Review of the Hawaiian Islands and a trip to see the Sunrise from the Summit of Haleakala National Park

Sunrise on top of the Haleakala Volcano in Maui, Hawaii that Nancy & Shawn Power expereinced

There’s a glimpse at the sunrise we saw on top of the Haleakala Volcano in Maui, Hawaii… down below you can check out our full video of it

Finally, we are saying goodbye to Hawaii after 5 glorious weeks of exploration…

…no doubt we will miss her!

But, now we are off to San Diego and have an exciting week planned there.

After that, we’ll be making our way across the Southern United States to eventually arrive in Florida for the month of December where we will be taking
in a couple of cruises to
celebrate the holidays.

We recently received a question from one of our readers and wanted to address it today.

She asked, “Since you’ve been to all the Islands now, which are the best to visit, can you rate them from your best to least favorite?”

We thought about it, scratched our heads a little and found it to be a difficult question to answer.

Each Island has it’s own flavor (and are all great) and we wouldn’t want to skew you the wrong way because it really does depend on your own personal preferences… you know, the things you like to do when you go on Vacation.

So think about that, and then check out our summaries below of the Islands.

Oahu This Island is a combination of gorgeous beaches & hot sun, plus it is the most commercial of all the Islands. If you stay in Waikiki, you won’t need a car (you will for the other Islands) as you’ll find great shopping, restaurants, beaches, water activities right at your fingertips… plus you’ll see and have an opportunity to check out the famous Diamond Head Crater not too far away. Waikiki is also upbeat and a great place for the nightlife scene too. Have a look at what we did during our 8 day stay in Oahu.

Kauai Known as the Garden Isle because it is lush with natural beauty, it is a place to simply relax by the pool or beach, enjoy it’s beauty by hiking, take part in water activities such as snorkeling and kayaking, and exploring some of the most amazing natural wonders such as Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali coast for example. Have a look at what we did in Kauai for our week stay.

The Island of Hawaii (AKA “The Big Island”) The youngest Hawaiian Island, but the biggest and still growing… in our opinion, it is not the most scenic of all the Islands, and less beaches (especially in the popular Kona area), but this is because it is home to one of the most active Volcano’s in the world. If you go there you will have an opportunity to visit Hawaii’s Volcano National Park, ideally see lava flowing, and a chance to do Manta Ray night snorkeling which is out of this world! Check out what we did in Kona for fun!

Molokai This is considered the most remote/non-commercialized and it really is. Two hours of driving and you will have driven the entire length of the Island east to west. We stayed a week but would recommend a day trip or at the most 2 days. Not a brand name store in sight. Want a midnight snack? Forget about it, not even a vending machine in sight. We took part in most the activities as it does have it’s own character and charm. A visit here would not be complete without standing in a long line up and tasting Molokai bread straight out of the oven, Yum! And don’t miss out on some great hiking opportunities to work it all off. 🙂 Check out our week stay in Molokai.

Maui Beautiful Island with tons to see and do, but the sights are spreadout, so you’ll need a car to get around… especially for the famous drive on the Road to Hana and don’t forget to check out the sunrise from Haleakala Crater. Like Molokai, it is pricier when making purchases but you have the conveniences of some modern luxuries as well. Have a look at what we did here in Maui.

The bottom line… if you are in the middle of trying to pick “one” island to go to, no matter which one you choose, YOU WILL have a fabulous time.

All the Islands of Hawaii have many magnificent features that overlap each other, including the warm sunny days, beaches and wonderful Hawaiian people and culture.

But the nice thing is that you’ll also find some unique attributes on each of the Islands of Hawaii as well….

…guess this is why people keep coming back year after year.

Hawaii is a special place! 🙂

Pick one, and go have a great time!

Last thing we wanted to share with you was our wake up call at 2:30 am Thursday morning!

No, it’s not a misprint… we got up at 2:30am Thursday and drove to the summit (a volcano mountain top) of the Haleakala National Park in Maui to see, what is said to be, one of the most spectacular sunrises in the world… and it was!

TWO TIPS: At the summit of Haleakala National Park there is an enclosed area you can stand in to shelter you from the cold and high winds as you glance at the stars waiting for the sun. As everyone talks about how cold it is up there we had no idea it was there (but now you do). Silly, we stayed in the car to stay warm as long as we could before the sun came up.

Second tip… bring a big blanket to wrap in while you stand there and wait for the sun to appear. We did and were so happy we took it. 🙂

Have a look at our video below of our journey there to see for yourself!

(Tip: For best viewing click the Full Screen mode in the very bottom right corner of the video!)

Alright, we’ll chat with you next from San Diego.

We appreciate You!

Nancy & Shawn

P.S. Want to see more pictures of the sunrise from Haleakala? Then go to our Gallery to see more as well as other pictures & videos from Maui this week! 🙂

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