Kolekole Beach Park is a county park on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is located about 10.5 miles (16.9 km) north of Hilo. Popular among locals, this small beautiful beach offers spectacular scenery and an expansive grassy area perfect for picnics and relaxation. It is usually deserted during weekdays but tends to be crowded on weekends and on holidays.
The water condition in Kolekole Beach Park can be a tad too rough and dangerous for swimming. But folks who want to get a refreshing dip will not go home disappointed. Nearby is the Kolekole Stream, which is fed by the spectacular Akaka Falls, which is located in a town about 4 miles (6.4 km) away. This stream serves as a swimming pool to regular beach habitue. Another smaller waterfall flows into Kolekole Stream near the ocean, completing the tropical scenery of this beach park. Read more
Ahihi Cove is a popular snorkeling spot in Maui. The cove is part of the the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve and home to a rich diversity of marine plants and animals. Being a protected area, it is illegal to catch any fish or marine creatures here.
The coral reefs of the cove and the entire reserve are among the finest in Hawaii. At least 33 species of coral, 53 species of subtidal invertebrate, and 75 species of fish (17 endemic) call the reserve home. Five marine species with protected status frequent the reserve, namely, Hawaiian monk seal or ‘Ilio‐holo‐i‐ka‐uaua (Monachus schauinslandi); Hawksbill turtle or ‘ea (Eretmochelys imbricata); Green turtle or honu (Chelonia mydas); Spinner dolphin or nai‘a (Stenella longirostris longirostris); and Humpback whale or kohalā (Megaptera novaeangliae). Read more
Byodo-In Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple located in the picturesque Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at the foot of the Koolau Mountains in Oahu. It was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.
The temple, which is a half-size-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple of Uji in Kyoto prefecture of Japan, features traditional Japanese architecture with concrete as the main construction material. Read more
Lopa Beach is a beautiful beach in east Lanai featuring a long white-sand beach and spectacular views of western Maui and Kahoolawe. The beach starts at the southern side of Kikoa Point and ends past an ancient fishpond, which is another attraction in this area. Called Loko Lopa, the fishpond has been declared as a bird sanctuary.
While the water is not ideal for swimming because of strong ocean currents, this beach is still great for picnics, sunbathing, strolls and simply enjoying the beautiful nature views. Sunrise here are breathtaking! Read more
Kamakou Preserve is located within the primeval rainforest of Kamakou, the highest peak on the island of Molokai, at 4,961 feet (1,512 m). It is on the eastern side of the island and requires a four-wheel drive vehicle to reach.
The preserve is home to more than 250 rare native Hawaiian plant species, many of which exists only in this part of the world. Inside the forest is an other-worldly environment with tree branches covered in moss and the ground lush with ferns. Read more
Army Beach is part of the Mokuleia Beach in Oahu’s northwestern shore. It sits across the entrance to the Dillingham Airfield. The beach used to be the site of a military recreation center in the 1970 to 1989, hence its name.
It has a long, sandy beach with clear blue waters. There is a small reef area perfect for swimming and snorkeling during summer season. In the winter months (November to March), the waves can reach heights of more than 15 feet, making it dangerous for swimming and other water activities. When the surf is up, strong currents make entering the ocean too dangerous. Even experienced surfers should take caution when taking to the waters during heavy swells. Read more
Lumahai Beach is located along Hawaii Route 560 between Hanalei and Ha’ena State Park on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii. It features a crescent-shapes strip of sand with lush vegetation at the back. It boasts of spectacular ocean and mountains views. Lumahai Beach would have been one of Kauai’s most perfect beaches if not for its treacherous waters.
Because of the geography of the area, the Lumahai Beach is considered unsafe for swimming and surfing most of the year due to strong waves, currents and undertow. There are numerous signs that warn visitors to take to the waters at their own risk as the pounding waves can easily cause serious injuries. Newbie surfers are advise to heed the warnings as even experienced surfers are cautious when taking this beach on. Read more
Whalers Village Museum is a quaint whaling museum located on the mezzanine level of the Whalers Village Shopping Center Ka’anapali Parkway, Lahaina West Maui. The museum features various displays about Lahaina’s past as a thriving whaling town in 1825 to 1860.
Included in the exhibits are more than seventy species of whales including a 40-foot skeletal remains of a Sperm Whale at the entrance of the shopping center. The museum also presents an extensive collection of whaling implements such as harpoons, sea chests, sailor journals, and ship logs, said to be the largest in Hawaii. Read more
DT Fleming Beach Park is a small beach park at Honokahua Bay in Kapalua, West Maui. It was named in honor of David Thomas Fleming, dubbed as the man who introduced pineapple to West Maui.
The beach is known for its beautiful stretch of golden sand and clear blue waters. At the back of the beach are lush ironwood trees that provide shade from the sun. Tables and benches under the shade make perfect spots for picnics and relaxation. Read more