You Haven't Been To Paradise Until You've Visited Hawaii: Here's 10 Reasons Why

You Haven’t Been To Paradise Until You’ve Visited Hawaii: Here’s 10 Reasons Why

Warning: you'll probably be booking a flight to Hawaii after reading this.

Aloha! Always dreamt of visiting the idyllic tropical shores of Hawaii? Made up of eight paradisiacal main islands, Hawaii is truly a destination like no other. From its multi-coloured sand beaches, to legendary wave breaks, warm and hospitable natives, amazing shopping steals and swoon-worthy landscapes, there is so much to rave about here! Retaining its roots and cultural influences from thousands of years ago, the islands survive and thrive on Hawaiian culture. In fact, it is not surprising that Hawaii remains the most ethnically diverse state in the world till date!

More often than not, Hawaii inspires sheer wanderlust and is constantly rated as a top vacation spot based on a combination of factors that makes this place so irresistible. For starters, with summer reigning all year long, both locals and visitors alike get their daily dose of vitamin sea. The gorgeous scenery, unparalleled coasts, stunning sunsets and plethora of exciting activities also means that fun comes in epic proportions right here.  

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This paradise is one you must keep on your vacation radar. With over 300 hotels and 400 plus beaches sprinkled across Hawaii’s unspoilt islands, your only dilemma should be which island to explore first! If you are still debating with yourself, let these ten reasons seal the deal as to why Hawaii is the ultimate heaven on Earth.

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1. Hiking trails and scenic attractions you’ll never forget

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There is no shortage of natural splendours all around Hawaii from lush cascading waterfalls to amazing hiking trails that boast great vantage points. Kauai is home to innumerable tropical waterfalls that complement other natural sites such as Mt Waialeale, Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Coast. Photo opportunities are abundant here but let’s be honest, even the photographs will not do justice to how phenomenal the landscapes are when you witness them first hand. Plus, rainbows occur very frequently in Hawaii, so be sure to always have your phone or camera near you to capture these resplendent views!

Note: Be sure to check if the terrains are suitable for you prior to embarking on the trails, especially if you have little ones in tow! Some trails are difficult to navigate and can be physically strenuous.

2. Nature enthusiasts can marvel at incredible active volcanoes

The best place to start your exhilarating volcano-viewing adventure is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where magma makes a name for itself! Located southeast of Hawaii island, this expansive park encompasses a large part of Mauna Loa (the largest volcano in the world!), all of Kilauea as well as the Puna Coast. More often than not, you will see molten lava flowing down the slopes of Kilauea (home to Pele, the ancient goddess of volcanoes and fire) cascading into the Pacific Ocean.

Nature lovers, the best way to optimise your visit around these hotspots would be to embark on a myriad of hiking trails that will take you through old lava tubes, dense rainforests and over fuming lava flows. You can actually trek on the cooled lava instead of having to trek out to see the lava! Sign up for one of the daily ranger-led hikes to get the most out of your ascent and observe these volcanoes iconically dot the landscapes! Alternatively, if you have the cash to spare, you can also choose to view this majestic volcanoes from a boat ride, or even a helicopter ride!

Kilauea Lava Lake, Halemaʻumaʻu Crater | Image credit: U.S Geological Survey

If you wish to take your rendezvous with nature up a notch, camp overnight either in a traditional tent or a log cabin. Remember to tick off highlights such as Halema’uma’u crater, Thurston lava tube, Kilauea ‘iki crater and the scenic Chain of Craters road to round up this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

3. There are epic multi-coloured sand beaches for sun worshippers to laze at

Image credit: (top left) Stacy Egan, (top right) Matt McGee, (bottom left), Ben Thompson, (bottom right), Angelin Song

Sand is not just simply sand in Hawaii. Boasting an array of green, black, white and even red-hued sand, the beaches here are exceptionally unique (and eye-catching). Pailoa Beach in Maui and Punalu’u Beach on the Big Island are examples of black sand beaches. Due to the accumulation of lava flowing into the ocean, the basalt that eventually reaches the surface is the “black sand” that you see.

Adding on to the list of scientific theories, the green-sand beach known as Mahana Beach on Hawaii island, stems from the presence of olivine which is a common component of Hawaiian lava. Kaihalulu Beach in Maui is rich in iron, resulting in sand of a reddish-black tone over time. These heavenly beaches are all distinctly fascinating and prove that Hawaii has something extraordinary to offer!

Note: Some of the beaches are home to tons of jellyfish and rough waves. Take caution and swim at beaches that are safer and less risky instead!

4. Foodies can indulge in tantalising fusion culinary fare

Image credit: (top left) Dale Cruse, (top right) Matsumoto Shave Ice, (bottom) Dru Kelly

Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures ranging from the Filipinos, Japanese, Samoan, Mexicans, Chinese, Koreans and even Tongans! As a result, the diverse epicurean scene here is equally exotic with influences from all corners of the globe. Food has certainly become an integral ingredient in Hawaii’s recipe for success. There are a few dishes that are special to Hawaii such as the now-trending poke bowls, poi (taro pudding), Kalua pig, lau lau (pork wrapped in luau leaves) and shaved ice desserts.

There are countless restaurants where you can sample authentic island cooking with a modern twist. Whether it’s a fine restaurant, casual diner or innovative food trucks, as the island saying goes, “hele mai, a e ‘ai pu”. Come taste the difference within this gourmand’s paradise!

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5. Iconic food trucks allow you to sample top-notch local delights

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Hawaii’s assortment of incredible food trucks brings about new food concepts, great eating options and new flavours to the lowbrow cuisine. These unassuming food trucks have essentially revolutionised the culinary scene here! You no longer need to have reservations for the top restaurants in town, as some of the most mouthwatering food in Hawaii can be found at parking lots, markets and by the roadsides! From waffles and sandwiches to poke bowls and fish tacos, you can expect your choices to be served in a fuss-free and casual manner. Jump on the food truck bandwagon and explore even more choices that will entice the inner foodie in you.

Note: Hawaii shrimp trucks are an absolute must-try! Head to either Giovanni’s Original White Shrimp Truck or the Famous Kahuku Shrimp Truck and sample some of the best scampi in town paired with a couple of scoops of rice, all for a super great price. With up to ten different shrimp plates to choose from, ranging from Garlic Butter to Hot and Spicy, you will definitely be spoilt for choice.

6. Surreal film sets will get movie buffs squealing

Image credit: (top right) Amy Meredith; (bottom left) Banzai Hiroaki; (bottom right) Jennifer Boyer

Hawaii’s breathtaking landscapes do seem straight out of a fantasy movie set. Hollywood directors have always been intrigued by Hawaii’s seamless blend of rugged natural beauty and amenable weather throughout the year. No matter which island you go to, it will undoubtedly serve as an Oscar-worthy backdrop. Places such as Kualoa Ranch are no stranger to action movies, where blockbuster films such as Jurassic Park and Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark were shot. Believe it or not, you will still be able to see the iconic Jurassic Park gate!

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Drama fans will be able to recognize Honolulu’s Aliʻiolani Hale Courthouse that was frequently featured in the award-winning Hawaii Five-O. Another stellar drama that has filming scenes in Hawaii is Lost. In fact, the plane crash scene that was filmed on Mokuleia Beach looked so realistic, to the extent that some even called emergency services. O’ahu essentially stood in for the mysterious island on which the survivors were stranded. Another honourable mention would be the movie Pearl Harbour that was partially shot on Ford Island, where the historical WWII sites were situated. From the slew of movies shot here, Hawaii is no doubt a blockbuster paradise!

7. Shopaholics can score amazing deals at the Waikele Factory Outlet

Shopping here is terrific, as Hawaii is renowned for their sprawling factory outlet malls where you can nab solid bargains. American labels are your best bet at Waikele Premium Outlets (you can snag a Coach bag at a great deal!). Enjoy up to 65% off on some of the biggest brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, DKNY, Adidas and Levi’s. Plus, they have seasonal sales such as 50% off handbags and wallets for Kate Spade New York, or an additional 50% off Levi’s markdowns. Just make sure you have enough luggage space for all your purchases once you’re done!

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Aside from the Waikele Factory Outlets, Honolulu is home to the world’s largest open-air mall, Ala Moana Center, which recently saw an upgrade and Hawaii’s first Bloomingdale’s department store. Your retail therapy continues at other malls such as Kahala Mall (hip boutiques!), Ward Village Shops and Haleiwa Store Lots on the North Shore. For true bargain-hunters, there’s the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet which resembles a bustling flea market.

Whether you’re there to splurge on luxury goods at Hawaii’s answer to Rodeo Drive or grab a couple of souvenirs, be sure to complete your Hawaiian sojourn with a visit to any of these world-class shopping destinations. Retail therapy? This sounds more like heaven on Earth for shopaholics.

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8. Culture vultures can immerse in the transcendent Aloha spirit

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The spirit of Aloha is not just a philosophy in Hawaii. In fact, it is a law that must be abided by the locals and government officials on a daily basis. Its main purpose is to serve as a constant reminder to treat people with deep care and respect, just like their ancestors did. In essence, the Aloha Spirit refers to the coordination of mind and heart within each person as well as the need to emote good feelings to others.

The warmth, charm and sincerity of the Hawaiians is something that is effervescent. Throughout your trip in Hawaii, you will be able to feel this positive aura that will resonate and certainly value-add to your stay.

9. Witnessing a hula dance and attending a luau are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities

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Hawaii is home to countless hula ensembles and world-class luaus. Hula dancing is also one of the oldest traditions in Hawaii that was symbolically designed to portray a visual story, accompanied with chanting and music.

Image credit: (left) Andy L, (right) Corey Balazowich

A luau is synonymous with a traditional Hawaiian party or feast that is accompanied with entertainment such as Hawaiian music and hula. A dizzying array of dishes such as poi, Kalua pig, poke, lomi salmon, opihi and haupia will also satiate your hunger pangs and give you a taste of true-blue Hawaiian cuisine. Culture and traditions are highly celebrated in Hawaii and the hospitable locals truly highlight why Hawaii is the epitome of a cultural paradise.

Hawaii’s irresistible charm, powdery beaches and amazing attractions are just some of the reasons that give it its paradisiacal title. Having second thoughts because of exorbitant flight fares? Scoot can easily settle that dilemma for you with its wallet-friendly flights to Honolulu (via Osaka) that runs FOUR times a week! Enjoy all-in round trip fares from as low as SGD948, available from now till 13th February!

Scoot’s flight timings are as follows:

Day of the week Country Departure time Country Arrival Time
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Mon/Tues/Sat KIX 1925 HNL 0730
Friday SIN 0955 KIX 1655
Friday KIX 1850 HNL 0700

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When she isn’t plotting her next solo trip, Sofia daydreams about Santorini sunsets, Cape Town coasts and Barcelona’s beaches. Born and bred in Singapore, she feels like her heart belongs to the world though. There is a high chance you'll find her munching on Nutella cupcakes while predicting the next blindside on Survivor.

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