Stay at a variety of places. The following have especially easy access to Hawaiian culture and sites. On Maui, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, which recently reopened after a $130 million renovation, is a destination in itself: The mauka-to-makai (mountains to the sea) property encompasses 100 square miles of rainforest with mountain hiking trails and eight zip lines, plus spectacular white- sand beaches. Rates from $599, ritzcarlton.com. On Oahu, the Kahala Hotel & Resort offers lei-making classes, ukulele lessons, surf coaching, dolphin excursions and hula aerobics. Rates from $395, kahalaresort.com. On the Big Island, Kilauea Lodge is situated in Volcano Village and surrounded by rainforest and lush tropical landscapes. Rates from $155, kilauealodge.com. On Lanai, the Hotel Lanai and its guesthouse decor -- plantation style with local artistic flair -- will remind you of the island's agricultural history. Rates from $139, hotellanai.com. On Kauai, the Hanalei Colony Resort has no telephone, television or radio in your room, so you're free to luxuriate in the Old Hawaii way of life. Rates from $240, hcr.com.