Top Choice Religious Site in Maui

Piʻilanihale Heiau

Piʻilanihale Heiau is an immense lava stone platform with a length of 450ft. The history of this astounding temple is shrouded in mystery, but there’s no doubt that it was an important religious site. Archaeologists…
Top Choice Beach in North Kona Coast

Maniniʻowali Beach (Kua Bay)

This crescent-shaped white-sand beach is fronted by sparkling turquoise waters that offer first-rate swimming and bodyboarding (especially in winter), and good snorkeling when waters are calm. And unlike Makalawena,…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park & Around

Puʻu Loa Petroglyphs

The gentle, 1.5-mile round-trip Puʻu Loa Trail leads to one of Hawaiʻi's largest concentrations of ancient petroglyphs. Here Hawaiians chiseled more than 23,000 drawings into pahoehoe (smooth-flowing lava) with adze…
Top Choice Cave in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park & Around

Thurston Lava Tube

On Kilauea's eastern side, Crater Rim Dr passes through rainforest kipuka (oases) thick with tree ferns and ohia trees. An often overflowing parking lot is the access point for the ever-popular Thurston Lava Tube. A…
Top Choice Historic Site in Moloka'i

ʻIliʻiliʻopae Heiau

'Ili'ili'opae Heiau is Moloka'i's biggest and best-known heiau, and is thought to be the second largest in Hawaii. It also might possibly be the oldest religious site in the state. The dimensions are astonishing: ov…
Top Choice Church in Moloka'i

St Joseph’s Church

Only two of the four Moloka'i churches that missionary and prospective saint Father Damien built outside of the Kalaupapa Peninsula are still standing. One of them is quaint little St Joseph's Church (the other is O…
Top Choice Park in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park & Around

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Even among Hawaii's many wonders, this national park stands out: its two active volcanoes testify to the ongoing birth of the islands. Majestic Mauna Loa (13,677ft) looms like a sleeping giant, while young Kilauea -…
Top Choice Historic Site in Keomuku Road


The center of the short-lived sugarcane plantation, Keomuku is 6 miles southeast of Maunalei. The highlight is the beautifully reconstructed Ka Lanakila o Ka Malamalama Church, which was originally built in 1903.
Top Choice Beach in North Kona Coast

Honokohau Beach

At this beautiful hook-shaped beach with a mix of black lava, white coral and wave-tossed shells, the water is usually too cloudy for snorkeling, but just standing on shore you'll see honu (green sea turtles). You m…
Top Choice Beach in North Kona Coast

Makalawena Beach

If what you're after is an almost deserted, postcard-perfect scoop of soft, white-sand beach cupping brilliant blue-green waters (are you sold yet?), head to 'Maks.' Although popular, this string of idyllic coves ab…