Laniakea Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Oahu’s north shore despite its usually rough water conditions and rocky beach bottom. Most people flock here not to swim or engage in water but to watch green sea turtles, locally called honu.
The beach, aptly nicknamed Turtle Beach, has become s a favorite resting spot for these legendary reptiles which crawl ashore almost daily to bask in the warm Hawaiian sun. Sea turtles are known to be shy and elusive creatures but these Hawaiian green turtles have become accustomed to seeing humans and are not bothered getting watched or photographed from a safe distance. Read more
Kualoa Ranch is a working cattle ranch located in the picturesque Kualoa Valley, on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. It was established in 1850, covering 4,000 acres.
The ranch is privately owned but is open to the public for various recreational activities including horseback riding, ATV tours and hiking. The site is one of Oahu’s most beautiful locations, known for its breathtaking views of steep mountain ranges, rolling meadowlands and coastline with nearby islands including Mokolii or Chinaman’s Hat. Read more
Pali Ke Kua Beach, and the adjacent Hideaways Beach, are two small beaches situated directly below the Pali Ke Kua condominiums in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. The two pocket beaches are usually mistaken as one but are actually separated by a narrow rocky point.
Pali Ke Kua Beach is very narrow and has very few sandy spots amidst large lava rocks. During high tide and wintertime, the sand disappears and only rocks and boulders are visible. During such ocean condition, swimming and other water activities are not advisable due to strong and dangerous surf. However, swimming and snorkeling are possible when the ocean is calm and tide is low. Read more
Kehena Beach is a long but narrow black-sand beach located in Big Island’s Puna district (Hilo side). It is just off of Highway 137 near the 19 mile marker, nestled by steep cliffs and tall trees. The locals call it Dolphin Beach because of the frequent appearances of spinner dolphins in its waters.
The beach was formed by volcanic activity and the lava flow of the Pu’u’O’o vent in 1955 which created a cove enclosed by 30 foot high rock cliffs and rocky peninsulas on both ends. It is popular among locals and the adventurous few who are willing to endure the steep hike down to the beach. Because of its “seclusion” and rustic appeal, many opt to go au naturel in Kehena making it one of the few unofficial “clothing optional” beaches in Hawaii. Numerous palm and ironwood trees at the back of the beach provide shady spots for picnics and relaxation.
Lekeleke Burial Ground, also known as the Kuamo’o Burials, is a historic battlefield and burial site located on Kuamo’o Bay in the North Kona District on the Big Island of Hawaii. Over 300 warriors were killed on the site during the epic Battle of Kuamo’o. The area is listed on the Hawaii register of historic places, as well as in the National Register of Historic Places.
Kuamo’o is historically significant because it is the site of the bloody battle between two powerful cousins, Kekuaokalani and Liholiho (Kamehameha II) in 1819. Kekuaokalani and his wife, Manono, gallantly led the fight to preserve traditional ways, but were ultimately defeated by the forces of Liholiho who were seeking to end the ancient Hawaiian religious system called the Kapu. Read more