A Sunny Christmas Wishlist: Having 48 Hours in Hawaii

What if you only have 48 hours in Hawaii? One thing’s for sure… you’ll see than beaches. Here are the destinations I’d go to if I had the chance!

The holidays are coming! Where do you plan to go? I’m sure for the four seasoned folks out there, you’re looking for a way to escape the cold winter. For us in the tropics, it’s different. Some would like to experience snow, while others would rather feel a forever summer even during Christmastime.

Question is, has Hawaii been part of your Christmas wishlist?

Whenever I think of Hawaii, I usually think of pristine beaches, swaying palm trees, crystal clear water, and plenty of sunshine. But upon further research, I learned that there’s so much that Hawaii has to offer.

One of the best ways to enjoy this paradise is to get the best accommodations. You can actually find houses for rent in Hawaii. This is a great option for me as a budget traveler since I don’t want to spend so much money on hotels. A good rental home would be great for me to save on cash for more adventures and activities in the area.

Here are just some notable Hawaii attractions that I definitely would love to visit:

Waikiki Beach, Oahu

Waikiki Beach in Oahu is one of the popular beach destinations in the world. It’s a beachfront neighborhood in Honolulu with a number of luxurious hotels and resorts lined up on one side. Not far from the sandy shores are adventurous activities such as surfing. I even heard this is where the first longboards were invented. Paddling lessons are great starts for beginner surfers. At night, there’s a nearby marketplace you can visit to go shopping for souvenir items.

Liliha Bakery, Oahu

If you love cakes and pastries and butter rolls, you will find a paradise in Oahu called Liliha Bakery. Being the largest retail bakery in Hawaii, they offer some really good chocolate cakes and cocoa puffs that you shouldn’t miss! Its 1950s art décor is popular to win many tourists’ hearts and it has gained a reputation for great food quality for more than half a century. Fresh oven-baked pastries and coffee await every curious foodie at Liliha Bakery. In fact, their pancakes (the island’s fluffiest!) and decorated cakes have been award-winning.

Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauai

Since I prefer the wilder outdoors and awesome landscapes, Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park in Kauai is also part of my bucket list. It’s famous for its sea cliffs, valleys, streams, and majestic waterfalls. If you want a good hike, the Kalalau Trail is a steep trail piercing through the park, located between the Ke’e Beach and the Kalalau Beach. From the trail, you will pass by the Hanakoa Valley with its native plants and old agricultural terraces. There are also snorkeling activities to nearby. Truly, Na Pali Coast is one of the best places on the planet where you can see nature in its true form and untouched by humans.

Hukilau Lanai, Kauai

After adventuring and exploring different parts of the island, eating great food is a must. After researching online, I found Hukilau Lanai, which is a great food destination in Hawaii. Fresh seafood, island cuisines, and wine are their best combo, and the ambiance and service are known to be exceptional. Entertainment in Hukilau Lanai comes in the form of acoustic, rock, and jazz nights. What’s also great is that they have ethical values, in a sense that their way of producing food and catching seafood are environmentally sustainable.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island

If you’re ever thrilled by seeing a volcano up close, going to the Big Island will afford you a great view of a volcano landscape. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is where you can observe the billowing steam vents and the river of volcano snaking through the craters. At the heart of the park are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. The Crater Rim Drive passes steam vents. While the Jaggar Museum features volcanology exhibits and a viewpoint overlooking Halema’uma’u Crater. You’ll find thick ferns upon entry to the Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). Hiring a guide or booking a guided tour is highly recommended for you to enjoy the entire experience!

Kona Coffee Farms, Big Island

As a lover of coffee, it delighted me to know that there are hundreds of coffee farms in Kona that are rich in aroma and taste. Just remember to take a good cup of coffee before leaving Big Island! There are various roadside coffee shacks, cafes, and restaurants in the area. For more a more in-depth experience, you can also go on a farm tour. November is a great time to visit Hawaii too, in time for the Kona Coffee Culture Festival, which features live music and entertainment. Coffee and culture — what else could be better?

Hawaiian Style Café, Big Island

While spending my time with my family on the Big Island I came across this restaurant that certainly offers great local delicacies that are hard to resist. The food here is good and the prices are better. I enjoyed the local Hawaii food called Loco Moco along with other Hawaiian and Mexican food items that are served here.

Hawaii has been an exceptional place for the adventurous and ponderous. There are various adventures here — from unique food choices to seeing volcanoes up close; from tasting rich coffee to surfing on the beach. I think everyone will find their sanctuary anywhere in Hawaii. Hope that someday my warm Christmas wish would come true!




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