Mo’okini Heiau, or what remains of it, is an ancient temple located in the Kohala Historical Sites State Monument in North Kohala, Hawaii. Believed to have been built by the High Priest Kuamoo Mookini over 1500 years ago, Mo’okini Heiau is considered as one, if not the oldest, temples ever built on the islands. It is also dubbed as one of Hawaiis’ most sacred heiaus.
Oral histories suggest that Mookini’s original temple had six-foot tall walls built using stones carried hand to hand all the way from Pololu Valley nine miles away. When Tahitians took over the islands in 1,000 A.D., a very powerful priest named Pa’ao built over and expanded the existing heiau. Today, some of the temple’s walls stand nearly 30 feet tall. Read more
Allerton Garden, also known as Lāwai-kai, is a beautifully landscaped botanical garden located on the south shore of Kauai, Hawaii. The garden sits on an 8-acre site situated beside the Lāwai Bay, in a valley transected by the Lāwai Stream. The site is a portion of Queen Emma’s former plantation estate.
The garden was originally created by Robert Allerton and his adopted son and life-long companion, John Gregg Allerton. Both were avid gardening enthusiasts. They instantly fell in love of the area during a visit in 1938 and immediately purchase a portion of former royal estate. Read more
The Waimea River is a river on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. It runs a length of 12.1 miles (19.5 km) and is one of the longest rivers in the Hawaiian Islands.
The river’s source is the Alaka’i Swamp, the largest high-elevation swamp in the world, located in Kauai’s central highlands. Waimea flows south, passing through the breathtaking 3,000-foot-deep (910 m) Waimea Canyon, dubbed as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Read more
Ahukini State Recreational Pier is a state-administered public pier located on Hanamaulu Bay, on the east side of Kauai in Hawaii. The site is where the Hanamaulu Stream flows into the Pacific Ocean. It consists of a concrete pier with a wooden walkway and is a popular destination for pole fishing and crab netting.
The site also provides spectacular views of Hanama’ulu Bay. The bay is a State Fishery Management Area (FMA) and strict regulations on fishing are enforced in the area. Only pole fishing and crab netting are allowed in the pier. Read more
Peahi is Maui’s answer to Oahu’s North Shore when it comes to big wave surfing. Peahi is located on the north shore of Maui, extending from the northern slopes of Haleakalā to the sea-level Pe’ahi gulch.
It is well known for the “Jaws,” the world’s biggest wave surfing break. Jaws, which can create 40-70 foot monster waves, is generated by winter storms swells traveling over a barrier reef. Because of this, Peahi has become the official venue for some of the world’s most prestigious big wave surfing competitions. Read more
Ma’ili Beach Park in the town of Ma’ili, is a long, narrow, 40-acre park that borders Farrington Highway in West Oahu, Hawaii. The name Ma’ili is a contracted form of the word Ma’ili’ili, or “lots of little pebbles.” The area is known for the ‘Ili’ili, or small, rounded, water-worn stones that are used as fish sinkers, game pieces and percussion instruments of hula dancers.
The long sand beach that fronts the park is excellent for soaking in the sun, picnics and strolls. The water is great for swimming and other water activities during the summer months when the surf is calm. Read more
Kuhio Beach Park, lso known as Waikiki Beach, Queen’s Beach and Gray’s Beach, is a popular beach in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. It is named in honor of Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole, more ppularly known as Prince Kuhio, one of the most loved Hawaiian monarchs. The prince served 10 consecutive term as a congressional delegate for Hawaii after the islands were annexed to the United States.
The beach park used to be the site of Prince Kuhio’s home, Pualeilani, or “flower from the wreath of heaven,” where he lived with his wife Princess Elizabeth Kahanu. On July 22, 1918, he removed the high board fence around his home and opened this section of beach to the public. After his death in 1922, the property was given to the city and was officially dedicated as Kuhio Beach Park in 1940. Read more
Kalihi Ice Ponds, also called Naohia Falls, are a set of three-tiered waterfalls and pools located in the back of Kalihi Valley in Oahu, Hawaii. The name refers to the fact that the water here is often considerably colder than other Hawaiian streams.
It is accessible via a trail located at the end of Kalihi St. The hike down the falls is pretty easy except for a section which require clambering down some hills. Wear appropriate shoes as these hills can get slippery. The locals who frequent the area have installed ropes to make climbing up and down much easier. Read more
Makaiwa Bay is a small beach within the Mauna Lani Resort in Kohala Coast, Big Island of Hawaii. It is a well-known destination among beginner scuba divers and avid snorkelers. It features fine white sand and clear aquamarine waters. It is also the location of the 800 year old historic Makaiwa Bay Fish Pond.
A 3/4 mile path that leads to the beach from a roadside public parking lot. The paved path goes through a lava field and past ancient Hawaiian fish ponds that date back to 250 BC. Read more