Waikiki Trolley – A Unique Way to Experience Waikiki, Honolulu and East Oahu

Waikiki Trolley - HawaiiThe Waikiki Trolley is a fleet of trolley cars that shuttles visitors and locals throughout Waikiki, Honolulu and East Oahu. The trolleys operate in four lines, each providing passengers exceptional views and exciting ways to experience the different areas’ historical and cultural attractions as well as popular dining and shopping destinations.

In 1986, only two trolley cars started routing Oahu streets. Today, there is a fleet of over 50 trolleys, mostly classic street reproductions of San Francisco cable cars with authentic brass and wood trimmings. Read more

Kawainui Marsh – A Bird-Watcher’s Haven

Kawainui Marsh - Oahu, HawaiiKawainui Marsh is an expansive marshland  located near Kailua on the windward side of Oahu. Covering more than 800 acres, it is considered as the largest wetlands in the Hawaiian Islands. It is a popular destination among hikers, nature lovers and bird watchers for its spectacular views of distant mountain ranges as well as the numerous rare and endangered bird species that call the area home.

Its name was derived from Kawai nui, which means “the big water” in Hawaiian. The area is believed to be a huge, possibly marine or estuarine, body of water when the area was first settled by Polynesians. Today, a large part of the site is covered by vegetation, either floating on water, growing on a mat of peat that is floating on water, or in the upper-most parts of the marsh a wet meadow. Read more

Lyon Arboretum – A Tranquil Eden in Urban Honolulu

Lyon Arboretum - Honolulu, HawaiiThe Lyon Arboretum, formally known as the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, is a 200-acre arboretum and botanical garden located at the upper end of Mānoa Valley in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is managed by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and serves as a a mecca for both scientists and people desiring to study plant life in the tropics.

The arboretum was named after acclaimed botanist Harold L. Lyon who planted nearly 2,000 species of trees on the site. The botanical garden boasts of an artificial lowland tropical rainforest with numerous trails decorated by statuary and water features. Read more

Kea’au Beach Park – A Hiking, Camping and Diving Destination in Oahu

Kea'au Beach Park - Oahu, HawaiiKea’au Beach Park is a 38-acre coastal park with a grassy lawn and shady trees located in Waianae on the west shore of Oahu. The name means “the rippling of the sea” in the Hawaiian language. It is a popular hiking destination and camping site (permits required).

Apart from the picturesque ocean views, the beach also offers spectacular underwater scenery. It is one of the most popular diving spots in the island with reefs riddled with shallow caves. However, the waters of Kea’au Beach is reserved only for advanced divers because of the difficult entry along the a ledge of the limestone shelf fronting most of the beach. Diving should also only be attempted during calm ocean conditions. Read more

Kakahaia Beach Park – A Brid-Lover’s Haven in Molokai, Hawaii

Kakahaia Beach Park - Molokai, HawaiiKakahaia Beach Park is a 42-acre county park and bird sanctuary located on the south coast of the island of Molokai in Hawaii. While swimming and other water activities are not excellent due to the rocky and shallow ocean bottom, the park provides a great spot for birdwatching and picnicking. The beach is also popular for fishing.

The name Kakahai’a was derived from the Hawaiian word which means “fish slicing”. During the ancient times, the beach was a Hawaiian fishpond used to raise fish for the royalty. The pond is now overgrown with bullrushes and is no longer used. Read more