There still rages a great scientific and cultural debate on when Hawaii was first settled with dates of modern Hawaiians arriving from the Polynesian Islands as early as 100 AD to as late as 1200 AD. Yet oral tradition speaks about the first Polynesian arrivals having to push back menuhume, little people, into more remote areas of the islands.
Snorkeling is a water activity that can be done by young children and the elderly. You can choose to snorkel in shallow waters near your resort, safe for everyone, or go to more challenging areas with strong swimmers. Just be sure that you choose the location based on your weakest swimmer.
It would not be an article on Hawaiian watersports without talking about surfing. You can go surfing from practically any beach in Hawaii, but of course there are world class surfing beaches. There are surfing schools and lessons for beginners to advanced. Or simply go to most beaches and rent a surfboard from the beach shop, order online and have it delivered, or drive to a local rental shop and practice by staying close to shore.
Probably the hardest or the most expensive to visit will be Ni’ihua, as it name implies there are very limited opportunities to visit this reclusive paradise. The island has actually been owned by the same bloodline family, the Sinclair’s, since it was sold to them in 1864 by Hawaiian King Kamehameha V for $10,000 worth of gold.
When you visit Hawaii, there are over 10,000 endemic species (not found anywhere else in the world) which have evolved in a vacuum just like the Galapagos. In fact, Hawaii has by far more endemic species than the Galapagos. Here are my choices for the five most unique native species of Hawaii.