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
Established in 1980, this National Historical Park was once home to Belgian missionary Saint Damien. Beginning in 1873, this selfless priest treated and gave hope to victims of Hansen’s disease who were exiled to this isolated location on the striking northern coast of Molokai.
Stretching across East Maui, Haleakala National Park is home to Haleakala Crater. Rising over 10,000 feet above sea level, Haleakala means “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian. Sunrises at this altitude are amazing.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii’s Big Island
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located 30 miles 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’s Big Island
Located on Honaunau Bay in south Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau immerses you in Hawaiian culture. This 180-acre 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 honors 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 3,500-foot 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’s Big Island. For more information go to: http://www.nps.gov/state/hi.