While on vacation, snorkeling on Oahu is a great activity to enjoy. There is a variety of sealife to see such as tropical fish, green sea turtles, eels, reef sharks, and spotted eagle rays, However, Oahu is exposed to lots of open ocean swell and currents, making prime snorkeling locations limited. But there is one spot that has calm conditions perfect for enjoying the magic of the coral reef year round. The location is the famous marine sanctuary, Hanauma Bay.
Kakaako has seen many faces over the years. From ancient Hawaiian salt and fish ponds, to industrial canneries and warehouses, to the most happening street art community in Hawaii, the urban Honolulu neighborhood has evolved over and over again. Today Kakaako is centered around the arts, culture, and entrepreneurship. It is a booming neighborhood that hosts breweries, hipster bars, coffee shops, restaurants, boutique shopping, and world famous street art.
Our guide to the historic sites of Honolulu makes it easy for you to tour some of the most important locations in Hawaiian history during a easy walk around the downtown neighborhood. Located along South King Street, these sites will teach you about the history of King Kamehameha’s conquest, the Hawaiian Monarchy, and the arrival of the New England missionaries to Honolulu, Hawaii in just a few short hours.
Dedicated on July 21, 1842 Kawaiahao Church was commissioned by Queen Ka’ahumanu and established as the Hawaiian Kingdom’s first Christian Church. Designed by the leader of Hawaii’s earliest christian missionaries, Hiram Bingham, the church was often frequented by chiefs, queens, and kings of the Hawaiian monarchy. Here Bingham baptized thousands of converts, translated the Bible into Hawaiian, composed books, and much more.
The Maunawilli Falls trailhead is located in the back of the Maunawilli Valley neighborhood. This small waterfall and swimming hole is a local favorite for both residents and visitors alike and is a great place to cool off on a hot Hawaii day. The trail is rated easy-moderate and only includes one steep hill where stairs have been put in place to help with the climb. Where shoes or boots with grip as the trail is usually very muddy. You can expect your clothes to get muddy as well, but that is part of the fun.
Founded in 1952, Leonard’s Bakery is one of Honolulu’s oldest bakeries. While the display cases are filled with delicious cakes, cookies, and pastries, it is the freshly made Malasadas that what you will want to try. Malasadas are a Portuguese dessert that is deep fried dough balls. Light and fluffy on the inside, golden brown on the outside, coated in sugar. It is a treat not be missed when visiting Waikiki, Honolulu.