Hawaii is known for being a place with healthy citizens and is consistently ranked at or near the top of the healthiest states in the U.S. Perhaps one reason is the sheer beauty this great state has offers inspiration to inhabitants to get out, be active, and live overall healthy lifestyles. It certainly has a lot of beautiful places to explore, many of which are known around the world for their exquisite beauty and tropical flavor. Open up just about any Hawaii tour book, pop onto any Hawaii travel website, or pay a visit to the island, and it’s hard to miss these gorgeous spots – and the scores of people who visit them. They’re arguably the flagship beaches, volcanoes, and temples on the Islands, and they’re the destinations that will surely offer great photo opps for a weekend of exploration or a weeklong vacation.
But dig a little deeper, and travelers might find that it’s the lesser-known spaces in Hawaii that offer up the most pristine beauty and the most remarkable experiences. When visitors explore Hawaii without adhering to a travel guide or typical Top 10 list, they just may come to a greater appreciation of the island paradise.
For anyone who wants to dig deep into the Hawaiian islands to uncover their rare gems, the following is a guide to the greatest unknown areas of Hawaii.
Hana Lava Tube
Many people know about Maui’s Road to Hana, but they are not always aware of what lies at the end of the Highway. The Hana Lava Tube in Ka’eleku Caves is a hidden treasure for those who are willing to traverse the entire road; it’s also a sight that is rarely matched for its beauty.
While most caves take thousands of years to form, hot lava caves like the Ka’eleku Caves can form over just a few weeks. They’re created when massive lava rivers flow from volcanoes and the outsides of those rivers harden, creating tunnels or tubes – like the Hana Lava Tube.
Mauna Kea Observatories
There are many people who believe Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, but they’re incorrect. The Big Island of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea is the highest pinnacle on the planet (if you compare height from a mountain’s base on the ocean floor to its peak), making it the perfect place to get above it all and peer even higher into the vastness of space.
Mauna Kea’s Observatories feature some of the most powerful telescopes on Earth, which are often available for public use. But the journey to these celestial-viewing spots is challenging, and some people may have a hard time adjusting to the altitude. If you can make the trek, a visit to the Mauna Kea telescopes is said to be an experience of a lifetime.
In addition to these unknown areas of Hawaii, Papakolea Beach’s stunning cliffs and green sand shouldn’t be missed, nor should an overnight stay in a Treehouse on top of Kilauea on the Big Island, near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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