Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Malokai

MOLOKAI. Kalaupapa National Historical Park. Hansen’s illness (leprosy) was presented to Hawaii by foreigners in 1835 and soon spread out through the islands. King Kamehameha V, in an attempt to stop the epidemic, created a law getting rid of all those afflicted to this remote peninsula jutting out from underneath the imposing sea cliffs (the […]

Waimea Canyon, KAUA’I. Hawaii

KAUA’I. Waimea Canyon. This enormous gorge at the heart of Kaua’i is one of the island’s biggest natural wonders, and its red-and-black-striated lava-rock walls contrasted with the lavish green forests that blanket its top is a real sight to witness. Its name comes from the Waimea River, which goes through the bottom; the canyon was […]

USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii

USS Arizona Memorial. The terrible events of December 7, 1941, are memorialized at Pearl Harbor, simply a short drive from downtown Honolulu. The USS Arizona lies where it sank, the resting location of over a countless the U.S. sailors who passed away in the Japanese attack. In 1962 the memorial was opened, with a structure […]

Diamond Head, Hawaii

Diamond Head. This extinct volcanic tuff cone stands guard over Waikiki and is O’ahu’s signature background. You can hike to the top in about an hour or less– a paved path leads 1.3 km (0.8 miles) all the way to the top, which at 232 m (760 feet) affords some quite incredible views of Waikiki. […]

Lahaina

Lahaina. This vibrant town was as soon as the whaling capital of the Pacific, where ships would dock for supplies, sailors, and shore leave. Today the casino, saloons, and brothels that kept the whalers hectic have actually been changed by the best dining establishments on Maui, art galleries that host complimentary “art nights” every Friday, […]

Upcountry Maui and Haleakala National Park

Upcountry Maui and Haleakala National Park.   The volcanic soil and sloped pastures of Mt Haleakala have sustained much of Maui’s farming and livestock for the past two centuries, and the paniolo (cowboy) ambiance is still strong in the areas like rustic Makawao. A drive through the luxurious pastures of the Kula area will take […]