Explore Ancient Temples, Whale Watching Hawaii, And Food Tips : Show 7
Oahu’s ancient temples, Big Island whale watching, and a few great tasty food tips can be found in this episode of The Hawaii Travel Podcast.
OAHU’S INDIGENOUS CULTURE MUST SEES
Waikiki Wizard Stones
The Wizard Stones are located in Waikiki near the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. Legend has it these stones are healing stones that contain healing powers of four wizards from Tahiti that came to Oahu perhaps as early as 400 AD.
The Ulupo Heiau is located behind the YMCA in Kailua. The temple is massive and built with intention, surviving many centuries. Legend has it that the Menehune built this site–which shows you just how old the temple might be. Explore the ancient ruins and enjoy the vista out to Kailua Bay. To find the heiau, you can walk from the YMCA parking lot. Just walk toward the back of the building and look to the left (towards the water).
The Ulupo Heiau is maintained by the Hawaii State Parks.
This was a fun trek we made while finding the “hole in the road”–which led us through an amazing bamboo forest and to a beautiful waterfall.
Kaniakapupu is truly a beautiful and interesting landmark and one of the only remaining structures associated with Kamehameha III.
Take the Pali Highway towards Kaneohe. Look for the Nu’uanu Pali Drive exit. Follow this road until you see the Board of Water Supply building on the left. You can park your car on the side of the road and walk until you see the “hole in the road.” This is actually a pathway to the bamboo forest. Follow this trail about 300 feet and take the first left and walk about another 300 feet and you’ll find the ruins. Note: if you don’t take the first left and continue on the path you’ll come across a beautiful waterfall which is actually on the King’s property.
The Kualoa Ranch
Kualoa Ranch is one of the most historically significant destinations on the island of Oahu and certainly one of the most sacred places. To get a better understanding of the history and importance of this area, consider taking the ranch’s Legends and Legacy Tour. The tour lasts just 20 minutes and is reasonably priced at $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 12.
The Bishop Museum is a must see if you are visiting Oahu. It is THE place to explore the history, arts, and culture of the Hawaiian peoples. Located in downtown Honolulu, it is easy to get to and you could spend an entire day there.
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
WHALE WATCHING ON THE BIG ISLAND
Big Island Divers
Big Island Divers provides friendly close-up experiences with Hawaii’s marine life and ocean. They offer a 3-4 hour tour between January and April where you can go whale watching in the morning and swim with dolphins in the afternoon–all for just $99 per person! The nice thing about this company is that they respect the marine life and take only SMALL tour groups.
FOOD TOURISM ON MAUI
The Surfing Goat Dairy
Goats on surfboards! The Surfing Goat Dairy is a working dairy upcountry on Maui and is definitely a must-see if you are interested in AgriTourism. Various tours are offered to see how the farm works. Plus, you can pet some goats and sample tasty products–such as goat cheese and chocolates. And don’t forget to pick up some goat milk soap for your friends at home, too!
NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE
Save The Sea Turtles International was asked by the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013 to help with this year’s National Day Of Service. They wanted a good civil service type of event where people can volunteer and get to work, so they asked Save The Sea Turtles International to sponsor a special beach clean-up. The Lani’akea Beach clean-up takes place this Saturday, January 19th, from 10AM-12PM. Meet up at 9:45AM for coffee, doughnuts, and orientation. All supplies are provided.
Everyone will gather at 61529 Kamehameha Highway. There’s a large turtle on the gate. Park across the street or on Pohaku Loa Way.
Hosted by Michelle Foyt and Marlu West, C.E.O., Adopt a Beach Hawaii and Save the Sea Turtles International.
It is an honor to be asked to be part of this, and an even bigger honor to be able to help do our part in keeping Hawaii’s beaches clean and safe. Here is the official page from the Obama people with all the info about the beach clean-up in case you want to participate.
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