Hawaii is known for its lush rainforests, colorful fauna, scenic waterfalls and breathtaking beaches. It’s one of the most popular vacation spots around because of its abundance of natural and cultural attractions. There are plenty of well-known highlights that most tourists see and do on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, but there are some lesser-known gems a bit off the beaten path, too. Including volcanic heated pools, beautiful state parks, unique colored beaches and spectacular hikes, these ten underrated attractions in Hawaii are well worth a visit.
1. Hike to the Hanakapi’ai Falls, Kauai
This challenging 8-mile round trip hike takes you deep into the mountains over slippery rocks, uneven terrain and deep river crossings. What awaits you is a hidden mountain oasis with a stunning 300-foot waterfall that cascades into a swimmable pond. About halfway to the falls is Hanakapi’ai Beach. It’s only visible during the summer as large winter swells wash it completely away. In other seasons, this unspoiled beach makes a great stop to marvel at the dramatic cliffs and punched out caves. If you’re tempted to take a dip, be careful of riptides as this is considered a dangerous swimming spot. A safer choice is to swim in the pristine stream that you cross.