Places to visit, memories to make.
Located on the windward coast of Oʻahu, Kualoa Private Nature Reserve is rich with culture, fun and folklore. Nestled in 4,000 acres at the intersection of the Ko‘olauloa and Ko‘olaupoko districts, the reserve offers a wide range of responsible tourism attractions and activities that honor the culture and preserve the ‘aina, including several unique, narrated tours, a zipline, ATV and horseback rides.
Located on Oahu's north shore, Waimea's 1,875 acres are a rich cultural resource and gathering place.
The definitive repository for thousands of years of Hawaiian artifacts and contemporary exhibits.
Located on the islands of Oahu and Maui, the Hawaii Nature Center features programs on Oahu at the Makiki Valley Watershed, Pu‘u ‘Ualaka‘a State Park, Honouliuli National Wildlife Refuge, and Pouhala Marsh, and ‘Iao Valley and Kealia Pond on Maui.
The site of the first Christian mission to Hawaii, the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (HMH) includes three restored houses, two of which are the oldest houses in Hawai'i, and a research archives which provides a unique glimpse into 19th-century island life.
The former royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi beginning with Kamehameha III and ending with Queen Liliʻuokalani. Today, the 19th-century palace operates as a museum with tours and exhibits. It is located in the capitol district of downtown Honolulu and is now a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After the monarchy was overthrown in 1893, the building was used as the capitol building for the Provisional Government, Republic, Territory, and State of Hawaiʻi until 1969. The palace was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1978.
Part of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, the garden is open daily and free of charge. Established in 1982, Hoomaluhia is a rainforest garden, with plantings from major tropical regions around the world grouped into distinct collections that focus on Africa, Hawaii, India and Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Melanesia, the Philippines, Polynesia, and the tropical New World. Special emphasis is placed on conserving plants native to Hawaii and Polynesia, as well as arecaceae, aroids and heliconias.
Hānaiakamālama (The Foster Child of the Moon), or Queen Emma Summer Palace, served as a retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii from 1857 to 1885, as well as for her husband King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward. It is a now a historic landmark, museum and tourist site located less than 10 minutes outside of downtown Honolulu. The museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is maintained with entrance fees, revenue from the gift shop and other funds raised by the Daughters of Hawaii.
The Nuʻuanu Pali is a section of the windward cliff (pali) of the Koʻolau mountain located at the head of Nuʻuanu Valley on the island of Oʻahu. The Pali Highway connecting Kailua/Kāneʻohe with downtown Honolulu runs through the Nuʻuanu Pali Tunnels bored into the cliffside. The Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside is a 1,186-foot tall lookout above the tunnels with a panoramic view of Kāneʻohe, Kāneʻohe Bay and Kailua on Oʻahu's windward side. It is also well known for strong trade winds that blow through the pass. The Nuʻuanu Pali was a vital pass over the mountains in ancient times, and the route drew settlers who formed villages in the area and populated Nuʻuanu Valley for a thousand years. The Nuʻuanu Pali was also the site of the Battle of Nuʻuanu, one of the bloodiest battles in Hawaiian history, through which Kamehameha I conquered the island of Oʻahu, bringing it under his rule.
Foster Botanical Garden, measuring 13.5 acres (5.5 ha), is the oldest of five public botanical gardens on Oahu, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the garden consists of the Upper Terrace (the oldest part of the garden); Middle Terraces (palms, aroids, heliconias, gingers); Economic Garden (herbs, spices, dyes, poisons); Prehistoric Glen (primitive plants planted in 1965); Lyon Orchid Garden; and Hybrid Orchid Display. It also contains a number of exceptional trees, including a Sacred Fig which is a clone descendant of the Bodhi tree that Buddha sat under for inspiration, a sapling of which was gifted to Mary Foster by Anagarika Dharmapala in 1913. All told, it contains 25 of about 100 Oahu trees designated as exceptional.
An East Oahu, paved hiking trail overlooking grand ocean views and a great whale-watching point during the season; Makapuu lighthouse sits atop a cliff overlooking Makapuu Beach and the south-eastern start of the windward coast.
Portions of this garden were once the property and favorite picnic grounds of Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii. She later donated her land to the City and County of Honolulu to be used for the public's enjoyment. This developing garden is devoted to native Hawaiian plants.
The Hawaiian Railway Society is a narrow gauge heritage railroad located in Ewa on the island of Oahu. It utilizes trackage of the defunct Oahu Railway and Land Company. Four vintage diesels have been restored to operation, three for excursion trains and one as a switcher. The U.S. Navy in Oahu donated three diesels and the U. S. Army donated one locomotive in the 1970s. All locomotives are operational.