Cold weather always makes me dream of warmer places, and it's been cold! The Big Island of Hawaii is one of those places that I could escape to any time (if it weren't for work and those pesky airfares, that is). How can you go wrong with Hawaii? It's one place where you can go to a different world, different climate, and different culture without needing your passport. The fact that it's a little slice of paradise makes it just about perfect!
This past winter, our idea to hop five Hawaiian Islands in eleven days gave new meaning to the words "Travelers' Advisory," as I performed "trip research" using travel books and websites. My husband and I decided that our objective was to experience Hawaii's premier activities and sights with the mindset that we may never return.
"So much to do, so little time" was our mantra as we stepped onto Hawaiian soil at Honolulu. Just to recap, my husband and I allotted ourselves eleven days to take in the "best" (for us) in the islands. Previous planning had paid off, as it usually does with time constraints, but we made sure to relax oceanside here and there from Waikiki Beach to a private lagoon at Kona. Listed here, without order of preference, are the activities and sights that earned our time and hearts: