Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA); Jessica Pearl
Speaking philosophically, aloha is the
spirit of Hawaii. Still, philosophy does-
n’t quench your thirst. That’s best left
to a
pineapple smash
, or aloha mary,
both of which can be made with one
of the state’s more tangible spirits:
Maui’s Ocean Vodka
The Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and
Distillery uses organic sugarcane and
deep-ocean mineral water to produce its
80-proof vodka. You can learn more about
the fascinating process during a tour of the
facility, located in Kula.
The enigmatic island of Niihau is just 18 miles from
Kauai’s southwest coast. Judging by the lifestyle of
the 200-or-so residents, however, it might as well
be 100 miles away — or, more accurately, 100
years away. The island was purchased from King
Kamehameha in 1864 and remains a privately
owned bastion of traditional Hawaiian culture;
locals still hunt with knives and fish with nets —
and eschew the trappings of modern society. For
nearly a century, outsiders were strictly forbidden
from visiting the island. Not long ago, though,
Niihau Helicopters
) began offering sanc-
tioned aerial tours and coastal landings. Native
villages remain off-limits, but the pristine beaches,
where you might spot sunbathing monk seals, are
Another opportunity to turn back time can be
found at Kilohana Plantation
Historical highlights of this working agricultural
estate include the 16,000-square-foot, open-for-
exploration mansion that was built in 1936, and a
classic narrow-gauge train pulled by a circa-1939
Whitcomb diesel engine. Once you’ve toured the
farmstead, top off your visit with a sweet treat from
K loa Rum’s Tasting Room and Company Store.
Many travelers don’t expect an actual city when they arrive in
Honolulu. No, it’s not Chicago or San Francisco, but there are
high-rise buildings and multilane highways just the same. And
while one’s natural instinct may be to avoid the urban areas in
favor of tropical attractions — namely the local beaches —
those who embrace this Hawaiian metropolis will discover one
of Oahu’s most unexpected delights: Chinatown. This historic,
15-block neighborhood
) is a cultural smor-
gasbord, which includes Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and other customs that influence
traditional art displays, enlightening festivals, and delectable food.
Dim sum
is a must here, and it’s the perfect
complement to an unhurried afternoon spent browsing Chinatown’s markets and galleries. Sure, a day on Oahu
without sand between your toes may be a bit of a surprise, but the experience won’t be anything you regret.
Rates per week starting at:
very Wednesday, the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani
) is home to one of the
island’s most popular bazaars. The Waimea Midweek Market
features everything from fruit and soap to jewelry and aloha-
themed clothing. Plate lunches are available, too. But what makes this
event a true standout is the on-site Museum of the Hawaiian Paniolo,
which celebrates island-cowboy heritage. The best part? Free
museum entrance during market days, so you can save your money to
purchase more gifts to bring home.
To book, go to IntervalWorld.com, or call 800.722.1861.
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