Kailua District Park – A Charming Public Park in the Heart of Kailua, Hawaii

Kailua District Park - Oahu, HawaiiKailua District Park is a charming public park with sprawling green lawns and recreational and sports facilities located in th heart of the scenic little village of Kailua in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is also a popular gathering place among locals and a favorite venue for cultural shows, live performances, farmer’s markets and other community events.

Apart from picturesque views, the park offers free use of sports facilities including a swimming pool, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, soccer field and a gymnasium. There is also a jogging and walking tracks. It is also a pet-friendly park and allow visitors to walk and play with their dogs. Read more

Kuli’ou’ou Beach Park and Paiko Lagoon – Oahu, Hawaii

Paiko Lagoon and Kuli'ou'ou Beach Park - Oahu, HawaiiKuli’ou’ou Beach Park is a small community park located near Honolulu in south Oahu, Hawaii. It features a narrow sand beach and a shallow reef flat and serves as an entry point to popular surf sites, namely, Tunas, Manatan’s, and Turtles, situated at the outer edge of the reef.

The reef protects the beach from strong ocean waves and keeps the waters calm all year round. Popular activities her include swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling if the water is clear. A huge grassy area provides spots for picnics as well as ample space for a game of Frisbee. There is also a basketball court. The area is also used for weddings, parties and other events. Read more

Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area – A Hiking and Camping Destination in Oahu, Hawaii

Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area - Oahu, HawaiiThe Keaiwa Heiau is an ancient Hawaiian temple located in the 384-acre Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area located above the town of Aiea, north of Pearl Harbor, in Oahu, Hawaii. The heiau was used as a medicinal or healing temple or heiau ho’ola. It is unknown when the heiau was built but one source suggests that it was constructed in the 16th Century by Kakuhihewa, an ali’i (chief) of O’ahu, and his kahuna Keaiwa.

According to legends, the kahuna (priest) specializing in healing would diagnose and treat various illnesses and injuries in the heaiau. The kahuna would also train haumana (students) in the practice of la’au lapa’au, medicinal healing using plants, fasting, and prayers. Many of the plants and herbs were collected from the neighboring forest while others were planted around the heiau. Read more

Koke’e State Park – A Nature Lover’s Paradise in Northwestern Kauai, Hawaii

Koke'e State Park - Kauai, HawaiiThe Koke’e State Park is a 4345-acre lush and rugged state park located north of Waimea Canyon, inland from the Na Pali Coast, in northwestern Kauai, Hawaii. It is adjacent to the Waimea Canyon State Park on the north.

Koke’e State Park is known for its verdant rainforests and spectacular views of the Kalalau Valley from 4000 feet elevation. It is also home to numerous hiking trails, making it a favorite destination among hikers and nature lovers for observing native plants, forest birds and insects. Read more

Ke Iki Beach – One of North Shore’s Most Beautiful Beaches

Ke Iki Beach - Haleiwa, HawaiiKe Iki Beach, not to be confused with Kauai’s Keiki Cove, is a beautiful white sand beach in Haleiwa, North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Located off of Ke Iki Road, just off of Kamehameha Highway, the beach features about a mile of soft white sand with a rocky reef at the west end.

It’s relative seclusion makes it less crowded compared to more popular beaches in the area such as Sunset and Pipeline. However, it can still get congested especially during weekends  so make sure to come in early if you want to get a spot on the limited parking lot. Read more