7 Things to do in Hawaii Besides the Beach

7 Things to do in Hawaii Besides the Beach

Hawaii is likely to be one of the first few places suggested when brainstorming for vacation ideas. The image that accompanies the word is most likely to be a beach, some hula dancers, leis and a bunch of coconuts. But there are lots of other things to do in Hawaii besides lounging on a beach all day drinking alcoholic concoctions out of a coconut. Here are 7 things to do that you may have never thought of.

1. Slide down the water reservoir in Waimanalo, Hawaii

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Okay let us completely put it out there that we don’t condone anyone doing this since it’s illegal, but if you’re a daredevil then make sure to get this on a Go Pro since you’ll be a legend amongst your friends. If they don’t believe you then the video can be replayed for them multiple times.

The water reservoir in Oahu collects rain water to be redistributed among 126 acres of agricultural land. Typically you’d think that a water reservoir that large would be made out of concrete, but the fact that it’s covered by a plastic liner is a clear incentive to many to hop over the barbed wired fence and slide down it. And it seems like tons of fun, kind of like a giant slip and slide, but many people have reported being cut by the plastic liner. Is it friction or just earth underneath trying to tear through?

Depending on the time of the year, the water levels may be much higher up, making for a relatively safer slide. That being said, precaution is still necessary as there has been one reported case of an individual becoming paralyzed from the neck down after landing poorly. Would you take your chances on this illegal water slide?

 2. Walk up the Haiku Stairs

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There is absolutely no poetry involved in this. If illegally sliding down the sides of a water reservoir wasn’t enough for you, then try climbing 4,000 steps to watch a sunset. These set of stairs weren’t created to be a Hawaiian look-a-like of the Great Wall of China. In fact, they were purposely put there during the Second World War for soldiers to access transmission stations at the top of mountains. The stairs are so high up in elevation that at certain points you’ll be climbing through clouds.

The hike is so dangerous that there’s even a guard station at a certain check point to prevent tourists from climbing further up the stairs. However, in 2013 we’re guessing that the preventional process was determined to be futile as there are no longer any guards stationed there. Is this a sign that Hawaii will make this climb legal in the near future? If you’re too afraid to climb the stairs yourself, one dare devil and his team have already done the work for you! Watch the video above to get a feel for what it’s like to be that high up in the Hawaiian mountains.

3. Visit the Toilet Bowl Pool

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This natural pool formed by years of waves crashing onto lava rocks simulates the actions of a toilet bowl. The crashing waves push water through a hole in the rocks, only to be sucked back out as the waves slide back out into the ocean. In calm conditions, you can actually sit inside of the toilet bowl and experience the up and down floating movement of the waves. There are a ton of locations across Hawaii that offer Toilet Bowl experiences, so take your pick of the crop and make the best of it!

But when conditions are rough, you can be sucked back out of the rocks and into the ocean. Experienced divers and swimmers have lost their lives at this pool so be careful when you visit.

4. Bathe in the Olivine Pools

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The trail itself leading into the Olivine Pools is steep and treacherous. A rugged landscape spattered with rocks will require a steady step to ensure that you don’t slip on the volcanic rocks. Be careful not to slip or you’ll wind up with a bunch of cuts. The type of lava formed here creates rocks with lots of serrated edges.

If you make it down the jagged path, you’ll be rewarded with…not a white sand beach. But pools of black rocks revealing iridescent green minerals in the water, giving it the name – Olivine Pools.

You can enjoy the peacefulness of the pools by resting in the ones furthest away from the ocean, or have waves crash down on your back as you rest in a warm volcanic pool. The only advice that we have here is to not stand too close to the edge leading into the ocean because the strong waves can knock you down the cliffs and into the water below.

5. Walk across the Swinging Bridges

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You won’t be walking across the Brooklyn Bridge when you decide to venture across the Swinging Bridges of Maui, Hawaii. Anchored on either side of land by frayed cables, you’ll be walking across a single plank of wood when traveling across these bridges. Make sure to bring your balance from all those years if gymnastics class if you don’t want to fall off into a rock filled ravine.

 6. Ride the Kilauea Slippery Slide

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If water parks are your thing, then prepare for a natural water slide ride in Hawaii. Although the ride may not be as long as a water slide in Wonderland, how many people get to say that they’ve slid down a natural slide? This location may be a little bit more difficult to get to as it’s currently privately owned. But if you get the chance to, definitely take a tumble down this slide.

There’s quite a steep drop at the end so make sure that you’re a strong swimmer so that you can battle the currents and not be dragged under the water.

7. Watch a volcano erupt

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If jungles and aquatic related activities aren’t your thing, then take the chance to watch an erupting volcano. The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park began erupting in 1983 and hasn’t stopped since. As the hot lava rolls into the sea, you can steam mountains of steam fading into the sky. Obviously we’re not suggesting that you paddle out on a kayak to the volcano like this team did, but if you have the chance, take a boat ride into the water and see the lava flows up close for an even better shot of the power of nature.

Being one of the most active volcanos on Earth,  you won’t miss out on this opportunity any time soon.

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