People often tend to believe that Hawaii is all about great beaches and resorts, but there’s more to these beautiful islands than meets the eye. If you are planning on visiting Hawaii soon, don’t miss out on the history and geography of this national treasure! A few sights that you must check out while visiting Hawaii are below.
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
This is a National Historic site that houses the largest-ever restored temple, or Heiau, in Hawaii. It also comprises a major part of the National Park System. Native Hawaiians believed in Heiau as a sacred place of worship, and the reason this site holds such immense importance is that it was built specifically to fulfill a historic prophecy.
It is a stone, 224-by-100-foot structure that has 16-20-foot high walls surrounding it. If you visit during the spring or winter months, you can expect to spot humpback whales here, as well! There are other historic sites here, too, including the homestead of John Young, the ruins of Mailekeini Heiau as well as the Hale o Kapuni!
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Home to one of the most active volcanoes on earth, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located 20 miles southwest of Hilo. Not only is this park an amazing tourist attraction, but it also holds utmost importance for Native Hawaiians. Here you can check out hiking trails that span a full 150 miles and take you through two active volcanoes known as Kilauea and Maunaloa, scalded rainforests and deserts, a museum, volcanic craters, and even a walk-in lava tube.
Akaka Falls State ParkThe
Akaka Falls State Park makes it possible for visitors to explore two separate and extremely beautiful waterfalls on just one short hike. The hike covers around 0.4 miles and offers a lust rainforest brimming with bamboo groves, wild orchids, and draping ferns. On the hike, you can also see the famous 100-foot Kahuna Falls, and just around the corner, there’s the high-rise Akaka Falls, which plummets straight into a stream-eroded gorge from a full 442-feet!
Hamakua Heritage Corridor
If you truly wish to spend a day in Hawaii that you will remember forever, then you must check out the Hamakua Heritage Corridor that takes you all through the Hamakua Coast. Here you can see exquisite waterfalls, old plantation towns, scenic detours, lush valleys, tropical rainforests, and sea cliffs.
During your trip, you also get to witness the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, which is said to be home to nearly 2,000 species of tropical plants! Other sights include the World Botanical Gardens, Laupahoehoe Point, the Laupahoehoe Train Museum, Kaopectate Recreation Area and the small native town of Honokaa, along with many others!
Historic Kailua Village
This seaside town is located right in the heart of the Kona Coast. Here you get to experience not just great food, accommodations, and shopping, but the rich cultural history of Hawaii, as well. The historic spots that here are inclusive of the Mokuaikaua Church, Hulihee Palace, and even the Ahuena Heiau.
As you can see, there is so much more to Hawaii than just beaches and coconuts! Indeed, these islands contain rich, unusual and fascinating history and geography. Make the most of your upcoming trip by setting aside time to visit the islands’ most incredible sites!