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National Parks to Visit in Hawaii

Preserving history and honoring the past are both very important to residents of Hawaii. Not only are the islands ripe with Hawaiian history to preserve, but the more recent history of the United States is prominent throughout the islands as well. Locations all over the Hawaiian Islands bring the past front and center, from the creation of the islands, to tragic events that took place here, there is so much to discover.

Many National Parks and monuments have been designated and visiting these places is very easy and affordable. With the efforts of the National Park Service, the preservation of natural and historic sites is possible, allowing the important history of Hawaii and America to live on for generations to come.

There are many National Parks to visit, and each offers something very different, giving visitors a look at a variety of attractions and sites that help to make Hawaii an incredible place.

Hawaii National Parks:
Ala Kahakai – Big Island
This 175-mile trail on the southern tip of the Big Island can be accessed from multiple locations and offers breathtaking views of the island’s scenic coastline.

Haleakala – Maui
A dormant volcano, this is one of the musts on Maui. Haleakala is the highest point on the island, offers unmatched views, and perfectly captures the stunning beauty of the island. Arrive early for the sunrise, or come later in the day for the sunset. Either way, you will not be disappointed.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Big Island
Featuring the only active volcano in Hawaii, Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park showcases years of volcanic activity and destruction. You’ll feel like you’ve transported to the beginnings of the island while you’re here, and the sites will leave you in awe.

Kalaupapa – Molokai
Found on the island of Molokai, Kalaupapa is the famed site of Hawaii’s Leper Colony. The beauty of Kalaupapa is unlike any other and the remote colony has been a refuge for those afflicted with the disease since 1866.

Kaloko-Honokohau –Big Island
Found in Kona, this National Park was established to preserve and protect the traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture. Inside the park, you’ll find fish ponds and haiaus (temples) that were originally erected hundreds of years ago.

Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau  - Big Island
The site dates back to ancient Hawaii when it was a place of refuge for those who had broken a law. The site today consists of several temple platorms, fishponds,  and coastal village sites, and offers spectacular views of the island’s coastline.

Pu`ukoholā Heiau – Big Island
This site’s the significance is unmatched. The Great Temple of Kamehameha the Great is found here, and the location itself is where those who made Hawaii’s history made their homes.

World War II Valor in The Pacific National Monument – Oahu
Containing the museums and monuments of Pearl Harbor, this isthe site of the tragic attacks of December 7, 1941. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the museums found at the Visitors Center for an in-depth discovery of the attacks and World War II.

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