The lowdown on where to surf, dine and rest your head on holiday

EAT AND DRINK

Enjoy one of the prettiest sunsets you'll ever see by booking a rooftop table at Fleetwood's on Front St on the island of Maui, overlooking the Pacific. Work through the cocktail list, featuring smash hits such as "Put the lime in the coconut," "1944 Mai Tyler" or "The Fleetwood Smash."

Take in the sunset with a cocktail. Photo / Getty Images
Take in the sunset with a cocktail. Photo / Getty Images

EXPLORE

The oldest (at 5.1 million years old) and most pristine of Hawaii's islands, Kauai, has been the backdrop of Hollywood blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Avatar. Lihue-based Safari Helicopters offers a Deluxe Waterfall Safari scenic flight that gets you around the main highlights in about an hour.

WATCH

Hit the nearest surf break or check out the bronzed talent at a grassroots surf competition. The first international surfing contest was held in 1954 at Makaha, the birth place of big wave surfing, located on the west side of Oahu. Check out upcoming competition schedules at alohasurfguide.com.

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The Ukulele Festival held in July at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Photo / Getty Images
The Ukulele Festival held in July at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Photo / Getty Images

The ukulele is still a fundamental part of the musical landscape of Hawaii. The Ukulele Festival held in July at Kapiolani Park Bandstand Waikiki is a crowd favourite, or if visiting in September the Island of Hawaii's Kona Slack Key Festival is a tribute to a uniquely local way of playing the guitar.