#16 best destination in the world

Mauna Kea

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  • Dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii
  • Most of the volcano is underwater, and when measured from its underwater base, Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world, measuring over 32,808 ft in height

‘Akaka Falls


  • Spectacular 442 ft waterfall
  • Home to the ʻoʻopu ʻalamoʻo, Hawaiian species of goby fish that spawns in stream above the waterfall, but matures in the sea
  • These fish have a suction disk on their bellies that allows them to cling to the wet rocks behind and adjacent to the waterfall
  • Using this disk, they climb back up to the stream when it is time to spawn

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park


  • Encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive shield volcano
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach


  • Beach that has black sand made of basalt, created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools

Kaanapali Beach


  • #9 of the top 25 beaches in the world

Hana Highway


  • 64 mile long stretch of Hawaii which connects Kahului to the town of Hana
  • A car-trip takes about 2.5 hours to drive, since the highway is very windy, narrow, and passes over 59 bridges, of which 46 are only one lane wide
  • Hana Highway goes through lush, tropical rainforest
  • Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910, which all but one is still in use

Hana Lava Tube


  • Created by underground lava rivers, this rocky tube provides a cave trail

Lanai Cat Sanctuary


  • Island sanctuary for rescued & abandoned felines, offering volunteer & adoption

North Shore


  • Coastal area best known for its massive waves, attracting surfers from all around the globe
  • Though most famous for its surfing, there are also other popular activities on the North Shore including hiking, scuba diving, shark cage diving, snorkeling, food trucks, foilboard, shopping, shave ice, and dolphin tours

Diamond Head State Monument


  • Volcanic tuft cone that resembles the shape of a tuna’s dorsal fin
  • Named diamond head because British sailors in the 19th century mistook calcite crystals on the beach for diamonds

Hanalei Bay


  • Large bay that consists of nearly two miles of beach, surrounded by mountains
  • The wetlands were used to grow taro by ancient Hawaiians
  • By the 1860s, the new crop was rice, which was shipped to Honolulu to become the second largest export crop of the islands
  • The Hanalei Pier was built to help Hanalei farmers move their crops to market


Number of Days: 20 days

Best Time To Fly: April-May, Sept-Oct

Airline tickets: $915

Seattle -> Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (one way) = $258
Kailua-Kona -> Kahului, Maui (one way) = $81
Kahului -> Lanai (one way) = $48
Lanai -> Honolulu (one way) = $54
Honolulu -> Kauai (round trip) = $174
Honolulu -> Seattle (one way) = $223

Food: $45/day x 20 days = $900

Rental Car: $57/day x 18 days = $1,026

Gas: $49

Entertainment: $82

Airbnb: $276/day x 20 days = $5,520

TOTAL: $8,492