Category: Places

Saint Augustine by the Sea Catholic Church – An Awe-Inspiring Landmark in Waikiki, Hawaii

Saint Augustine by the Sea Catholic Church - Waikiki, HawaiiSaint Augustine by the Sea Catholic Church is an important religious and historical landmark in Waikiki, Hawaii. Established in 1854 by some of the original Hawaiian settlers, the original structure was a small chapel measuring about twenty-feet by forty-feet with a steeple.

During the Spanish American War, the chapel was used to celebrate mass for American soldiers encamped near Diamond Head. It underwent expansion to accommodate more soldiers. After the war, the local community continued to use the church and made more improvements. On the feast day of Saint Augustine in 1901, a more permanent structure was built. Read more

Twin Falls – An Underrated Attraction in Maui, Hawaii

Twin Falls - Maui, HawaiiTwin Falls is among the numerous waterfalls located in Ho’olawa Valley in Maui, Hawaii. It is the first waterfall along the Hana Highway when heading from north to south or the last waterfall stop when going the other way. While easily accessible, Twin Falls remains an underrated attractions and often overlooked by popular Maui guidebooks. Nevertheless, it should be included in your must-see list when traveling to Hana.

Access to the falls are via hiking trails on private property that are open to the public. Near Mile Marker #2.1 on Hana Highway (aka Hwy 360) is a parking lot with a stand selling farm produce and snacks. The stand is managed by the owners of the land who also developed and maintains the trails to the falls. Access to these trails are free so be sure to hand in some generous amount at the donation box to help keep the trails open to all. Read more

Hilo Clock – A Reminder of Hilo’s Tragic Past

Hilo Clock - Big Island, HawaiiThe Hilo Clock is a historic landmark and memorial located on Kamehameha Avenue, in front of the Naniloa Golf Course, near picturesque Hilo Bay in the Big Island of Hawaii. Perched on top of a green post, with hands frozen at 1:04, the clock serves as a memorial to those who perished in two tidal waves that hit the area in the last century.

The clock survived the first tsunami that hit Hilo on April 1, 1946, which killed at least 96 people and destroyed numerous homes and businesses. However, a tsunami generated by a massive earthquake off of Chile, again hit Hilo on May 23, 1960. A series of eight seismic sea waves, some as high as 35 feet, destroyed and wiped out many buildings and killed 61 residents. The Hilo Clock was severely damaged, with its hands frozen at 1:04 am, believed to be the time the tidal waves wreaked havoc. Read more

Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park – A Respite from Honolulu’s Hustle and Bustle

Pu'u Ualaka'a State Park - Honolulu, HawaiiPu’u Ualaka’a State Park is a forested area located on a cinder cone close to downtown Honolulu. Apart from its hiking trails, lush forests and grassy lawns ideal for picnics, the park is also popular for its lookout platform offering sweeping views of southern Oahu from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor, including the city of Honolulu, Manoa Valley and the Pacific Ocean.

The park is accessible via the Round Top Drive and provides a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. Behind the lookout point are picnic areas and access to several hiking trails, such as Makiki Valley, Moleka and Maunalaha Trails, which are suitable for people of all ages. Read more

Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau State Monument – The Largest Heiau in Oahu, Hawaii

Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau State Monument - Oahu, HawaiiPu’u o Mahuka Heiau State Monument is a state park and historic site on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. It is the site of the largest heiau, or religious temple, on the island. The name means “hill of escape” in the Hawaiian language.

Sitting on a hilltop with spectacular views of Waimea Bay and Waimea Valley, the heiau played an important role in the social, political, and religious system of the valley which was a major occupation center of Oahu during the pre-contact period. Read more