Kawela Bay, also known as Turtle Bay, is a secluded sandy beach on the northeastern tip of Oahu, Hawaii. It is a popular venue for picnics, swimming and fishing.
The bay is protected by a large reef which keeps nearshore waters calm year-round and diffuses high waves during winter months. The long crescent beach is perfect for beach-combing and sunbathing. Beyond the reef are s couple of popular surf sites but the currents here can be strong and dangerous even to experienced surfers. Read more
Kahekili’s Leap, also known as Kahakuloa Head or Warriors Leap, is a popular rock ledge on Lanai’s south shore. According to ancient Hawaiian legend, the rock was the birthplace of cliff jumping and was used by King Kahekili, Maui’s last independent ruler in the mid-1700s and the chief rival of Kamehameha, to test his warriors’ loyalty and bravery.
Lele Kawa, or leaping feet first from a cliff into water without splashing, was a sport enjoyed by Kahekili. Legend has it the the king would climb up the rock in the early mornings and jump 200 feet into the water below. What’s more challenging is the fact that the rocks at the base of the cliff extend about 15 feet outwards and the water is only about 10-20 feet deep with a very rocky ocean floor. Read more
Poolenalena Beach is one of the hidden treasures of Southern Maui in Hawaii. Located in a secluded cove, this long stretch of fine white sand is often deserted, making it a favorite venue for beach wedding ceremonies. Sunsets here are awesome all year long and make spectacular backdrop for romantic beach weddings.
The beach features a gently sloping shoreline and tranquil waters during summer making it perfect for swimming and other water activities. Lava rock formations at each end of the beach provide spectacular snorkeling spots. Read more
Keokea Beach is a black-boulder beach with spectacular sea cliffs on the back. Despite a man-made breakwater of boulders, the water remains rough and not suitable for swimming and other water activities. Surfing is left to experienced surrfers. Caution is advised when venturing into the water as the ocean bottom has coral and sharp rocks.
Nevertheless, the beach remains a popular area for picnics and relaxation. The views are spectacular and there is a sprawling grassy lawn with numerous trees providing shade from the sun. A small stream in the park provides an excellent alternative to the ocean where children can play and get wet. However, make sure to keep an eye out so the little ones don’t stray off to the rocks. Read more
Kukui Grove Center is an open air shopping complex located in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, with the picturesque Ha’upu mountain range as the backdrop. It is one of the largest retail centers and the only regional mall in the Garden Isle. It houses over 55 shops and restaurants including well-known establishments such as Macy’s, Sears, Kmart, Times Supermarkets, and Longs Drugs.
The mall is located just off Kaumualii Hwy in Lihue, making it easily accessible to locals looking for apparel, accessories and shoes, as well as tourists in search of daily necessities like bath items, swimwear or place to dine in. Read more
The Bailey House Museum is an old stone home located at the mouth of the Iao Valley in Wailuku, Maui, that has been converted into a museum of Hawaiian history and art. It is owned and operated by the Maui Historical Society. It is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The structure was built in 1833 and was one of the first western-style houses in the area. Lava rocks and native woods, including koa, were used in the construction. The house initially served as a mission house and then converted into a Christian seminary until it closed down due to lack of funding. Read more
Volcano House is a historic hotel built at the edge of the Kīlauea volcano, within the grounds of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the Island of Hawaii. The original Volvano House, a simple, one-room affair made of grass and native Ohia wood poles, was built in 1846. Bigger and better structures were built on the site throughout the years. Queen Liliuokalani, Mark Twain and President Franklin D. Roosevelt were among the historic hotel’s most well-known guests.
Today, the hotel is comprised of several structures including the a building which dates back to 1877 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This building currently houses the Volcano Art Center while a newly renovated and restored structure, originally-built in 1941, serves as the main hotel. Read more
Fort DeRussy is a US military installation located in the Waikiki area of Honolulu, Hawaii. It is home to the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii and features a sprawling landscaped park which are both open to the public for free.
The fort was named in honor of General René Edward De Russy (1789–1865), a United States Army officer who was responsible for erecting many Eastern United States coastal fortifications during the American Civil War. There are four other Forts DeRussy in the United States (two in Louisiana, one in Kentucky, and one in Washington, D.C) which are named after Rene Edward and his brother Lewis Gustave De Russy. Read more
Contrary to its name, there is no actual beach in the Mahukona Beach Park. Instead, an abandoned harbor once used by a local sugar company, provides access to the ocean.
Located along the coastline of North Hohala in the Big Island, the clear waters of Mahukona Beach Park is an excellent site for snorkeling and diving. Apart from the abundant marine life in this protective cove, another attraction is a small shipwreck about 25 feet underwater. Picnics, swimming and fishing are also popular activities in this area. Read more