We all know how far of a trek Hawaii is from the Midwest and often, it’s a once in a lifetime trip – so, please take the time to see at least these places in Hawaii before you leave. For example, the Byodo-In Temple on Oahu which was built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese to arrive in Hawaii. This non-practicing Buddhist temple has beautiful koi ponds and gardens. Next, you may not want to stay on Waikiki Beach (too crowded for me). But, you must at least visit to see the hustle and bustle and vibrant colors of one of the most famous beaches on the planet. You’ll have to wake up really early to visit the “House of the Rising Sun” – Haleakala Volcano on Maui. Don’t miss an unforgettable sunrise at it’s summit overlooking a sea of clouds. Then, one of my personal favorites, because I love waterfalls, is Akaka Falls on the Big Island with an easy hike but with big payoffs. If you’re interested in what the aftermath of a volcano eruption looks like, take a hike through Desolation Trail on the Big Island. Did you know that Waimea Canyon on Kaui may cover as many square miles as the Grand Canyon and was described by Mark Twain as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”? You definitely cannot leave Hawaii without going to a luau. We’ve been told that the best one is Smith’s Garden Luau on Kaui because of it’s ceremony for unearthing the pork from the underground oven and the history of the islands portrayed by the hula, Tahitian drum and Samoan fire knife dancers. So many places, so little time. You better schedule at least a week or maybe two so you can see all those “must see” places in Hawaii.