Hawaii: A Nature’s Paradise
Hawaii is known for its spectacular nature’s beauty. It is the paradise of islands; various kinds of visitors love to spend their time here because of its diverse beauty. Nature has blessed Hawaii with many splendid places. In the first visit may you face trouble to decide that from where to start capturing the enormous beauty of Hawaii. Its amazing beauty can steal heart of any age group person.
About the Hawaii:
Hawaii is the only U.S. state which is entirely made up of islands. Every type of people loves to be here because of its diverse natural scenery. Whether you are surfer, volcanologist, biologist or love to see natural and striking places, Hawaii is the best destination for you. There are many natural sceneries, beaches, warm tropical climate and ocean to make your trip unforgettable.
Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii on the island of O’ahu. It has more than one million permanent residences and around seven million people are visiting the place every year. It is one of the best choices for family holiday, friend’s trip, honeymoon etc.
Every visitor gets calm, peace and satisfaction in the lap of Mother Nature. Hawaii amaze travellers with its natural beauty, magnificent waterfalls, lush forests, majestic emerald mountains, volcanic craters and crystal-clear electric blue waters. May you won’t be comfortable to leave this place soon and plan to come every year to spend your holidays.
The total area of the island is 2400 km and comprises 100 islands. Eight main islands here are part of the state including Kaho?olawe, Ni?ihau, L?na?i, O?ahu, Moloka?i, Maui, Kaua?i, and Hawaii Island. The last island is also known as ‘The Big Island’ to avoid any kind of confusion, because of same name of island and the state.
It is the 13th most densely populated, 11th least populous and 8th least extensive state of the United States. Also its coastline is fourth longest approximately 1210 km in the United States.
There are many places to visit but may you would not be able to see complete beauty of Hawaii in few days. So it’s better to target those which are never to miss places.
Major Attractions in Hawaii (Big Island)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island
It is the most popular place in the Hawaii; around three million visitors come to see this every year. It is never to miss location as you will see the world’s most massive volcano ‘Mauna Loa’ and world’s most active volcano ‘Kilauea’. The park is full of fun and offers camping opportunities.
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island
It is located on the Big Island, 182-acre Park with various interesting views. Here you can see “Place of Refugee”, means reconstruction of ancient Hawaiian and main archeological sites to visit. This park is sacred site refugees (People who defeated military and broke Hawaiian law ‘Kapu’.) live here and place of Hawaiian royalty. At this place you need to see all the sites without any guide means self-guiding is required, but you will get a golden opportunity to learn.
- Art Galleries and Museums
- Historic Places
- Natural Wonders
- Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboys) and more.
Major Attractions in Maui
Haleakala National Park, Maui
The park is preserving the Haleakala volcanic area on the island of Maui. You can explore the summit area and kipahulu area, but before you plan to visit there, you need to know that these parks are not connected with each other. There is no road route to visit these places. You can visit them one by one via different locations. Both locations are unique and offer spectacular scenery and view. On the other hand the Kipahulu valley is luxurious and lined with several freshwater waterfalls and pools. One of the most popular one is Oheo pool.
Kihei Coast, Maui
It is a wide coast to explore that covers South Maui from Ma?alaea to the ?Ahihi-Kina?u Natural Area Preserve. But the most interesting areas of the coast are located in South of Kihei. Here you can enjoy Ma?alaea Bay, Beaches, the Kealia Pond Bird Sanctuary and more other natural scenery.
- Hike Haleakala
- Ono Kine Grinds
- Makena (Big Beach)
- Upcountry Maui
- Beyond Hana on the Hana Highway, and more
Major Attractions in Oahu
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu
This is one of the most attractive and beautiful sheltered bay. Earlier due to excessive use plus neglect, its charming beauty was once damaged. In the year 1990 Honolulu country and the city’s combined effort restored its Hanauma bay. The whole process took more than decade of efforts to restore also there was a plan to reduce the traffic on the bay. They educated visitors and tell them about some restrictions while visiting the bay. With the improvements bay is now ready from swimming and snorkeling, etc.
If you are staying in O’ahu, it means you are in Waikiki. There are many places where you should go to enjoy your vocation and Honolulu Zoo is one of them. It is located on the Kapi’olani Park’s west side, and it is largest one within 2400 mile radius.
- Byodo-in Temple
- Dole Pineapple Plantation
- Iolani Palace
- Kualoa Ranch
- Punchbowl National Cemetery
- Sea Life Park, and more
Major Attractions in Molokai
Halawa Valley, Molokai
It is one of the popular recreational areas located on the eastern shore of Molokai. There are many places to visit and spend your holiday. You can enjoy camping at nice mountains and enjoy swimming, fishing etc. at beach parks.
The place is highly cultivated with taro but unfortunately it ended after hit by two tsunami. Nowadays only few people are staying in the valley and mainly it is being used for recreational purpose.
The main locations where you can visit in the valley are two waterfalls.
Ili’ili’opae Heiau, Molokai
Meaning of the name Iliiliopae Heiau is “Temple of the Shrimp,” or “Pebbles of Chief Pae”, and it is ancient temple site of Hawaiian. The place is developed in 13th century and the motive was to serve temple for sorcerers. It is one of the oldest and largest locations in Hawaii.
- Kaunakakai Harbor
- Kalaupapa National Historical Park
- Kamakou Preserve
- Kapuaiwa Grove
- Molokai Plumerias
- Molokai War Memorial
- Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Church
- Pala’au State Park
- Phallic Rock
- Purdy’s Natural Macadamia Nut Farm, and more
Major Attractions in Lanai
Garden of the Gods, Lanai
The place is located around seven mile north of Lanai city. Its mystic rock formations make it Garden of the Gods. Local people call it ‘Keahikawelo’. You would be amazed by seeing the large boulders in a spectrum of purple, Orange, red and earthen colors. It is one of the best beautiful places of Lanai, and from the far end you will be able to see Pacific Ocean. You can find color differences during the day, but the sunrise and sunset are must to see.
Halulu Heiau, Lanai
This is one of the popular archaeological sites. You will enjoy walking here to see beautiful nature, ancient stone walls, the stunning beauty of heiau and more. To reach here you need to drive only three miles rocky and rough road. In the dry season you can only use four wheeler to reach Halulu Heiau. While in the wet season you can only use your feet to see this beauty.
- Kahekili’s Leap
- Kane’apua Rock
- Kanepu’u Preserve
- Kaumalapau Harbor
- Lanai Art Center
- Manele Harbor
- Munro Trail
- Pu’u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock), and more
Major Attractions in Kauai
Bali Hai, Kauai
Another famous name of Bali Hai is ‘Makana Mountain’. This place is part of a National Tropical Botanical Garden at the beginning of the Na Pali Coast on the north shore of Kauai. In the Hawaiian language Makana means “Gift from Heaven”. In ancient Hawaii renowned ceremony took place here that was related to fire throwing Ohai.
Fern Grotto, Kauai
The only way to reach Fern Grotto is the boat up the Wailua River. It is the exclusive location to visit and experience the Hawaiian royalty. The Wailua River is the only river in the state and it will take around 45 minutes to reach Fern Grotto. You will be able to see several beautiful sites including Wailua River.
- Kalalau Trail
- Kilauea Lighthouse
- Kokee State Park
- Mount Waialeale
- Na Pali Coast State Park
- Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park
- Spouting Horn
- Waimea Canyon State Park, and more
These are some most popular and Hawaii must visit places, but the list is not ending here. there are many other places as well where you should visit. For example ‘USS Arizona Memorial, Oahu’, ‘Diamond Head State Monument, Oahu’, ‘Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai’, ‘Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, Big Island’, ‘Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Oahu’, and more.
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