The Puako Petroglyphs is a field of more than 3,000 ancient lava rock carvings located inland from Holoholokai Beach Park in the the Kohala Coast in the Big Island of Hawaii. The carvings are believed to be between 200 and 1000 years old and considered to be the highest concentration of petroglyphs in the Pacific.
The petroglyphs were discovered during the development of a golf course for the nearby Fairmont Orchid Hawaii hotel. The area was kept intact and the 233-acre Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve was established to protect the ancient Hawaiian remnants. Read more
Isaac Hale Beach Park is an oceanfront park, boat launch and surf location along Pohoiki Bay in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii. The two-acre park is often times crowded because it is the only loading boat ramp on the entire Puna coastline as well as a popular surfing destination. Picnickers, shoreline fishermen, surfers, campers and boaters are usual visitors.
The park is named in honor of Private Isaac K. Hale, who served in the United States Army’s 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division and was killed in action during the Korean War. Read more
Green Lake, locally known as Ka Wai a Pele, may not be among Hawaii’s most popular tourist destinations but its is one of the most scenic natural spots on the Big Island. Sitting in the center of a lush rainforest, the lake is actually a 400-year-old, freshwater-filled crater several hundred feet deep. It is the largest of only two fresh water lakes on the Big Island.
The lake is just over one mile from the Pacific Ocean and 25 miles from the active Kilauea volcano. Vegetation surronding the lakeshore includes kukui nut trees, guava trees, banana and other native plants. When you arrive at the water’s edge, you are only three feet above sea level! Read more
Bellstones can be found on almost every Hawaiian Island. They are usually massive boulders placed in strategic locations to serve as a communication tool during ancient times. When struck in a particular spot, bellstones will resonate a sound which could be heard for great distances. Bellstones were used in ancient Hawaii to signal an important event such as a royal birth or to warn against danger.
One of the most popular bellstones in Hawaii is the pillar rock formation located in Kauai County, near the breathtaking ‘Opaeka’a Falls. When rung, the Kauai Bellstone would resonate over a large area of Wailua Valley. This bellstone is located down the hill from two other prominent boulders. These rocks were precisely placed and used to calibrate the Hawaiian calendars to the summer and winter solstices. Read more
Located at the end of the Hana Highway in the Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park, Waimoku Falls is a spectacular waterfalls with a 400-foot drop. Accessing the falls entails traversing the infamous Hana Highway, known for its 620 dangerous curves and over 50 single lane bridges. This part of the journey to Waimoku Falls is an adventure in itself. With an experienced driver on the wheel, visitors can enjoy the breathtaking coastal views.
Then, visitors have to tackle a 3 to 5-hour hike on Pipiwai Trail starting from the Haleakala National Park’s Kipahulu Visitor Center before they can admire Maui’s largest waterfalls up close and personal. The trail features crossing the Pipiwai Stream several times and venturing into a dense bamboo forest. Along the trail are some vantage points to smaller waterfalls as well as magnificent Banyan trees. Read more
Huawai Bay is a small beach located below the Challenge at Manele Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus in Lanai’s southern coast. Not many tourists know about this beautiful beach because of its quite secluded location. The beach, which is frequented by local fishermen, can only be accessed via the very steep Po’opo’o Fisherman Trail.
The tiny salt-and-pepper sand beach is surrounded by small sea cliffs. The water offshore is deep, crystal blue and hosts excellent snorkeling and diving when the sea is calm. There are also several tide pools extending along the lava shelf that are worthy of exploration. Read more
Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline, located at the south-easternmost point of Oahu, is one of Hawaii’s most beautiful state parks. It is a popular destination for whale watching and provides an excellent vantage point to admire the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse as well as Koko Head and Koko Crater along Oahu’s southeastern shoreline.
The whale watching season along the Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline runs from November to March. During this period, more than 10,000 whales can be observed close to this shoreline each year, with numbers peaking from January to March. Whales arrive in the waters of the Hawaiian Islands to mate, give birth and nurse their calves. Bring your binoculars to be able to spot the whales better. Read more
Shark’s Cove is a lava rock beach located on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. It’s part of the 80-acre Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District, dedicated to conserving the unusual coral reef noteworthy because of its resistance to the impact of big winter waves. It features a reef teeming with a wide variety of marine life.
During winter (November to February), the cove is dangerous due to large waves that can reach to can reach 40-50 feet. During this period, the reef cannot even be seen because of the rough waters. From May to October, when the seas are generally calmer, the cove is excellent for snorkeling and diving. Read more
Kalopa State Recreation Area, formally known as Kalopa Native Forest State Park and Recreation Area, is a 100-acre state park on the northwestern side of the Big Island, Hawaii. It features a lush forest of native trees, shrubs, ferns and other exotic plant species at a 2000-foot (610 meter) elevation above the Hamakua coast.
The park is known for its Kalopa Nature Trail, an easy 0.7 mile loop trail that leads through an ohi`a rain forest. This forest contains ancient ohi`a trees, some of the largest ever recorded. The ohi`a create an upper canopy beneath which grow in abundance kopiko, kolea, pilo, hame, olomea, hapu`u and other native species. This trail is popular among families and takes about an hour t complete. Read more