dolphinsIt’s not hard at all to find unique places in Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are pretty unique in themselves being one of the most isolated land masses on the planet.

About halfway between Asia and North America, Hawaii has a unique population, a rainbow of cultures that took root here during the sugar plantation days – Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese and Mainland American. Each culture retains much of its own identity, and for a small place with such diversity that is pretty unique (and pretty neat).

Geographically, Hawaii is one of the most unique places on the planet, and it is a land of superlatives. For starters, it is the youngest place on Earth and is still growing with new lava poured out of the volcano everyday.

And how many places in the world can you ski on top of a dormant volcano and surf in the ocean on the same day? On the Big Island (Hawaii Island), you can ski on Mauna Kea, and a couple hours later be body surfing at Hapuna Beach on the sunny Kohala Coast.

Mauna Kea is also one of the most unique places in Hawaii because it is home to the world’s largest telescopes, positioned here because it’s one of the best places for viewing the sky. Star gazing tours go up regularly. Other unique places on the Big Island include Volcano National Park (check out the never dying fire in the lodge of the Volcano House) and the lava viewing opportunities by land, sea or helicopter.

On all of the islands you can view plants and birds and other life that lives nowhere else in the world.

The tallest cliffs in the world can be seen on Molokai. Hawaii also has a few unique beaches. There’s the Green Sands Beach and the Black Sands Beach on the Big Island, and the Barking Sands Beach (the sand makes sort of squeaking noise when you walk on it) on Kauai and the Red dirt beach on Maui.

Far above the beaches of Kauai is found one of the wettest spots on Earth, Mount Waialeale, averaging 460 inches of rain each year. Inside the crater are a multitude of waterfalls that send water down to the Garden Isle. Some helicopter tours go into this crater of waterfalls. This same island is also home to a pretty unique place for a tropical island, a canyon that looks like it belongs in Arizona and was dubbed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by Mark Twain – Waimea Canyon.

And, on Oahu you can visit one of the only royal palaces in the U.S. – Iolani Palace. There’s another one in Kona on the Big Island.

These are just a few of the many unique places in Hawaii to see, as a state this is pretty unique in itself!