8 Hawaii adventures made for a second visit

Broaden your exploration of the Hawaiian Islands with these activities you may have missed the first time.
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We don’t have to tell you how much there is to do in Hawaii. If you’re currently packing a bag to return here with a ticket in hand, then chances are you’re already well aware of that. If you’ve already done the more popular hikes and tours across the Islands, here are a selection of additional activities to consider—all of which you can find in our “103 Reasons to Get Excited About Hawaii” in our January/February 2016 issue.

1. If you’ve backpacked the 11-mile trail to Kalalau Beach on Kauai…

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Photo: Robert Linsdell/cc

Now backpack your way through 30 miles of trails in the summit area of Haleakala National Park.

haleakala national park
Photo: Dana/nc-nd

This national park on Maui covers 33,265 acres and at the summit there are trails for all levels—from breezy 10-minute hikes to multi-day overnight adventures.

2. If you’ve hiked Makapuu Lighthouse at sunrise…

Photo: be808/cc

Now hike the Pillbox Trail in Lanikai.

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Photo: Rob Bertholf/cc

A favorite among the local set, this mostly uphill hike promises a scenic overlook of Kailua and the two distinct islets, Na Mokulua.

3. If you’ve taken a boat tour along the Napali Coast of Kauai…

napali boat
Photo: Dan Tentler/nc

Now sail around the island of Lanai.

lanai boat tour
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There are multiple sunrise and sunset boat sails the island’s Manele Bay that depart from West Maui.


4. If you’ve snorkeled at Shark’s Cove on Oahu…

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Photo: Thomas Shahan/cc

Now snorkel with manta rays in Kona.

Keauhou Bay on Hawaii Island has become a feeding area for the graceful fish.


5. If you’ve camped at Kipahulu on Maui…

Photo: Conor Dupre-Neary/nc-nd

Now camp at the revamped Malaekahana Beach.

malaekahana camping
Photo: Jade Shandro/nc-nd

This quiet site in Laie on Oahu’s North Shore offers accommodations from tents to RVs to plantation hale (houses) and suites that can sleep up to 20 guests.


6. If you’ve toured the coffee fields of Kona and Hilo on Hawaii Island…

kona coffee field
Photo: Lauren Bacon/cc

Now take a tour of the lesser known Kau coffees with Kau Coffee Mill in Pahala.

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Photo: Kau Coffee Mill

This tucked away coffee plantation is a great pick-me-up activity for java lovers.


7. If you’ve surfed the breaks off Waikiki…

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Photo: J. Byerly/nc-nd

Now surf Diamond Head Beach like the locals do.

diamond head surfing
Photo: Ricky Duane Grohe/nc-nd

There are a few separate breaks in this area, the most popular being Cliffs.


8. If you’ve been to the top of Mauna Kea…

mauna kea summit
Photo: Robert Linsdell/cc

Now hike the Puuhuluhulu trail, the cinder cone at its foot, at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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Photo: Wikipedia

A moderate day hike where you can get a view of Mauna Ulu’s steaming shield.

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