We're seeing a huge increase in interest for all things
American, and this extends to the 50th State, way out west in the
middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Despite this remote location, Hawaii is still the easiest part
of the South Pacific to reach, and there is plenty of indigenous
culture to enjoy alongside the creature comforts that mainland
Americans do so well.
A luxury holiday on the islands also dovetails beautifully with
either California or the west coast of Canada to provide perfect
combinations or an ideal multi-stop honeymoon.
And so to the islands themselves, the remnants of massive
volcanoes that burst from the ocean floor millions of years ago,
and which are still growing strong. Seven of the eight main islands
are inhabited, and because they are so easy to get between, we
would highly recommend combining two or more on any trip, because
they all have something different to offer.
If we had to choose one island for a luxury Hawaiian holiday
(don't do it!), it would most likely be Maui, home to 80 beautiful
beaches and beginner friendly surfing conditions; a snorkeller's
paradise in the vast submerged Molokini crater; wonderful trekking
and riding country and the famously dramatic switchbacks of the
Road to Hana. Take the ferry across to neighbouring Lana'i and the
trip often also doubles as a whale watching trip.
Lana'i itself goes by the nickname of 'Hawaii's most enticing
island', which might explain why billionaire Larry Ellison of
Oracle fame splashed a cool $300 million on buying 98% of it. The
island's main draws are a wonderfully laid back vibe (the speed
limit on the island's traffic light free 30 miles of roads is 30
mph) and the chance to swim with spinner dolphins in beautiful
Next stop Kauai, the so-called 'Garden Island' that doubled as
Jurassic Park in the movie and which is also home to Waimea Canyon.
The American obsession with branding everything in sight means that
sure enough this too has a strapline - 'the Grand Canyon of the
Pacific' but branding or otherwise, Waimea, at 3,000ft deep is
HONOLULU ON THE ISLAND OF OAHU
The observant among you might have noticed we haven't yet
mentioned Honolulu. Well, it's on the island of Oahu and the only
proper city in the islands, with a lively nightlife and great (and
very American) shopping and also home to Pearl Harbour for history
buffs to explore.
Finally, the big one - Hawai'i island itself, which is nearly
twice as big as all the other islands combined. This is the place
to see searingly hot molten lava and the vividly coloured volcanic
sand beaches that show the massive geological forces still at work
in the islands. Horses or helicopters are a great way to explore
the bizarre lunar landscapes.
As you can see, there's plenty on offer on a luxury holiday in
Hawaii and if (like us, if we're completely honest) you have
preconceptions of a destination that long since sold its South
Pacific soul to Americana, think again.