Apart from the glistening ocean waters, golden sands and emerald valleys, Hawaiian is also a holiday destination with rich history reflected at several historical monuments and landmarks. Be it ancient lighthouses, royal residences, ancient Hawaiian settlements or now-abandoned sugar mills, you can discover them all here and have a beautiful time with your family and friends.
Once a sacred place in Hawaii, Hikinaakala Heiau is located next to the mouth of the Wailua River on the Pacific Ocean. Meaning “rising of the sun”, it is long associated with the traditional practices of health and healing. A large number of people visit this place to enjoy the sunrise along with chants and various Hawaiian prayers celebrated here. It was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1962 drawing many historical enthusiasts every year. Adventure seekers can also have a great time here enjoying water skiing, kayaking and river boat cruises.
One of the major landmarks of the state, Aloha Tower is a lighthouse standing 184 feet tall. This 10-storey concrete structure was constructed in 1926 and draws several history enthusiasts all throughout the year. With an additional 40 feet of flag mast, it has been the tallest building in Hawaii for four decades. While the beauty of the tower is a delight to explore, the wonderful elevator ride that takes you to the top offers stunning views of downtown Honolulu and the surrounding areas.
The third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kawaiahao Church is the oldest church in Oahu drawing a large number of tourists every year. Once the national church of the Kingdom of Hawaii, this historical and sacred place is renowned as Hawaii’s Westminster Abbey, and appeals with its rich construction from the coral slabs of the ocean reef. It was once called “Stone Church” and is also known to be the burial site of King Kamehameha III where you can learn about the glorious past of Hawaii.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Capturing history and wildlife lovers from all around, Kalaupapa National Historical Park is a wonderful tourist attraction in Hawaii. Located on the northern tip of Molokai Islands, it is an ideal place to spend a perfect day with family and friends while discovering the history of the Hawaiian Islands. The sheer cliffs here overlooking the Pacific are a wonderful treat to explore. The park is only accessible by hiking tour, mule ride or airplane from the small commuter Kalaupapa Airport.
Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau
Translated as “hill of escape”, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau is the largest Hawaiian temple on the islands attracting visitors from all over the world. It is a hidden treasure of Hawaii with a religious and historical importance and where one can delight in marvellous views of Waimea Valley and the northern shoreline. Built as a series of three walled enclosures, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1962. Visitors can access the monument via Pupukea Homestead Road starting at Kamehameha Highway across from Pupukea fire station.