Kilauea Lighthouse – A Picturesque Landmark in Hawaii’s Northernmost Point

Kilauea Lighthouse - Kauai, HawaiiKilauea Lighthouse is a historic tower located on Kīlauea Point, a narrow peninsula on Kauai’s northern coast. It was constructed in 1912 and completed in 1913 to become the first lighthouse on Hawaii with the largest lens of it’s kind. It served as beacon which guided ships heading to and from the Orient until the 70’s when its light was turned off and was replaced by a low-maintenance light beacon. Recently, it was renamed the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse in honor of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

The tower stands at 52 feet (16 m) high and features a Classical Revival architecture. While closed to the public, the Kilauea Lighthouse remains an iconic landmark thanks to its picturesque location offering spectacular views of the Pacific. Nearby is the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge which is home to a diverse population of nesting seabirds. The peninsula where the lighthouse stands provides a great vantage point to bird watchers. Read more

Punalu’u Beach Park – A Quiet Black Sand Beach on the Big Island, Hawaii

Punalu'u Beach Park - Big Island, HawaiiPunalu’u Beach is a black sand beach with brackish waters and lush greenery located along the coastline between Volcanoes National Park and South Point. It is out of the way from the island’s tourist-friendlier Kona side but is worthy of a visit for those seeking peace and quiet.

While the water looks inviting, the beach has a very rocky bottom and can be dangerous for swimming. Caution is advised when venturing into the ocean. Picnics and camping are popular alternative activities. Read more

The Banyan Tree – Hawaii’s Most Popular Tree

The Banyan Tree - Lahaina, Maui, HawaiiThe Banyan Tree is a massive and well-known attraction in the 1.94-acre Lahaina Courthouse Square, also known as Banyan Tree Park, located at the corner of Front Street and Canal Street in the town of Lahaina, Hawaii. The 8-feet seedling, which was a gift from missionaries in India, was planted in 1873 by sheriff William Owen Smith, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first American Protestant mission in Lahaina.

Today, the Banyan Tree stands over 60 feet high with a massive canopy that covers two thirds of an acre or a whole block. The tree, which now has more than 16 trunks, is one of the largest Indian Banyan in the world. Read more

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