The Aloha State

An island to island tour of paradise awaits you


Think of a dream vacation in Hawaii and the first images that come to mind undoubtedly include walking on sun-drenched beaches or swimming in a warm, gentle surf. But the Islands of Hawaii offer so much more. Think you’ve seen it all? There are abundant opportunities to discover hidden island experiences.

Kauai Known as “the Garden Isle” for its lush tropical landscapes, Kauai boasts farmers markets nearly every day, where local farmers sell a variety of unique produce and stunning tropical flowers in a festive and colorful outdoor atmosphere. Enjoy fresh, ice-cold, coconut water, sweet apple bananas, or a selection of prepared foods from traditional Hawaiian to smoothies.

North Shore One of the island’s many farmers markets can be experienced on Kauai’s north shore, where The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas partners with the Waipā Foundation for a twice-monthly dinner tour. He ‘Aina Ola, which translates to “A Nourishing Feast,” begins with a walking tour of Waipā’s orchard and gardens, followed by a three-course dinner, featuring locally sourced ingredients (including food grown at the Waipā farm).

South Shore Along the coastline on the south shore of Kauai, families can have an exciting Hawaiian vacation to ignite their playful spirit. The hotel concierge at the Sheraton Kauai Resort recommends the ultimate in off-the-beaten path adventure—a Kauai backcountry inner tube tour. Float down old, sugar-plantation, irrigation canals and through tunnels and flumes hand-dug in the 1800s. The adventure ends with a picnic and swimming.

Hawaii: The Big Island Inland, visitors can journey through the island of Hawaii’s incredible range of ecosystems and climate zones before experiencing first-hand the phenomenon that makes it all possible, an active volcano. Hawaii Forest & Trail’s Twilight Volcano Adventure provides guests with close-up views and in-depth information about the geology and cultural history of Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.


Right: Sheraton Kauai Resort at Poipu Beach, Left: Snorkeling at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

“The island of Maui offers glorious beaches and abundant outdoor activity. Its beachfront resorts at Kaanapali are ideally situated to view nature’s majestic giants—the humpback whales, which visit from December through May.”

Guests at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on the Kona side can observe manta rays (weather permitting) from the lanai of several oceanfront guest rooms, or from a special viewing area near the exciting Rays on the Bay Restaurant and Lounge. Complimentary 30-minute Manta Talks by the Manta Pacific Research Foundation occur after sunset most evenings in Sheraton Kona’s Manta Learning Center and are an excellent way to learn about these amazing marine animals. Adventure-seekers can get up close to the mantas as they feed in their natural habitat during a manta ray boat excursion or nighttime snorkel/dive tour. Boat tours depart from Keauhou Bay, an easy walking distance from the resort.

For an exclusive, cultural experience at the resort, board the Kini Kini Hawaiian Sailing Canoe to learn the myths, legends and facts about Hawaii’s kings, queens and gods, while plying the waters of Keauhou Bay.

Maui The island of Maui offers glorious beaches and abundant outdoor activity. Its beachfront resorts at Kaanapali are ideally situated to view nature’s majestic giants—the humpback whales, which visit from December through May. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa and Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa also offer plantation, brewery and winery tours, lei-making and ukulele lessons, kayak and snorkel adventure tours, exciting luaus, and lush lagoon-style swimming pools in addition to diverse shopping, dining and nightlife.

To learn about Maui’s rich history and culture, visitors can participate in Mo‘olelo o Lele, a guided historical walk of Lahaina town. Once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Lahaina was also a historic whaling village during the mid-1800s. Today, Lahaina is on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour, led by the director of culture at The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, takes guests through shops and galleries that line present-day Front Street, while exploring key landmarks that capture the colorful past of this historic district.

Oahu On Oahu, visitors to Waikiki need not venture far from the beach to learn about Hawaii’s historical and cultural heritage. The world-famous Waikiki Beach area and tourist resort was once the Royal seat of government and the residence of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Waikiki was primarily swampland, with some agricultural and fishing activity. It wasn’t until the late 1800s, when travelers began arriving aboard steamships, that Waikiki began to take shape as a tourist destination.

The “First lady of Waikiki,” the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, and the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, have graced Waikiki Beach for decades. In 1901, the Moana Hotel opened as Waikiki’s first hotel and became a pioneer in Hawaii’s visitor industry. The Royal Hawaiian, which celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2017, ushered in a new era of luxury travel to Hawaii. Today, these iconic resorts welcome visitors from around the globe with authentic music, island-inspired cuisine and gracious elegance. The Moana boasts a second-floor museum that highlights its history and the notables who have taken respite under the giant banyan tree, still standing today. For more information on Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii and the hidden experiences of the Islands, visit: prinhawaii.com 



STAY: Located on, or just steps away from, the most beautiful beaches in the world, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii’s 11 properties, represent four world-renowned brands—Sheraton, Westin, The Luxury Collection and St. Regis—on four Hawaiian Islands. The Ocean Promotion Plus package features special rates on ocean view accommodations and other views, plus daily complimentary breakfast for two. Book online at Starwoodhotelshawaii.com or call 866.716.8140 and ask for Ocean Promotion Plus.

FLY: Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines offer daily non-stop flights from San Diego to Honolulu and most of the neighboring islands.

Top: St. Regis Princeville. Middle: Sheraton Kona.
Bottom: Sheraton Waikiki pool.