Kauai

Juliana, Makani, and Josh at Kalalau

Juliana, Makani, and Josh at Kalalau

Kauai is the fourth largest island in the Hawaiian chain and the furthest west Hawaiian island available to visit (as Niihau is not open to public visitation). As the oldest of the main islands, its beaches are the matured, soft, smooth, long-rolling white sands and its eroded mountains are lavishly dense in tropical greens.  From the north-shore's taro and fishing village of Hanalei, to the south-side's historic, plantation town of Hanapepe, adventure awaits.   Bask in the sun on the resort beaches of Poipu or head further to Kokee for breathtaking sea views and the legendary blow holes.   Although this island is small compared to other Hawaiian islands, it holds the 2nd wettest spot in the world (after India) as well as Waimea's "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" of the red basalt lava faults. 

Our guides will help you unlock the secrets that most overlook.   Let us help you enhance your experience on the ancient and beautiful island of Kauai.   

 

Oahu

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Oahu is the 3rd largest island of the Hawaiian chain and sits between Kauai and Molokai.  Known as "The Gathering Place", this is the only island with a true city and skyscrapers as it is home to the most remote, major-city in the world, Honolulu.  Roughly one million people (majority of the state's population) live on this island alone.

Oahu became home to the designated capitol of the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1845 under the rule of Kamehameha the Great (the first to unite all the islands under one chiefdom).  From the forced annexation of Hawaii to the United States in the 1890s to the WW2 bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the elaborate political history of this island is often unknown to the rest of the world.  Hear the real stories not taught in text books at the ancient battlefields of Nuuanu, the downtown capital district of Honolulu, and the battleships memorial of Pearl Harbor. Visit the only royal residency in the United States, the Iolani Palace, the site of the overthrow of Hawaii's last Queen. 

Beyond the city, Oahu is famous for its SURF.  As the birthplace of surfing, Oahu homes the original "beach boys" of the south shore Waikiki to the rough riders on the pounding waves of the North Shore.  This island is loaded with wave hunters, professional surf contests, bikini babes, and beaches filled with onlookers that surpasses anywhere else in the world.  

Our guides will help you navigate through the excitement and be sure to point out the best fresh fruit stands, plate lunches, high-end clubs, art museums, theaters, fashion districts, turtle beaches, fish auctions, and surf board rentals.  We will be sure to keep your street-sense a little more "akamai" in this popular town.

Maui

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Maui

Maui is the second largest island and sits in-between the smaller islands of Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe as well as the Big Island.  It is called the "Valley Isle" as a large, central valley formed in connecting the two different volcanic ranges that created the island.  One of these volcanic ranges is weathered and eroded into the beautiful wet and lush mountains of West Maui, leaving pockets of rainforest and riverbeds as well as matured, soft-rolling, white-sand beaches.  The other mountain range is Haleakala, the dormant (yet not dead) shield-volcano whose name means "House of the Sun" and whose body makes up a majority of the island (the East side).  Due to the rugged landscape, much of the East side is apart of the crater's national park, old ranching lands, jagged cliffsides, and untouched rainforest.  The diversity on this island is magnificent as one can be sun-tanning in the heated, south shore's resort beaches with a view of a snow-capped crater a mere few miles away.  Set in the middle of treacherous sea channels, Maui can be blustery windy, dry and sunny, frosty with hail, and pouring warm rain all in one day.  

Visit historic Lahaina, which was the old capitol of the Hawaiian Kingdom before attracting world wide sailors and becoming a whaling port town of which it still resembles.  Tee off the top-rated golf courses of the world, drink at the only pineapple winery in the state, swim in famous battlegrounds of Iao Valley stream, or watch the world famous windsurfing competitions at Hookipa.  Our guides can take the stress out of the long road to Hana, point out the waterfalls, taro farms, the lone churches and villages remaining from the 1800s, as well as the famous black sand beaches.  We will be sure to let you experience the "magic" of Maui in comfort. 

Big Island

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Hawaii island aka big island

The youngest of the islands, the Big Island holds over half of the landmass of the entire state of Hawaii and is the furthest southeast of the chain.  Well known for having the most active volcano in the world, Kilauea, it also holds the world's largest surfacing volcano, Mauna Loa, as well as the tallest mountain in the world (from under sea level base), Mauna Kea.  These summits greatly diversify this land with a richly-vegetated, high-altitude north, a colder, snow-capped center, foggy, volcanic air mixed with salty ocean atmosphere in the east, and a dry rocky south.  

Home of Kamehameha the Great, this land has a powerful history of chiefdom and religious ceremonies and is where the explorer Captain Cook was killed after recently discovering the islands.  Modern day culture still breathes much of this history as ancient rock formations and petroglyphs still line miles of black lava and many of the heiaus (ceremonial sites) and battle sites are left untouched (as Big Island has less development than the other major islands).  Today it hosts the world's largest astronomical observatory, the world elite Ironman championships, and the famous Kona Coffee (the largest "coffee belt" of the United States' ONLY commercially-grown coffee state). 

Our guides can show you the laid-back way of small-town living and true remoteness of living off the land and sea.  Let us enchant you with the majesty of this landmass and ensure your way through this land of "Pele" (the Fire Goddess) is one to never forget.