Starting life together in Cupid’s corner of the world
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
The magical, mystical Hawaiian Islands welcome lovers with balmy breezes, swaying palms andt is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. The archipelago is just about the most romantic on the planet. The islands are right out water paintings with crystal clear seas, verdant mountains and heavenly-scented air.
If you need some help planning your honeymoon, read on.
Keawakapu Beach, the three Kamaole’s and Airport Beach in Maui are hard to beat. Lanai’s Hulopoe Beach takes your breath away. Warm, calm waters allow for easy swimming or snorkeling. The shoreline affords awesome views of pods of dolphins playing in the surf. You’ll find sybaritic pleasure at any of the contiguous tiny beaches on Kauai’s sunny southern shore. One of the best is Poipu-Baby-Brenneke where gentle waves and soft sand sedate the senses. Hapuna Beach at the Hapuna Prince Hotel sits adjacent to soft sands and crystal clear waters. Hamoa Beach at Hana Maui is “the most perfect crescent beach” according to author James Michener—reachable by a breathtakingly beautiful 2-½ hour drive to Hana Maui.
Most Romantic Dining
There are many romantic restaurants in the islands. On Maui my choices are Gannon’s Wailea. The food’s fantastic and the setting magical.
Couple love luaus under the stars watching sensuous hula dancers and listening to heavenly ukulele music. And the choices are plentiful. To find the right one click here.
More Maui choices include 5 Palms Restaurant (photo left) at Mana Kai Maui. It offers a popular happy hour daily plus romantic dining under the stars.
Another Maui restaurant oozing with amorous ambiance is Morimoto at the Andaz. The food and setting are spectacular.
One of the best snorkel spots in Maui is Black Rock at the end of Kaanapali Beach. The sea is usually calm and clear and fish swim straight up to your mask to nibble bread from your hands. Another Maui snorkel haven is Laperouse Bay.
Over on the Big Island Mauna Kea and Hapuna beaches feature crystal clear, lava-encrusted waters. And on Waikiki, San Souci Beach, across from Kapiolani Park is the place to go.
Shop ‘til you drop at Ala Moana, Oahu’s prettiest and most illustrious mall. There are 200 shops and pricey boutiques plus plenty of places to fuel up on everything from sushi to hot dogs. Pound the pavement along Maui’s famous Front Street. For funky stuff and souvenirs, this century-old street teems with adorable boutiques, jewelry shops, art galleries and souvenir shops. For upscale goods go to the pricey Shops at Wailea (Fendi, Gucci et al).
Best Mai Tai
Enjoy Hawaii’s national cocktail at the Halekulani Hotel’s enchanting oceanfront House Without a Key which serves a Mai Tai’s that guarantees you’ll see that green flash when the sun hits the sea at dusk.
The Willows Spa at Fairmont Kea Lani (pictured above). The Spa at Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island is pure bliss where you can enjoy side by side Lomilomi massages in an open air thatched roof hut.
Hands down the most aesthetically attractive oval pool in Hawaii is at the Halekulani on Waikiki. Its mosaic masterpiece bottom boasts a colorful Hawaiian orchid amid more than a million tiny tiles.
Best Culinary Treat
Shave Ice is a statewide delicacy. And one of the best can be found at W&F Washerette in Kahului, Maui (125 S. Wakea Avenue). Order pineapple, cherry or rainbow with a scoop of Azuki beans and/or ice cream. Over on Oahu’s North Shore Matsumoto’s in Haleiwa serves scrumptious mango, papaya and lemonade Shave Ice.
Best Rooms with a View
Ocean front and Diamond Head rooms at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki.
Special suites at the Sheraton Maui. Any room at the Fairmont Kea Lani.
Hulas happen everywhere. The performances are free at sunset at the Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki and many other spots.
Snowboarding (yes you read this correctly) over pu’us (volcanic cones) on magical Mauna Kea on the Big Island.
There are two mile runs with 2500’ to 4500’ of vertical, and a 360-degree view of Mauna Kea’s moonscape, the Pacific Ocean and Haleakala. Finish your snowboarding excursion with a dip in the warm surf at one of the many beaches below. Kite skiing on Maui. Helicopter rides on all islands. And, or course scenic hikes on all islands.
Most Hawaii-Romantic Means of Transportation
Snuggle up in comfy lie flat First Class seat First Class on Hawaiian Airlines where Ho’onanea or Aloha spirit permeates the flight. You’ll feast on Hawaiian menus, created by top Island chefs. Plus you get to check two bags free and admission to the Premier Lounge.
Big Island hacks
Visit waterfalls, rainforests and hiking trails. Hawaii has plenty of options. For starters there is a cascade of 422 feet at Akaka Falls. One of the most spectacular waterfalls on the island it is visible from an overlook on a 30-minute loop trail winding through an emerald rainforest chockful of tropical flowers and vegetation.
Amp it up
For heart-pounding adventures take your pick of Hawaii Island zipline courses. Imagine the two of you soaring over waterfalls, treetops and suspension bridges at speeds of up to 65 mph. Explore Hualalai volcano’s misty, less traversed upper slopes with an experienced tour guide. Or dive into an aquatic adventure to check out vibrant marine life.
Flights of fantasy
Thrill seekers might consider Paradise Helicopters’ new Doors-Off Kohala Waterfalls and Remote Hike. It offers the first and only doors-off helicopter tour flying deep into the heart of the Kohala district’s spectacular valleys. Your helicopter flight touches down mid-tour at a remote location allowing for a moderate-level, half-mile, pilot-led hike through a forest. The winding trail helps you commune with nature. The sights and sounds of Hawaii Island’s rugged northeast coast are awesome. https://paradisecopters.com/tours/waimea-doors-off-kohala-landing-hike/#.YN4Ml-hKiMo.
If you opt to honeymoon at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai you can take a private tour with Hawaii master blacksmith Neil Kamimura to a hidden coffee farm on the slope of Hualalai volcano. That’s where he crafts his state-of-the-art knives. You can get into the action assisting Kamimura in forging, pounding to create a personalized knife. A bento lunch from Kamimura’s wife comes with the trip. They even gift you your finished knives. For information, call (808) 325-8000 or visit https://www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/.
Couples who snorkel together
Ocean Sports offers a three-hour catamaran snorkel adventure. It departs Kawaihae Harbor and explores pristine snorkel sites of the Kohala Coast. Cruises come a water guide, sandwiches and beverages. For more information and reservations, call (808) 886-6666 or visit www.hawaiioceansports.com
Four Seasons special
If you opt to honeymoon at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai you can take a private tour with master blacksmith Neil Kamimura. It’s a journey to a hidden coffee farm on the slope of Hualalai volcano. Which is where Kamimura crafts his state-of-the-art knives and shares his techniques. You can even get into the action assisting Kamimura in forging, pounding and adding a custom handle to a personalized knife. The day includes a bento lunch featuring local ingredients crafted by Kamimura’s wife and a gourmet chef. They even gift you your finished knives.
Couples who snorkel together
Ocean Sports offers a three-hour catamaran snorkel adventure. It departs Kawaihae Harbor and explores the more pristine snorkel sites of the Kohala Coast. Cruises come with gear, instructions, a marine-life briefing, guide and sandwiches and beverages. For more information and reservations, call (808) 886-6666 or visit www.hawaiioceansports.com
For help with your travel plans contact one of the agents at Pavlus.com. Call: 1-800-528-9300.