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Living Art Marine Center – One-of-a-Kind Attraction in Honolulu, Hawaii

Living Art Marine Center - Honolulu, HawaiiLiving Art Marine Center is an interactive living museum/educational facility in Honolulu Hawaii. It was established in 2010 to provide educational programs and interactive activities about marine life and the importance of sustainability within the oceans around the world.

The center, which is a popular venue for school field trips, houses more than 50 salt water aquariums featuring a wide array of tropical fish, corals and other marine creatures in their natural habitat. The exhibits do not only showcase Hawaii’s underwater ecosystem but also include marile life from other parts of the world including Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Red Sea. Read more

Shipman Beach – A Hidden Treasure in the Big Island of Hawaii

Shipman Beach - Big Island, HawaiiShipman Beach, also called Haena Beach, is a beautiful crescent-shaped beach in Puna, Big Island, Hawaii. Hidden in a cove, the beach has soft white and black sand, a patch of grassy lawn and calm inviting waters. It is surrounded by the Shipman Estate, of the W.H. Shipman Ltd. fame, hence the name.

The beach is quite small but never gets crowded. In fact, you may find it deserted if you decided to visit. This is because it takes quite a hike to get there. The trail is a little over four miles long and may take 3-4 hours to complete. The walk is quite safe with no difficult cliffs or hills to tackle but may still take some stamina to navigate lava rocks and mud puddles. Read more

Honopu Beach – A Mysterious Paradise on the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii

Honopu Beach - Kauai, HawaiiHonopu Beach, also called Cathedral Beach, is a picturesque little beach in Honopu Valley along Na Pali coast in Kauai, Hawaii. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most secluded and difficult to reach beaches on the island’s north shore. In fact, there are no roads or hiking trails that lead to this beach while boats (kayaks and surf boards included) and air crafts are not allowed in Honopū Valley because it is considered sacred ground and burial site of ancient Hawaiian chiefs.

The only legal way to access this beach is to swim to it from an offshore boat or from neighboring Kalalau Beach which is only possible when surf is low. During high surf, rip tides and crashing ocean waves can be dangerous even to experienced swimmers. Walking from Kalalau Beach is not an easier option as it entails climbing sea cliffs and walking on jagged rock ledges. Read more

Kakaako Waterfront Park – A Former Landfill Transformed into a Beautiful Park

Kakaako Waterfront Park - Ala Maona, HawaiiKakaako Waterfront Park, also known as “Point Panic Park”, is a 35-acre public park with grassy rolling hills and a oceanfront promenade. It is located south of downtown Honolulu, just off Ala Moana Boulevard at the end of Cooke Street.

Opened in November 1992, the site used to be municipal landfill and now provides locals and visitors a quiet respite from busy Honolulu and a far less crowded alternative to the nearby Ala Moana Beach Park. Apart from the a rolling grassy lawn, the park features a 20-foot wide promenade stretching along the entire length of the park’s ocean side. Read more

Moanalua Gardens – A Beautiful Garden in Honolulu, Hawaii

Moanalua Gardens - A Beautiful Historic Garden in Honolulu, HawaiiMoanalua Gardens is a privately owned garden located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 24-acre (97,000 m2) park used to be the estate of  Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, who would later become King Kamehameha V.

The garden, which has become a popular spot for recreation and relaxation among locals and sightseers, features plants native to Hawaii as well as species from other parts of the world. Read more

Nakalele Blowhole – Spectacular Natural Wonder in West Maui, Hawaii

Nakalele Blowhole - West Maui, HawaiiNakalele Blowhole is one of the most popular natural attractions in West Maui, Hawaii. It is located at Nakalele Point, the most northern point of the island, off Highway 30.

The blowhole is known for its spectacular “eruption” of sea water creating a geyser effect that can rise as high as 100 feet in the air, depending on tide level and surf conditions. The natural fountain is the result of forceful waves wearing away the shore below the lava shelf. With each wave, water is forced through a hole in the lava shelf resulting in the spectacular geyser-like occurrence. Read more

Kauai Museum – A Showcase of History and Culture of the Garden Island and Niihau

Kauai Museum, Lihue, Hawaii

Kauai Museum features exhibits on Kauai’s geology, mythology and cultural history, as well as works of local artisans from the island and nearby Niihau. It was founded by Juliet Rice Wichman and Dora Jane Isenberg Cole in 1954. The museum is housed within the historic Albert Spencer Wilcox Building on Rice Street on Lihue. The stately two-story building features a Greco-Roman facade and was a declared historical landmark in Kauai.

The building was built in the 1920s and was originally used as a library. It was named Albert Spencer Wilcox Building, in honor of  businessman and politician Albert Spencer Wilcox, whose widow donated the funds for its construction. It became the first public library in the island of Kauai when it opened in 1924. Read more

Kukaniloko Birth Site – One of Oahu’s most important cultural sites

Kukaniloko Birth Site - Oahu, HawaiiKukaniloko Birth Site, also known as the Kukaniloko Birthstones State Monument, is a very important historic and cultural site in Central Oahu, Hawaii. It is home to the Kukaniloko Birth Stones, believed to be one of two locations set aside for the birth of royalty in ancient Hawaii, the other being Holoholoku at Wailua in Kauai. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and the 5-acre land surrounding it was declared a State Park in 1992.

The birthsite consisted of two rows of 18 stones, which represent Oahu’s 36 chiefs who witness the births, and a stone backrest where the chieftess would give birth. Today, the area is covered with 180 stones over an area of about a half acre. Read more

Ka Lanakila o Ka Malamalama Church – Keomoku, Lanai, Hawaii

Ka Lanakila o Ka Malamalama ChurchKa Lanakila O Ka Malamalama Church is a rustic wooden church located atop a grassy hill surrounded by palm trees in Keomoku, on the east shore of Lanai, Hawaii. Keomoku used to be a sleepy fishing village until it became a buzzling population center when the Maunalei Sugar Company was established on the island in 1899.

The church served as a venue for Hawaiian religious services for workers who moved to Keomoku to work in the newly-built sugar plantation. Unfortunately, the plantation closed down after a year of operation because the sugar mill’s water supply became brackish and the population was wiped out by an epidemic. Read more

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