Historic Building in Kailua-Kona

Huliheʻe Palace

This palace is a fascinating study in the rapid shift the Hawaiian royal family made from Polynesian god-kings to Westernized monarchs. Here’s the skinny: Hawaiʻi’s second governor, ʻJohn Adams’ Kuakini, built a sim…
Landmark in Kailua-Kona

Kailua Pier

Kailua Bay was once a major cattle-shipping area, where animals were stampeded into the water and forced to swim to steamers waiting to transport them to Honolulu slaughterhouses. Now locals come to swim at lunchtim…
Monument in Kapaʻau

Kamehameha the Great Statue

The statue on the front lawn of the North Kohala Civic Center has a famous twin in Honolulu, standing across from Iolani Palace. The Kapaʻau one was the original, constructed in 1880 in Florence, Italy, by American …
Landmark in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park & Around

Mauna Ulu

In 1969, eruptions from Kilauea's East Rift Zone began building a new lava shield, Mauna Ulu (Growing Mountain). By the time the flow stopped in 1974, it had covered 10,000 acres of parkland and added 200 acres of n…
Notable Building in Keahole Point

Hawaii Ocean Science & Technology Park

That funny-looking building with the gigantic solar panels is the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA). This 'zero-net energy facility' was voted one of the USA's 10 greenest buildings in 2007. Lear…
Landmark in Puako

Puako Tide Pools

Puako is known for giant tide pools, some deep enough to shelter live coral and other marine life. There's no sandy beach, but a narrow strip of pulverized coral and lava covers the shore. It's ideal for beach walks…
Landmark in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park & Around

Holei Sea Arch

Constantly brutalized by unrelenting surf, the coastal section of Chain of Craters Road has sharply eroded lava-rock pali (cliffs). Visible from near the road's end, this high rock arch is a dramatic landmark, carve…
Landmark in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park & Around

End of the Road

Quite. The road ends where the lava says it ends, having swamped this coastal section of Chain of Craters Road repeatedly between 1969 and 1996. The 'Road Closed' sign, almost entirely buried in lava, is a classic p…
Landmark in Kapaʻau

Kamehameha Rock

According to legend, Kamehameha carried this rock uphill from the beach to demonstrate his prodigious strength. Much later, when a road crew attempted to move it elsewhere, the rock stubbornly fell off the wagon – a…
Landmark in Hilo

Federal Building

Houses the post office.