The Hawaii Shingon Mission, also known as Shingon Shu Hawaii, is an old Bhuddist temple located at 915 Sheridan Street in Honolulu, Hawaii, just ten minutes by foot from the Ala Moana Shopping Center. It is one of the most elaborately designed Japanese Buddhist temple architecture in Hawaii and dubbed as the largest esoteric Bhuddist temple in Honolulu.
The temple serves as a congregational Buddhist school, interested in studying and sharing the faith of Shingon esoteric Buddhism. It follows the original tenets established by Kobo Daishi who brought the teachings of esoteric Buddhism to Japan from China in 806 AD. Read more
Kipu Falls is a fairly small waterfalls just outside of Lihue, in East Kauai, Hawaii. The falls, fed by the Hule’ia Stream on its way to the Nawiliwili Bay, is a popular tourist attraction in the island because of its beauty and accessibility.
The falls is surrounded by 20-foot rock walls lush with vegetation and features an inviting pool of crystal-clear water below. It is a favorite swimming hole among locals who have tied ropes to nearby trees which are used to swing and jump into the inviting pool. Read more
The Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve features a collection of ki’i pohaku (rock carvings) believed to date back to the 16th century. The preserve is located on South Kohala, on Hawaii Island’s west coast.
Being at the Waikoloa Beach Resort area and surrounded by a shopping center and condominium developments, the preserve is one of the most accessible and viewer-friendly petroglyph sites in Hawaii. Read more
Puamana Beach Park is a small beach park located south of Lahaina in south west Maui, Hawaii. It features a narrow and rocky beach that may not be ideal for laying out and enjoying the sun. It, however, has grassy areas with plenty of shades, ideal for picnics and barbecues.
Popular among locals, Puamana Beach is an excellent spot for swimming and snorkeling during calm water conditions. The Carthaginian, a whaling brig which was sunk offshore to create an artificial wreck, is a popular snorkeling attraction. Read more
The Wahikuli Wayside Beach Park is one of the most popular beach parks on the west side of Maui in Hawaii. It is located between the edge of Lahaina Town and the resort area of Kaanapali, right along the Honoapiilani Highway. It’s accessibility is just one of the many factors that make this beach park popular among locals and tourists.
Wahikuli means “noisy place” in Hawaiian and this beach could be just that when huge crowds gather here for picnics, swimming, sunbathing or simply relaxing, especially during weekends. With sprawling lawns, long stretch of sand and facilities which includes restrooms, showers, pavilions, picnic tables, barbecue grills, paved parking and picturesque ocean views, many locals choose this beach as venue for gatherings, luaus and parties. Read more
Wall of Tears is a series of waterfalls located near the summit of Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains. These waterfalls are among the most dramatic landscapes in Hawaii but not many people get to see this magnificent natural landmark because of its secluded and inaccessible location.
This natural wonder got its name from as many as 17 waterfalls cascading side by side down a cliff through lush vegetation. This rock wall is said to have the greatest concentration of waterfalls in all of Hawaii and it’s actually renowned to be the second wettest rock face in the world. The tallest of these waterfalls plummets a dizzying 1600 feet. Amazing! Read more
Launiupoko Beach Park, located south of Lahaina in Maui, has all the trappings of a great beach destination. It offers a little something for everyone, including picturesque views, grassy lawn, protected wading pools perfect for the little ones, soft white sand, shaded picnic areas, and excellent surf breaks during summer.
A reef of lava rocks creates a natural wading pool with gentle waves perfect for children while the long sliver of beach is excellent for beach-combing while enjoying the spectacular views of the the West Maui Mountains and the neighboring Kaho’olawe and Lanai islands. Read more
The Sadie Seymour Botanical Gardens is a 1.5-acre botanical park located on the grounds of the Kona Educational Foundation Center at 76-6280 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. It was established in 1986 by landscape architect Scott Seymour in honor of his mother, Sadie Seymour. Mrs. Seymour founded the Outdoor Circle in 1948 as a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote and preserve the natural beauty of the Kona community.
The terraced gardens feature a wide collection of native Hawaiian plants as well as specimen from Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Central America and South Asian countries. The gardens are arranged in 11 tiers according to geographic origins. Read more
Laupahoehoe Train Museum is a quaint and unassuming museum located on the beautiful Hamakua Heritage Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. It aims to preserve, promote and commemorate the history of the Hilo Railroad founded in 1899 until it ended when a tsunami demolished the tracks in 1946.
The museum is housed in a restored railroad employee’s home, which contains traditional 1900s furnishings. Also on display are railroad-related artifacts and an extensive collection of archival photographs donated by individuals and families with railroad connections. Read more