Summer is over– but the fun doesn’t have to end. We at Goodshop are excited to announce our latest sweepstakes: 2 Free Tickets To Hawaii! Co-sponsored by Hotels.com, this sweepstakes offers two gift cards worth $500 each from Hotels.com and 120,000 miles to use on Hawaiian Airlines– which, in layman’s terms, means that you get a free trip to whichever Hawaiian island you choose! Huzzah huzzah. It practically sounds too good to be true.
As a seasoned Hawaiian traveler, I wrote up a quick list of my five favorite places to visit. If you plan your trip right, you may even be able to visit them all! Aloha aloha.
Drive Along The Hana Highway
The Hana highway is a 52 mile long one-lane highway that snakes its way across Maui’s north shore– through waterfalls and bamboo forests and devastatingly beautiful cliffs– and into the little town of Hana. As you drive past some of the most breathtaking views Hawaii has to offer, stop to hike the bamboo rainforests, jump in the ocean, and eat oysters at Mama’s Fish House, the nicest (and most expensive) restaurant on the island.
Surf the North Shore in Oahu
The big, glassy waves on Oahu’s North Shore attract surfers, of all skill levels, from all corners of the Earth. The 7 miles of beach often host international surfing competitions– which provides the perfect lazy afternoon spectacle for any couple. My three favorite beaches? Waimea Bay, Ehukai Beach and Sunset Beach. Just make sure you wear sunblock.
Hike Volcanoes National Park
Spend a day (or three) exploring the myriad volcanic craters, tunnels, and charcoal fields at Volcanos National park on the Big Island of Hawaii. There are cabins to rent and hikes to explore– plus, at night, you can watch the glow of lava steam out of the Halemaumau summit crater.
Enjoy the Black Sands Beaches of Big Island
Given that the Big Island is the youngest island in the Hawaii chain, much of the landmass is still comprised of dark, solidified lava. Enter in the storied Black Sand beaches: miles of blackened coastline, broken lava rocks, and deeply soft lava sand. Spend the night in the artist town of Hilo, and then enjoy a day spent beach hopping, snorkeling, and hanging out with ancient turtles.
Visit The Kalaupapa Leprosy Colony on Molokai
At the base of the steep cliffs of Molokai, which are the steepest in the world, rests a strip of land that used to house the entire leper population of the Hawaiian islands. Take a donkey ride down the cliffs (or hike, if you so dare), and enjoy an informative tour of the community that used to live there. Beautiful views, stunning scenery, and a controversial history await your journey! Make sure you bring lunch, as you will be a long way from home.