Here's a peek at some new fun stuff to do on the islands
If slathering on another layer of sunscreen is as active asyou plan to get on your next Hawaiian vacation, turn the page. Butmaybe you want to fly through the jungle on a zip line or shootdown a new resort’s 200-foot lava-tube waterslide. How aboutwitnessing the seasonal migration of 8,000 seabirds to their islandrookery? Or, with your kids, exploring a garden that’s just forthem? Okay, so maybe you simply want to leave the beach for anafternoon to get a taste of Hawaii’s history, old and new. Whateverfloats your canoe, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a peek at some newfun stuff to do on the islands. ― Harriot Manley
See vanilla vines tangle near chocolate trees. The children’sgarden at Na’Aina Kai Botanical Gardens is scheduled to open thismonth. Reservations required; from $25. Kilauea; www.naainakai.com or808/828-0525.
Thousands of wedge-tail shearwaters nest at 12-acre MokuauiaIsland. Malaekahana Bay State Recreation Area, 1 mile north of La’ie; www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dsp/oahu.htmlor 808/587-0320.
Soar on a zip-line course down the side of Haleakala. Four ofthe heavy-duty cables take you up to 125 feet above the forest. Onterra firma, guides share details on native plants and animals. $69. Kula; www.skylinehawaii.com or808/878-8400.
The surfboards, film clips, and beach-party memorabilia of theInternational Surfing Hall of Fame now have a permanent home onKalapaki Bay. $10, ages 12 and under free with an adult. Lihue;808/632-2270.
Shangri La, heiress Doris Duke’s spectacular waterfront estatenear Diamond Head, offers tours of its Islamic art treasuresthrough Honolulu Academy of Arts. Reservations required; from $25. www.shangrilahawaii.org, www.honoluluacademy.org,or 866/385-3849.
The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa opens in October. Fromthe lounge, spot manta rays in the sea. Rooms from $320. Kailua-Kona; www.sheratonkeauhou.com or808/322-3411.