The Mokupāpapa Discovery Center is a 20,000-square-foot marine life facility located within the historic Koehnen’s Ltd. Building in Hilo, Hawaii. The center features educational and interactive exhibits about the unique marine species that inhabit Northwestern Hawaiian Island reefs.
One of the center’s most popular attractions is the 3,500-gallon (9,500 liters) salt-water aquarium which provides a glimpse of the vibrant and rich aquatic life from the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Park and the remote atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, providing locals and tourists information about the rare species of these secluded places. Apart from the aquarium, there are also lifesize models of wildlife endemic to the area. Read more
Friendship Garden is a ten-acre public park located on a hillside of Kaneohe in Oahu, Hawaii. It is known for its non-strenuous hiking trails that are ideal for family and small group hikes. The trails take visitors through lush forests of tropical vegetation such as macadamia, banyan, mahogany, strawberry guava and eucalyptus trees, in a natural setting.
The trees in the garden were planted in the 1920s as part of what eventually became Hawaii’s first multi-racial community, Kokokahi (“of one blood”), where people of all ethnic backgrounds came together to live, work and play. Read more
Thomas Square is a historically significant site in Downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. It is Hawaii’s first official public park, dedicated in honor of British Rear Adm. Richard Thomas by King Kamehameha III in 1850.
Thomas was responsible for restoring the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Kingdom after British subjects, headed by Lord George Paulet, unlawfully seized the Hawaiian government in February 1843. Read more
Constructed between 1964 and 1966 in the Kyoto Gardens of Honolulu Memorial Park, the Sanju Pagoda is dubbed as the largest pagoda in the world. It is 1-1/2 times larger than the Minami Hoke-ji Temple in Nara, Japan to which it was modeled after.
The historic pagoda, along with the neighboring Kinkaku-ji Temple, are some of the finest examples of traditional Japanese architecture in Hawaii. Instead of wood which is traditionally used to build this type of structure, the Sanju Pagoda was made from reinforced concrete to allow it to be used as a columbarium. Standing 116 feet from base to top of spire, the three-tiered pagoda is one of the most eye-catching landmarks in the area.
Olowalu Beach is a long, narrow beach with shallow offshore reef located on the road between Ma’alaea and Lahaina, right at the 14 mile road marker. It is a popular destination for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling.
The reef protects the beach from ocean waves, making the area popular among families with small kids. The nearshore water may have poor visibilitybut the farther out you swim, the clearer it gets. Fish and other marine creatures are also more abundant and varied as you swim further. Read more