Few things in life are as sweet sounding as a Hawaiian vacation. Especially when the weather at home chills … and the snow starts falling. Well, even if the streets at home are not covered in ice (and hopefully they are not), the reality of escaping from the hustle of daily life is just as sweet as it sounds. And a Hawaiian vacation is undoubtedly one of the greatest options to slow down and appreciate the good things in life.
Hawaii, frankly, has just about it all. Beautiful sandy beaches and crystal blue water on the coast with steep terrain and lush greenery on the mountain side. And considering that the islands in Hawaii are not all that large, all of the aforementioned are accessible to anyone that is willing. But Hawaii is more than just the land and sea. It is composed of so many different things that truly create the full package experience. And below are three such things.
Hawaiian culture is as rich as it comes. Considering the isolated nature of the Hawaiian Islands, and the fact that the Polynesians explored throughout the Pacific and exchanged goods, ideas, and knowledge for thousands of years prior to Western contact, one can only imagine the wealth in the way of life of these very Polynesians developed in Hawaii through the centuries.
Hawaii has become a melting pot for many cultures, whether from its first contacts with European explorers to the countries throughout Asia to the incorporation as a state within the United States of America. For these very reasons, Hawaii is a cornucopia of different ethnic foods as well as the infusions of those very foods that follow. For example, what is considered “local food” is actually a mix of all the different cultures with a native twist. Hence the “loco moco,” which is a bed of rice topped with a hamburger patty and a fried egg all smothered in gravy.
Hawaii is considered the home of surfing. With Duke Kahanamoku, a native Hawaiian olympian, reviving it in the early 20th century, surfing is as Hawaiian of an activity as it gets. It is common to not only see as many people in the water at any given stretch of coastline with waves as those lining the beach. It also helps that Hawaii has some of the best surf in the world. The North Shore of Oahu being the epicenter of the entire surfing world. A place where all of the best surfers, surf photographers, filmers, and journalists flock to in order to sharpen and show off their skills before the entire surf industry.