Hawaii’s magnetic charm is legendary. The beautiful golden beaches, swaying palms, and warm welcome make Hawaii one of the most sought-after tropical destinations on the planet. If you are lucky enough to visit more than once, there is a whole other side to Hawaii awaiting discovery. From poignant historical sites to jaw-dropping natural marvels – plus the islands’ undersea residents to meet – we take a look at some of the best off-the-beaten-path adventures in Hawaii.
Unravel the Past
Pearl Harbor was one of the most significant and infamous events of World War II. Hawaii’s National Historic Landmark in Central Oahu pays homage to those who lost their lives on that fateful day in 1941. It is a sobering experience, but to visit Battleship Row and the memorial of the USS Arizona, which rests in the shallow harbor, is to better understand not just the history of Hawaii but of the United States.
On the little-visited island of Molokai, the tallest sea cliffs in the world plummet 2,600 feet into the frothing ocean. It is a place of untamed, wild beauty. At the base of the cliffs, perched on a small peninsula, stands the village of Kalaupapa, a remote and lonely spot that was once a place of exile for Hawaii victims of leprosy (today known as Hansen’s Disease). Over 8000 people are buried here, and the village stands as a place of remembrance and honor. Indeed, some survivors chose to remain when segregation ended in 1969, and quiet village life continues. Access is via a single winding track down the cliffs.
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