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What to Do in Hawaii, from Shaved Ice to Ukulele Workshops

Make the most of your trip to Oahu and Hawaii Island with these activities.

What to do

Kai Opua Canoe Club

01 Get up at dawn for some recreational outrigger canoeing at the Kai Opua Canoe Club. (

02 The Kohala Institute is still under development, but you can visit a modern ahupua’a (ancestral land division) that’s home to some of the archipelago’s oldest macadamia trees. (

Sam Kamaka Jr.

03 In Honolulu, stop by the Kamaka Hawaii ukulele workshop with venerable owner Sam Kamaka Jr., who has as many anecdotes to share as instruments in his factory. (

Where to eat

01 The Mud Hen Water, in Honolulu, offers comforting Hawaiian cuisine with traditional staples, such as kalo, breadfruit and calamari. (

Original Big Island Shaved Ice

02 There’s a line up by 11:30 a.m. for the opening of Original Big Island Shaved Ice, Hawaii’s shaved ice mecca. Mix flavours and add toppings like homemade mochi and haupia, a gelatinous coconut cream. (

Where to stay on Hawaii Island

01 With its flying saucer-shaped lobby, the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay is an open-plan oasis with rich wood accents. Visit Kaukulaelae Heiau, a sacred place discovered onsite by chance by the resort’s director of culture, Lily Dudoit. (

Mauna Lani Hotel & Bungalows

02 On the Kohala Coast, the Mauna Lani Hotel & Bungalows offers 341 rooms and an immaculate beach nestled between volcanic rocks. On the Saturday closest to the full moon, head to the ancestral fishponds on the property for a night of storytelling, music and, if you’re lucky, hula. (


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