Things That Hawaii is Famous for
Hawaii has been an entertaining tourist destination for years. Visitors from all areas descend upon the islands for all of its famed attractions. Besides its trademark lush, tropical foliage and crystal clear, warm seas, Hawaii is famous for many other things which keep drawing visitors back again and again.
According to the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, Polynesians invented surfing. When the British sailed through back in the 1700s, the Hawaiians had already made surfing an established part of life. Sailors gaped in awe and envy as natives, always naked while hanging ten, slid down the face of surf on surfboards made of solid wood. Boards were often as much as 100 pounds and chiefs were usually the best riders around. Today, the sport has exploded all over the world though Hawaii still is considered the source and favorite of many surfers. Hawaii's most famous surfing beaches can be found on the north shore of Oahu, well known for its seasonal monster swells. This would include the Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, Haleiwa, Velzyland and Pupukea. Kauai is well known as a spot for beginners. On Maui, the surf spot commonly known as "Jaws" brings big surf riders from far and wide and is famous for Ken Bradshaw riding what is considered the largest wave ever captured on film.
The United States entered World War II when the Empire of Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Located off the island of Oahu, the majority of Pearl Harbor is a U.S. naval base. Over 2,300 United States servicemen lost their lives that day as well as dozens of civilians and a long list of injured personnel. The U.S.S. Arizona, in particular, received immediate and heavy damage when armor-piercing rounds entered the ship's ammunition bays, sinking the boat in less than a minute. Over 20 ships were heavily damaged and nine were sunk. In 1964, the area was designated a National Historic Landmark with the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial being the most famous.
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
1 Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
Tel: (808) 422-0561
The Hawaiian Islands are essentially one long ridge of volcanoes in various stages of activity and dormancy. Currently, all the active volcanoes in the state are located on the big island of Hawaii. The most well-known of all volcanoes worldwide, enough lava is emitted from them to cover the entire state of California in a sheet of lava. With this in mind, the most popular place for visitors to the big island is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. For shorter visits, a road trip around Crater Rim Drive is in order. For the more fleet footed, take some time and camp in the back country of the park.
Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park
P.O. Box 52
Hawai`i National Park, HI 96718-0052
Tel: (808) 985-6000
A neighborhood of Honolulu, Waikiki beach is probably the most famous beach synonymous with all things Hawaiian. Before Europeans arrived, Waikiki was the rest and relaxation area for Hawaiian royalty. Still a playground but now available to all, Waikiki is always busy with tourists and surfers while offering great views of the nearby Diamond Head tuff cone. The shorefront of this area is loaded wall to wall with big hotels and the beach has been used as a back drop in numerous films.
Claire Taylor is a health, wellness and travel writer with credits in publications such as "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." Taylor is also a seasoned independent traveler, as well as a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.