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Kahalahala Beach – A Beautiful Beach on Kauai’s North Shore

Kahalahala Beach - Kauai, HawaiiKahalahala Beach is a picturesque crescent-shaped beach located to the east of Lumahai Beach in the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii. It was one of the locations in the 1958 film, “South Pacific.” The name Kahalahala means Pandanus Trees in Hawaiian.

The beach features fine golden sand and spectacular views of “Bali Hai.” There are also black lava rocks formations which create waterfall effects as the surf breaks and recedes over the outcropping. This scenic beach is great for picnics, sunbathing, and beach combing but offers very limited water activities. Read more

Kaunolu Village – A Glimpse to an Ancient Hawaiian Community

Kaunolu Village - Lanai, HawaiiThe Kaunolu Village, also known as Kaunolu Archaeological Interpretive Park, was once an important fishing village located on cliffs above the Kaunolu Bay, on the southern coast of Lanai Island in Hawaii. The 640-acre park contains preserved petroglyphs, grave sites, a temple called Halulu Heiau and remains of house platforms, including one owned by King Kamehameha I. Between the village and the ocean is a 90-foot cliff known as Kahekili’s Leap, which was used by warriors to dive into the sea below to prove their courage and loyalty.

The site is considered as the largest known example of a historic Hawaiian village and has been designated by the United States government as a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Read more

Tantalus and Round Top Drive – Spectacular Views of Diamond Head, Downtown Honolulu and Punchbowl Crater

Mount Tantalus and Round Top DriveMount Tantalus, originally known as Pu’uohi’a, is an extinct cinder cone located in the southern Koolau Range in Oahu, Hawaii. The nickname Tantalus, after the Greek god, was given by Punahou schoolboys on a fern-collecting expedition in the 1840s.

With elevation of 2,014 ft (614 m), the mountain offers spectacular panoramic views of Diamond Head, Waikiki, Punchbowl Crater, and downtown Honolulu, with the vast blue ocean as a backdrop. Read more

Honolulu Hale – A Historic Landmark in Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu Hale - Honolulu, HawaiiHonolulu Hale, which means Honolulu House in the Hawaiian language, is a historic building located at 530 S. King St. in downtown Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. It is the official seat of the government of the city and county, as well as site of the chambers of the Mayor of Honolulu and the Honolulu City Council.

The building was built in 1928 in Italianate Spanish Colonial Revival style designed by C.W. Dickey, Hart Wood, Robert Miller, and Rothwell Kangeter & Lester, prominent architects in Honolulu during those days. It features  an interior courtyard, a grand staircase, and open ceiling, modeled after the ancient palace of Bargello in Florence, Italy. Interior walls were decorated by frescoes by Einar Peterson.

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Waimea Swinging Bridge – A Fun Attraction in Kauai, Hawaii

Waimea Swinging Bridge - Kauai, HawaiiWaimea Swinging Bridge is a hanging bridge made of wood and cables spanning the Waimea River in Kauai, Hawaii. The bridge and the historic Menehune Ditch are two of the popular landmarks located along Menehune Road.

The present bridge is actually the reproduction of an older bridge which was built  by the early settlers but destroyed by the 1992 Hurricane Iniki. The new bridge was completed in 1996 and provides the only access to farms on the other side of the river.

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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

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