Hawaii is one of the most desired places to visit in the world, and this isn’t surprising considering all the wonder and beauty that can be found there. Most people have heard of the magnificence of Hawaii and seen images of it online and in television shows, and movies, and so don’t need any convincing that a trip there would be spectacular. But just in case you haven’t heard about how awe-inspiring the archipelago is, the following will explore some of the reasons you might want to visit Hawaii at least once in your life.
Hawaii is the world’s largest archipelago, which is a collection of islands. Some of the bigger islands include the Islands of Hawaii, Maui, Ni’ihau, Kaho’olawe, Kaua’i, Lāna’i, O’ahu, and Moloka’i, among several smaller islands. The name Hawaii comes from the word Hawaiki which means: the place of the gods. Home to gorgeous beaches, dense, rich volcanic terrain, and Polynesian culture, Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Are you ready and excited for an Hawaiian vacation?
Experience An Endangered Language
The Hawaiian language is beautiful and endangered. While visiting, you can take Hawaiian classes to help contribute to the survival of the language or simply be present with and revere a human language that might not exist in the future. You can even prep for the trip by practicing with Duolingo, which is a free language earning app doing its best to help save languages including Navajo, Gaelic, and Yiddish. Beyond contributing to a good cause, learning a new language is great for your cognitive abilities, and it enriches your sense of the human experience.
Visit A Volcano
As children, we spend far more time thinking about volcanoes than we seem to need in adulthood. Kīlauea is an active volcano that you can visit and witness in action (it’s been erupting for over 30 years). Make the little kid inside of you proud and see something so powerful and rare. The people at liveyouraloha.com emphasizes that if you’re a bit nervous about visiting this kind of sight alone, you can book a tour. There are dozens of fantastic tours across all the islands that make up Hawaii.
The Aloha Spirit
Hawaii is among a select few places in the world, including Newfoundland, Canada, and Nepal, where people are, so friendly it’s a shock to travelers. The aloha spirit is a big part of what makes people want to come back to Hawaii again and again, and it refers to the cultural preference for welcoming everyone with open arms and being present and friendly in every interaction. Have conversations with strangers who are happy to offer assistance or friendship and expect nothing in return.
The above list is only the beginning of why so many people are drawn to visiting Hawaii—the stellar beaches and lush wildlife, and breathtaking sunsets weren’t even discussed. One of the wonderful things about the peninsula is that there is so much variety in the islands and activities available. Often a group of travelers will all come home with a different favorite part of the trip. Aside from being welcomed well in Hawaii, people there also have many stories to share, including legends and folklore. One of them is about the Night Marchers. If you are curious about this, read our article, What are Hawaiian Night Marchers?