When we think of Hawaii, we think of sandy beaches that stretch for miles, palm trees, crystal blue seas with gigantic waves, and endless sunny days. What we don’t think about so often when thinking of Hawaii are the wonderful mountains that it offers. The mountains are created from volcanoes, and there are many to explore. They are all a little different, and there is something new to discover when visiting each one. It is definitely something to put on your schedule while visiting the Hawaiian islands.
Kohala Mountain – This mountain is located at the very end of the Big Island. There are old towns that still look the same as they did decades ago. The stores all have wood plank floors that are creaky from age, and the towns are densely populated. People fled from the towns because of tsunamis. There is an exceptional restaurant called Bamboo Restaurant & Bar in the town of Hawi. It is said to have the most traditional cuisine and atmosphere of all restaurants in Hawaii.
Koko Crater – Koko Crater was formed by the last volcanic eruption in Hawaii. It is great for hiking where you will see the amazing flora and fauna. There is also a botanical garden with breathtaking specimens of native plant life. You can also hike inside of the crater opening.
Mount Kaala – You will have to hike up this mountain, but it is well worth it once you get to the top. Mount Kaala is the highest point on Oahu at 4000 feet. The top of the mountain is flat, and is a huge bog. There are several species of natural plants and flowers to see. They have constructed boardwalks through the bogs so the bogs are not disturbed. It is very cool on top of the mountain, so this would be a great day trip on a steamy day.