Moana Hotel – A Historic Landmark in Honolulu, Hawaii

Moana Hotel - Honolulu, HawaiiThe Moana Hotel, also known as the First Lady of Waikiki, is a well preserved historic hotel located along Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. It was built in 1901 and holds the distinction of being the first large hotel in Waikiki.

Known for its Hawaiian Gothic architectural style, the Moana Hotel features wide hallways, high ceilings, Ionic columns, intricate woodwork and delicate plaster detailing inspired by European styles popular in the late 19th century. The hotel was designed with a grand porte cochere on the street side and wide lanais on the ocean side offering spectacular views. Read more

He’eia State Park – A Coastal Park with Spectacular Views in Oahu, Hawaii

Heeia State Park - Oahu, HawaiiHe’eia State Park is an 18.5-acre public park located at Kealohi Point on the windward side of Oahu, Hawaii. Its elevated location, a peninsular called Ka Lae O KeAlohi, gives the park picturesque views of Kaneohe Bay, He’eia-Kea Harbor and the Ko’olau mountain range.

Kaneohe Bay is home to Hawaii’s largest and Oahu’s five remaining ancient fishponds. The Heeia Fishpond encompasses more than 88 acres and is enclosed by a 5,000 foot wall. Some scenes from the film Karate Kid 2 were shot here. Read more

Saint Augustine by the Sea Catholic Church – An Awe-Inspiring Landmark in Waikiki, Hawaii

Saint Augustine by the Sea Catholic Church - Waikiki, HawaiiSaint Augustine by the Sea Catholic Church is an important religious and historical landmark in Waikiki, Hawaii. Established in 1854 by some of the original Hawaiian settlers, the original structure was a small chapel measuring about twenty-feet by forty-feet with a steeple.

During the Spanish American War, the chapel was used to celebrate mass for American soldiers encamped near Diamond Head. It underwent expansion to accommodate more soldiers. After the war, the local community continued to use the church and made more improvements. On the feast day of Saint Augustine in 1901, a more permanent structure was built. Read more

Twin Falls – An Underrated Attraction in Maui, Hawaii

Twin Falls - Maui, HawaiiTwin Falls is among the numerous waterfalls located in Ho’olawa Valley in Maui, Hawaii. It is the first waterfall along the Hana Highway when heading from north to south or the last waterfall stop when going the other way. While easily accessible, Twin Falls remains an underrated attractions and often overlooked by popular Maui guidebooks. Nevertheless, it should be included in your must-see list when traveling to Hana.

Access to the falls are via hiking trails on private property that are open to the public. Near Mile Marker #2.1 on Hana Highway (aka Hwy 360) is a parking lot with a stand selling farm produce and snacks. The stand is managed by the owners of the land who also developed and maintains the trails to the falls. Access to these trails are free so be sure to hand in some generous amount at the donation box to help keep the trails open to all. Read more

Hilo Clock – A Reminder of Hilo’s Tragic Past

Hilo Clock - Big Island, HawaiiThe Hilo Clock is a historic landmark and memorial located on Kamehameha Avenue, in front of the Naniloa Golf Course, near picturesque Hilo Bay in the Big Island of Hawaii. Perched on top of a green post, with hands frozen at 1:04, the clock serves as a memorial to those who perished in two tidal waves that hit the area in the last century.

The clock survived the first tsunami that hit Hilo on April 1, 1946, which killed at least 96 people and destroyed numerous homes and businesses. However, a tsunami generated by a massive earthquake off of Chile, again hit Hilo on May 23, 1960. A series of eight seismic sea waves, some as high as 35 feet, destroyed and wiped out many buildings and killed 61 residents. The Hilo Clock was severely damaged, with its hands frozen at 1:04 am, believed to be the time the tidal waves wreaked havoc. Read more