There are so many things to do in Hawaii, whether you’re on Maui, Oahu, the Big Island—any island! With so many things to see here in Hawaii, we are constantly contributing to our Hawaii Travel Guide.
Here are the eight most recent attractions that have been added to our travel guide. Be sure to add these to your list of things to do in Hawaii!
The Bailey House Museum, which is maintained by the Maui Historical Society, is a mission home built in 1833. The museum features Hawaiian cultural artifacts and unique items from 19th century Maui. The museum property sits near the Iao Valley, not far from the Iao Valley State Monument. The house became a museum in 1957 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
On the Big Island at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. Kilauea first began to erupt in 1983 and hasn’t paused much since. The volcano itself is approximately 300,000 to 600,000 years old. Kilauea is home to Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire. Many ancient Hawaiian songs and dance describe Pele and her, eruptions, emotions, and folklore.
From Kapalua Bay to D.T. Flemming Beach, you’ll find a trail that takes you along the beautiful Kapalua coastline. Depending on how much of the trail you walk (it’s mostly easy terrain and suitable for novices), Kapalua Coastal Trail is about 1.5 to 3.5 miles. In 1836, Dr. Dwight Baldwin arrived in Hawaii and settled in this area. After 17 years of serving the Hawaiian people, he was granted 2,675 acres of land in Kapalua by Hawaiian royalty.
A series of small pools called the Olivine Pools are situated along the coast of the Western Maui Mountains. You won’t find any sandy beaches here, just pristine waters filling the pools and a smattering rough lava rock. Why do the pools look green? A semi-precious gem called “olivine” lines the rocks in these pools.
On Maui’s northwestern shore, there is a Mars-like landscape where the Nakalele Blowhole exists. The trail leading to it are known as the Acid War Zone Trail, made of volcanic rock that has eroded and warped due to extreme winds salt water. Expert hikers, explore here! Novice hikers, exercise caution.
Along the world-famous Hana Highway is the Kahanu Botanical Gardens, home to the largest heiau in Polynesia. In 1972, initial efforts of planting and clearing the land were made at Kahanu Gardens, and in 1974 many staff and volunteers helped to restore Pi’ilanihale. This are was a center of royal power until 1794.
A French explorer named Jean-François de Galoup, comte de Lapérouse was the first European to set foot on Maui, in 1786. Most of La Perouse Bay is covered in rough, sharp lava rocks (the are is one of the island’s most recently active volcanic spots). The bay is a great place to swim and snorkel, although we recommend it for experienced swimmers only. Currents and wind cause difficult conditions if you’re not prepared. Otherwise, the bay is a beautiful site on Maui, with several small coves separated by lava rock outcroppings.
Enjoy over 3,000 feet of beautiful sand at Makena Beach State Park. Here, the surrounding area is less developed than Wailea or Kihei, and features gorgeous scenery and lava fields. Nicknamed “Big Beach”, Makena Beach also features a sister beach called “Little Beach”. Traverse the rock path and scale a wall volcanic rock wall you’ll find yourself at Little Beach, where nude sunbathing is not unheard of.