Hawaii Visits

Maui, Hawaii

Lahaina Walking Tour 

Lahaina Restoration Foundation

120 Dickenson St
Lahaina, HI 96761-1224

(808) 661-3262



County of Maui Historical Commission


August 2001

The walking tour guides tourists past historic sites and buildings.

Wo Hing Museum

Lahainia, Maui, Hawaii



August 2001

The Wo Hing Musuem is a small museum focused on Chinese influence in Hawaii.  It is a project of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation

Whalers Village Museum

Whalers Village Shopping Center

2435 Kaanapali Parkway

Lahaina, Maui HI 96761  



A nice break from shopping, the Whalers Village Museum is very small.  It is not clear what the attraction is here, but there are many visitors.


August 2001

Pacific Whale Foundation

Kealia Beach Plaza

101 N. Kihei Rd

Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9980


August 2001


Pacific Whale Foundation
300 Maalaea Road, Suite 211
Wailuku , HI 96793

Maui Ocean Center  

192 Ma’alaea Rd

Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793  




The Maui Ocean Center features aquarium exhibits and ocean ecological trips.  Nice outdoor setting. Very clean and relaxing.  Fun for young kids as well as teenagers.


August 2001

December 2008


La Perouse Marine Reserve

Makena Alanui Dr.& Ulupalakua Ranch Road

Kihei, HI 96753




To find it on a map:



Quiet, a bit remote.  Good snorkeling!


August 2001

Banded eel

Lahaina Art Center


August 2001

Quiet and easily-accessed art center in Lahaina.

Iao Valley State Park


From Wailuku,  take Highway 32 (Kaahumanu Road) west. It becomes Highway 320 and leads directly to Iao Valley State Park.


This park hosts the famous Iao Needle, a tall volcanic rock spire.  The parking lot has good views.  A short, but slightly steep walk leads to better views.



December 2008

Hana’s Sports Park


The town of Hana has a wonderful lighted sports park.  It has a baseball diamond, space for soccer and tennis courts.  We didn’t see any professionals in the park, only children’s teams and obvious pickup games.


November 2004

Hana Maui Botanical Gardens B& B -Vacation Rentals

470 Ulaino Rd
Hana, HI 96713
(808) 248-7725


contact: JoLoyce Kaia




The botanical garden is filled with every kind of tropical plant imaginable.  Where else can you sample the fruit right off the tree?  The growth rate appears to be outstripping the tiny, earnest staff.  Some activity needs to be done or the growth will overwhelm the gardens.  There is another park apparently on the Big Island, also, but we did not see that one.


November 2004


University of Hawaii

James O’Brien

Dir. Foundation Relations

U of H 2444 Dole St

Honolulu, HI 96822-2330  




August 2001



The University of Hawaii, like other universities, has a portfolio of research projects and education projects.  James O’Brien gave us a nice overview of the university and its goals.


Koko Head Park

August 2001



Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817


August 2001


Queen Emma Summer Palace

Daughters of Hawaii

2913 Pali Highway Honolulu, HI 96817  



The Summer Palace is high enough in elevation to be cool.  Interesting forgotten piece of Hawaiian history.  The grounds are beautiful, too.  The staff was delightful, open and inviting.  In the photo, children are permitted to play Queen Emma’s piano!


August 2001

Waikiki Aquarium

August 2001

U. Hawaii

2777 Kalakaua Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815  



The Waikiki may be the most relaxing aquarium on the Pacific.  Blessed by a wide variety of enthralling animals, the aquarium is both relaxing and informative.


Honolulu Zoo

The Zoo is across the street from the Aquarium on Waikiki beach.  As zoos go, it is fairly typical, though Hawaii has so many unique animals just on the street, the impact of these is diminished.  It is the only Zoo we saw in Hawaii, so it serves as a vital resource for local residents.


August 2001

Polynesian Cultural Center

Laie, HI





The Polynesian Cultural Center is a fine see-once experience.  The center is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), and staffed by students attending school in Hawaii from all over the Pacific.  The center includes discussions and demonstrations of customs.  Of particular interest is the opportunity to try it yourself, whether it is dancing or games.

USS Missouri 

USS Missouri Memorial Association

Box 6339

Honolulu, Hi 96818 




Located in Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri serves as a counterpoint to the Arizona Memorial.  The Arizona serves as a reminder of the entry of the United States into World War II; the Missouri as a reminder of its end: the Japanese representatives signed the articles of surrender on the deck of the Missouri in 1945.