Discovering the Hidden Gems of Hawaii Beyond the Beaches
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Discovering the Hidden Gems of Hawaii Beyond the Beaches

Hawaii has always been a popular travel destination due to its tropical island experience, year long favorable weather, and an endless plethora of attractions such as golden-sand beaches, amazing coastlines, active volcanoes, scenic waterfalls, and lush rainforests. Many recommend visiting during the spring and fall shoulder seasons, outside of school breaks. There are also budget airlines that offer affordable airfare. One of the least spoken about attractions in Hawaii might be the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a breathtaking experience & its geography is constantly changing due to new regular eruptions. It spreads over 500 square miles of volcanic terrain, including lava tubes, caves, and pit craters. One of the best-kept secrets of the park is its event calendar, which often misses the required attention by visitors. Since the pandemic, the park has initiated a lineup of free events hosted by rangers, professors, volcanologists, and cultural ambassadors which will occur each month. These events will present Hawaii’s history, geology, and culture. The park’s calendar has on-going and one-time events. To begin with, tourists should go through the monthly calendar and click on individual dates to see what’s happening during their visit.

Button Block – Calendar – Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

Hawaii with its two seasons, summer and winter, makes it less difficult to predict its weather. Temperatures at the sea average 85 degrees in the summer and 78 degrees in the winter. June to November is the Hurricane season, and the wettest months are November through March. Sunscreen is a must throughout a Hawaii trip and a light jacket or sweater just in case temperatures drop.

Visitors can go for free ranger walks near the summit area of the park and get to understand the ever-evolving volcano. A lesser-known part of the park, the Kahuku Unit, is located 50 minutes south of the main entrance in Kau. It presents a different take on the volcanic landscape, with rolling hills of pasture land as well as sunken cinder cones. Many guided hikes are organized on weekends during March to explore this region.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has a lot of diverse attractions, including its event calendar, on-going events, and different perspectives on volcanic landscapes. Tourists should plan their visit in advance, probably during the shoulder seasons. With its ever-changing terrain, visitors will every time find newer and thrilling experiences in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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