Caught the bug and planning your getaway for this year? Then check these bucket list-worthy places to visit
2 FOR THE SHOPPING
Hawaii is a haven for shopping. From Waikiki, you can walk to Ala Moana, one of the world’s largest open-air shopping centres, alamoana.com. Raid the sale racks here and nearby at the huge Nordstrom Rack. For even better bargains, head to Waipahu (about 45 minutes drive away) and visit Waikele Premium Outlets, premiumoutlets.com. Want a prestige experience? Opening in August, The International Market Place will feature a Saks Fifth Avenue, shopinternationalmarketplace.com. If you’re on Maui, visit The Outlets of Maui, theoutletsofmaui.com.
For the cocktails
A tropical cocktail on the beach or in a grand hotel is traditional for many travellers. For the quintessential island drink, line up a Mai Tai (above) – it’s rum, orange curacao, lime juice and orgeat syrup. The Blue Hawaii was created by bartender Harry Yee in 1957 and contains rum, vodka, blue curacao and pineapple juice.
For something wild, go a Lava Flow – blended strawberries and banana, Malibu, coconut cream and pineapple juice.
Photography Hawaii Tourism Authority, Polynesian Cultural Center – Daniel Ramirez/Flickr Creative Commons, Getty Images
4 FOR THE HISTORY
You can get a feel of what Waikiki was like over 100 years ago by staying at the Moana Surfrider -A Westin Resort, moana-surfrider .com. Built in 1901, the hotel is known as the First Lady of Waikiki and has a museum on the second floor. For more history, visit Iolani Palace, iolanipalace.org, the opulent 19th-century home of Hawaii’s last monarchs, preserved as a museum. WWII buffs should reserve a tour of the Pearl Harbor memorial sites, pearlharboroahu .com. On Maui, you can explore the picturesque upcountry, where cowboys still roam, gohawaii.com.
6 FOR THE FILM LOCATIONS
Everywhere you turn in Hawaii you can recognise a movie scene. 50 First Dates and The Hunger Games – Catching Fire were filmed on Oahu. On Kauai you can visit the Tahiti Nui Bar made famous in The Descendents and The Coco Palms hotel where Elvis starred in Blue Hawaii. Kauai scenery has also provided speccy backdrops for Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Better ways to get there
Fly: Hawaiian Airlines depart from Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland, hawaiianair.com.au.
Pride of America stops at four islands in seven days, ncl.com.
Deals: Escape Travel has airfare specials, escape travel.com.au.
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