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Posted on Jul 9, 2013 | 3 comments

Photo Essay: Travel Bloggers Share Their Favorite Place in Hawaii

Photo Essay: Travel Bloggers Share Their Favorite Place in Hawaii

Do you have a favorite place in Hawaii that you love more than any other? Being such a beautiful tropical paradise, it can be hard to pick just one. We proposed this question not only to ourselves, but to other travel bloggers, as well. What resulted was this photo essay of travel bloggers favorite place in Hawaii.

Kimmy & Drew of AfterGlobe

Favorite Place in Hawaii

Kuau Cove in Paia, Maui, Hawaii.

We love Hawaii so much, it made it extremely difficult to pick only one location. On Maui, our favorite island, we have so many places we call our favorites from South Shore, to Paia to Hana to Upcounty. Then we can break it down even more based on beaches, waterfalls, places to eat, views, and other sites to see. There is just so much we love about Maui.

In the end we agreed that Kuau Cove on North Shore is our favorite place in Hawaii. The lush coconut grove on a secluded white sand beach backs up to our favorite Hawaii restaurant, Mama’s Fish House.  It is the beach were we wed and were lucky enough to spend 10 amazing days. No matter what, it will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Megan of  Mapping Megan


Favortie Place in Hawaii

Favorite Place in Hawaii: La Perouse Bay, Maui!

Not your typical tourist attraction, La Perouse Bay in the Ahihi-Kinau Marine Preserve on Maui is my favorite place in Hawaii.  With stunning white sand beaches, crystal water lapping against a rustic coastline and remnants of lava from the last volcanic eruption in Maui, La Perouse Bay is an experience which is truly out of this world!

Driving will only get you so far – the road ends at beautiful lava flats and the bay is then only accessible via a walking trail.  While hiking across uneven volcano rock may not sound appealing, the walk is not difficult, and the view is spectacular!  Pack proper walking shoes as sandals are probably not appropriate!

Elizabeth of Hawaii Discount

Favorite Place in Hawaii

Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park.

My favorite place in Hawaii is also the best view, Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park. This is one of the most scenic locations on Oahu! The panoramic backdrop includes Makapu’u Meadows and Rabbit Island.  As you explore the Chief’s Luau grounds be sure to look up and you may see hang gliders dotting the sky as you enjoy a beautiful sunset.

The beauty is not only in the location but also in the people you will meet at Chief’s Luau. From the beautiful lei greetings to the hot fire knife dance finale, Chief’s luau is filled with the Aloha spirit. This is one luau I return to over and over again. As soon as I arrive I feel like I have arrived home. The beautiful scenery, the hilarious Chief Sielu and the amazing dancers make this one of my favorite places in Hawaii!

Noel Morata of Noel Morata Photography

Favorite Places in Hawaii

Haena on the Big Island of Hawaii

One of my favorite places to visit on the Big Island of Hawaii is a beautiful beach called Haena. It is a fairly short two hour hike walking through lush green jungles, crossing black lava rock cliffs with gorgeous coastal views. Once you reach the beach, its usually very quiet and not crowded. In fact, most of the time you’ll be sharing it with quite a few large green turtles basking along the shoreline. What’s fascinating about this beach is the grey and white sand that with the flowing tide creates these dynamic and artistic graphic patterns when the tide flows back out. It’s easy to spend some time just enjoying the ever changing patterns. One of my favorite things to do is explore and photograph these beautiful patterns along with the wonderful nature surrounding this almost private cove. It’s a real piece of paradise in East Hawaii.

Vanessa Chiasson of TurnipseedTravel

Favorite Places in Hawaii

The North Shore of Oahu.

This is one of my favorite places in the world – the North Shore of Oahu. My husband and I woke up bright and early on our first day in Oahu, jet lag amazingly cured by the restorative Hawaiian breeze- and maybe a few Mai Tais! Imagining we’d be tired, we had envisioned a day just quietly exploring Waikiki beach – our burst of energy necessitated a change in plans!

I’m an island girl at heart, having grown up on the rugged shores of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. I can really identify with tiny communities whose heart and soul resides with the ocean. I felt instantly at home along Oahu’s North Shore, and was especially enthralled with watching the surfers. In Nova Scotia, if we saw huge swells like that we’d head inland – I couldn’t believe how these islanders went out into the waves!

The reaction to the waves was a bit different but other things were strikingly the same. The plate lunch stands, the ice cream shacks, the bakeries- it all had the feel of home (but better!). It wasn’t just the scenery and food that warmed my heart – the gentle island spirit of Hawaiian residents had me falling in love!

Hawaii is so much more than just a tropical paradise. The people, the communities have such a genuine warm heart it makes Hawaii one of my favorite places in the world.

Bret & Mary of Green Global Travels

Favorite Places in Hawaii

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island.

During our trip to Hawai’i (a.k.a. The Big Island), we stumbled upon this Hawaiian Monk Seal taking a nap on the beach at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. The area was historically a place of refuge for defeated warriors and Hawaiians who broke one of the ancient laws. But when we visited, it was also a safe haven for this adorable cutie, who slept on a protected section of the shore beside the temple. Known to local natives as “Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua,” or “dog that runs in rough water,” there are only around 1100 Hawaiian Monk Seals left in the wild due to hunting, low juvenile survival rate, and a reduction of their habitat. Fortunately, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is working hard to save them for future generations.

What’s your favorite place in Hawaii?

All AfterGlobe photography by Kimmy Hayes and copyrighted under her name. All photos provided by contributors are property of their owners.

About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


    • Thanks, Noel. I know it gets me excited to go back in September.

  1. Great article! Hawaii one of the places we want to go and you’ve given us some ideas.
    Frank (bbqboy)

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