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5 Reasons To Visit Hawaii Right Now

There’s more to the islands than Instagram-worthy views.
05/23/2017 12:24pm ET | Updated May 23, 2017

For Condé Nast Traveler, by Caitlin Morton.

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Few places in the world inspire as much sheet wanderlust as the islands of Hawaii. Home to eight national parks, 400-plus beaches, and countless scenic hikes, the state is a goldmine of staggering natural beauty. But there’s more to the islands than Instagram-worthy views. From fresh food to world-class surfing to incredible wildlife, here are 5 reasons to start planning your next Hawaiian getaway.

1. The rugged, blissfully crowd-free region of Oahu’s North Shore.

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2. Kauai's unparalleled Nā Pali Coast, which can only be seen from a helicopter, catamaran, or rather grueling hike. But the deep valleys, towering waterfalls, and sea caves are well worth the effort.

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3. The ubiquitous fragrance and vibrant colors of the plumeria flower, one of Hawaii's most iconic symbols.

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4. The sunrise over Maui's Haleakala National Park, a phenomenon so popular that you have to make a paid reservation to see it.

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5. Green sea turtles (or honu), a symbol of good luck in Hawaii (and a damn cute species to spot while snorkeling in Kauai).

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