Alakahakai National Historic Trail and Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park.
➺ Begin the day in historic Kailua-Kona with a
walk down Ali‘i Drive, home to Hulihe‘e Palace and
Moku‘aikaua Church, the oldest Christian church
➺ Head north along the Kohala Coast for a stop in
Waimea, a town rich in paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy)
history and culture.
➺ Take a quick trip up Kohala Mountain Road
to Kapa‘au for a picnic, and while there be sure to
snap a picture with the original King Kamehameha
statue, memorializing the man credited with uniting the islands into one royal kingdom.
➺ Follow the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, a scenic drive filled with gardens, waterfalls and small
towns, to Hilo. While in Hilo don’t miss ‘Imiloa
Astronomy Center or Lili‘uokalani Gardens, which
celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
➺ To complete the circle-island adventure, stop at
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where visitors can
gather at Jaggar Museum and Overlook to witness
the glow of lava within Halema‘uma‘u Crater.
REBECCA PANG, PUBLIC RELATIONS
Pang loves to run half-marathons. She cut her teeth
in the business representing the Hawaii, Oahu and
Maui visitor bureaus for more than a decade. Here
are her top picks for staying active on Oahu.
➺ Start off the morning with a hike to the top of
Diamond Head or Le‘ahi (Hawaiian name for the crater), a 1.6-mile round-trip. The trail, built in 1908 as
part of Oahu’s coastal defense system, originally led
to a center that directed artillery fire, and walking it
is like taking a trip back in time. The reward after an
ascent up steep stairs and through a lighted 225-foot
tunnel is a prime view of Waikiki and beyond, from a
vantage point only reachable on foot.
➺ Take a surf lesson in Waikiki. For decades,
locals and travelers have gotten their cowabunga
stoke on these perfect small rolling waves, and you
can too. The beach is filled with opportunities to
rent a board, including Faith Surf School in front
of the Outrigger Waikiki. For a different pace, try
stand-up paddleboarding and see Waikiki from a
➺ Explore the North Shore with Climb Works on
Keana Farms. The three-hour guided zip line tour
includes zip lines ranging from 500 feet to almost
half a mile; the course offers eight dual lines, two
rappels and three skybridges over beautifully
➺ Walk Kailua Beach at sunrise. This 2.5-mile
stretch of white flour-like sand is famous for its
beauty. Bring a boogie board; you’ll find a couple of
spots that are great for beginners.
➺ The most advanced boogie boarders and body-surfers can head to Makapuu Beach Park, but only
go if you have complete confidence in your water
abilities. This wild beach on the east side of Oahu is
famous for strong surf.
➺ After working out all day, stay healthy with a
sustainable seafood option from Mud Hen Water,
12th Avenue Grill, or The Pig & The Lady.
GERALD GLENNON, GENERAL MANAGER OF
THE KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT Glennon has
lived in Hawaii 17 years and has been in the hospitality industry 39 years.
➺ Take a sunrise walk along Waikiki with a nod
to the past. Here you can read the plaques created
by cultural historian George Kanahele and his crew
and imagine what this metropolis was like hundreds of years ago. Start at the east end at the beach,
at what is now the Kaimana Beach Hotel (formerly
Sans Souci, Waikiki’s first hotel), and continue to
Kapahulu Groin, a spot that today is crowded with
Wailea Beach Resort