Kawaiaha’o Church is a historic Congregational church located in Downtown Honolulu in Oahu, Hawaii. It was constructed between 1836 and 1842 under the supervision of Kamehameha III from the design made by Rev. Hiram Bingham.
It was the first Christian Church built on the island and at some time became the official place of worship of the Kamehameha Dynasty and Kalākaua Dynasty during their reigns. The church was the site of royal coronations, christenings and funerals, hence the title, Westminster Abbey of Hawaii. Read more
The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, also known as Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon, is a 5-acre, man-made public wading pool located in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu, on the south shore of the island of Oahu, Hawaii. It was built in the 1950s as part of Henry J. Kaiser’s Hawaiian Village development project. Upon completion, a nearby beach and the lagoon were named after surfer and Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahanamoku.
In 1961, Hilton Hotels acquired the Hawaiian Village Resort but the lagoon remained a property by the state of Hawaii. Over the years, the lagoon became unfit for swimming because of its murky and stagnant water. Read more
The Waianapanapa State Park is a wayside park located at mile marker 32 on the Hana Highway, along Maui’s eastern shore. The secluded 122-acre park boasts of a low-cliffed volcanic coastline, seabird sanctuary, anchialine pools, native hala forest, heiau (religious temple), and natural coastal formations including a stone arch, sea stacks and blow holes.
There is also a small black sand beach called Honokalani Beach. With no outside reef to break the force of the waves and current, swimming is dangerous and should be avoided here. Read more
The Pacific Tsunami Museum is a museum dedicated to the history and Science of tsunamis. It is located at 130 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii with the mission of educating people about tidal waves in general and how to be prepared in case a tsunami strikes.
The museum provides interactive exhibits, documentaries, and docents to explain the impact of major tsunamis such as the April 1, 1946 Pacific tsunami and the May 23, 1960 Chilean tsunami which devastated much of the east coast of the Big Island, especially Hilo, also known as Hawaii’s “Tsunami Capital.” Read more
Dragon’s Teeth is a unique lava rock formation located at Makaluapuna Point in Kapalua on Maui’s northwestern shore. It was formed hundred of years ago as a result of one of the last lava flows on the island.
The unsual formation was created when lava from the West Maui Volcano poured into the ocean and was pushed back by the fierce wind and waves of the northen swell causing the lava to harden in an upward fashion. The resulting formation resembles great jagged teeth, hence the name. Read more
Napoopoo Beach Park is a popular and historically significant park located at the southern end of Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island’s west shore. It was the site where Captain James Cook first set foot on the Big Island of Hawaii on January 17, 1779. Native Hawaiians initially thought that Cook was the powerful deity Lonokamakahiki, the god of agriculture and fertility of the land.
Just across the bay is a 27-foot white obelisk which marks the spot where cook was eventually killed after a skirmish with the Hawaiians. The monument is visible from the Napoopoo Beach Park. Read more
The Olivine Pools are a series of small green-colored tide pools located along the rocky coast of the Western Maui Mountains. The pools get their green coloring from a semi-precious gem called Olivine which lines the rocks in the pools. The tranquil waters of the pools provide swimmers a unique and relaxing experience which the raging ocean nearby could not offer.
The pools are also ideal snorkeling spots when ocean tides carry colorful fish and sea creatures and trap them into the pools. There are no sandy beaches in the area, instead, expect to trek on lots of rough, jagged lava rock. Wear appropriate footwear. Read more
The Seven Sacred Pools, also known as Pools of Ohe’o, are a series of (far more than seven) breathtaking waterfalls and pools, beginning many miles up the mountain and cascading one after the other before flowing into the rugged Kipahulu coastline. Located at the Kīpahulu district of the Haleakala National Park and easily accessible via Highway 31, the seven sacred pools are the most popular attraction in East Maui.
The pools sit on the lush environment that is the Ohe’o Gulch and are fed by the Palikea and Pipiwai Streams. The most accessible pools are also the ones particularly well-suited for swimming and cliff-jumping. Read more
The Star of the Sea painted Church is a quaint catholic church built by Belgian missionary Father Everist Gielen in 1927-1928 to honor Father Damien Devester, or Saint Damien of Molokai, a Belgian priest who helped patients on the island of Molokai and later died from the disease himself. He was canonized on October 11, 2009, by Pope Benedict XVI and considered as the tenth person recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church to have lived, worked, and/or died in the United States.
The church, which features a Colonial Revival architectural style, is known for its colorful trompe l’oeil murals that tell the story of Father Damien. The upper section was painted by Father Everist while the lower panels and altar section were done by Athens, Georgia artist George Heidler. The text in both Latin and Hawaiian languages describe the scenes. The wall murals were completed in 1941. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more