Must See Hawaii Sites: Kualoa Ranch
Scattered around the Hawaiian Islands are historical sites that date back to the royalty that once ruled the Hawaiian Islands. And no matter which site you go to, the importance of each cannot be understated. The sites often feature relics and artifacts that are still intact from the days of use by the monarchy, and the sense of importance and significance is felt instantly.
One of the most well known sites of significance in Hawaii is the Kualoa Valley on the Windward Coast of Oahu. The valley itself is a beautifully lush landscape, and is part of the Kualoa Ranch, one of the most popular attractions on the island, with so many fun activities that are perfect for the entire family. Kualoa Valley has been in use since the 13th century, with many King’s using the valley as a sacred site.
The most commonly known legend regarding the valley is the story of the first taro plant, which is what Poi is derived from, and has been a staple of Hawaiian cuisine for hundreds of years. In the legend, as told through a Hawaiian chant, the child of Papa and Wakea, the first parents in Hawaiian history and the creator of the earth and the sky, buried their first born child in Kualoa Valley. Following the burial, the first taro plant grew from the site where the child was buried, giving the Hawaiian people the plant that would nourish and provide food.
Today, Kualoa Ranch encompasses Kualoa Valley, and has many uses, while keeping the important sacred sites and adding a variety of fun things to do throughout the 4,000-acre ranch. Stretching deep into the island, Kualoa Ranch offers full-day and half-day tours, individual activities, and something for everyone. From jungle expeditions to ATV rides, movie site tours, and even a zipline course, finding great activities is easy.
Once you arrive at the ranch, you’ll likely recognize the surroundings and some of the sites from many movies and television shows. Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, Godzilla, Hawaii 5-0, and Pearl Harbor all filmed at the ranch, and the movie sites tour is one of the most popular things to do while spending a day at Kualoa.
Take some time to explore Kualoa and discover its importance throughout the history of Hawaii. There is so much to learn and discover, and even on a simple outing to have fun there is something to learn about Hawaii’s incredible history.
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