Now You Know: Summer Planning

With summer break quickly approaching, students are starting to map out their plans for the three-month hiatus, which is notorious for its trips and lively parties. While travel may seem like the perfect place to be during the summer, it may not be the most budget-friendly destination, especially for college students. Check out these low-cost activities you can do with your family and friends to kick off the summer!:

TRIP AROUND THE ISLAND: Why choose to go to one part of the island when you can go to all of them? Head over to Kaneohe to view the lush Ko’olau mountain range, Hale’iwa for some sweet treats, like Matsumoto shave ice, or Hanauma Bay in Hawaii Kai to catch a glimpse of our island’s marine life. Going around the island is a foolproof way to find adventure with your family and friends.

BEACH PICNIC: During the summer, it seems like the best place to be is on a warm, sunny beach. Luckily, our island is well known for its gorgeous beaches, each one having its own unique quality. Take Lanikai Beach, for example. A picnic somewhere along the beach’s fine, white sand is a great way to spend a day, and its offshore reef keeps the waters calm, which makes this beach a fairly easy place to swim.

VOLUNTEER: While it’s important to relax and let loose during the summer, it may also be the perfect time to contribute your talents to the community. Whether you’re taking part in a beach clean-up, removing invasive plant species at Pali Lookout or, giving clothes to those who are less fortunate, giving up some of your summer time to volunteer is a rewarding way to reach out and give back. Click here to view some volunteering opportunities.

HIKING: Looking to get in touch with nature? Hawaii’s hikes offer gorgeous views of our island’s beaches and lush landscapes. Lanikai Pillboxes Hike is a kid-friendly hike that overlooks Lanikai Beach. Kaena Point is located on the western coast of the island, offers stunning views of the coastline and, if you’re lucky, you may see a seal or two during your hike! Hiking is a great way to stay fit, and to share the beauty of our island with friends and family.

FOOD TRIP: Let out your inner foodie with a food trip! Hawaii’s food is no less than unique, as it is known as a mixing bowl of cultures, integrating foods from countries like Japan, and the Philippines, with Hawaii local culture in its cuisine. You can choose a specific set of foods to look for, like poke or barbeque, and set out across the island to find your favorite joint, or you can check out this website to view a few places to check out on your next trip.

Have a great summer break and re-explore your island!