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Historic Sites

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
Viewing of Hikiau Heiau--the place of worship where priests offered reverence to Captain Cook in 1779, believing that he was the god Lono returning to them as promised. Panoramic view of Kealakekua Bay. Lifeguard services during weekends at Napo'opo'o Beach. For information call: (808)974-6200


Lapakahi State Historical Park
Re-enactment of the early Hawaiian life of the common people through cultural demonstrations of daily activities, story telling, and self-guided walk through the partially restored remains of this ancient Hawaiian coastal settlement. Nearby ocean waters comprise a marine preserve with various activities regulated. Park gate open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call: (808)974-6200


Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Ruins of Pu'ukohola Heiau ("Temple on the hill of the whale") built by King Kamehameha the Great and property of John Young, who fought for Kamehameha during the period of his ascendancy to power. For information call: (808)882-7218


Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Established in 1978 for the preservation, protection and interpretation of traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture, Kaloko-Honokohau NHP is an 1160 acre park full of incredible cultural and historical significance. It is the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement which encompasses portions of four different ahupua'a, or traditional sea to mountain land divisions. Resources include fishponds, kahua (house site platforms), ki'i pohaku (petroglyphs), holua (stone slide), and heiau (religious site). For information call: (808)329-6881


Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park preserves the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a kapu or one of the ancient laws against the gods could avoid an otherwise certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge or pu'uhonua. They could then be absolved by a priest and free to go. Defeated warriors and non-combatants could also find refuge here during times of battle. The grounds just outside the great wall that encloses the Pu'uhonua was home to several generations of powerful chiefs. For information call: (808)328-2326

Tourist Attractions

USS Arizona Memorial
The Memorial straddles the sunken hull of the battleship USS Arizona and commemorates the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Memorial was dedicated in 1962, and became a National Park Service area in 1980. For information call: (808)422-2771


Honolulu Zoo
The Karibuni Reserve
Trek through the african Savanna where you become a part of the animals' habitat. Visit lions at Elsa's Pool, view giraffes from Mandela Bridge or sit inside the Manyara Bird Sanctuary.
Tropical Forest
Our zoo is a botanical park filled with beautiful flowering plants, trees and gardens. Stroll along the Toucan Trail and visit birds and animals from the tropical americas. Visit hundreds of exotic birds and reptiles from tropical forests around the world.
a Unique Experience
Mari and Vaigai, our asian elephants meet the public, with an up close and personal encounter daily, under a big banyan tree. Meet a monitor lizard, pet a llama or a pot-bellied pig in the Children's Zoo.
For information call: (808)971-7171


Hawaiian Waters adventure Park
Hawaiian Waters adventure Park is 25-acres of safe, clean family fun and excitement. Located 30 minutes west of Waikiki. It's Hawaii's only waterpark. For information call: (808)WILD-WaVe


Maui Ocean Center
The ocean around the Hawaiian Islands is unique and beautiful, combining volcanic origins and a tropical marine environment, which contains spectacular corals, exotic endemic fish, tremendous pelagic sea life, humpback whales, and other marine mammals. The Maui Ocean Center is a state-of-the-art aquarium that brings this intriguing underwater world within easy reach of Maui's visitors and residents. Visitors to the Maui Ocean Center enjoy a combination of indoor and outdoor displays with emphasis on exploring and discovering the ocean and its complexity. The Maui Ocean Center integrates the intricacies of marine life with the gentle balance of the ocean and features the special flavor of the Hawaiian culture and its age-old link to the sea. Come along on a discovery journey - an experiential adventure in which you descend from black lava shorelines and white sandy beaches, underwater past colorful corals and unique fish, through lava tubes and sea caves, and deep into the open ocean. The Maui Ocean Center is located at Ma'alaea Harbor Village overlooking Ma'alaea Small Boat Harbor on the southwest shore of Maui. The site's near-shore location lends a superlative visual setting to the aquarium experience. The Center's open-air design and lush tropical landscaping, complete with outdoor water displays, enhance the natural beauty of the site. For information call: (808)270-7000


Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center, on Oahu's northeast shore at Laie, was founded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1963 to allow students at the Church's nearby college (now named BYU-Hawaii) to keep alive and share their island heritage with visitors while working their way through school. The Center's student employees come from an area that covers approximately 15 million square miles of the world's largest ocean -- the Pacific. The Polynesian islands are set in a rough triangle ranging from Hawaii at the northern apex to Easter Island in the southeast and New Zealand in the southwest. Seven of these island nations are represented at the Polynesian Cultural Center. For information call: (800)367-7060