Over the years, Hawaii has grown into one of the biggest tourist hot spots of the Pacific. With beautiful, crystal waves, tropical, green forests and a city of luxurious resorts and hotels, it’s no wonder that people everywhere call it a tropical, island paradise.

If you’re looking to take holiday, you may want to consider vacationing in this pristine archipelago in the Pacific. Hawaii is definitely much more than hotels and beaches; it’s an island rich with culture, unique fauna and flora and a myriad of natural formations and features. If you’re still not convinced, here is a list of attractions that will surely convinced you to visit this island paradise.

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island

If you’re the kind of person that enjoys experiencing the history and culture of your vacation destination, brace yourself! Hawaii has just what you’re looking for….

Located on the Big Island, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park offers visitors a glimpse of Hawaiian culture and history. The 180-acre park has a stretch of walkways and trails that lead tourists through ancient temples and sacred graveyards, rock walls, thatched huts and villages. The tour of the park is self-guided, giving visitors to create their own unique experience.

The Dole Plantation in Oahu

Also known as the Hawaiian Pineapple company, The Dole Plantation is regarded as one of the oldest plantations in the Pacific. In recent years, the plantation has also shadowed as an attraction, building the Pineapple Express, a train that takes visitors on a tour around the plantation’s grounds. This 20-minute, narrated ride gives passengers a glimpse of the spectacular view of the island and offers a brief history of the Dole Plantation and how it evolved into the international name-brand that we know today.

The Dole Plantation is also well-known for its Pineapple Garden Maze, dubbed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest maze in the world with over 3 miles of paths. If you do end up at the Dole Plantation, make sure to try their world-famous Dole Whip, an icy delicacy made with pineapple and cream.

Halawa Valley in Molokai

In the center of the Hawaiian Islands chain is the pristine Island of Molokai. The island is regarded as one of the most scenic and remote land masses in Hawaii. The Halawa Valley, located in Molokai, is an ancient settlement site known for its towering valley walls, lush vegetation and numerous waterfalls.

If you’re the kind of person that loves adventure, the Halawa Valley may just be what you’re looking for. Tourists are free to tour this large, natural formation via walking trails, rivers or rock pathways.

Kuhio Beach on Waikiki

Probably one of the most filmed spots is the Waikiki, Kuhio Beach, which is regarded as the most beautiful stretch of golden sands on the island. Kuhio Beach is perfect for visitors that just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the natural luxury Hawaiian beaches have to offer. The beach is also a well-known surf spot, making it ideal for surfers that love riding 20-foot, towering walls of water.

Kuhio Beach is also the go-to beach for tourists in the area, mainly because of the close proximity of hotels and resorts, like the world famous Shoreline Hotel.

Hawaii is a land of tropical enchantment. It’s the perfect destination for people that want to get away from the stresses of the world and take awesome adventures while marinating in the luxury and culture a Pacific treasure.

Photo by andrewcurrie on Flickr