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
St. Andrew’s Cathedral, formally referred to as the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church located in Oahu, Hawaii. It is one of only four cathedrals in Hawaii and was added to the list of the National Register of Historic Places in Oahu on July 2, 1973.
The cathedral was was originally established as an Anglican Church, commissioned by King Kamehameha IV, who along with his wife Queen Emma, are devout members of the Church of England. However, the king died on the feast day of Saint Andrew in 1863, even before construction started. His brother Kamehameha V, who took over the throne, continued the project and laid the cornerstone in honor of his predecessor on March 5, 1867. Read more
Kamokila Hawaiian Village is a 4-acre historical and cultural park located in Wailua, West Kauai, Hawaii. Situated along the Wailua River, the park features a recreation of an ancient Hawaiian traditional village.
The site is said to be one of King Kaumualii’s, the last reigning king of Kauai, favorite places. According to legends, the king assembled and hid his war canoes by the bend of the Wailua River. Read more
Kealia Beach is a 150-foot wide, 1/2 mile long beach with fine white sand located North of Kapaa Beach in Kauai, Hawaii. It is a popular destination among surfers and boogie boarders.
The name Kealia, which means “the salt bed” or “the salt-encrusted area” came from the fact that the area was used by ancient Hawaiians to gather salt for domestic, medicinal, and ceremonial needs. Read more
Ka’ū Desert is a vast plain of lava rock and sand in southwest rift zone of the Kilauea volcano. It is located in a remote part of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the southernmost district of the Big Island of Hawaii.
With rainfall exceeding 1,000 millimeters (39 in) per year, Ka’ū Desert is not a true desert. The name was due to the area’s sparsely-vegetated appearance which is caused by acid rain formed by the sulfur dioxide gas from Kīlauea as well as extremely permeable lava soil that inhibits the growth of plants. Only hardy plants thrive in the area’s harsh condition. Read more
Dubbed as “a garden in a valley on the ocean,” the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens is a natural museum of over 2000 species of living plants located in a 40-acre valley in Onomea Bay, north of Hilo in Big Island of Hawaii.
Bordered by the ocean, the valley acts as a natural greenhouse which protects the lush vegetation from buffeting tradewinds and provide sustenance from its rich volcanic soil and frequent rainfall. Read more
Sugar Beach is a long stretch of sand located at the north end of Kihei toward Maalaea Harbor in Maui’s south shore. The fine white sand is ideal for walks and sunbathing. There are also numerous trees which provide shade and great spots for picnics.
The beach’s name refers to the fact that a wharf was built on the area to service Henry Baldwin’s Kihei Sugar Plantation in 1899. Today, only a portion of the pier is left. Read more
Pe’epe’e Falls (pronounced Peh-eh Peh-eh Falls) is a lesser known multi-spouted waterfalls located near downtown Hilo in the Big Island of Hawaii. It is fed by the 18-mile long Wailuku River, the longest river in Hawaii, which also feeds the more popular Rainbow Falls further downstream. Also nearby is another popular attraction, Boiling Pots, which is a series of small pools and cascades.
Its secluded and hard-to-access location makes Pe’epe’e Falls not-so-popular among tourists. Getting an up close view of the falls requires hiking down a hill and some rock skipping. You can also get wet in the process. Read more
Waikoloa Beach is a palm tree-lined beach along the Anaehoomalu Bay on the South Kohala coast on the island of Hawaii. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Big island not only because it offers spectacular snorkeling opportunities and breathtaking sunset views but also beacuse it is home to several cultural and geologic artifacts including ancient Hawaiian fishponds, anchialine ponds and petroglyphs.
It is also the site of the expansive Hilton Waikoloa Village, a sprawling resort hotel featuring beautifully landscaped tropical gardens complete with manmade waterfalls, waterways and lagoons. One of the newest attractions in the resort is the Dolphin Quest Village where guests, especially children, can wade in and interact with the dolphins. Read more