Category: Places

Kiowea Beach Park – Spectacular Sunsets in Molokai, Hawaii

Kiowea Beach Park - Molokai, HawaiiKiowea Beach Park is a narrow beach located on Molokai’s southern coast. It lies between the towns of Kaunakakai and Kalamalua, near the popular Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove. The historic grove is named in honor of the high chief Kapuaiwa, who in 1863 became King Kamehameha V. It is said that the Hawaiian monarch himself planted some of the coconuts in this site.

Unfortunately, this beach park leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to swimming and other water activities. The ocean bottom is rocky and can be very murky because of silt. Nevertheless, it’s a great spot for a barbeques and picnics with excellent views of the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove. Sunsets in this beach are also breathtaking. This park is worth a visit if only to marvel at the leaning coconuts trees juxtaposed against the setting sun. Read more

Kaneaki Heiau – A Glimpse to Hawaiian Ancient Culture and Natural Beauty

Kaneaki Heiau - Oahu, HawaiiKaneaki Heiau is a well-preserved ancient Hawaiian temple located in Makaha Valley in Oahu, Hawaii. It was believed to have been built in the 17th century and dedicated to Lono, one of the most revered Hawaiian gods associated with fertility, agriculture, rainfall, and music. It was eventually rededicated by King Kamehameha I as a war temple.

The historic sacred site, including its grass and thatched huts formerly used as prayer and meditation chambers, has been completely restored by the Bishop Museum to be historically correct. Nestled in lush tropical vegetation with spectacular views of Oahu’s west Waianae Coast, the site serves as an excellent spot to explore Hawaii’s ancient culture and natural beauty. Read more

Barking Sands Beach – Another Unusual Beach in Hawaii

Barking Sands Beach - Kauai, HawaiiBarking Sands is a beautiful beach located between Kekaha Beach Park and Polihale State Park, on the west side of Kauai Island in Hawaii. What makes the beach unique is its stretch of fine golden sand and the peculiar occurrence when you walk on it.

Every footfall on the sand produces a sound similar to a barking dog, hence the interesting name of the beach. While the reason behind the phenomena is not fully explained, scientists suspect that the grains of sand may have perforations, or tiny echo chambers, which emit a “barking” sound when they rub together. Read more

Glass Beach – A Unique Beach in Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii

Glass Beach - Kauai, HawaiiGlass Beach is an unusual beach located near Port Allen Harbor in Hanapepe, Southern Kauai, Hawaii. It is known for the multi-colored sea glass that litter the shore and glitter in the sunshine.

The sea glass came from the nearby industrial garbage dump where bottles and other discarded glass items were dumped about 30 years ago. Years of exposure to Hawaii’s massive waves have smoothened the colorful shards, giving them the fascinating jelly bean shape. Sea glass in this beach come in a variety of colors such as brown, green, blue, clear and red. Unfortunately, massive collection over the years has left the beach with only pebble size sea glass. The larger ones have been taken away as souvenirs or for use in jewelry, arts and other crafts. Read more

Nimitz Beach – A Hidden Treasure on Oahu’s Southwest Shore

Nimitz Beach - Oahu, HawaiiNimitz Beach is a surfing beach located at Barber’s Point on Oahu’s southwest shore. Just like most beaches in this coast of the island, Nimitz Beach is seldom crowded. Near-shore is a shallow coral reef providing excellent snorkeling and fair swimming opportunities.

Offshore is popular for surfing especially for beginners. While the beach is good overall, there are a lot of rocky areas that may make water access difficult.Look for less rocky areas in several spots along the beach when venturing into the water. There are also tide pools that are great for children to get acquainted with marine creatures. Sunsets are a sight to behold. Read more