Category: Hawaii

Posts involving traveling to Hawaii, USA. Here I talk about all of the places I’ve been and things I did while in Hawaii.

Maui 5 Day Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

The Ultimate 5 Day Maui Itinerary

It’s no secret that planning a vacation is quite overwhelming. Between doing research on your destination, choosing your accommodations, and finding activities, it can get pretty stressful. Luckily for you, I have put together the perfect 5 day Maui itinerary to make your trip planning a little smoother. The island of Maui, Hawaii is known to be its own little paradise – from breathtaking beaches, perfect weather, phenomenal locals, to fun activities all around. It doesn’t get much better than this. I have had the pleasure of visiting Maui twice already and each time, it never fails to amaze me. In this Maui 5 day itinerary you will find nothing but the best tips to create the perfect vacation.

Oahu 5 Day Itinerary and Travel Guide | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Oahu 5 Day Itinerary and Travel Guide

Did you know that Oahu is home to the only official royal palace on American soil? Did you know that the record low temperature in Oahu is only 52°F? Did you know that in Oahu surfers have ridden waves 85 feet tall? Rich culture and history, warm temperatures, and beautiful beaches are just a few of the reasons to visit this beautiful island! Check out this Oahu 5 day itinerary and travel guide to learn what to do, where to stay, how to get around, and how to get discounts on it all!

Travel Guide for Kauai Itinerary Car Rental Hotel | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Travel Guide for Kauai: Itinerary, Car Rental, Hotel, and More!

Often called “The Garden Isle,” the island of Kauai in Hawaii is well known for its beautiful landscapes and beaches. Not only is it home to the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” but it’s also home to some incredible sea cliffs and adventurous hikes! Find a one day in Kauai itinerary, car rental suggestions, and hotel recommendations, and more in this travel guide for Kauai, Hawaii!

Visit Waimea Canyon | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Visiting the Waimea Canyon Lookout in Kauai, Hawaii

I’ll admit that when I originally put together my Kauai Itinerary, Waimea Canyon hadn’t been part of it. We only had a day, and we had already booked our Na Pali Coast tour, so I hadn’t thought we’d have enough time to do much else. It wasn’t until we were on our flight to Kauai that we took another look at our itinerary and decided to see if there was anything else worth visiting that wouldn’t be too far from the launching point of our boat tour. After a little bit of Google searching, I found the Waimea Canyon, and I’m so glad I did, because it ended up being absolutely amazing! Find out what it’s like to visit the Waimea Canyon Lookout in Kauai, Hawaii!

Polynesian Culture Center Visitor's Guide | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Visitors Guide to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Find more information about affiliate links on our policy page.   What is the Polynesian Cultural Center? Considered one of the top attractions in Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center preserves and showcases the culture of the Pacific Islands. Within the Polynesian Cultural Center are six different...

Learn How to Make Lei at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Learn How to Make Lei at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii

There are so many things to do and see in Hawaii, USA that it can be almost overwhelming. However, don’t get so caught up in all the places to go that you look past your own hotel! Depending on what day it is, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort has lei making, hula lessons, ukulele lessons, and more. Luckily for us, we had enough time to check out the lei making event. There, we got to learn not only how to make lei with real, traditional flowers, but we got to learn about their importance and how they are used in Hawaiian culture.

The Na Pali Experience The Best Na Pali Coast Tour | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Experience the Best Napali Coast Boat Tour with the Na Pali Experience

Napali (or Na Pali), which literally translates to “The Cliffs,” are sea cliffs which stretch for 11 miles down the coastline of Kauai, Hawaii, USA and at points rise as high as 4,000 feet above sea level. They’re also well known for their several sea caves, which means that boat tours are a great way to experience all the cliffs have to offer. My mom and I chose to do our Napali coast boat tour with the Na Pali Experience and had an absolutely blast! Out of our 10-day Hawaii itinerary, touring the Napali coast with the Na Pali Experience Boat Tour group was definitely the highlight of our trip.

Rainbow Falls

Submarine Tour and Tropical Gardens

After our adventurous day at Black Sand Beach and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we decided to take it easy yesterday. We did the Atlantis Kona Submarine tour and then relaxed by the hotel pool. Today was our last day in Hawaii, but our flight wasn’t until later in the evening, so we made a few last stops, including Rainbow Falls and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens.

Kilauea Volcano Surface Lava

Black Sand Beach and Volcanoes National Park

Yesterday was our last day on the beautiful island of Kauai, but we decided to stop at the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge before catching our flight to the island of Hawaii, also called the Big Island. There, we went to Punaluu beach, also known as Black Sand Beach, and then to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Na Pali Sea Caves | Footsteps of a Dreamre

Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Experience

This morning, we caught a relatively early flight from the island of Oahu to the island of Kauai. On the plane, we took a look at our original plans for our time on Kauai and discovered that we had more time than we had thought, so we decided to change our schedule a little bit. In the morning, we decided to go to the Waimea Canyon Lookout in impulse. Then in the afternoon we went on a tour with the Na Pali Experience group.

Diamond Head Waikiki Beach

Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach

Today would be our last day on the island of Oahu, so we made sure to fill it with lots of fun. In the morning, we hiked Diamond Head, which was once an active volcano but is now a crater, and in the afternoon, we stopped by Aloha Tower and the famous statue of King Kamehameha. Then, for the first time all vacation, we relaxed on Waikiki Beach and went swimming in the ocean.

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor, Dole Plantation, and More

Today would be our running around day. We planned to visit Pearl Harbor, the Dole Plantation, Byodoin Temple, and Lanikai Beach. None of those took large amounts of time, but they weren’t exactly close together either. Thankfully, we managed to make it to all of them, and we didn’t even feel rushed.