Diamond Head State Monument is located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Known to locals as Le’ahi, it is visible from famous Waikiki beach and is located not far from the beach’s south-east shore. Covering almost 500 acres, it is impossible to miss, but to appreciate its magnificence and magnitude one should get up close and personal.
The remnants of a volcano, Diamond Head is such a recognizable landmark that it received historical designation in 1968 as a representative example of a geological feature called a “tuff cone.” Scientists tell us that the top of the mountain was blown off in an explosive eruption over 300,000 years ago. The soil and rock was reduced to ash and fine particulates that settled back into the cone over the millennia. Finally, around the time the Europeans arrived in the 19th century, plants and animals began making the crater their home.
Palaau State Park is located on Molokai Island in Hawaii. This 233 acre tropical oasis is a very popular place to take photos of the traditional Hawaiian landscape. Waterfalls, dense jungle, and ocean vistas are all contained within this single state park. Kalae Highway leads directly to the gates of Palaau State Park, which makes it easy for visitors to find, no matter how unfamiliar they may be with the Hawaiian island. The park is perched 1,600 feet above Makanalua Peninsula and provides a breathtaking view of the area.
Hawaii. Just hearing the word conjures up visions of white sandy beaches, crystal clear ocean water, and perfect waves for most people. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is no exception to this rule.
Hapuna Beach has been rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, as well as the best beach on “The Big Island” of Hawaii! It is known for it’s extremely soft white sand; walking on it is like getting a foot massage, and it’s very comfortable for sunbathers. The Beach boasts of turquoise blue water that is so clear, a swimmer can be up to his neck in the water and still see the bottom!
Most vacationers who come to Hawaii tend to visit only the typical tourist attractions. In fact, many tourists do not even realize that there is more to Hawaii than the stereotypical scuba diving, luaus, and expensive tours. However, outdoor enthusiasts will find that Hawaii offers a stunning array of natural parks and wildlife reserves in which you can get a taste of Hawaii’s true inner beauty. The Haena State Park on the island of Kauai offers an enormous display of natural life at its finest. If you want to experience the true implications of Hawaiian culture, then you need look no further than this picturesque, family oriented park.
The Haena State Park is ideal in that it is an entirely safe location for visitors to enjoy. While you can still experience the wildness and uniqueness of Hawaii’s natural forest life at this park, families can feel assured that their children will be safe and sound inside the park’s calm environment. Many outdoor enthusiasts love to spend the entire day at this park, making use of the provided picnic tables, pay phones, restrooms, and outdoor showers.
Akaka Falls State Park is a must see. This makes for an intriguing stop when visiting the island. There is no charge for entrance and parking is available. The park is located along the northeastern coast of Hamakua, just southwest of Homomu. Two water falls are featured here. The Kahuna Falls drop 100 feet just around the corner from Akaka falls that pours 442 feet down into a stream-eroded gorge. Akaka falls is the most popular falls on the island. This park is intended for a nature seeking adventure. There are two paths available on the hike. Don’t be intimidated by the expression hike. The trails are just minutes from the parking lot and are paved. There is a short trail and a long trail. Both offer different views of a true tropical wonder.
Take advantage of nature at its best. Escape from technology and the chaos of every day life. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. The scenery is vibrant with flowers including wild orchids and cup of gold. Cup of gold flowers are large gold flowers that smell like coconut and pineapple. Many smaller falls are also right off the path. The falls drop into well vegetated valleys. Bamboo lines the valleys and surrounds you. Lose yourself in the lush forest and breath taking tropical vegetation. Visit this park and step into another world. The comfort and serenity makes it feel like you are thousands of miles away from civilization.