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Start Planning a Hawaiian Holiday

It’s never too early to start planning your escape from the cold weather, especially when that escape is to Hawaii. We asked Grant Nouchi, general manager of The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Honolulu, what activities and attractions he recommends Club Members see during the holidays.

“In our fall and winter months, some of nature’s wonders reveal themselves. It is kohola [humpback whales] watching season, which generally starts in December and then picks up from January through March, and ends in May. I would recommend taking a hike up Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail—from the trail, you can see whales making their way through the Kai’wi Channel between Molokai and Oahu. During the season’s peak months, you will be able to witness pods of whales passing through the channel, with some moments of breaching the surface in the distance. Don’t forget to pack your camera, water and some snacks!

“Another natural wonder happens at the North Shore, where the winter swells of 20- to 50-foot waves start to make their presence known. From November through December, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing competition kicks off, hosting three events on the North Shore. And then there is the ever-elusive Big Wave Invitational, known as ‘The Eddie,’ which is held at Waimea Bay. It requires waves to hit 40 to 50 feet for the competition to take place. The waiting period begins with an opening ceremony on December 1 and then runs until February 28. In its 31-year history, the event has only happened nine times, so if you are visiting, keep your fingers crossed and keep checking the wave reports.”

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