Saturday, June 12, 2010
Hawaii’s National and State parks
On the big island of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National park is very famous. It is 30mi southeast of Hilo on Highway 11, has the only rain forest and the only active volcano in the U.S. National park system. Call ahead for eruption updates. Haleakala National Park has some of the island’s most spectacular sunrises, hiking trails and camping. Kalaupapa National Historic Park on Molokai’s unspoiled Kalaupapa peninsula houses a former leprosy clinic. To reach this park you must either hike in or make the pilgrimage by mule ride. The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor pays tribute to the more than 1100 sailors who lost their lives aboard the battleship when it was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941.
The Mission Houses Museum next door to Hawaiian Church was the home of the first U.S. Missionaries to Hawaii after their arrival in 1820. The mission’s three main structures are among the oldest buildings on the islands. If you want to know more information Hawaii visitors and Convention Bureau will help you.