Time to redefine the idea of a quick getaway. Too far? Pshaw.
You can leave Southern California in the morning and be on the beach by afternoon. Or sipping an outstanding craft cocktail. Or admiring the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Or discovering waterfalls and hidden temples on a hike. Or being a kid again and flying a kite. Or shopping for one-of-a-kind art.
Here are five doable ideas for enjoying the islands when time is tight.
Visit picturesque Holualoa on the island of Hawaii — and you may never want to leave
A sleepy artist community suspended 1,400 feet above Kailua-Kona on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano, the Big Island's Holualoa has a downtown that is uncrowded, unassuming, picturesque and quirky. Read more »
Central Maui will satisfy your thirst for the real Hawaii
Resist the lure of resort-lined Kaanapali Beach because central Maui — from Makena up through Waikapu to Paia — offers an escape from L.A. that will slake your thirst for the real magic of Hawaii. Read more »
On isolated Molokai, relax far from Hawaii’s well-worn tourist paths
Molokai has long lured the intrepid off Hawaii's well-worn tourist paths. If you can embrace the dearth of canned attractions and the gritty and slow-paced way of life, you might find yourself relaxing and joining the locals as they wave at passerby and oncoming traffic. Read more »
Honolulu's best cocktail bars are disguised as furniture stores and hidden in office buildings
We found the best cocktail bar in the country ... in Honolulu. And we found a terrific wine bar in a furniture store. Honolulu for a weekend? Prepare to be surprised. Read more »
Find adventure on Kauai's dirt roads and the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”
Kauai's Waimea town provides a remote but ideal base for exploring Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of the Pacific), the Kalalau Overlook atop the green wrinkles of the Na Pali Coast and the towns of Hanapepe and Koloa. Read more »
Map of Hawaii by Tony Lamadora / The Noun Project