Waimea Canyon, makes for a fantastic day trip for visitors to Kauai, Hawaii. Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” is the largest canyon throughout the Pacific. Drive or hike the red rock canyon with waterfalls, cloud forest, camping, view of the Pacific Ocean from 4,000 feet elevation.
The Napali Coast is a lush, verdant stretch of coastline on the north side of Kaui Island. Rugged cliffs dramatically sculpted by millennia of natural erosion drop thousands of feet into the ocean. You soon start a steep rocky ascent, passing numerous towering coconut palms–and some of them are loaded, so just be aware. This is one of our favorite hikes in the Islands. A stunning view spreads out along side you as you climb above the panorama of the Pacific.
Charles Lindbergh, the first pilot to fly solo nonstop from New York to Paris in 1927 spent the last six years of his life on the lush Hana coast on the Island of Maui. Today he lies at rest on the remote grounds of the Palapala Ho’omau Church in beautiful Kipahulu eight miles south of Hana. The limestone coral church, built in 1857, still stands here. Lindbergh’s simple headstone is under the shade of a Java plum tree in the church cemetary.
Just outside the small town of Waimea (also known as Kameula), on the north end of the Big Island of Hawai`i, lies the historic Parker Ranch. It was founded in 1847 by John Palmer Parker. They bought the first two acres of ranchland for $10. They expanded in the 1850 when Kipikane was granted 640 acres of surrounding pastureland. Subsequent Parkers continued to expand until, at its height, Parker Ranch covered nearly 500,000 acres, the largest single-owned ranch in the United States. Today it is the fifth largest at 130,000 acres, much of it grazing land for approximately 19,000 head of cattle and 125 horses. Visitors are welcome. Parker Ranch is located at 66-1304 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96743. For more information, call 808-885-7311
Papakolea Beach is one of only four Green Sand Beaches in the world. Visitors to the Big Island should make time to visit this spectacular gem at the very southernmost point of the United States.