Mai’Poin’a ‘oe Ia’u Beach Park is a quiet beach located North Kihei, in South Central Maui, Hawaii. The narrow beach runs a mile and is an extension of Maalaea Beach and Sugar Beach. Other names for the park are Mai Point Park, Maipoina Oe Iau Park, or Maipoinaoeiau Beach Park.
Water is typically calm in the mornings making it excellent for swimming. In the afternoons, it can get quite windy making Mai’Poin’a a popular spot for wind surfing. It is also often used by the Kihei Canoe Club for outrigger canoeing. Read more
Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, also called the “Little Blue Church,” is a quaint little chapel sitting in the center of a small garden fronting the ocean in Kahaluu Bay, in West Hawaii. It is a mission church under the Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona, the Big Island. The single-story wooden structure is painted white with blue roof, blue trimmings and a tall steeple topped with a white cross. Read more
Russian Fort Elizabeth is a declared national historic site located southeast of Waimea on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Now a park, it is the former location of Fort Elizabety, the last remaining Russian fort on the Hawaiian islands. Situated on the east bank of the Waimea River, the park offers spectacular views of Waimea Bay.
The fort, which was named in honor of then Empress of Russia, Elizabeth Alexeievna, was built in the early 19th century (1817) by the Russian-American Company as the result of an alliance with High Chief Kaumualii. It is octagonal in shape, about 300 feet (91 m) to 450 feet (140 m) across, with walls 20 feet (6.1 m) high. The fort used to house a small Russian Orthodox chapel, the first Orthodox Christian church ever built on the islands. Today, only the ruins of the massive stacked stone walls and an old staircase remain as reminder of the historic fort. Read more
Mu-Ryang-Sa Buddhist Temple is a Korean Bhuddist temple located in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. The name means “Broken Ridge” which refers to the temple’s top ridge which appears to be broken.
The original structure, known as the “Dae Won Sa Temple,” was constructed in 1975. It was destroyed by fire so construction of a new temple located in the Palolo Valley began in 1980. However, local residents complained that the roof of the temple’s main hall exceeded city and county height limitations. A lawsuit ensued, legally forcing the height of the temple to be lowered. In 2001, the roof was lowered by over two meters to comply with a court order. Read more
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