There’s a particular term Hawaiians are fond of that effortlessly captures the mood of carefree celebration; ‘holoholo’ meaning to go out for nothing other than fun.
Scattered across the cobalt blue waters of the North Pacific Ocean the Aloha states maintain a unique identity that incorporates the trademark melodies of the ukulele and endless golden beaches. Volcanoes of incredible size are dotted across the islands, glistening waterfalls are plentiful and swathes of tropical foliage beg to be discovered. A birthday celebration here is one of panache and adventure.
Where to stay?
With 5 miles of beaches, views of the ocean from every room and 6 world class restaurants, the answer is undoubtedly Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu. The hotel is spread across 840 acres and has its own 36 hole championship quality golf course. If you’re travelling with the family a kids club is available to keep the little ones busy while the celebrant enjoys an authentic wave therapy massage at Nalu Kinetic Spa.
Although Hawaii is in fact made up of over 100 islands, it’s best known for just eight. Each promises a different type of aloha holiday; don your best Hawaiian shirt and surf the northern shores of Oahu where the vast majority of hit show Hawaii Five-0 was filmed, visit the sacred falls in Oahu or dive at Hanauma Bay. Maui is probably the most well-known of the islands and home to some of the best beaches in the world. Humpback whales congregate each winter off of its shores and there are many hiking trails in the nearby region to explore. Nicknamed the garden island, Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and many film buffs will recognise the Hanapepe Valley waterfall from Jurassic Park.
When the Five-0 team need a helping hand, they often pay a visit to Hawaiian native Kamekona, who operates his own air tours company and famously owns a shrimp truck. While he may not be your pilot on this particular journey, the alternative adventure of a helicopter journey will capture your imagination. Maverick helicopters operate tours around the island of Maui and with so much to see we suggest you bring a camera. Treated to a VIP service level, passengers can pick one of three tours which focus on specific areas of Maui. Soar above the iconic Hawaiian volcano, discover the beauty of Friendly Isle and the largest sea cliffs in the world, or follow the paths that converge to create the hidden valleys of Kaalapi.
Is this the birthday present for you?
In one word, yes. Whilst we agree that a helicopter tour and a luxury hotel stay are a far cry from those new birthday socks, the lure of Hawaii is irresistible. Each island surges with something new and different, its scenery is as inspiring as it is engaging and, just when you think you have explored it all, the sea and sky create a new concept of a Hawaiian holiday all over again.