Off the Beaten Path in Hawaii

The Aloha State features three active volcanoes, a mountain that measures 33,000 feet from the ocean floor and waterfalls galore. Eight islands comprise the island-state, but only six are open to the public: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii (known as the Big Island).

With rare beaches, volcanoes and hiking trails, the Big Island of Hawaii is a paradise for active outdoor travel. Maui’s beach resorts and wide range of outdoor activities make it a must-do. Oahu, which means “the gathering place,” is not only home to capital city Honolulu and Pearl Harbor, but the island is also a prime destination for nature lovers. Use this guide to create your Hawaii shortlist and click on our Diners Club Privileges to enjoy special offers after you arrive.

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The Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii is for the adventurous at heart. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Hawaii Volcanoes State Park features two of the most active volcanoes on earth, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. You’ll also find Mauna Kea, which has the highest peak in the state. Volcanoes on the Big Island offer stunning landscapes and trails for hiking, stargazing and cycling. The Travel Channel describes night diving with manta rays on the Kona coast as “one of the top ten things to do in your life.” Kona also features world-class golf courses and whale watching.

Maui

An island located in the mid-Pacific, Maui and its magic can be experienced via the scenic road to Hana, dazzling beach resorts or a visit to the iconic dormant volcano of Mt. Haleakala. A day at Haleakala National Park offers the opportunity to watch a sunrise or sunset, go on a guided tour with a ranger, or take a hike through the diverse terrain, ranging from volcanic landscape to subtropical rain forest zones. Check out the historic town of Lahaina, where you can visit the historic courthouse or dine with an ocean view. Maui offers over 30 miles of beautiful beaches to catch a wave with your surfboard.

Hotel Wailea Maui

Voted the No. 2 Best Hotel in Hawaii by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice in 2014 the Hotel Wailea Maui offers exquisite beach and ocean views. With only 72 suites on an expansive 15 acres situated 300 feet above the sea, the design of the hotel mirrors the experience of a Hawaiian beach house. Diners Clubmembers enjoy automatic upgrade to “Loved” membership status and valuable benefits in The Club, Small Luxury Hotels of the World elite loyalty program.

Oahu

The adventurous of heart can hike through Hawaii’s old Pali Highway to the Pali Nu’uanu Pali Lookout. Other local areas of interest include snorkeling at Hunauma Bay and the arts district of Chinatown. As the dynamic capital of Hawaii, Honolulu’s enviable weather and world-famous beaches beckon. Waikiki, a dynamic beach, dining and shopping area, also includes Diamond Head, a volcanic crater with spectacular hiking views. Located nearby Waikiki is Kapahulu, a neighborhood with local flavor. Take a day trip here for some of Honolulu’s best local (fine and fast) food.

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IASS Hawaii Lounge, Honolulu Airport

When you bid farewell (aloha kākou) to Honolulu, you’ll find no better oasis to ease your transition from paradise than the IASS Hawaii Lounge.  Grab a bite or a drink at this comfortable lounge and soak up your last moments of the Hawaiian laid-back lifestyle before catching your flight.

Doraku Sushi – Honolulu

At Doraku Sushi, Diners Club members enjoy a chef’s tasting menu for 2 ($59 per person), which includes Hawaii sashimi trio, Hamachi carpaccio, double happiness roll, Misoyaki butterfish, Japanese-style garlic steak, 6-piece nigri, miso soup and green tea ice cream.

Great for outdoor travel, relaxation, and spectacular natural attractions, Hawaii is the perfect winter getaway. When planning your trip, check out Diners Club Privileges for more offers in Hawaii and the world beyond!

 

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