The Hawaiian Islands' stunning natural environs and eclectic cultural histories create ample fodder for discussion during Polynesian Adventure Tours' expertly guided excursions. Thoroughly trained drivers ferry attendees across the isles' majestic tropical terrain aboard air-conditioned buses, peppering the landscape with historical tidbits along the way. Throughout each jaunt, they spotlight a cavalcade of fabled landmarks, such as Pearl Harbor's World War II memorials and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Every tour boasts its own unique itinerary, but many amble through scenic rural towns and stop at lookout points to let passengers stretch their legs, take in the sweeping vistas of Hawaii's renowned marine scenery, or face off in yodeling competitions.
Falling in love with Hawaii is easy?for some, all it takes is the first breath of balmy air after stepping out of an airplane or homemade rocket ship from the mainland. But Pat and Lisa Christian, the married couple behind Home Tours Hawaii, help people to deepen their love of the big island by offering a glimpse into its heart. They take groups beyond main streets and hotels, leading them into private homes and gardens to enjoy progressive brunches. While munching on multiple courses made with Big Island ingredients and sipping estate-grown Kona coffee, guests feast their eyes on stunning views of nature and architectural features such as ohia posts, lanais overlooking the ocean, and indoor koi ponds.
Each fall, a team from United Pacific Builders transforms the tunnels and hospitality room beneath Aloha Stadium into a maze of halls and rooms where ghastly creatures await fresh souls to spook. On top of providing Halloween chills, the team behind the event supports the community by donating a portion of the proceeds to the Hawaii Meth Project.
It's easy to get overwhelmed by Hawaii's beauty and find yourself gazing at it rather than experiencing it. That's where Epic Tours comes in. The company whisks visitors on adventures throughout the Big Island, plopping them down on Kona's pristine beaches or taking them turtle sighting in Hilo. They also offer vacation packages and help visitors plan their budgets so they don't spend all their money taking dolphins out to fancy dinners.
Scream Team creates new nightmares by bringing already existing ones to life, drawing upon horror staples such as demonic clowns and decaying zombies for their fully immersive haunted houses. In 2011, a rogue’s gallery of cinematic madmen—from Michael Myers to Freddy Krueger to Nick Nolte—brought hypothermia to the spines of patrons tiptoeing through Hollywood Horror, which ran alongside the blood-spattered carnival of Twisted Fun House. Their houses stay open through the end of October and then, like an office of candy-corn salesmen, vanish after Halloween.
Evan Duffin-Barnes first took to a surfboard at age two, sporting floaties and a diaper. During his childhood on Oahu’s southeast side, he spent his entire life learning to longboard, shortboard, and bodyboard on the area’s intense shore breaks. His love of the water continued throughout his youth as he was both a high school swimmer and embarked on a college surfing career. Nowadays, Duffin-Barnes, a semi-professional surfer and avid big wave rider, enjoys tow-surfing and owns Island Surf Academy, where he passes on surfing expertise and the other topics he has studied since before he was potty-trained: safe ocean exploration and respect for the environment for future generations.
Novices slowly gain the confidence to ride in the zen-like curl of a wave as instructors show them how to paddle and stand atop their board. More advanced boarders use the lesson to hone their competitive edge, and surf camps bolster kids’ confidence on a board and foster environmental awareness. As the sun rises each day and old fishermen stretch their arms in preparation for exaggerated gestures, the academy’s team of locals lead custom surf tours, guiding participants to the area’s choicest swells on jaunts that can include hikes, snorkeling, and picturesque views.