Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

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The Hawaii Bucket List: Planning a Visit to the Aloha State

Aloha my friend! In three weeks exactly, I’ll board my plane and I am positively bursting with anticipation because: I am going to Hawaii! I am going to Hawaii! I am going to Hawaii! It’s been five months since I booked my plane ticket and now the journey is finally getting close. And since I want that trip to become epic – and since I like lists, of course – I made up a personal must do vacation list. May I present: The Hawaii Bucket List and 19 things to do in Hawaii.

By the way: Would you like to get a postcard from Hawaii? A real one, handwritten? Scroll down the list to see how to get it!


A beach on Maui. Photo by Tony Faiola.

The Hawaii Bucket List

1. Build a green sand castle

2. “Bake” black sand cakes

3. Wear shorts in bright colors for three weeks in a row

4. Paint each toenail in a different color

5. Run around with flowers in my hair

6. Never blow-dry my hair

7. Hike in the eye of flowing lava


Pele, the Goddess of Fire. It is said that her spirit lives in the Kilauea volcano. Photo by Steve Corey.

8. Search for a treasure

9. Sing with the whales

10. Jump on hotel beds

11. Get friends with a turtle


A turtle on a black sand beach. Photo by Matt MacGillivray.

12. Learn to surf like a pro

13. Get a tan

14. Paint freckles to my cheeks

15. Switch off my phone

16. Find a lonely waterfall

17. Watch the sun rise above the clouds


Sunrise at Haleakala. Photo by Roland Pernter.

18. Constantly wear a bikini instead of underwear

19. Learn all the meanings of Aloha


Now it’s your turn. Did I forget anything? I’m happy to get your travel tips!

By the way: Would you like to get a postcard from Hawaii? A real one, handwritten? Just leave me a comment – either on the blog or on Facebook – until October 30! I’ll randomly choose ten of you who can look forward to getting mail from me. If you’re in, you’ll get an Email before I leave, asking your address – because, well, obviously, a postcard wouldn’t reach you without that. I assure you that your details are safe and won’t be used for anything else!

Teaser photo by Howard Ignatius.

About the Author

Anna loves travel, photography, and writing. All at once, everyday. She collects entrance cards, plane tickets, and old atlases and has been searching for the perfect globe for some years. Follow Anna on Facebook or Twitter!


  1. Anna, don’t miss out on Napali coast! Either book a boat trip or helicopter flight along it. It’s definitely worth it. That part of the globe starred in a number of movies (one being “Jurassic Park”) but is more impressive when seen with your own eyes. You can also hike a part of it, which is adventurous, but doesn’t give you the great views you can enjoy from the sea side. Hiking will be a great test for your DURA CASE though, as it will take you a full day for just a couple miles through the rain forest.
    Have fun there! Oh, and I do hope for a post card!

    • Hi Roland,

      thanks for your tip! At the moment, I am planning to visit O’ahu, Big Island and Maui so it might be a bit difficult to squeeze a flight to Kauai into my schedule. But I heard and read so much about the Napali coast – maybe I’ll still find a way to see it. Hiking is very high on my list, as is surfing, so I guess I’ll find quite some time to test the dura case 🙂

      If you want to get a postcard, I’ll send you one! Could you email your address to anna (at)
      Have a great sunday! Anna

  2. Karolina

    Wow, I’d love to visit Hawaii, have fun Anna!

    PS. You should add to your bucket list “Write some postcards to my readers”. I really want to have one! ;-))


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