The Lyon Arboretum, formally known as the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, is a 200-acre arboretum and botanical garden located at the upper end of Mānoa Valley in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is managed by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and serves as a a mecca for both scientists and people desiring to study plant life in the tropics.
The arboretum was named after acclaimed botanist Harold L. Lyon who planted nearly 2,000 species of trees on the site. The botanical garden boasts of an artificial lowland tropical rainforest with numerous trails decorated by statuary and water features. Read more
Kea’au Beach Park is a 38-acre coastal park with a grassy lawn and shady trees located in Waianae on the west shore of Oahu. The name means “the rippling of the sea” in the Hawaiian language. It is a popular hiking destination and camping site (permits required).
Apart from the picturesque ocean views, the beach also offers spectacular underwater scenery. It is one of the most popular diving spots in the island with reefs riddled with shallow caves. However, the waters of Kea’au Beach is reserved only for advanced divers because of the difficult entry along the a ledge of the limestone shelf fronting most of the beach. Diving should also only be attempted during calm ocean conditions. Read more
Kakahaia Beach Park is a 42-acre county park and bird sanctuary located on the south coast of the island of Molokai in Hawaii. While swimming and other water activities are not excellent due to the rocky and shallow ocean bottom, the park provides a great spot for birdwatching and picnicking. The beach is also popular for fishing.
The name Kakahai’a was derived from the Hawaiian word which means “fish slicing”. During the ancient times, the beach was a Hawaiian fishpond used to raise fish for the royalty. The pond is now overgrown with bullrushes and is no longer used. Read more
Cove Park is a small beach park located in Kihei, on the southern shore of Maui. It has a sandy beach with some rocky areas. With a tiny grassy area, picnic tables and some shady trees, the park is a popular hang out among locals.
The north end of the beach is also a popular spot to learn surfing. In fact many surfing schools use the beach to train beginner surfers because it seems to have the perfect geographical conditions for waves that are ideal for surfing. The area is quite shallow and as a result, the waves form far out and remain ridable until almost the shore. Read more
The Koloa History Center is a museum showcasing photos and artifacts about the town of Koloa during the plantaton era and it’s distinction as Hawaii’s first successful sugar mill. The museum is housed in one of the historic buildings (Building 10) in the Old Koloa Town in Poipu, on the south shore of Kauai.
Actually, the entire town serves as an outdoor museum where many of its old buildings where preserved and have plaques describing their history, as well as the businesses and families who lived, worked, and played there. Today, the buildings house unique shops, art galleries and dining establishments. Read more