I was thinking of how cool it is to live in a place that is on so many bucket lists to visit. Hawaii seems to be at the top of the most desired destinations.
I knew I was on to something when I read a People magazine online1 article about popular internet personalities, The Bucket List Family. Garrett Gee sold his mobile scanning app to SnapChat for $54 million. Gee then decided to sell their Utah home and start checking off their own bucket list. The Gee family has, after visiting more than 60 countries, chose Hawaii as home.
It occurred to me that so many things that end up on bucket lists can all be done right here in Hawaii.
Check out my list with accompanying playlist selections to set the mood 😊
GRAB YOUR BUCKET AND HEAD TO HAWAII
VISIT OR MOVE TO HAWAII
Not much to say about this without stating the obvious. Vacationers, newlyweds and retirees alike add visiting Hawaii to the list of things they’d love to do before they die or just can’t travel. The destination itself is a definite bucket list item.
Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bFr2SWP1I
SHOP AT LUXURY STORES
Many people peruse fashion magazines and look forward to the day of visiting the elegant and high-stores featured on the pages. “Luxury Row” in Waikiki has shops and boutiques representing many of the world’s top designer brands. Here you’ll find Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Tiffany and Company to name a few.
Shopping – Ryan Bang https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5HN7_rXVtE
SNORKELING AND SCUBA-DIVING
There option is available island wild, but because of so many visitors to Oahu, there are several options for divers. There are at least 16 diving companies, with another 12 companies specializing in snorkeling. Use a waterproof camera to capture the splendor of your underwater discoveries.
Misio – Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFEBriOa1x0
TAKE A HELICOPTER RIDE
A birds-eye view of the islands is something still on my own bucket list. The cost on Oahu ranges from $189 – $719 depending on the locations and length of your time in the air.
Martin Garrix & Firebeatz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovDcLHa2L1o
What better place to fly like an eagle than the Hawaiian Isles? Two people can even glide on one kite and together share the remarkable experience of “flying” surrounded by the beauty of the islands.
Powered hang-gliding is an option that’s more sitting in a small aircraft rather than actually “hanging”.
Johnny Bristol – Hang In There Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNS28f4d0Vw
SUNSET CRUISE ON THE OCEAN
There are several options to check this one off on Oahu. We did this on the Makani Catamaran for our wedding anniversary. Music, dinner, alcoholic beverages and fun people to hang out with. Most impressive – a sunset you can reach out and touch and a much bluer sea than you can see from the shore (say that 3 times fast!) Then when you dock – take some cake with you and make a video to this song:
DNCE – Cake By the Ocean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHKbaMj8mfI
GO WHALE WATCHING
Boat tours and whale-watching tours are very popular in Hawaii. Humpback whales visit Hawaiian waters each year from November to May. The peak season is January to March.
Although humpback whales can be seen from all of the Hawaiian Islands. The Auau Channel between Maui, Molokai and Lanai is one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world.
If its Killer Whales you’re looking, it’s possible to see them in Hawaii – but not probable. Orca sightings are extremely rare with only about 400 individuals reportedly enjoying that experience in the entire Hawaiian island chain.
Modest Mouse – The Whale Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_pnlYYHO1g
ATTEND AN AUTHENTIC LUAU
You’ve seen them in dozens of movies, tv shows and even cartoons. None of these can do the real thing justice. It is a true celebration of Polynesian culture that you can feel in your bones and your spirit when participating in person.
There are several luau venues on Oahu and Maui. If this is on your bucket list make sure to do a sunset luau. You’ll dine on traditional foods such as, kalua pig cooked in an imu (earth oven), haupia (coconut pudding) and poi (pounded Hawaiian taro). No worries, if this isn’t for you. There are many food options. Live performances of music and hula tell the story of Hawaiian and Polynesia culture. There will probably even be a Samoan fire-knife dance!
Kaleo Naea – The Luau Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zAcmzlRFyo
SINCE YOU’RE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – VISIT JAPAN
I’ve spoken with so many people who want to visit Japan. Well, if you’re coming from the U.S. Mainland or Europe you may want to extend your trip to include Japan. Flight time from Honolulu to Tokyo are about 8 hours. Of course, this varies greatly depending on route choices and head-winds.
Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis and home to the 2020 Olympics . It is a top destination for lovers of fashion, architecture and electronics. Many consider this city the gastronomic capital of the world.
Teriyaki Boyz – Tokyo Drift https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuJDhFRDx9M
WITNESS A LIVE VOLCANO
If this is on your bucket list, head to The Big Island, Hawai’i. You are probably aware of the erupting Kilauea crater in Volcanoes National Park. The dangers on land are real so opt for a lava ocean boat tour. You’ll get to cruise along the Hilo, Puna & Kapoho coastline & watch new land being created as hot molten lava flows down from Kilauea and pours into the ocean. The best time for viewing is before sunrise and after sunset when its dark.
The B-52’s – Lava https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OA9ZSpVsZk
Welcome to the Hawaiian Islands. Your one-stop bucket list shop!
Several of the above are still not checked off of my own list. I guess it’s time to get busy!