T he spirit of aloha is stronger than ever across the Islands of Hawaii. From the bustling nightlife and world-renowned surfing of Oahu, the stunning landscapes of Kauai (The Garden Island), to the powerful mana of the island of Hawaii, the welcoming spirit is felt by all Canadian travellers visiting any of the six islands.  MORE.  

While the current political landscape between Canada and the United States remains rocky at best, the number of Canadian travellers heading to Hawaii has actually been increasing when compared to a wildly successful 2017. Simply, the spirit of aloha – that welcoming feeling given from the land and its inhabitants – is strongly felt by Canadians visiting the islands – whether for their first experience in Hawai‘i or a return visit.

With an acclaimed culinary scene (traditional and local food fares are nothing short of awe-inspiring), unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure, surreal landscapes, as well as a unique, welcoming culture not found anywhere else in the world, Hawai‘i stands apart from the mainland. Just take a look at what’s happening on the islands for the rest of 2018!

This September, the island of Oahu will host the annual Aloha Festival, the largest cultural celebration in the state, sharing the Aloha Spirit with more than 100,000 attendees each year. This weeklong event is a premier showcase of Hawaiian music, dance and history. Plus, the island is home to the only royal palace in the United States, which is a must-see for any visitor.

The island of Hawaii has seen its fair share of press with the eruption of the Kīlauea volcano, we are happy to say that the island is open for business and ready to welcome Canadians.

Of course, the most recent chapter of Kīlauea volcano's 35-year-old eruption directly affects only a small portion of east Hawai‘i Island's Puna district equating to only 10 square miles of the 4,028-square-mile island. Visitors must catch the east side town of Hilo, home to tasty multicultural eats and a number of great interactive science centers exploring Hawaii astronomy and marine life. What’s more, the Hamakua Coast's rustic offshoot roads reveal hidden rainforests, streams, waterfalls and coastline, while the island's north tip is home to one of Hawai‘i's most exquisite valleys. From ziplining and kayaking to snorkeling and horseback riding, there are activities galore island-wide, all open for business.

So, yes, the island of Hawaii is business-as-usual, safe, and with its wide-open spaces still very much wide ready for exploring.

Maui, a favourite of Canadian travellers for many years, remains beloved for its world-famous beaches, the sacred ‘Iao Valley, views of migrating humpback whales (during winter months), farm-to-table cuisine and the magnificent sunrise and sunset from Haleakala.

Hawaii is like no place on earth. Discover the glimmering ocean, emerald valleys and golden sands; get lost in the spiritual beauty of the hula and find out how the warmth of Hawaiians wonderfully complement the islands’ perfect temperatures. Explore the Islands of aloha to find your own Hawaii experiences, without the politics.



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