authentic one than a staged tourist-y one, as Nani said in Lilo and Stitch. 

Stairway to Heaven:

The stairway to heaven Hawaii

Also known as the Haiku stairway, this has almost 4,000 steps in Oahu. 

The stairway was built during World War 2 but was in danger of closing due to storm damage. The locals wanted to charge $100 dollars to tourists to climb it to be able to afford to preserve it, others suggested more modest prices. I don’t know where the situation stands now, but hopefully I get a chance to climb it.

There’s only a railing between you and the ocean, and some areas aren’t in great condition, so if you get the chance to hike this, go on a dry day! 

This actually looks what my vision of a stairway to heaven would look like, sure Jimmy Page may not be waiting at the top, but when I die I hope I see this! The view in the images are breath taking.

Go Hiking:

A scenic hiking route in hawaii - bucket list

I love hiking and going for walks, the Hawaiian landscape is so beautiful that it would be a shame not to! I got to fulfill my dreams of seeing a volcano in Lanzarote a few years ago, but I want to see Hawaii’s and everything else the islands have to offer.

As the chances of hiking the Stairway to Heaven are slim, I think its worth while hiking in other areas too, plus they offer a different experience as you’re more in nature rather than on a stairway. 

The Hawaiian landscape is so unique and beautiful, you’d see so much beauty on a hike. 

Experience the culture:

a surfer  in hawaii - bucket list

It’s always important to learn about and experience a place’s culture when you visit and I find the Polynesian culture deeply fascinating. I want to go to the farmers markets and try the traditional foods. There are a lot of rice and fish dishes, and a great deal more with names I know I will mispronounce. All of it sounds delicious. If you’ve seen my Instagram, you’ll have noticed the abundance of fruit, so you’ll find me savouring the tropical fruits at the market stalls. I also,  want to learn the basics of hula and the Hawaiian language.

I’m sure, and hope, there will be some vegan options too. I’m happy eating rice everyday, I already eat rice nearly every day anyway.

Make sure to brief yourself on the cutural norms before you go here, or anywwhere for that matter, you don’t want to disrespect the locals. 

Kona Coffee:

lattes and palm trees, representation of kona coffee

Kona coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. Only coffee from the Kona districts can be called Kona coffee, and the  unique climate and rich soils from the volcanic landscape make the region perfect for the cultivation of coffee.

Pure Kona coffee is quite pricy so a lot of places sell “Kona blends” which are usually at least 10% Kona coffee blended with coffee from somewhere else which are cheaper. I’d like to try both. Even if a real cup is expensive, I think a once in a lifetime experience is worth splashing out on. Afterall, this isn’t like other roasts where there’s much more productuced, the Kona region is tiny so this really is one of the world’s rarest kinds of coffee. 

Edit: I caved and tried a variation of Kona coffee I ordered online, read all about it here.

Stay in Aulani – Disney Spa and Resort

Disney spa and resort Aulani in Hawaii - hawaii bucket list

Did you know Disney has a spa resort in Hawaii!? Aulani opened in 2011 Ko Olina. You can meet your favourite characters and get a massage on the same trip! If you’re fortunate enough, and rich enough, you can have a dream trip and fly out from LA after going to Disneyland there! This one isn’t just on my Hawaii Bucket List, but my Disney bucket list too!

Aulani isn’t the same as the other hotels and resorts as it doesn’t have a theme park, but if you’re a Disney fan you’ll probably enjoy it nonetheless. It’s an ideal honeymoon destination, but if you have kids, they’ll have the time of their lives too in the kids club.

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All of these would require a little bit of hopping between the islands but I’m happy about that, I want to see it all, even f it takes a few trips!

Have you ever been to Hawaii? Tell me about what’s on your Hawaii bucket list!

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