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Hawaii National Parks and Historic Sites
Hawaii is home to eight national parks that celebrate and preserve Hawaii’s unique beauty and native culture.
Haleakala National Park, Maui
Stretching across East Maui, Haleakala National Park is home to Haleakala Crater. Rising over 3,000 metres above sea level, Haleakala means "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian. Sunrises at this altitude are amazing.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located 48 kilometres southwest of Hilo, this is the home of Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. This is the most popular visitor attraction in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians.
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, Hawaii Island
Located on Honaunau Bay in south Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau immerses you in Hawaiian culture. This 72-hectare national historic park was once a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers.
Pearl Harbor, National Historic Landmark, Oahu
Pearl Harbor is the only naval base in the United States to be designated a National Historical Landmark. Pearl Harbor honours its history with four museums: the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, The U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine Museum and the Pacific Aviation Museum.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Molokai
Established in 1980, this National Historical Park was once home to Saint Damien and Saint Marianne. These beloved missionaries brought hope to the people of Kalaupapa, patients who were diagnosed with Hansen's disease and had been exiled to the remote—and strikingly beautiful—peninsula located on the northern coast of Molokai.
Waimea Canyon State Park, Kauai
Although not a National Park, this is the home of Waimea Canyon, a 5,600-metre deep natural wonder nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Further north is Kokee State Park, which offers incredible hiking trails and an informative natural history museum.
Other parks include the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and the Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, all on Hawaii Island. For more information go to: http://www.nps.gov/state/hi.