Hau ‘oli Makahiki Hou from all of us at Island Air! Or as those on the mainland say, Happy New Year! With 2015 coming to a close and 2016 offering a fresh start, it’s time to talk about new years resolutions. Whether we’re hoping to slim down, tone up, eat healthier, or let go of bad habits in 2016, we’ve all made resolutions at one point or another. We think a getaway to Hawaii is just the thing to inspire you to stick with your resolutions this time around! Hop on over to Island Air and book a convenient and affordable inter island flight, and read on to see 10 ways that Hawaii will inspire you to stick with the Top 10 most common New Year’s Resolutions.
1. Lose Weight
You don’t need a gym membership to get in shape in Hawaii. Our stunning natural scenery and awesome topography will inspire you to catch a wave, hike a volcano, or try a fun new sport while you’re here. Just as being active is a natural way of life here in Hawaii, so too is eating healthy. We’re famous for our poke—freshly caught raw tuna marinated in delicious Asian flavors like soy and sesame, and served as a salad or atop a bowl of rice. Check out this great list of 5 places to find great waist-friendly poke in Honolulu. Another Hawaiian specialty is shave ice—it boasts even more flavors than ice cream, at a fraction of the calories. You can also get your fill of fresh fruit in Hawaii—pineapple fans, be sure to check out the Dole Plantation while you’re in Oahu. Overall, if your resolution is to lose a few pounds this year, everything in moderation will probably work better than a diet in the long run, so be sure to check out our popular Maui for Foodies blog post!
2. Get Organized
If your hectic schedule had you feeling overly stressed in 2015, the calmer pace of life in Hawaii will be a great way to relax and recharge. Embrace the Aloha Spirit and the things you want to prioritize in life will naturally come into focus. While some might say you need a planner to get organized, maybe you actually need a little break from your normal plan in order to reevaluate and re-appreciate the simple things in life.
3. Spend Less, Save More
From affordable flights to budget friendly itineraries, we’re proving that a great Hawaiian vacation need not break the bank. Check out our post on experiencing Lanai like a local, and our top recommendations for a family and budget friendly vacation in Honolulu. With plenty of great campsites and natural outdoor activities that don’t have a price tag, Hawaii is actually a great place to travel if you want your money to stretch farther.
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
You know Hawaii must be a pretty great place if the President of the United States chooses to spend his annual Christmas vacation on our sunny shores. Whether you’re looking for world class golfing, pristine beaches, lush tropical scenery, or hip nightlife, Hawaii truly has something for everybody. Our islands are so delightful that Conde Nast Traveler has named Maui the best island in the U.S. for 22 straight years! Check out our 22 reasons why we couldn’t agree more!
5. Get Fit & Healthy
Good health is the Hawaiian way of life. Whether you prefer running, swimming or surfing, you can’t help but spend lots of time in the great outdoors here in Hawaii. Unlike all the resolutions that come with a new gym membership, health and fitness in Hawaii means coming together with friends around a fun outdoor activity that also happens to be a great workout. Check out our post on Kailua for some fun suggestions on places to hike, kite surf, and kayak.
6. Learn Something Exciting
Here are a few suggestions: ukelele, surfing, stand up paddleboarding, hula dancing, Hawaiian cooking, lei making…there are so many interesting hobbies you could pick up in Hawaii!
7. Quit Smoking
Hawaii rang in the new year by becoming the first state to raise the legal cigarette smoking age from 18 to 21. The US Army, Navy and Marines have all announced support of this new law, which will hopefully inspire other states to follow suit. As quitting smoking is always high on resolutions lists, Hawaii’s bold move aims to prevent more young adults from ever picking up a cigarette in the first place. If you’re looking to quit for good, let Hawaii’s laid back lifestyle and relaxing beaches calm your nerves and give you a natural high instead.
8. Help Others
The Aloha Spirit is all about lending a helping hand. To get inspired on how you can volunteer your time or efforts, check out Hawaii’s Top 5 Innovations of 2015. Sometimes all it takes is a good idea, and Hawaii has a way of inspiring those often! Hawaii is also a great destination for ecotourists, or those looking to enjoy a “nature and culture based tourism that is ecologically sustainable and supports the well being of local communities.” Check out Alternative Hawaii for helpful guides to planning your eco vacation.
9. Fall in Love
Hawaii is one of the wedding and honeymoon capitals of the world, and for good reason! It’s hard to not feel the romance in sharing a wonderful meal while taking in a picture perfect sunset over the ocean. Just ask Bill Gates, who chose Lanai for his destination wedding in 1994. Hawaii is also a famously friendly place, so you just might meet your soulmate on a surfboard here.
10. Spend More Time with Family
With family friendly resorts and activities aplenty, Hawaii is a great spot to reconnect with your whole family. From hanging out on the beach to heading out for a luau or a whale watching excursion, the memories you make in Hawaii will last a lifetime. So why not do something different for your next family vacation?
Another common resolution is to travel more. We hope the photos and ideas above inspire you to add Hawaii to your list of can’t miss destinations in 2016! Island Air wishes everyone a Hau ‘oli Makahiki Hou!