Hawaii (State of) Off The Beaten Path

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    South point
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    Endangered monk seal rests on the beach
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Hawaii (State of) Off The Beaten Path

  • Waterfalls

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Just a few short miles from Waikiki this 1.3 km hike is a great way to see some nature while on Oahu. The elevation is 800 feet. You're feet will definitely get muddy, so I'd definitely wear some shores instead of slipper or sandals. The trail can be quite slippery. Round trip took about an hour and a half. There is no fee and you can find free...

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  • Beaches / Bays

    Kailua-Kona Off The Beaten Path

    Panaluu black sand beach. It's pretty far south, but on the way to the Volcanoe National Park. Although we didn't snorkel there, I understand the snorkeling is very good there. Plus it's suppose to be a great place to find turtles because of the cool water seeping into the bay from underground. But we didn't have problems finding turtles, they were...

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  • Cruising Waikiki & Beyond

    Waikiki Off The Beaten Path

    Oceanfront at the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel 2335 Kalakaua Ave Go in here to see all the photos of Duke Kahanamoku, Olympic swimmer, sheriff of Honolulu, and local icon. The photos are scattered throughout the bar. This place is usually noisy and crowded, but go in to see the photos if nothing else.

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  • Waterfalls

    Hilo Off The Beaten Path

    * Akaka Falls Rd * Off Hwy 19, Honomu, HI 96728 * My first day on the Big Island, my friend Kawika took me to these amazing sheer pits of 'awe' known as 'Akaka Falls. A 442 foot tall waterfall descending down into a deep gorge as part of the Kolekole Stream. Located within 'Akaka Falls State Park just 11 miles north of Hilo at the end of Highway...

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  • Devastation Trail & Overlook

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Off The Beaten Path

    We stopped at the Pu’u Pua’i Overlook & Devastation Trail. There was a picnic table here under shade so we decided to eat our packed lunches. The weather was perfect for a picnic and it turned out to be a really nice, relaxing lunch. Just past parking lot, there is an overlook of Kilauea Iki Crater. There is a path that leads to Devastation Trail,...

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  • Steam vents

    Volcano Off The Beaten Path

    Not really off the beaten path, but there were two very large steam vents here, with a huge amount of scorching steam coming out. One guy put his arm into it, and I can tell you, he jumped away pretty fast.

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  • Beaches / Coastlines

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Kaena point is the far western tip of Oahu, and it is one of the few truly wild places left on the island. At the very tip lies a wildlife refuge where monk seals relax and albatrosses nest from November through January. You can still see indigenous plants atop the ecosystem and watch the waves erode old lava formations. As you look back towards...

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  • South Point

    Hawaii (Big Island) Off The Beaten Path

    This place is definitely off the beaten track. When I went here in August it was just my family, some cliff divers and I. The southern most point is this big rock face that overlooks the ocean. There is a blowhole right at the point, and if you look to your right you see this magnificent rock face carved by the wind. It's a very neat place. Also, a...

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  • Kalalau Trail

    Kauai Off The Beaten Path

    The odd thing about me putting this tip in this category is that THIS IS a beaten path! :) It’s just one that leads you away from all the other beaten paths on the island. The Kalalau Trail runs most of the length of Nâ Pali Coast on the rugged north shore of Kaua‘i. Starting at Ke‘e (kay-ay) Beach and terminating at Kalalau Beach, it is eleven...

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  • Beaches & Coastlines

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    The Mokolii Island is located off the Windward Coast of Oahu. The island is commonly referred to as "Chinaman's Hat" due to its resemblance to the hats worn by immigrant Chinese farm workers. The Story of Chinaman's Hat a children's book written by Dean Howell is an original legend about the origin of the islet. However, hawaiian legend tells a...

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  • Mark Twain / Captain Cook

    Kailua-Kona Off The Beaten Path

    Mark Twain's Monkey Pod Tree If you have taken the trouble to fly thousands of miles and rent a car to reach this district of the Big Island of Hawaii then you might as well slow down to take a look at the monkey pod tree on the mauka side of the road when driving highway 11 from Kona to Volcanoes National Park since the tourist sights in these...

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  • Auction

    Waikiki Off The Beaten Path

    One of the most unique things we did while on Oahu was attend a fish auction at the United Fishing Agency. This auction goes on M-Sat., occurs pretty early in the morning, and is the main source of all the local fresh seafood that winds up on your plate in the evening. Buyers from all types of restaurants, stores, and even wholesalers attend the...

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  • Halema'uma'u Overlook

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Halema'uma'u changed greatly during the 20th century. In 1924 it was only 1,500 feet in diameter but was filled by a lake of molten lava that bubbled and boiled 2,100 degrees in Fahrenheit. There is currently no red lava visible in the crater, but we have been told that it is only 300 feet below the surface. Who knows...it might be just a matter...

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  • Haiku Stairway

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Kaneohe's Haiku Stairs, often referred to as the Stairway to Heaven, have been closed to the public for years, but that didn't stop my hardy foursome from making the ascent in April 2009. Technically, it's illegal to scale the Stairway and there is a guard posted from 0630 to sunset to turn away prospective hikers, but if you get up early enough...

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  • Pololu Valley

    Hawaii (Big Island) Off The Beaten Path

    It is fun to hike down the Pololu Trail down to the black sand beach below, but don't forget to stop and take lots of pictures on your way down. The views of the cliffs and Pololu Valley, in addition to the beach below, are all beautiful to see. After we hung out at the beach for a while and had a snack, we hiked up another hill and found a tree...

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  • Menehune Ditch

    Kauai Off The Beaten Path

    Although this site is not well developed and is seldom visited by tourists, I found it absolutely fascinating. The Menehune Ditch is an aqueduct of cut and dressed stones that was once used to bring irrigation water from the Waimea River to the taro fields. Only 50 or 60 feet of it are now visible, including a section of tunnel. The rocks for...

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  • Hiking / Walking

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Hiking is a great recreational activity in Honolulu. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and get great exercise! When you go hiking you can escape from the crowded areas of the city and relax with nature. I recommend that you bring a snack and water, because the walks can be long.

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  • Ka Lae, Ka'u

    Kailua-Kona Off The Beaten Path

    visit the boat docks at south point. Also on the way towards the volcano. I don't believe the hoists are used anymore. The water was an unbelieveable blue color here! We even saw snorkelers here. There was a spot where the water was somewhat accessible---if you climbed a bit. The water was so clear we could see the fish from the cliff. I understand...

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  • Hiking Diamond Head

    Waikiki Off The Beaten Path

    This is a moderate hike, with a strenuous 99 steps near the top. Be sure to take water, flashlight, and wear very comfortable walking shoes. This is a dry area, so it's quite dusty, and brown (not lush like other spots on the island) Once on the top of the summit, you can see for miles in almost all directions! The sights are breathtaking from the...

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  • Kipuka

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Something that a lot of people look at, but do not really see, are the untouched lengths of land that were cut off from their normal environment when lava flowed all around them. When lava flows move downhill as rivers of lava, they frequently leave these patches or islands of ground that is unharmed but now surrounded by the lava. These areas are...

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  • Koolau Range

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    A pleasant, moderate hike to the top of the Ko'olau Range that is a must-do is the Wiliwili Nui Trail. It starts off as a stroll along a four-wheel drive road for about two miles, as the ridge narrows on each side. At the end of the road, you'll come to a resting bench, but don't relax for too long because that's where the fun begins. AS the...

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  • Green Sand Beach

    Hawaii (Big Island) Off The Beaten Path

    Green Sand Beach has to be seen up close to be appreciated. There are tons of green olivine crystals in the sand, which is pretty cool to see. You've got to hike to get there, unless you have a 4-wheel drive. The hike is easy, though. It's over uneven terrain, but it's basically flat, about 4 or 5 miles roundtrip from South Point. Just drive to the...

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  • Polihale State Park Beach

    Kauai Off The Beaten Path

    Polihale state beach is literally at the western end of the island. It’s literally the end of the road, out past the Pacific Missile Range Facility. This beach is extremely remote and difficult to reach. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended but not required for the drive out to the beach as the last six miles is a rough, unpaved, potholed dirt...

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  • Cruisin' Around the Island

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    There are some great areas around Honolulu and it is nice to either take a walk, take a bus or a car or even a moped and cruise around the neighborhoods of Honolulu. The peaceful and beauty of the scenery is awesome. The weather if not what you want at the moment then the scenery will most likely be amazing. And if not, the beauty will...

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  • Watersports

    Kailua-Kona Off The Beaten Path

    Kayak through a historical sugar plantation on a guided cultural wilderness adventure - fun for the whole family! On hot summer days on the old plantations, the most daring kids would grab an inner-tube or almost anything that floated,trespass onto the plantation and "go fluming" in the many ditches and flumes. "Fluming" was a wild, exciting,...

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  • Touring / Exploration

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    This really cracked me up. In Kaneohe two gas stations cady corner from each other with very Hawaiian names. Aloha & Mahalo To learn the actual definitions of Aloha and Mahalo go to the following web site. There is also a law in Hawaii called The Aloha Sprit Law. I talk more about it in my Oahu Local Customs page.

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  • Lava Tree State Monument

    Hawaii (Big Island) Off The Beaten Path

    If you're by Hilo and headed to the Puna Coast, there's an uncrowded unheralded state reserve known as Lava Trees state monument. Here you will find a forest of lava tree trunks that must be the bane of any termite's existence. Formed when hot, fast-running lava cooled as it hit the tree trunks in a mature forest and then quickly receded, Lava Tree...

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  • Pu'u O Kila Lookout

    Kauai Off The Beaten Path

    Please don't turn back towards the shore once you leave Waimea Canyon!!!! You'll miss one of the most amazing views of the Kalalau Valley and the Na Pali cliffs. If you continue on Hwy 550 past the canyon lookout and go as far as you can, you'll reach the Pu'u O Kila Lookout. The views from here are breathtaking. Kalaulau Beach and Valley can only...

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  • Pali Lookout

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    The Nu’uanu Pali Lookout at 1,186 feet (361 meters) is a great place to get a view of windward Oahu. It isn’t really what I would consider “off the beaten path” however. That is where it has been put though. At only 8 miles from downtown Honolulu it has become a very popular destination to take in a beautiful view. Many tour busses arrive here...

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  • Waterfalls

    Kailua-Kona Off The Beaten Path

    On the windward, i.e. north eastern side of the Big Island, there are Akaka/Kahuna Falls. Not many people find the way to this beautiful spot with its well-paved paths through a tropical paradise. It´s worth every minute!

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  • Mauna Kea

    Hawaii (Big Island) Off The Beaten Path

    It is quite an experience to go to Mauna Kea for a sunset! I went on one of the tours, as we were just tourists and the tour companies have experienced drivers who take those roads all the time. Also, I don't believe our car rental company covered us to go on Saddle Road, let alone to take it further up towards the summit, so we felt it would be...

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  • Shopping

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Check out the farmer's markets around Honolulu for great fresh produce. I went to the Makiki District Park market on Monday at 8:30-9:30 AM at 1527 Keeaumoku ST. It is a delightful little park with a community garden, the farmers market is held in the parking lot, there were only a few venders but I got some great bananas, mangoes, tomatoes, and...

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  • Kipu Falls

    Kauai Off The Beaten Path

    Go to Kipu Falls - a freshwater Waterfall on "private" land at the end of Kipu Road. Even though it's private land, both locals and tourists visit. On one side of the pond there is a 25 ft cliff with a rope swing that you can jump from. (It's in the Blue Kauai guidebook that everyone has...Kauai Revealed. If you swing, make sure to RELEASE on...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Kaneohe, just 20 minutes over the Pali Pass from Honolulu on the windward side of the island, there sits a romantic garden/pond called,"Haiku Gardens". You can tour the grounds in about an hour's time,seeing all the different types of flora that is native to Hawaii. The setting is so romantic, my own daughter was married in the gardens. Located at...

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  • Kona trail

    Kailua-Kona Off The Beaten Path

    Travelling north from the sanctuary, you´ll go through 'coffee country' where the famous Kona coffee grows on the hills. The coffee farms invite visitors to come in. Whoever designed this logo certainly deserves a prize. In the old days, donkeys were used to transport the coffee down from the hills to the harbour, and their braying must have been...

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  • Pali Lookout

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    A good hike with a spectacular view of the ocean. See plants and animals native to the islands. I would recommend a trip out that way. Take H2 north and follow signs for Mokuleia, road dead ends in Kaena Point preserve. Walk to lookout.

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  • Waipio Valley

    Hawaii (Big Island) Off The Beaten Path

    Waipi'o is an amazingly beautiful, lush valley, all the way at the end of the Hamakua Highway, well off the beaten path. The view from the lookout at the top is tremendous, and many people just come here for the view alone. I come back to see it every single time I've been on the island (three so far). We've hiked down into it twice, and it was...

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  • Blue Room (Cave)

    Kauai Off The Beaten Path

    The Blue Room is documented in all the travel guides, but its really something off the beaten path. It's located at the end of the road on Kauai’s North Shore. I heard some other visitors comparing it to the Blue Grotto in Capri in Italy. Apparanetly, there is a daily show at the Grotto. The Blue Room is very quiet and serene, except for the...

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  • PCC & other Luau's

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to meet with the people of Hawaii, Samoa, Maori, Fiji, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Tonga in forty-two acres of villages and to see the world's largest Polynesian show, then you have to visit Hawaii’s Polynesian Cultural Center — located in Laie, on the north shore of Oahu. Going from village to village learning about the different Islands...

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  • Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

    Kailua-Kona Off The Beaten Path

    On the west coast, south of Kona, there is the 'City of Refuge' or Puuhonua O Honaunau, an ancient refuge for those who had broken tabus. Getting here was dangerous, but then again, getting caught meant death. Once the refuges were here, they were safe.

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  • Galleries / Museums

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    If you like Modern Art and you want a beautiful view of Honolulu from the hills behind the city, you can do no worse than the Contemporary Museum. Show up around 1:30 and you can get a docent to guide you through the collection, which usually features Hawaii artists working in a variety of media. Since it's modern art, having the docent helps!! Not...

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  • City of Refuge

    Hawaii (Big Island) Off The Beaten Path

    During our walk through the park we saw a lot of beautiful historical sites like The Great Wall, Konane Stones (old Hawaiian checker game), Hale O Keawe Heiau (a temple which houses bones of 23 chiefs), Pu'uhonau (refuge area) and the Halau (a frame structure which was used as work shed and for storage). We used our eyes, ears, senses of touch...

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  • Maniniholo Dry Cave

    Kauai Off The Beaten Path

    If you take a drive along the north coast past Hanalei, you will see the Maniniholo Dry Cve, across the street from the Haena Beach State Park. The cave cuts several hundred yards into the base of a vertical cliff. The high roof at the entrance of the cvern gets progressively lowe as you want to the rear of the cave. There are spooky recesses and...

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  • Ships, Subs & Boats

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial are still one of the main events in Oahu with more than one million tourists every year. A visit to the Arizona Memorial is a solemn experience, even for those who were not alive when the attack occurred. You are standing over a grave site where 1177 crewmen lost their lives on December 7th, 1941. As a...

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  • Volcanoes National Park

    Kailua-Kona Off The Beaten Path

    Volcano Winery. 96 miles from Kailua-Kona and 1 mile from Volcano National Park. Free Wine tasting. They even offer a wine made with honey instead of grapes.......very different. Well worth the detour if your a wine drinker and in the neighborhood anyway.

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