Maui Tropical Plantation – An Agricultural Theme Park in Maui, Hawaii

Maui Tropical Plantation - Maui, HawaiiMaui Tropical Plantation is a 60-acre agricultural theme park located in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. It is a working plantation featuring some of Hawaii’s most important fruit and flower crops, such as coconuts, papaya, macadamia nuts, coffee, mango and guava. The site was a former sugarcane field.

One of its most popular attractions is the Tropical Tram Tour, a 40-minute guided tram tour of the grounds with informative narration that covers the growing process of different crops. The tour also includes a coconut husking demonstration and sampling of some of the plantations fresh produce. Read more

St. Benedict’s Painted Church – The Jewel of South Kona, Hawaii

St. Benedict's Painted Church - Kona, HawaiiSt. Benedict’s Parish, also called the Painted Church, is a historic Roman Catholic church located in South Kona, in the Big Island of Hawaii. It overlooks the beautiful Kealakekua Bay in Honaunau. The church was named after St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine Order and patron saint of Western Europe.

Father John Velghe, a Belgian-born priest, built the tiny church using his own hands in 1899. Also a self-taught artist, he painted the walls, columns, and ceiling of the church with religious scenes in the style of Christian folk art found throughout the South Pacific. The frescos where used by Father Velghe to teach the spiritual lessons to native Hawaiians who could not read. Read more

Doris Duke’s Shangri La – A Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures in Hawaii

Doris Duke's Shangri La - Honolulu, HawaiiIn Hawaii, the term Shangri La refers to an Islamic style mansion located in the exclusive Black Point residential neighborhood near Diamond Head, just outside Honolulu. It was built by American heiress Doris Duke from 1936 to 1938.

Duke’s honeymoon in various Islamic countries in 1935 inspired her to build the now famous Hawaii landmark. She collaborated with architect Marion Sims Wyeth to create the spectacular abode with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Read more

Lanikuhonua Beach – Where the Heaven Meets the Earth in Oahu, Hawaii

Lanikuhonua Beach - Oahu, HawaiiLanikuhonua Beach is a small, picturesque beach on the west shore or leeward coast of Oahu, right behind JW Marriot at Ko Olina resort. This beach is protected by an offshore reef which forms a natural lagoon with shallow water, an ideal spot for young kids to swim and play. There are also excellent snorkeling opportunities as well as sea turtle sightings.

Also called Secret Beach, Lanikuhonua, which means “where the heaven meets the earth,” is one of most beautiful places in Oahu. In fact, it is one of the most popular venues for beach weddings in the island. Read more

East Hawaii Cultural Center – An Art and Culture Hub in Hilo, Hawaii

East Hawaii Cultural Center - Hilo, HawaiiThe East Hawaii Cultural Center (EHCC) is an art and cultural hub in Hilo, Hawaii. It is housed within the historic former District Courthouse and Police Station facing Kalakaua Park.

The two-story stucture was built in 1932 using reinforced concrete while the interiors have wooden elements. In February 1969 the court was transferred to a new state office building while the police department moved to a larger building in 1975, leaving the building vacant. Read more