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March 2024
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Enhance Your Hawai‘i Itinerary With Visits to the National Parks & Historic Sites

Visiting national parks and historic sites adds meaning and significance to any trip. From stunning sunrises at the summit of Maui’s Haleakalā to paying tribute at Pearl Harbor on O‘ahu, your clients’ unique experiences at Hawai‘i’s national parks and historic sites will immerse them in the Islands’ breathtaking natural world and rich history.

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is home to one of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in Hawaiʻi, including the red-footed booby, great frigate bird, Laysan albatross, and the native nēnē (goose). Clients are also likely to see dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles and — from October through April — humpback whales. Reservations are required.

The Old Sugar Mill of Kōloa is part of Hawai‘i’s first sugar plantation, and clients can visit its remains. Laborers from Asia and Europe lived in the plantation’s camps, sharing the food, music, stories, and traditions of their homelands that have shaped today’s fusion. Admission is free, and tours are self-guided.

Self-guided walks along the large, stacked-stone walls at Pā‘ula‘ula State Historical Site let clients see Fort Elizabeth, the last remaining Russian fort in the Hawaiian Islands. The structure was built in 1816 when the ali‘i nui (high chief) of Kaua‘i placed his kingdom under Russia’s protection to deter attacks from King Kamehameha. Admission is free.

The Pearl Harbor National Memorial commemorates the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941, which killed over 2,400 military personnel and residents and sank 12 battleships, hastening America’s entry into World War II. Admission is free, but program reservations are recommended to visit the USS Arizona Memorial and Ford Island.

‘Iolani Palace was the official residence of Hawaiʻi’s monarchy, including King Kalākaua and his sister successor, Queen Liliʻuokalani. The palace has been thoughtfully restored and features original royal furnishings and artifacts that were recovered, restored, and replicated over the years. Online tickets and reservations are required.

Maui Nui
Haleakalā National Park, a mountain-to-sea showcase of Maui’s largest volcano, is world-renowned for its majestic summit sunrises and hikes of the volcano’s cinder desert, where clients will see remnants of Haleakalā’s geologic history. The park’s Kīpahulu District, accessible via the Hāna Highway, offers sweeping ocean vistas, freshwater Pools of ‘Ohe‘o, and a rainforest hiking trail with cascading waterfalls. Reservations are required.

Dating back to the 1400s, the Kaunolū Village Site on Lāna‘i is the largest surviving ruins of a Hawaiian village and includes the remains of Halulu Heiau (sacred temple), petroglyphs, and priest residences. Clients will need to rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle to get to the village and can choose from a guided tour or a 3.5-mile self-guided interpretive hike. Clients should download the Lāna‘i Guide app to explore responsibly.

Island of Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is home to two of Earth’s most active volcanoes, Kīlauea and Maunaloa. Clients can enjoy activities on both volcanoes, like scenic crater byways and hiking tours that offer an up-close look at Kīlauea creating some of the newest land on the planet.

At Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, clients will see one of the island’s best-preserved Hawaiian cultural sites, a sanctuary and safe haven for individuals who broke kapu, a code of conduct and system of laws sometimes punishable by death. Those who reached the puʻuhonua (place of refuge) would be pardoned by on-site kāhuna (priests) and given a second chance outside its walls. The 420-acre park includes other cultural sites, reflecting over 400 years of Hawaiian history.

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FestPAC Hawai‘i 2024

For the first time, Hawai‘i will host the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) on O‘ahu from June 6 through 16. As the world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders and their art and culture, FestPAC also serves as a venue for leaders from across the Pacific to discuss important issues. For its 13th annual event this year, FestPAC’s theme will be “Ho‘oulu Lāhui: Regenerating Oceania.” The schedule will feature over 50 programs and events, including conferences, live performances, symposiums, interactive demonstrations, film, storytelling, and more.

Upcoming Events

Kauaʻi ʻUkulele Festival ›
April 14, 2024

13th Festival of the Pacific Arts & Culture ›
June 06 - 16, 2024

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival ›
June 06 - 09, 2024

Hawaii Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival ›
June 07, 2024


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