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of Craters Road, and trekked all over ropy
lava mounds from past eruptions (check out
the Thurston Lava Tube).
We came back in the evening to visit the
Jaggar Museum, with a sheltered view of the
caldera and main crater, Halema‘uma‘u; the
overlook outside the building offers an incredible view of the volcano with interpretive displays about K;lauea, one of the world’s most
In Hilo, east of the park, learn about
another natural phenomenon at the Pacific
Tsunami Museum. Farther east, in Waimea
(paniolo, or cowboy, country), Merriman’s
owner is another of the founding members of
Hawaii Regional Cuisine.
We finished the day in Kona with Tropical
Island Flavor’s shave ice. It’s so much more
than a snow cone—the ice is finely shaved,
with tropical flavors such as guava, pineapple,
coconut or kiwi; occasionally a scoop of vanilla
ice cream or bean paste is put in the bottom of
the cup, and sweetened condensed milk drizzled over the top for a more intense flavor and
a creamier, smoother texture. Yum!
Kauai: the Garden Isle
Verdant Kauai is the ideal location for
honeymooners and those seeking a more laid-back vibe. You can pick either an unhurried
boat ride or an exhilarating helicopter flight
for a bird’s-eye view of the Na Pali Coast’s spectacular cliffs.
Kauai’s southern shore is calmer, and
Poipu Beach is the best place not only for a
swim, but also to spy humpback whales and
endangered monk seals (and if you still haven’t
had enough Hawaiian fusion, a Roy’s restaurant is nearby).
Generally flat terrain makes biking the Ke
Ala Hele Makalae trail a leisurely pleasure.
Farther west, wind your way up to the 3,600-
foot deep Waimea Canyon and then into
K;ke‘e State Park for scenic overlooks, lush
vegetation and stunning waterfalls.
If you’re into golf, there are 10 courses
from which to choose, including ones designed
by Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Or
just sit back, relax and take in the island sights
during a six-hour movie-inspired tour to see
where films such as Pirates of the Caribbean,
Blue Hawaii and Jurassic Park were made. C
Penny Musco ( www.pennymusco.com)
enjoyed her trip to Hawaii, especially its
PHOTOS COUR TES Y OF HA WAII TOURISM AU THORIT Y
By Penny Musco
MANY PEOPLE ENVISION Honolulu and
its world-renowned beach, Waikiki, when
they think of Hawaii. But skip the islands that
make up the rest of the state and you’ll miss
out on much of its exciting aloha spirit. Interisland flights whisk you to the main cities
while providing a panoramic glimpse of each
island, and renting a car allows you to discover
these less-populated locales at your own pace.
So, think outside Waikiki.
Maui: the Magic Isle
If you’re hungry when you land at Kahului,
consider stopping at Zippy’s Restaurant. Try
the loco moco—chili over rice, topped with a
beef patty and eggs—and malasadas, two-bite
doughnuts filled with custard.
In late afternoon, zigzag up to the
Haleakala summit, as my family and I did,
(bring a jacket—it’s chilly) to walk the rocky
paths around the crater while watching the
sun sink over the Pacific. Most people come at
sunrise, but evening is just as beautiful (and
much less crowded).
The Hana Highway, famous for its
curves, ocean views, waterfalls and sparkling
pools, can be tackled on your own; better yet,
hop aboard a tour bus to enjoy the sights
The small town of Paia, with shops carrying local crafts, clothing and art, is a good
place to visit afterward. Here you can get an
introduction to Hawaii Regional Cuisine, a
movement blending the state’s ethnic flavors
with world cuisine. Beverly Gannon, one of
the 12 chefs who established this culinary
movement emphasizing local fruit, vegetables,
meat and fish, runs the Hali‘imaile General
After a short hike in peaceful Iao Valley
Hawaii: the Big Island
in central Maui, head over to the former
whaling village of Lahaina for whale watch-
ing, historic sites and art galleries galore. Old
Lahaina Luau promotes its traditional luau—
In nearby Kaanapali, we ate at CJ’s to sam-
ple the Hawaiian specialty known as plate
lunch—meat or fish, plus two sides, usually
macaroni salad and one other salad plus rice.
Don’t miss the daily sunset cliff-diving spec-
tacle at Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach.
It’s not called the “Big Island” for nothing.
Driving distances may be long, but the adventures are worth it. En route from the island’s
west coast to K;lauea, one of the world’s few
active volcanoes, stop for provisions at Punalu‘u
Bake Shop, the southernmost bakery in the
U.S. Continue on to Punalu‘u Black Sand
Beach; coming from another state that borders
an ocean, we found it fascinating to walk on
finely crushed lava instead of the smooth white
powder we’re used to. And it was a thrill to get
close to sea turtles (no touching!).
At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, we
Don’t overlook Hawaii’s other islands
stared out at the dark, rocky volcanic land-
scape, drove around the rim and along Chain
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(Top) The hikable Na Pali Coast on
Kauai, as viewed by helicopter. (Above)
Enjoying a shave ice is a highlight after
a day of exploring the Big Island.