Hawaii – More than Just a Pretty Beach!

There are so many great things to do in Hawaii that people don’t really think about. When most people think about Hawaii all they really think about is the beach. What most people don’t think about is what makes Hawaii so special!

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is located on the coast of Hawaii as we all know. Yes it has been in the history books since it was bombed by Japan on December 7, 1941 but have you actually seen it? Pearl Harbor has been preserved to allow you to step back in time and really get a true feel for the terrible things that happened. Be sure to visit the USS Arizona Memorial which stands above the sunken vessel and her fallen crew that were among the first of the tragic casualties that day. The USS Bowfin was one of the submarines that were used to serve in the Pacific War. She sank over 38 ships total and sailed an impressive 100,000 miles before being decommissioned in 1947. And of course there is the USS Missouri as well that was formally known as “Mighty Mo” and was the last battleship the United States ever built! What’s even more important about the USS Missouri is that this is also the ship on whose deck Japan finally surrendered to the U.S. on September 2, 1945.

Manoa Falls

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If you and your family are willing to make the hike you will want to visit Manoa Falls. The hike up to Manoa Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the area and most tour guide companies offer organized trips. The hike takes about 45 minutes and is mostly easy going but there are some mild rocks to climb over. It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing, bring bug spray and water. Once you reach the top you will see the beautiful 150 foot waterfall which should hopefully make all the hard work of getting there worthwhile! Swimming in the pool may look inviting but is not advised due to the risk of rock slides, which has been known to happen. The hike once completed is about 1.6 miles both ways and can be slippery when it is wet or raining so you need to exercise caution and it may be best to avoid it in poor weather conditions. Many people enjoy the hike but love the beauty of the waterfall as well!

Shangri La, outside Honolulu, Hawaii - pool vi...

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Shangri La is for sure a place in Hawaii that is a must see! Shangri La was the home of Doris Duke that was originally built in 1937. Shangri La is full of precious artifacts from all around the place that she was advised to keep and have since remained in her home after her death. Shangri La has stood as a place of pure beauty and combines the Hawaiian culture with Islamic art which can be found inside. When Doris Duke passed away in 1993 Shangri La become open to the public for tours of her amazing home and has since been known for its beauty.

There really is so much more to Hawaii than just the beach front then most people think of when they think about Hawaii and I know that when I go I want to go and stay inland just so that I can get a feel for what life is really like and to visit all the great places you can’t see from the beach!

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