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Kakaako Waterfront Park – A Former Landfill Transformed into a Beautiful Park

Kakaako Waterfront Park - Ala Maona, HawaiiKakaako Waterfront Park, also known as “Point Panic Park”, is a 35-acre public park with grassy rolling hills and a oceanfront promenade. It is located south of downtown Honolulu, just off Ala Moana Boulevard at the end of Cooke Street.

Opened in November 1992, the site used to be municipal landfill and now provides locals and visitors a quiet respite from busy Honolulu and a far less crowded alternative to the nearby Ala Moana Beach Park. Apart from the a rolling grassy lawn, the park features a 20-foot wide promenade stretching along the entire length of the park’s ocean side. Read more

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Moanalua Gardens – A Beautiful Garden in Honolulu, Hawaii

Moanalua Gardens - A Beautiful Historic Garden in Honolulu, HawaiiMoanalua Gardens is a privately owned garden located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 24-acre (97,000 m2) park used to be the estate of  Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, who would later become King Kamehameha V.

The garden, which has become a popular spot for recreation and relaxation among locals and sightseers, features plants native to Hawaii as well as species from other parts of the world. Read more

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Nakalele Blowhole – Spectacular Natural Wonder in West Maui, Hawaii

Nakalele Blowhole - West Maui, HawaiiNakalele Blowhole is one of the most popular natural attractions in West Maui, Hawaii. It is located at Nakalele Point, the most northern point of the island, off Highway 30.

The blowhole is known for its spectacular “eruption” of sea water creating a geyser effect that can rise as high as 100 feet in the air, depending on tide level and surf conditions. The natural fountain is the result of forceful waves wearing away the shore below the lava shelf. With each wave, water is forced through a hole in the lava shelf resulting in the spectacular geyser-like occurrence. Read more

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Kauai Museum – A Showcase of History and Culture of the Garden Island and Niihau

Kauai Museum, Lihue, Hawaii

Kauai Museum features exhibits on Kauai’s geology, mythology and cultural history, as well as works of local artisans from the island and nearby Niihau. It was founded by Juliet Rice Wichman and Dora Jane Isenberg Cole in 1954. The museum is housed within the historic Albert Spencer Wilcox Building on Rice Street on Lihue. The stately two-story building features a Greco-Roman facade and was a declared historical landmark in Kauai.

The building was built in the 1920s and was originally used as a library. It was named Albert Spencer Wilcox Building, in honor of  businessman and politician Albert Spencer Wilcox, whose widow donated the funds for its construction. It became the first public library in the island of Kauai when it opened in 1924. Read more

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Kukaniloko Birth Site – One of Oahu’s most important cultural sites

Kukaniloko Birth Site - Oahu, HawaiiKukaniloko Birth Site, also known as the Kukaniloko Birthstones State Monument, is a very important historic and cultural site in Central Oahu, Hawaii. It is home to the Kukaniloko Birth Stones, believed to be one of two locations set aside for the birth of royalty in ancient Hawaii, the other being Holoholoku at Wailua in Kauai. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and the 5-acre land surrounding it was declared a State Park in 1992.

The birthsite consisted of two rows of 18 stones, which represent Oahu’s 36 chiefs who witness the births, and a stone backrest where the chieftess would give birth. Today, the area is covered with 180 stones over an area of about a half acre. Read more

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Ka Lanakila o Ka Malamalama Church – Keomoku, Lanai, Hawaii

Ka Lanakila o Ka Malamalama ChurchKa Lanakila O Ka Malamalama Church is a rustic wooden church located atop a grassy hill surrounded by palm trees in Keomoku, on the east shore of Lanai, Hawaii. Keomoku used to be a sleepy fishing village until it became a buzzling population center when the Maunalei Sugar Company was established on the island in 1899.

The church served as a venue for Hawaiian religious services for workers who moved to Keomoku to work in the newly-built sugar plantation. Unfortunately, the plantation closed down after a year of operation because the sugar mill’s water supply became brackish and the population was wiped out by an epidemic. Read more

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10 Things You Should NOT Do in Hawaii

HawaiiVisiting Hawaii for the first time? Well, that has got to be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made in your life! Hawaii offers some of the world’s most spectacular attractions, both natural and man-made, as well as some of the most exciting adventures one could ever experience! To make your stay in the Rainbow State truly memorable, avoid committing Hawaiian faux pas once you get there.

1.  Don’t tell a local that you are from “the USA”
If someone asks you where you are from, never ever say the “USA” as it may sound that your are implying that Hawaii is not part of the U.S.. To avoid being considered rude and arrogant, just say “the mainland” or specify the city where you live. Read more

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Ward Centers – Sprawling Shopping Hub in Kaka’ako in Honolulu, Hawaii

Ward Centers - Kaka'ako, Honolulu, HawaiiWard Centers, formerly known as Victoria Ward Centers, is a sprawling shopping complex comprised of several retail and entertainment venues located at Kaka’ako in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was named after Victoria Ward, wife of Honolulu industrialist Curtis Perry Ward and daughter of influential British shipbuilder James Robinson, who owned sprawling parcels of land at Kaka’ako which were developed into shopping hubs after her death.

The Ward Centers is comprised of Ward Entertainment Center, Ward Centre, Ward Farmers Market, Ward Gateway Center, Ward Village Shops, Ward Warehouse, Ward Gateway Center, 404 Ward Avenue, and the new Ward Entertainment Center, a sprawling entertainment venue featuring a 16-screen cinema complex, the largest of its kind in Hawaii. These centers are located within walking distance between each other. Read more

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Hawaii’s Plantation Village – A Peek into the Island’s Plantation Era

Hawaii's Plantation Village - Oahu, HawaiiHawaii’s Plantation Village is a 50-acre living museum and botanical garden located in the historic Waipahu town, Oahu, Hawaii. This outdoor museum is comprised of some 30 restored traditonal homes and structures that showcase the lifestyles and experiences of multi-ethnic laborers who migrated to Hawaii circa 1850-1950 to work in the island’s sugar plantations.

The village also features unusual plants and fruit bearing trees brought by the immigrants from their native lands such as China, Portugal, Japan, Puerto Rico, Korea, Okinawa, Polynesia, and the Philippines. Read more

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