Heading to America’s warmest state for some sunshine this winter? If you are so lucky to be doing this, be sure to check out some of the best senior friendly attractions in the Hawaiian Islands…
The big island of Hawaii – Mauna Kea and coffee farms
While it may not have the glamorous beaches that other isles in the Hawaiian chain, the Big Island has plenty of other attractions that make a visit here well worthwhile.
One of the tallest mountains in the world, Mauna Kea is a volcano that you should make every effort to see while you are on the Big Island.
Several astronomical observatories at located at the top, and the surrounding terrain resembles the surface of Mars.
Once you get down to lower elevations, be sure to check out some coffee farms, as you’ll be able to learn about the growing and manufacturing process behind your favorite morning drink, plus you’ll be able to sample some cups fresh from the fields.
Oahu – world famous beaches and Polynesian culture
If you are after some quality time in the sun, then heading to Oahu will prove to be a smart choice. From the glitzy fame of Waikiki Beach in downtown Honolulu, to the surfer favorites along the island’s north shore, you’ll find a place that speaks to your soul.
If you wish to learn more about the people that originally inhabited these isles, the Polynesian Cultural Center will teach you about a seafaring civilization that populated islands stretching from Hawaii to the Cook Islands.
With exhibits and live entertainment in the evening, it will be a visit that will be well worth the gate admission.
Maui – waterfalls and wild sea coast
Those seeking to get into contact with Hawaii’s natural side will find plenty of opportunities to do so on the island of Maui.
With scores of state and national parks, there is much to see in the way of waterfalls in Maui’s interior (Ohe’o Gulch Kipahulu is not to be missed), and wild sea coast (Wainapanapa State Park stands out, with blowholes, sea caves, and a fantastic black sand beach).
Kauai – lush greenery and timeless helicopter rides
Not bothered by a bit of rain? Kauai has much to offer if that is so, as its mountains, jungle and coastline will captivate naturalists with every vista that it brings to the table.
While you might not have the stamina to hike the Na Pali Coast yourself, there are plenty of tour companies that operate sightseeing helicopter rides, which will allow you to see the sea cliffs from an elevated perspective, and access to world famous beach that lies at trail’s end.