After a year-long haitus in Arizona, the 2016 Pro Bowl is returning to the island of Oahu. Once again, the NFL's all-star game will be held in Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii and fans are jumping at the opportunity to see their favorite players compete in paradise.
Now, not only does the 2016 Pro Bowl give you the chance to check off a bucket list experience, but it also gives you the perfect excuse to spend a couple days in one of America's most beautiful landscapes.
And if the 2016 Pro Bowl alone is not enough to convince you to plan your trip to Hawaii this January, these next 10 items will be! Read on for 10 things to do in Hawaii during your trip to the 2016 Pro Bowl.
1. Catch Some Waves
You can't visit Hawaii, or the island of Oahu specifically, without at least checking out the surf. Home to Sunset Beach, Haleiwa's Alii Beach Park and the Banzai Pipeline, surfers travel from all around the globe to test their chops on the island's infamous waves.
While these waves might be a little large during the winter months for the untrained surfer, it's prime time for major surfing competitions and you can expect to see some of the world's best out catching building-sized waves.
Whether you try your hand at them or not, you'll see Mother Nature working at her finest.
2. Nosh on Authentic Hawaiian Fare
Oahu boasts plenty of delicious restaurants in the big cities such as Honolulu, but if you're going to visit Hawaii, you have to sample some dishes that are 100 percent Hawaiian cuisine. A delectable place to check out is Helena's Hawaiian Food, located in Kalihi, a neighborhood right outside downtown Honolulu.
With a line outside the door by 10 a.m., this 11-table restaurant features entrees such as kalua pig, fried butterfish collars and luau squid. Then there's what they're famous for - their pipi kaula short ribs, which are marinated overnight, smoked and dried for half a day before being cooked.
Regardless of what you pick from the menu, your taste buds will thank you!
3. Go Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
If you want to dive into something unique to Hawaii, drive out to the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve for a snorkeling excursion.
Once a volcanic crater, Hanauma Bay was likely flooded by wave erosion and is now an important nature perserve and Oahu's most popular snorkeling destination. Swimming in the crystal blue waters, you'll see reefs full of colorful fish, turtles and much more.
4. Visit Iolani Palace
Completed in 1882, for King Kalakaua, Iolani Palace holds 102 rooms across four expansive floors. Decorated in an American Florentine style, the palace was built to prove Hawaii was a modern nation.
From the throne room, to private quarters, to the room where Queen Liliuokalani was imprisoned for eight months prior to the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, there is so much history within the walls of Iolani Palace.
5. Hike Up to Diamond Head
Located five minutes from Waikiki, Diamond Head, also known as Leahi, is a 760-foot tuff crater and one of Hawaii's most famous landmarks. In the 19th century, British sailors believed they discovered diamonds on the crater's slopes, but they were actually calcite crystals.
The crater was later turned into a military lookout, but is now a popular hiking destination offering panoramic views of the coast.
6. Tour Pearl Habor
Named for the pearl oysters once found there, Pearl Harbor is the nation's most infamous reminder of World War II. It's the largest natural harbor in Hawaii and is the only naval base in the U.S. noted to be a National Historical Landmark.
As you peruse the exhibits and memorials honoring those who lost their lives on that fateful day in December, let the emotion of this beautiful, history-changing location fall over you.
7. Whale Watch off the Coast of Maui
If you have ever had the desire to go out on the open sea and see some of the world's most magnificent creatures in person, you have to plan an outing to go whale watching off the coast of Maui.
Each winter, humpback whales travel south from Alaska and use the waters between Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and the Kahoolawe Islands as a breeding ground. While in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, you could take a cruise into the water to watch the whales breach through the water and smack their pectoral fins on the crystal clear waters.
There are few things that will leave you more in awe.
8. Travel to Kauai to Wander the Grand Canyon of the Pacific
Roughly 13 miles long and 2,750 feet deep, Waimea Canyon is, simply put, raw natural beauty. With incredible hues of red, green, brown, and orange plastering the sides of the cliffs, there are few things comparable to Waimea's beauty.
Whatever you do, when you plan your trip to the Grand Canyon, ensure it's a clear day so the clouds do not obstruct your views.
9. Drive the "Road to Hana" in Maui
If you're searching for a relaxing day that will truly allow you to see Hawaii's incredible landscape, plan a trip to the island of Maui and go for a drive down the Road to Hana, or Hana Highway.
With 59 bridges and 620 curves, this road will take you to the city of Hana, where you'll find uncommercialized Hawaiian culture. Along the drive, you'll witness black-sand beaches, temples, freshwater pools, waterfalls, and much more.
10. Day Trip to Hawaii Island to Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii is known for it's varied landscape. From mountains, to beaches, to volcanoes, the islands truly have everything. Before you head home from your trip to Oahu, you have to plan a day trip to Hawaii Island to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
With dormant volcanic mountains, black lava-filled hills and vast rain forests, the 333,086 acres in this national park are worth the visit.
There are Steam Vents where you can see steam rise from the Earth, a 500-year-old Thurston Lava Tube, a tunnel which once held molten lava, and a road that leads 3,700 feet to the coast! This destination is definitely one you won't forget!
Begin Planning Your Trip to Hawaii for the 2016 Pro Bowl!
Admit it! You're dying to check out these destinations while you're in Hawaii for the 2016 Pro Bowl! So, what are you waiting for?!
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