The Island of Hawai‘i
The Big Island of Hawai‘i has always attracted the more adventurous and spirited travelers. This island is a place not short of mana (spirit)—from the deep cultural roots that span the peaks of the volcanoes to the southernmost tip of the isle (which happens to be the southernmost point in the U.S.!). It’s this very same mana that more than likely attracts those seeking a “higher” travel experience.
There were vibrant rainforest, towering sea cliffs, rolling grassy plains, wildlife, surf, a veritable spectrum of colorful beaches (black, green and white sand are just a few), humpback whales in the “winter” and dolphin, sea turtles and monk seals playing amidst the thousands of varieties of reef fish long before any human stepped foot here. Thankfully, it’s all still here for us to now appreciate. Oh, and there is sunshine. Lots of sunshine.
Between some of the most swank resorts on the planet, mountain inns tucked on the slopes of the largest mountain on the planet (if you count from under sea level), and campgrounds are a rather dizzying array of “things” you can participate in to boost your vacation experience. Luckily, there are hundreds of expertsin-their fields who are eager to guide you.
Of course, you’ll need something to direct you to those experts. Which is where we fit in. You want an island flush with hidden waterfalls? We’ve got a guy for that! How about spas that soothe aching muscles into submission? There’s a place for that! Dive an expansive coral reef or maybe reel in that giant sailfish? Check! And we’re just scratching the molten surface. This island is, indeed, big. Which is why we’re here. 101 Things to Do has organized more “stuff” for you to do than is humanly possible in one visit. Whether you’re the type to carry around this guide book and check off/ear-mark the pages with activities you’ve done, or, you study it in the evening by the light of a campfire, looking for that one “thing to do” tomorrow, we’ve got something for you.
This island is yours to explore. Allow us to be your handy companion. And, in the event that you wind up having the time of your life—please feel free to share it with us by subscribing to our newsletter (at www.101thingstodo.com). Also, feel free take this magazine home with you. Trust us: It will keep you warm on frosty, mid-winter mainland nights… and there’s always another vacation next year. We’ll be here waiting.