15 Socially-Distanced Things to Do in Hawaii

By Hawaii.com Team

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As of October 15th, Hawaii has reopened its doors to tourists (permitting proof of a negative covid test, of course). Although the state is open, things are a bit different. Some attractions remain closed and different counties have varying rules in place. In Hawaiian the word malama means to take care of. Now more than ever it’s important to malama Hawaii by respecting social distancing guidelines and wearing a mask when out in public. To do this, we’ve created this list of 15 Socially-Distanced Things to Do in Hawaii. Don’t worry! There’s still plenty to see and do!

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1. Take a Shaka Guide Tour

Explore Hawaii in the comfort of your own rental car! On a Shaka Guide audio tour, you’ll explore Hawaii with turn-by-turn directions to popular attractions, cultural sites, hikes, beaches and scenic lookouts — all with stories and music along the way! It’s like having a guided tour, without the strangers! Shaka Guide gives you the freedom to explore on your own terms. Visit the spots you want and skip the ones you don’t. On a Shaka Guide tour, you have complete control of your day with the expert advice to guide you!

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2. Go to the Beach

Time for some fresh air and sun! Hawaii is known for its beaches and we see why — it has some of the best in the country, if not the world. In fact, multiple Hawaii beaches have consistently made Dr. Beach’s list of top 10 beaches in America for the past four years. Shaka Guide visits over two dozen beaches across all of its tours!

3. Hike

The Aloha State is home to hundreds of hikes. No matter which island you visit you can find a hike that’s perfect for your skill level. On a Shaka Guide tour, they’ll take you to some of the most popular hikes on each island. Visit Diamond Head on Oahu, Pipiwai Trail on Maui, Kilauea Iki Crater Trail on Big Island and Waimea Canyon Trail on Kauai, just to name a few!

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4. Watch the sunrise/sunset

Hawaiian sunrises and sunsets are what dreams are made of. Watch the sky’s vibrant colors come to life over the ocean or atop a mountain. In fact, one of the top spots to watch the sunrise or sunset is Mount Haleakala in Maui. Here, you can watch from the volcano’s summit, with your head in the clouds. Check out Shaka Guide’s sunrise and sunset tours of Haleakala to find awesome scenic spots, family-friendly hikes and learn about the volcano’s legends!

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5. Visit a museum

Sure, when you think of Hawaii you probably think of sand and surf, but Hawaii is home to many wonderful museums that display the state’s arts and culture. If you love museums, Oahu is the spot for you. Check out the Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Pearl Harbor which are all located on Hawaii’s most populous island.

6. Visit a National Park

Time to take out the National Park passport! Hawaii is home to a number of national parks and now’s the perfect time to explore. Two of our favorites are Haleakala in Maui and Volcanoes National Park on Big Island. At both you’ll find a variety of hikes and scenic lookouts that display the unique landscapes of the islands. Shaka Guide has tours that visit both! Check out their Sunrise at Haleakala National Park Tour, Sunset and Stargazing at Haleakala, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour.

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7. But don’t Forget State Parks

Sure, National Parks get all the glory, but Hawaii has some pretty epic state parks too! Check out Waianapanapa in Maui for it’s black sand beach or Waimea Canyon in Kauai to marvel at the grand canyon of the pacific. Visit Waianapanapa on one of three Shaka Guide Road to Hana Tours and check out their Waimea and Na Pali Driving Tour to explore Waimea Canyon.

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8. Snorkel

While you’re snorkeling in Hawaii you’ll see vibrant marine life all around you. Lookout for tropical fish and take in all the colors of the ocean. You can marvel at these beautiful animals up close, but please remember to respect their habitat.

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9. Go ATVing, Horseback Riding or E-Biking at Kualoa Ranch

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Head to Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. This 4,000 acre nature reserve has reopened to visitors with safety guidelines in place. It offers a host of activities that you can do solo or in small groups. We recommend ATVing, horseback riding or E-biking to take in the epic views of the Koolau mountains.

10. Go Surfing

Surfing is an important part of Hawaii’s history. Before it was an olympic sport, it was practiced by Hawaiian royalty. Even if you’ve never surfed before, there are plenty of beaches that are beginner friendly, like Waikiki Beach.

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11. Learn Hawaiian History

Hawaii has a distinct history, different from any other state. Between it’s polynesian culture, unique language, and royal past, there’s so much to learn about what makes Hawaii special. Some of our favorite cultural spots are Iolani Palace — the United State’s only royal residence, Pu’uhonua — a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiians, and Pu’ukohola Heiau — an ancient temple built by King Kamehameha. Every Shaka Guide tour shares stories about Hawaiian history and legends! You’ll visit historic sites, both big and small, on every island and leave with a deeper appreciation for the islands.

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12. Try local goodies

Our mouths are watering just thinking about all the amazing local dishes Hawaii has to offer. From a plate lunch piled high with kalua pork, to poke fresh from the sea! Oh, and you can’t forget dessert. After a long day at the beach we love to cool down with a fresh shave ice.

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13. Check out murals in Kaka’ako

Museums aren’t the only place you’ll find art in Hawaii. Head to the Kaka’ako neighborhood of Oahu for vibrant murals that paint the sides of buildings. Commissioned as part of Pow Wow Hawaii, this artwork was created by a combination of both local and visiting artists.

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14. Go Kayaking

Explore Hawaii’s beaches and get a great workout while you’re at it. You’ll kayak in crystal clear water where you can take in views of the beach from a completely different perspective.

15. Give Back

We know you love Hawaii, we do too! While you’re here, there are a bunch of ways you can volunteer your time to give back to the community. One way you can help — join a beach clean up! If you’re looking for an organization to help, check out Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.

So, as you can see, there are loads of ways to stay safely socially distanced and still have a great trip!

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