Hau’ula Beach Park – A Popular Camping and Picnicking Site in Oahu, Hawaii

Hau'ula Beach Park - Oahu, HawaiiHau’ula Beach Park is a nine-acre beach park located between Kokololio Beach Park and Aukai Beach Park at Hau’ula on Oahu’s windward coast. It is a popular camping and picnicking site among local residents.

The name Hau’ula, which means “red hau” in the Hawaiian language, refers to the hau trees, a native Hibiscus tiliaceus variety, which was once abundant in the area. The trees are known for its summer blooms that change colors as the day progresses. They start with bright yellow blooms in the morning, which turn reddish gold by dusk, eventually falling off the tree at nighttime with dark crimson hue. The cycle is repeated the next morning.  Read more

Pupukea Beach Park – A Snorkeling and Diving Paradise in Oahu, Hawaii

Pupukea Beach Park - Oahu, HawaiiPupukea Beach Park is an 80-acre beach park on Oahu’s North Shore. The area, which features a mix of sand and lava rock formations, encompasses three areas: Shark’s Cove to the north, Old Quarry in the center and Three Tables to the south. The name Pupukea means “white shell” in the Hawaiian language.

The waters of the beach park is designated as a Marine Life Conservation District. Apart from picnics and beach combing, the area is a popular swimming, snorkeling and diving spot during summer. In winter, dangerous waves that can reach up to 40-50 feet pound this beach as well as other North Shore coastlines. Swimming and other water activities are discouraged during this period. Read more

Town Center of Mililani – One of the Largest Shopping Malls in Hawaii

Town Center of Mililani - Oahu, HawaiiThe Town Center of Mililani is an open air shopping mall with over 90 stores and businesses, including national retailers, local specialty stores, restaurants, a 14-plex theater and health care and professional offices. It is located at Meheula Parkway and Lanikuhana Street in the town of Mililani, in Central Oahu. With over 560,000 square feet of commercial space, it is  the fourth largest shopping mall in the state of Hawaii.

It contains anchor stores of Longs Drugs, Times Supermarket and Wal-Mart and shops selling a variety of merchandise and services including apparel (Jeans Warehouse), electronics (Radio Shack; Mobi PCS), health (GNC), beauty salons, banks, book store, real estate companies, fitness centers and numerous medical and dental clinics. Read more

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