What does “Hawaiian vacation” conjure in your mind?

Ladies in cliched grass skirts and coconut bras doing hula at the Marriott?

Tourists festooning the sands of Waikiki  like beached whales?

Visions of aloha shirts, flip-flops and plastic leis?

I’m seeing loads of deals all over the internet right now for airfare to Hawaii. And while I’ll be the first to try and steer you clear of the conventional tourist traps, I’m here to tell you – Hawaii is not to be missed.

Contrary to popular belief, Hawaii is one of the best cultural destinations in the US. Imagine it: we have a collection of islands created by massive volcanoes and home to an ancient Polynesian culture as one of our nation’s 50 states!

Here’s a few ways to exit the tourist track and seek out the real Hawaii:

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