Beyond the Beaches: Learning New Things on Your Hawaiian Vacation

Many people come to Hawaii to relax on the beautiful beaches, but there are so many other things to see and learn in Hawaii. Venture beyond the beach, and you’ll gain a true appreciation of everything these beautiful islands have to offer.

Hawaii has a unique and intriguing history, and there are several museums where you can learn about everything from the volcanic formation of the islands to the gods and goddesses honored by the Hawaiians. In Honolulu, visit the Iolani Palace, where you can take a walk through the lives of the last Hawaiian monarchs.

lesser known Hawaiian destinations

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On Big Island, visit the Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, also known as the Place of Refuge, where those who broke ancient Hawaiian laws or showed dishonor to customs were once able to escape punishment. You’ll discover a deeply intriguing culture that has become woven into modern Hawaiian customs.

Big Island in particular is an agricultural goldmine. The volcanic soils and fresh mountain air make growing products like coffee, macadamia nuts, papayas, and mangos possible. Most Hawaiian farmers have a deep respect for the island’s natural spirit and utilize natural, sustainable growing practices to minimize their impact on the land and natural environment. If you’re interested in learning more about Hawaiian agriculture, consider visiting Paradise Meadows farm in Hawaii, a beautiful expanse of land where we grow our own macadamia nuts and coffee, and raise bees to produce raw, natural honey. If you have two months or more to spend in Hawaii, you could even apply to participate in our WWOOF program, in which you help out on the farm in exchange for housing and a small stipend.

By venturing off of the beaches, you can truly immerse yourself in the Hawaiian culture and learn more than you ever thought possible. Prepare for your trip by sampling some delicious macadamia nuts, coffee, or honey from Paradise Meadows farm in Hawaii.

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