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You might spot a celebrity or two at this Hollywood favorite, beloved for its 865 acres of palm-fringed coastline. Just a 15-minute drive from the Kona International airport, this Four Seasons has seven pools, a rock amphitheater where kids can overnight, and even an on-site museum and cultural center. The resort, while still open, is under renovation.

8 million-gallon swimmable aquarium, which offers experiences led by on-site marine biologists. For travelers who want to stay on the Hilo side of the island—and close to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park—consider this quiet, four-cottage inn on the edge of the rain forest. All cottages are unique, but each has cedar walls, shoji screen, and plenty of windows that look out on giant ferns.

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Sign the island’s Pono Pledge. Pono means “righteous” and the pledge invites travelers to traverse the island with gentleness, humility, and respect. Join a community or educational event put on by Pōhāhā I Ka Lani, a nonprofit devoted to stewardship of Hawai‘i’s sacred land. Guests of the Fairmont Orchid can participate in three different projects: forest reforestation with Waikoloa Dry Forest Reserve, beach cleanup with Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, and a tree planting with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.

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It’s a morning ritual to greet the sun—one that many Hawai‘ians participate in—that begins on the beach at 6 a. m. Kimitete-Ah Mow, also a Pono pledge ambassador, begins with a short blessing, invites travelers to gaze into the Pacific, and then they face the east and ask the sun to rise with another chant.

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2. Kaua‘i The Garden Isle Travelers looking for a quiet, laid-back island full of natural beauty, waterfalls, and long stretches of beach, as well as a chance to learn about ancient traditions and visit quaint small towns Lushness and serenity reign on the “Garden Isle,” home to the planet’s wettest spot, Mount Waialeale, averaging 451 inches of rain each year.

But Waimea—“the Grand Canyon of the Pacific”—and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park hog the spotlight. Here waterfalls and swift streams sculpt one of the world’s most staggeringly beautiful wilderness areas, threaded with ancient Hawai‘ian archaeological sites. Just keep in mind that those wishing to visit Haena State Park, which includes Kee and Tunnels beaches, as well as the trailhead, need to make reservations in advance.

Then contrast that riot of water and vegetation with Polihale State Park, where Hawai‘i’s longest stretch of beach covers 15 miles and dunes can pile up to 100 feet high. Most travelers stay along the North Shore (home to Princeville and Hanalei); on the drier, sunnier South Shore, near the town of Poipu; or along the eastern coast, near the Lihue Airport.

Find laid-back luxury at this 59-cottage property (once a sugar plantation) on the sunnier, slightly less-traveled West Side, home to the storied Waimea Canyon. All cottages were built in the late 19th century or early 20th and reflect that charm: painted wood-paneled walls and shaded lanais, each with a fully equipped kitchen.

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Choose from rooms that overlook the gardens, ocean, and pools—and make time to check out each of the three restaurants overseen by chef Mark Arriola, a pioneer in Kaua‘i’s farm-to-table movement. Hawai‘i Land Trust hosts volunteer days, including a marine cleanup on Kāhili Beach on the first Sunday of every month.

Travelers can donate and shop the Mālama Kaua‘i Store (perfect for souvenirs and gifts). Hotels across Kaua‘i, including Kauai‘i’s Marriott Resort and the Grand Hyatt, are also participating in the Mālama Hawai‘i project—find more details on the site. 3. Lāna‘i The Pineapple Island Travelers who crave a small, uncrowded island with a cat sanctuary, golf courses, plantation architecture, and snorkeling Before Lāna‘i was colonized by Westerners, the land—where Hawai‘ian settlers lived off taro and seafood—was rich with native vegetation and purple flowers.

Then came the pineapple years: Before statehood, the United States recognized the Republic of Hawai‘i in 1894 with pineapple entrepreneur, and longtime Hawai‘i resident, Sanford Dole as its president. When Hawai‘i was annexed in 1900, it became a territory, and in 1922, Sanford Dole’s cousin James Drummond Dole bought the island of Lāna‘i to expand his pineapple farming empire.

Ellison, while controversial, has placed an emphasis on sustainability, founding Pulama Lāna‘i to protect native and endangered species, improve water and recycling systems, and attempt to transition the island’s diesel grid to 100 percent renewable energy. Today Lāna‘i remains an off-the-beaten-path destination, with an emphasis on “path”: Only 30 miles of the island’s roads are paved, but there are more than 400 miles of rugged trails you can explore by four-wheel-drive or horse or by hiking.