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Our goal is to start you down the path
to great adventures in Hawaii.
The alternative path less traveled.
A Hawaii you never imagined.
Hawaiian Living Site - Waimea Valley Audubon Center
©Ann Cecil

We have sought out the best possible things to see and do on the land, above and below the sea, and in the air, so you don't waste your time and money.

The activities listed are either free, relatively inexpensive, or worth the cost.

Although there is nothing wrong with sitting on a beach, there's a lot more going on in the Islands than Number 30 sunscreen. If it can be ridden, sailed, glided, flown, bounced, hit or hooked - you can find it in Hawaii.

John F. Kennedy once commented that Hawaii is what the rest of America is striving to be - a place of empathy, tolerance, graciousness, friendliness, understanding and giving. In other words, the Aloha spirit - Hawaii's gift to the world.

Given today's reality of a westernized, multi-cultural population, much of native Hawaiian culture has unfortunately become "commodified" (commercialized and packaged) - another roadside attraction!

People have not walked softly here. Hawaii has become the most endangered place on earth. Over 65 percent of Hawaii's native forests have vanished, and nearly half of the remaining flora is listed as threatened or endangered. In total, 75 percent of the nation's species extinctions have occurred in Hawaii.

Fortunately, all is not lost. A major aspect of the "Hawaiian experience" is still found in the simple beauty of nature and the outdoors. The roadside is the attraction.

Alternative Hawaii encourages nature-based travel to Hawaii's natural attractions to experience and study Hawaii's unique flora, fauna, and culture in a manner which is ecologically responsible, sustains the well-being of the community, and is inspired with the spirit of Aloha Aina (love of the land).

Alternative Hawaii offers you the reality of this special place from the inside out - a guide to possibilities. The real adventure is up to you.

Life is too short to miss a great adventure!

Tread softly . . .

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