Making Memories in Hawaii
by Sharman Yarnell – mtltimes.ca
Just about now, while we are battling slush and snow and the sound of ice pellets hitting the windshield, the sound of surf crashing up to the shore is pretty inviting, isn’t it?
Likewise, the Islands of cliffs, waterfalls, warm tranquil waters, stunning natural foliage and its own wildlife – the Noio, Pueo, Honu’ea, are calling!
Behold Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui, Hilo, Kailua and Kauai.
This time next year you could be wallowing in the waters off one of these spots or relaxing on the beach with a Mai Tai in your hand.
Long known as the place to go to for a honeymoon, Hawaii is true to all it promises. Serenity and relaxation with some island excitement thrown in, from a day of golf, to an evening Hula with accompanying chants. I have never met anyone who has travelled there who hasn’t vowed to return.
The first stop on the tour is Honolulu, with an overnight stay at a hotel before boarding the ship the following day. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy some of the nightlife Honolulu offers, or to perhaps relax and take in one of the many exciting dining experiences. A must visit…is the site of Pearl Harbour, for history buffs, and for those simply wanting to offer a moment of respect.
There are so many exciting things to do on the stopovers on the islands. The following are just a few suggestions.
Starting with Maui! A drive along the Hana Highway will take you to the coastal hamlet of Hana, passing a bamboo forest, rainbow trees and fruit stands along the way. Hana may be where you want to go, but just a few more miles along the highway are the Wailua Falls, an 80 foot cascade of roaring water. Get there with the sun in just the right position and you are in for a kaleidoscope of colour through the rising mist! The trip will take you through the towns and villages, meeting the people and learning about their way of life. Highly recommended is a visit to Haleakala to watch the sunset into the sea. Medicine for the soul! Just one of the many things you may want to do on this beautiful island.
Hilo, is the gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In 1946 and 1960 the town of Hilo was nearly swallowed by a tsunami. But Hilo’s waterfront was rebuilt and today Hilo is a vibrant town, home to great museums (Imiloa Astronomy Center, Lyman Museum, Pacific Tsunami Museum), and many art galleries (East Hawaii Cultural Center). There are also unique shops (Sig Zane Designs, Big Island Candies, Hilo Hattie, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory) and perennial favourites like the Hilo Farmers Market. There is much to take in on the island.
On to Kailua. Kailua means “two seas” or “two currents”, and is part of the island of Oʻahu. It has attained great attention lately because it has been frequented a number of times by President Obama. Best things to do here are, kayaking and canoeing (an island canoe is different from any other), windsurfing, and there is plenty of snorkelling and scuba diving in the blue sparkling waters! As with the other islands, it boasts stunning natural beauty, so hikers and photographers will be in seventh heaven! Especially taking in one of its spectacular sunrises –
Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. It was one of the last to join King Kamehameha’s Kingdom of Hawaii. Sunrises captured from the Kalalau Trail and Lookout will leave an imprint on your heart forever. For the movie buffs there is Kauai Movie Tours: Remember the waterfall in Fantasy Island? Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and South Pacific? They were all filmed in Kauai. And talking about films – Lumahai Beach: was made famous by the film South Pacific, this is where Mitzi Gaynor spent some time “washing that man right out of (her) hair”. It’s breathtakingly gorgeous but best for picture taking and picnics. Swimming is dangerous there at certain times of the year.
Someone once wrote, “The camera sees, the heart feels.” Nowhere is this better applied than to the Hawaiian Islands. Just once in a lifetime that beauty should be visited and that feeling should be revisited every time you look at your pictures.
From March 3rd to the 11th, in 2017, Voyages Carre St. Laurent Travel and the Norweigen Cruise Line will make that dream a reality, on the Pride of America.
The price includes airfare, cruise and a nights stay pre-cruise in a hotel in Honolulu. All suggestions for the islands are over and above the cruise cost.
For more information please call: 514 360 3939 or 514 922 1268