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
The Hawaii Shingon Mission, also known as Shingon Shu Hawaii, is an old Bhuddist temple located at 915 Sheridan Street in Honolulu, Hawaii, just ten minutes by foot from the Ala Moana Shopping Center. It is one of the most elaborately designed Japanese Buddhist temple architecture in Hawaii and dubbed as the largest esoteric Bhuddist temple in Honolulu.
The temple serves as a congregational Buddhist school, interested in studying and sharing the faith of Shingon esoteric Buddhism. It follows the original tenets established by Kobo Daishi who brought the teachings of esoteric Buddhism to Japan from China in 806 AD. Read more
Kipu Falls is a fairly small waterfalls just outside of Lihue, in East Kauai, Hawaii. The falls, fed by the Hule’ia Stream on its way to the Nawiliwili Bay, is a popular tourist attraction in the island because of its beauty and accessibility.
The falls is surrounded by 20-foot rock walls lush with vegetation and features an inviting pool of crystal-clear water below. It is a favorite swimming hole among locals who have tied ropes to nearby trees which are used to swing and jump into the inviting pool. Read more
The Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve features a collection of ki’i pohaku (rock carvings) believed to date back to the 16th century. The preserve is located on South Kohala, on Hawaii Island’s west coast.
Being at the Waikoloa Beach Resort area and surrounded by a shopping center and condominium developments, the preserve is one of the most accessible and viewer-friendly petroglyph sites in Hawaii. Read more
Puamana Beach Park is a small beach park located south of Lahaina in south west Maui, Hawaii. It features a narrow and rocky beach that may not be ideal for laying out and enjoying the sun. It, however, has grassy areas with plenty of shades, ideal for picnics and barbecues.
Popular among locals, Puamana Beach is an excellent spot for swimming and snorkeling during calm water conditions. The Carthaginian, a whaling brig which was sunk offshore to create an artificial wreck, is a popular snorkeling attraction. Read more
The Wahikuli Wayside Beach Park is one of the most popular beach parks on the west side of Maui in Hawaii. It is located between the edge of Lahaina Town and the resort area of Kaanapali, right along the Honoapiilani Highway. It’s accessibility is just one of the many factors that make this beach park popular among locals and tourists.
Wahikuli means “noisy place” in Hawaiian and this beach could be just that when huge crowds gather here for picnics, swimming, sunbathing or simply relaxing, especially during weekends. With sprawling lawns, long stretch of sand and facilities which includes restrooms, showers, pavilions, picnic tables, barbecue grills, paved parking and picturesque ocean views, many locals choose this beach as venue for gatherings, luaus and parties. Read more
Wall of Tears is a series of waterfalls located near the summit of Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains. These waterfalls are among the most dramatic landscapes in Hawaii but not many people get to see this magnificent natural landmark because of its secluded and inaccessible location.
This natural wonder got its name from as many as 17 waterfalls cascading side by side down a cliff through lush vegetation. This rock wall is said to have the greatest concentration of waterfalls in all of Hawaii and it’s actually renowned to be the second wettest rock face in the world. The tallest of these waterfalls plummets a dizzying 1600 feet. Amazing! Read more