Historic Sites to See in Hawaii
Hawaii’s history dates back for many, many years, and is among the most diverse in the entire world. As the most isolated islands on Earth, Hawaii has been discovered many times, by a variety of nationalities and cultures, all helping to shape the islands into the diverse melting pot of cultures that are so prevalent today.
Throughout the islands, there are historic sites that help to connect the history of Hawaii to modern day, from ancient Hawaii, to the Kingdom of Hawaii, and even all the way back to the creation of the islands. These sites are everywhere, and if you know where to look, you can discover Hawaiian history during your trip.
For instance, take the Big Island. Despite being the youngest of the islands, there are some of the most important historical sites in Hawaii on the island, and finding them is quite easy. Mt. Kilauea offers a glimpse at how the islands were created, and on a Volcano Tour, you can find petroglyphs that are carved into the lava rock, many of which date back many hundreds of years.
Also on the Big Island are incredible places that hold great regard in Hawaii, like the birthplace of King Kamehameha the Great on the Kohala Coast, and the Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, where Hawaiians who broke ancient laws would find refuge.
Each island offers its own history as well, and on Oahu, a visit to the Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace brings Hawaiian history full circle. The Bishop Museum houses actual artifacts from many of the most instrumental figures of Hawaiian history and shows the primitive tools used for hundreds of years, adding to the simple lives of ancient Hawaiians. The displays at the Bishop Museum are captivating, but you will be in awe of the Iolani Palace, and the history of arguably the most important building in Hawaii.
Once you start to learn the history of Hawaii, the beauty of the islands takes on a whole new life. Hawaii’s becomes more charming once you learn about life on the island in the earliest days of settlement, and even the tragic moments in history have a beauty to them. The history of the islands will never be forgotten and preserving the connection to the past is very important to native Hawaiians, and the locals who have made their way to the islands over the years. Take some time on your trip to discover the rich history and pay respects to the important events that have occurred throughout the years.
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