Hawaii

 

Hawaii


Lounging at the pool is always nice, but why not feel the sand between your toes and enjoy the warm waters of Hawaii? From surfing and canoeing on Waikiki beach to swimming with manta rays on Hawaii Island, get out and experience an unforgettable water adventure in Hawaii. Learn about some of the best places to explore the crystal blue waters of the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaii Islands

Discover all the wonderful islands Hawaii has to offer.

  • Kauai


    The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, Kauai is known for the breathtaking cliffs of the Napali Coast. Take a boat tour and don’t forget your camera as you witness this spectacular natural wonder. While you’re there, don’t forget to spend some time relaxing on the picturesque beaches of the North Shore. And while Kauai may be best known for kayaking along the tranquil Wailua River, the truly adventurous should try mountain tubing in the irrigation ditches of Lihue.

  • Oahu


    Oahu is the metropolitan heart of Hawaii. It’s also known as the destination for the sport of surfing. The legendary North Shore is home to Waimea Bay, the birthplace of big wave surfing and every winter, the best surfers from around the world compete along the North Shore at the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. You can also learn how to surf or go on a canoe ride on the gentle waves of historic Waikiki Beach. For snorkelers, the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most popular snorkeling spots in the islands.

  • Maui Sunrise


    From Kaanapali Beach to Makena Beach (Big Beach), Maui is famous for its many idyllic beaches. Hookipa Beach is also known as the windsurfing capital of the world. But Maui is probably best known as being one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales. Go on a whale watching tour from December to May departing from Lahaina or Maalaea Harbor for an unforgettable whale encounter.

  • Lanai


    Just across the channel from Maui, Lanai is a secluded getaway known for its resorts and 4-wheel drive adventures. But for scuba divers, the lovely lava caverns off the south coast called the Lanai Cathedrals, cannot be missed.

  • Molokai


    A short ferry ride across the channel from Maui, Molokai is an island firmly rooted in Hawaiian culture. Molokai is best known for fantastic sport fishing. Fishing enthusiasts can take a charter boat from the charming town of Kaunakakai for the catch of a lifetime.

  • Hawaii’s Big Island


    The calm, clear waters along the Kona Coast make Hawaii Island a special place for snorkeling and scuba divers. Kona is also known as a great place for deep-sea sports fishing, with many fishing tournaments held throughout the year. But one of the most unique water adventures the island has to offer is manta ray diving. Take a charter boat off the Kona coast at sunset and scuba or snorkel with friendly mantas. Having an otherworldly manta ray glide within inches of you is an experience you’ll never forget.


Volcanoes
National Park


Watch the landscape change before your very eyes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located 30 miles southwest of Hilo, this is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction make this park one of the most popular visitor attraction in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians. Founded in 1916, the Park encompasses 333,000 acres from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea. Here you’ll find 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, scalded deserts and rainforests as well as a museum, petroglyphs, a walk-in lava tube and two active volcanoes: Maunaloa, which last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea which has been erupting since January 3rd, 1983. The extraordinary natural diversity of the park was recognized in 1980 when it was named a World Biosphere site by UNESCO and in 1987 when the park was again honored as a World Heritage site.  Kilauea is sometimes called “the world’s only drive-in volcano.” This prolific volcano currently produces 250,000–650,000 cubic yards of lava per day, enough to resurface a 20-mile-long, two-lane road daily. As of January 1994, 491 acres of new land have been created on Hawaii Island. The current eruption may last another 100 years or stop tomorrow. Pele, the volcano goddess who lives here, is very unpredictable. But the chance to watch Kilauea’s blistering lava flows meet the sea (click here for Kalapana viewing update) is just one of the reasons to visit.


Volcanoes National Park Attractions

Fort DeRussy and Hale Koa Hotel


Fort DeRussy has evolved immensely from 1906 when it was sold as a 72-acre parcel of “undesirable” land. The Army built Battery Randolph at the east end of Fort DeRussy (now an Army Museum) in 1911. It had significant roles during WWII and as a Rest & Recreation Center during the Vietnam Conflict.

Today, Fort DeRussy Armed Forces Recreation Center is the home of the Hale Koa Hotel—“House of the Warrior,” an 817-room, world–class resort hotel and continued favorite R&R destination for US military personnel.

 

  • Kilauea Visitor Center


    Open daily: 7:45 am to 5:00 pm Begin your visit at the Kilauea Visitor Center where you can watch an hour film from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to introduce you to the park. Ranger talks are offered and ranger-guided activities can be scheduled. Pick up maps, learn about the park’s hikes and get the latest eruption updates here.

  • Crater Rim Drive


    Crater Rim Drive is the 10.6-mile drive that circles Kilauea Caldera. Driving around this loop will take you to the park’s main attractions: the Kilauea overlook, Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater, Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and the Thurston Lava Tube.

  • Thomas A. Jaggar Museum


    Thomas A. Jaggar pioneered the study of volcanology in Kilauea. Here you can find geologic displays, maps and videos about the study of volcanoes.

Halemaumau Crater


Steam vents plume from this massive crater, known as the home of Pele, the volcano goddess. In 1967, this crater was filled with a lake of lava that eventually drained away. Great respect should be paid at this sacred site.

  • Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)


    Walk through a 500-year old lava cave formed when an underground channel of molten lava drained from its cooled walls forming a massive, hollow chamber. A tropical rainforest awaits you at the end of the tube.

  • Puu Oo Vent


    Currently Kilauea’s lava activity isn’t centered in its caldera (the large depression at the top of the volcano) but at the Puu Oo vent in the East Rift Zone. Puu Oo’s lava flood underground tubes that empty dramatically into the sea. You can watch this spectacle at the end of Chain of Craters Road or get a closer look from the new Kalapana viewing site outside the park.

  • Chain of Craters Road


    Ranger station open daily: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Veering south of Crater Rim Drive is Chain of Craters Road. This 3,700-foot drive eventually ends where a lava flow has literally overtaken the road.

  • Volcano House


    The Volcano House hotel overlooking Halemaumau Crater has been operating since it was a grass shack in 1846. Even Mark Twain once stayed here on his visit to Hawaii.

ICTXV Meeting

Join us in Hawaii 2019


July 15–18, 2019
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Contact us: +1.703.438.3115
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