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Heritage Sites of Hawaii

Heritage Sites of Hawaii are special places located throughout the islands that provide significant historical, cultural and environmental contributions to the understanding and enjoyment of Hawaii. Whether it’s a unique natural wonder, a National Historic Site, Park or Monument, or a sacred place that encapsulates Native Hawaiian customs, beliefs and practices, these sites will help you gain a deeper understanding of Hawaii on your next visit. 

Explore the Heritage Sites of Hawaii located on each island:

Oahu

Bishop Museum: The premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific region, Bishop Museum is known throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, public education programs and Native Hawaiian artifacts.


Leahi (Diamond Head) State Monument: Hike to the top of Hawaii’s most recognized landmark for panoramic views of Waikiki and Honolulu.


Iolani Palace State Monument: Dedicated in 1882 and the only official state residence of royalty in the U.S., Iolani Palace’s grounds and galleries are now open to the public as a museum.


Makapuu Point Lighthouse: Located on the Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline, the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail features breathtaking ocean views.


National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl: More than five million people visit this memorial each year to pay their respects to the men and women who have lost their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces.


Nuuanu Pali Lookout: Also known as the Nuuanu Pali State Wayside, this was the site of one of Hawaii’s most important battles. You’ll also find incredible views of the Windward Coast.


Pearl Harbor: Visit the five Pearl Harbor Historic Sites located in this National Historic Landmark and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.


Queen Emma Summer Palace: The summer retreat of the wife of King Kamehameha IV, this museum houses a collection of her personal belongings and furnishings.


Washington Place: Visit Washington Place in Downtown Honolulu, the residence of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch. It is located in Hawaii’s Capital Historic District and is open for private tours.

Kauai

Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse: This 52-foot lighthouse features amazing views from Kauai’s northernmost tip. This is also a National Wildlife Refuge.

Waimea Canyon State Park: Stretching 14 miles on Kauai’s West Side, this geological wonder is nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Molokai

Kalaupapa Lookout at the Palaau State Park: This overlook features an amazing view of Molokai’s north coast and Kalaupapa National Historical Park, a remote settlement where sufferers of Hansen’s disease (leprosy) were exiled.

Lanai

Kaunolu Village: A favorite fishing spot of King Kamehameha I, this archaeological site features the largest surviving ruins of a prehistoric Hawaiian village.

Maui

Haleakala National Park: Spanning 30,004 acres from the coast to its 10,023-foot summit, this park has a larger concentration of endangered species than any other national park.

Iao Valley State Monument: Home to the iconic Iao Needle, this is the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai, where the forces of King Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790.

Island of Hawaii

Akaka Falls State Park: A scenic self-guided walk that features two amazing waterfalls, Akaka Falls (442 feet) and Kahuna Falls (100 feet).

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: A World Heritage Site, this expansive park is the home of Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and one of Hawaii’s most popular visitor attractions.

Hulihee Palace: Located in the heart of Historic Kailua Village, this was a historic vacation home for Hawaiian royalty.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park: Learn about life in early Hawaii by viewing fishponds, kii pohaku (petroglyphs) and heiau (temples).

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park: On the southern Kona Coast, this is where Captain Cook first arrived on Hawaii Island and where he also died just a year later in 1779.

Lapakahi State Historical Park: Take a self-guided tour of this 600-year-old, partially restored fishing settlement.

Lyman Mission House and Museum: Learn about 19th century missionary life on a tour of the historic Lyman Mission House, the Island’s oldest wood frame building constructed in 1839.

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park: This 180-acre National Historic Park was once the site of royal grounds and a place of refuge for Hawaiian lawbreakers.

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site: Part of the National Park System, this historic site is home to one of the largest heiau (temples) built in Hawaii (1790-1791).

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200 Nohea Kai Drive
Lahaina, HI 96761
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2550 Kalakaua Ave. Suite 315
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