The Molokai Museum and Cultural Center is a charming museum that showcases the island’s early sugar milling industry. The museum is housed within the historic R.W. Meyer Sugar Mill, founded by Rudolph W. Meyer, a German professor, who came to Molokai in 1849.
Meyer married the Molokai high chieftess, Kalama and managed the land now knows as the Molokai Ranch. In 1878 he built the Meyer Sugar Mill which was known for using mule-power and a steam engine to crush and process sugar cane. This mill is dubbed as the oldest sugar mill in Hawaii. Read more
Located in a hidden cove behind the Kauai Marriott Resort, in Lihue, Kauai, the Kalapaki Beach, is one of the island’s best kept secrets. It is often overlooked by tourists, making it less crowded and more peaceful than another southside beach, Po’ipu.
Kalapaki Beach features a stunning crescent-shaped stretch of fine white sand and inviting blue waters. It is partially protected from the open ocean by a large break wall, which makes the water generally calm and perfect for a myriad of water activities. Read more
Dole Park is an old-fashioned town square located at the center of downtown Lanai City in Hawaii. Also known as the Lanai City Commercial Square, the park was established in the 1920s, around the same time the Dole pineapple plantation village was established on the island. Since then, the park has been a central gathering place and venue for recreational activities for the local community and visitors.
The park features sprawling grassy lawns perfect for a game of soccer or Frisbee. The shades of numerous Norfolk and Cook Island Pines provide excellent spots for picnics, napping, reading or simply admiring the surrounding mountain views. Other facilities include a pavilion, picnic tables, and community center. Read more
Aloha Stadium is a world-class sports and entertainment venue located in Halawa, Honolulu, Hawaii. It is the largest outdoor arena in Hawaii, spanning 104-acres with a seating capacity of 50,000. The stadium is home to the University of Hawaii Warriors football team and hosts the annual NFL Pro Bowl all-star game. Due to a sponsorship deal with Hawaiian Airlines, the main playing field is now referred to as Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
The stadium was commissioned by the State of Hawaii as a replacement for the old Honolulu Stadium which was demolished in 1976. It features theater-style seating with backs and arm rests, a state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar sound system, a 154- foot long scoreboard and a 19×26 foot Sony Jumbotron television. Read more
Donkey Beach is pretty and secluded beach on the East Side of Kauai, Hawaii. Its crescent-shaped beach, with soft golden sand, is perfect for sunbathing. Its official name is Paliku but is also called Kuna Bay and Kumukumu Beach. The nickname is attributed to the donkeys and mules that were used to haul sugar cane in a nearby plantation.
While the blue water is inviting, it is not excellent for swimming or snorkeling due to strong and dangerous currents. When conditions are good, local experienced surfers and body-boarders can be seen enjoying the waves. There are no lifeguards in this beach and visitors are advised not wandering into the water. Read more
Kaumalapau Harbor is the main commercial seaport in Lanai. It is located on the west coast of the island and was built by James Dole, the founder of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, in the 1920s to easily transport crops by barge to the cannery in Honolulu.
Since its completion in 1926, the harbor became a very busy port not only for barges transporting produce from the thriving plantation but also for local fishing boats. During that time, the coastal village of Kaumalapau became a model town complete with all the amenities and machineries necessary for efficient pineapple production. Read more
Kahanu Garden is a 294-acre botanical reserve located on the Hāna Highway near Hāna in Maui, Hawaii. It was established in 1972 on the isolated northern coast of the island as a conservatory of rare and medicinal plants from the tropical Pacific. It is one of five gardens of the non-profit National Tropical Botanical Gardens.
The garden is lush with a variety of plants of significance to the Hawaiian people as well as to other cultures of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. Referred to as the Canoe garden, these remarkable plants were transported around the Pacific on ancient voyaging canoes. Some of the notable plants in the garden are bamboo, banana, calabash, kava, kamani, sugarcane, taro, turmeric, vanilla, and bitter yam. Read more
Just like other prehistoric cultures of the world, the ancient Hawaiians documented their experiences and important occasions by carving them into rocks. Called petroglyphs, these ancient drawings are discovered in various islands of Hawaii including Lanai.
The Bird Man of Lanai Petroglyphs, located on the northeast coast of the island, is one of the most popular prehistoric sketches in Hawaii. They are officially called the Poaiwa or Puaiwa Petroglyphs, but more popularly referred to as the “Bird Man” because the rock carvings depict 12-inch tall stick figures with bird-like heads. The drawings are also sometimes called the Shipwreck Beach Petroglyphs due to the site’s close proximity to Shipwreck Beach. Read more
Kula Kai Caverns is a subterranean lava tube system located in Ocean View, on the lower slopes of Mauna Loa near the far southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii. The caverns were formed thousand of years ago as lava from the nearby volcano made its way up to the surface, leaving behind the labyrinthine underground tunnels.
The miles-long interconnecting lava tubes range from wide massive corridors to downright narrow openings that require crawling on all fours to navigate. A variety of guided tours are available led experienced and knowledgeable guides providing interesting tidbits about the lava tube system, the science behind its formation and how ancient Hawaiians used the caverns. Read more