Four Via articles help you discover Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.
How do you envision paradise? We think it has soft, sandy beaches set against a turquoise ocean. We think it has sweet, juicy, tropical fruit. We think it has days filled with swimming, snorkeling, and plain old relaxing. In truth, we think it’s Hawaii. Once you’ve been to the islands, you’ll want to go back. And if you’ve never been, now’s the time to start dreaming.
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Maui’s Fresh Flavors 
A food lover tours a pineapple plantation, sips samples of MauiGrown coffee, wanders a colorful farmers’ market, and recommends a cornucopia of places to eat.
Maui’s West Side 
Chow down at a luau, paraglide above the island, snorkel among turtles, wander the streets of a former whaling town, and learn how to hula and play the ukulele.
Kauai, Hawaii: North Shore Heaven 
Here are 11 reasons to love the North Shore of Kauai, from primeval beaches and taro fields to a garden preserve and the broad Hanalei River.
Hawaii’s Kailua-Kona 
Big Island adventures include a canoe trip, a submarine ride, and a waterslide inside a giant plastic ball. But history-lovers and sunset-seekers will come away satisfied, too.
Photography courtesy of Paul (Dex) Bica/Wikimedia Commons
This article was first published in October 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.