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Hawaii Resorts – Why You Should Consider Them

Hawaii Resorts

View of Waikiki resorts. Photo by Barry Inouye.

When planning  vacations, some may consider the advantages of staying at Hawaii resorts versus staying at hotels.  But what are the fundamental differences between staying at resorts as compared to staying at hotels?  Are there difference and advantages?  This tries to explain them as well as how they can benefit you, the potential traveler to Hawaii.

Differences between Resorts and Hotels

Generally speaking, a resort offers more things to do within the confines of its property as opposed to a hotel. These things includes:  spa, pools, restaurants, activities, tours, shops, services and more.  The overall idea behind a resort is that you will be spending more time on the property than at a hotel.  As a result, resorts tend to be larger and more complete properties. And because they typically offer more amenities and services, may be somewhat more expensive than hotels.

Options for Hawaii Resorts

The Aloha State has many options for Hawaii resorts as it does for hotels. One of the largest of them is located within the Waikiki area, the Hilton Hawaiian Village. It comes with a large complex of shops, restaurants, banquet, meeting room facilities.  Recently, Disney has established itself in west Oahu in the form of the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa. The same is true for resorts on the other major Hawaiian Islands.  Resort hotels, such as Hyatt, Marriott, Four Seasons and other major brands can be found in the Ka’anapali, Wailea and Kapalua areas on Maui. On Kauai, resort hotels from comparable brands can be found in the Hanalei and Poipu areas.  On the Big Island popular resorts can be found along the Kohala and Kona coasts.

Why Should You Choose a Resort over a Hotel?

Perhaps if you plan to stay in single location, staying at a resort might be an ideal way to spend your Hawaii vacation. Stay at a resort that has it all, beaches, spas, golf course, restaurants and most everything you want out of your vacation. Why go to anywhere else?  But if you’re planning to be out on the road a lot visiting all that Hawaii has to see, maybe a hotel would be a better place for you. But whether you choose a resort or a hotel, our Hawaii Interisland Flights website has a wide range of options for you.

Hawaii Time Zone Difference

There is a 2 to 3 hour Hawaii time zone difference with the mainland west coast.Hawaii Time Zone Difference

Many often inquire about the Hawaii time zone difference compared to where they are right now. Let’s say you’re living on the US mainland.  During Daylight Savings Time, there is a 3 to 6 hour time difference between Hawaii and the US mainland. This is the period from the second Sunday in March to first Sunday in November of each year. Compared to the US mainland, Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is:

  • 3 hours behind Pacific Daylight Time,
  • 4 hours behind Mountain Daylight Time,
  • 5 hours behind Central Daylight Time and
  • 6 hours behind Eastern Daylight Time.

During Standard Time, the respective time zone differences would be one hour less.

Time to Travel from the US Mainland

If you’re traveling from the US mainland to Hawaii, while the trip could be as long as 10 to 12 hours depending on the number of layovers you have, some of that time could virtually be made up since you will be “gaining” time by flying westward. For example, if you flew from Denver to Honolulu departing at 8:00 am on a 7 hour direct flight, you would be arriving in Honolulu at around 12:00 noon, just in time to get a nice lunch at Honolulu International Airport when you land.

Time Zone Differences Between Hawaii and Other Countries

The time zone differences between Hawaii, Asia and some Pacific Basin nations are even larger because such countries are a day ahead.  Japan and South Korea are 19 hours ahead of Hawaii; while China and the Philippines are 18 hours ahead.  Sydney, Australia is 21 hours ahead of Hawaii; while New Zealand is 23 hours ahead of Hawaii.

It’s a Long Journey, But It’s Worth It

The island paradise of Hawaii is known to be the most remote location anywhere in the world. Traveling to Hawaii involves, for most people, flying over long distances and moving through multiple time zones.  But for virtually all who visit the Alohas State, the long journey is certainly worth the effort.

Multi Inter Island Travel in Hawaii

Landing in Honolulu one of the places to visit on your multi inter island travel in Hawaii.

Landing in Honolulu on an inter island flight. Photo by Barry Inouye.

Many who have been to Hawaii say that no trip to Hawaii is complete unless you’ve seen more than one island. Such a trip could include visits to Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island of Hawaii (now being referred to by some as Hawaii Island). Each island offers its own unique attractions whether they are mountains, coastlines, restaurants, foods, lifestyles, culture and more.  Fortunately, there are a number of ways to plan your upcoming multi inter island travel in Hawaii.

Multi Inter Island Travel in Hawaii by Air

The easiest way to travel from one island to another is through a carrier that offer Hawaii interisland flights. Such carriers include Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air and Mokulele Airlines.  All offer daily scheduled flights. Hawaiian Airlines offers inter island flights to all of the major Hawaiian Islands on an all jet fleet.  In addition, Hawaiian Airline offers regularly scheduled flights from US mainland and a number of international points. Island Air offers twin engine turboprop service between Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. Mokulele offers single engine turboprop services to all the islands including smaller airports not served by the other carriers.  This includes areas like Hana, Kapalua and Kamuela.

Most inter island flight are very short in duration and the longest flight is only about an hour. All of the carriers offer numerous daily fights throughout the day. So not only are the flights short in duration. But you also have a lot of options for when you want to schedule them. Plus, the flights are not that expensive and can be as low as $70 one way.

One benefit of using Hawaiian Airlines or Island Air is that you can book multi island packages on one itinerary. Whereas, most other carriers or other online travel websites will require you to book a totally new itinerary for a multi island vacation package leg. Or you will have to separately book the interisland leg directly with the interisland carrier. This website also allows travelers to book multi-island flights and vacation packages on one itinerary.  Plus, the same is true for any website owned and operated by Panda Travel ®.

Multi Inter Island Travel in Hawaii by Sea

There are only two passenger ferry boat operators in Hawaii. One carrier, Expeditions, provides daily service between Lahaina, Maui and Manale Harbor on Lanai. While the other carrier, Sea Link of Hawaii, provides service 4 times a week between Lahaina, Maui and Kaunakakai, Molokai.

Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Hawaii

Honolulu is the largest city in Hawaii and is where people often stay when visiting Hawaii.

Hawaii has been a part of the United States since 1898 and a state since 1959. But even knowing that, traveling to the Aloha State might not be like traveling to any other state in the nation.  As such, first time travelers may have some questions about visiting Hawaii.

Some of the Most Asked Questions About Visiting Hawaii

What are the time zone differences in Hawaii?

Hawaii is unique among state in America that it has its own time zone, Hawaii Standard Time (HST).  HST is 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time.  And because it doesn’t have daylights savings is 3 hours behind Pacific Daylight Time.  An advantage of being the nation’s westernmost state is that travelers from the US mainland will gain time while visiting Hawaii.

Do you need a US passport to travel to Hawaii?

Amazingly, a number of visitors from the US mainland still ask this question. Hawaii is one of the 50 states of the United States. So there is no need to carry a passport on a flight originating from any other US state. Hopefully, fewer numbers of visitors to Hawaii from the mainland will feel the need to ask this question over time. Of course, if you are arriving from an international destination, you will need to carry the passport of your native country. Related questions regarding money used and language spoken in Hawaii should also refer to the fact that Hawaii is a part of the United States.

What should you wear in Hawaii?

This question is related to Hawaii’s weather and the simple answer is to dress as informally and comfortably. The average temperature in Hawaii ranges from 73 degrees in January to 80 degrees in August. So you should definitely dress accordingly. However, if you plan to visit high volcanic peaks, like Mauna Loa or Mauna Kea, you should definitely dress warmly. This is because they can be covered with snow during the winter months. But if not, most probably the only time you’ll need a jacket is on the flight to and from Hawaii.

Where is the main airport in Hawaii?

Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu is Hawaii’s primary airport. All of the major US airlines including regional carriers such as Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines as well as a number of major international airlines, such as Japan Airlines, Qantas, Korean Airlines, Air China, serve Honolulu International Airport. Some of the larger US carriers and Hawaiian Airlines offer direct service from Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii to  gateway cities on the US mainland.

How long should I stay in Hawaii?

It largely depends on how many islands you want to visit. There are 6 major Hawaiian Islands, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island of Hawaii, Molokai and Lanai.  Each island, especially the larger ones, could take at least an entire day or two and possibly even more to see its most popular attractions. So you can get a sense of how long you need to stay based upon the number of islands you want to see.

How do I get from one island to another?

There are three inter island air carriers serving the market, Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air and Molukele Airlines. Each offers numerous daily flights and all service the largest islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaiian and Mokulele offer service to the smaller islands of Molokai and Lanai. Except for service between Maui, Molokai and Lanai, there is no passenger ferry service between the islands.

How to Safely Watch Lava Flows in Hawaii

This is one of the places where you can watch lava flows in Hawaii

Perhaps there may be nothing more memorable or exciting than to watch lava flows in Hawaii. There are not too many places in the world where you can do this and do this in a relatively safe way. There are a number of reasons for this as explained below.

Volcanoes like Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, Krakatoa in Indonesia, Mt. Etna in Italy and Mt. Saint Helens the Pacific Northwest are stratovolcanoes. When they erupt, they create spectacularly dangerous explosions and enormously deadly pyroclastic landslides and debris flow.

On the other hand, volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian Islands chain are considered shield volcanoes.  Shield volcanoes create land masses gradually built up through the millennia through many layers of slow, but inexorably moving lava.

Lava flowing to the sea.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Visitors can get relatively close to molten lava from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The lava on the Big Island of Hawaii has continuously flowed since 1983. This most recent eruptive phase of Kilauea is from its Pu’u O’o vent on the volcano’s East Rift Zone. Lava from this vent has literally engulfed and permanently buried residences and towns. Examples include the Royal Gardens subdivision and the town of Kalapana, which were in the path of the lava flows. Oncoming lava flows recently threatened the nearby town of Pahoa of nearly 1,000 residents. But fortunately, they subsided before reaching the town.

Despite the tragedy of residences and towns being covered by lava, one of the characteristic of Hawaii’s lava flow is that they move relatively slowly. So the people in the path of the lava have more than sufficient time to plan an orderly evacuation. Some have even had enough time to lift their homes on trailers and relocate them to a safe location. The slow moving lava often enables visitors to view the flows with temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit at relatively safe distances. That being said, a number of tragic accidents have occurred when visitors have attempted to watch lava flows in Hawaii. Many of them were related to simple carelessness. So remember that safety always comes first. And common sense should always prevail when deciding to go beyond a safe distance.

How and Where to Watch Lava Flows in Hawaii

Hiking

There are basically four ways to watch lava flows in Hawaii. The first way is to hike, approaching either from the east or west side of the flows. Often times, this requires a fairly long hike. Sometimes they exceed an 8 mile round trip, over hardened jet black lava flows, especially if you approach from the west. The hike from the east side could be shorter at times depending on where the lava is coming from.

Hikers should check local conditions to see if it is safe to approach the flows on foot. Sometimes, people have died from inhaling too much of the poisonous fumes associated with the flows. Others have had deadly heart attacks due to exhaustion from sun. Furthermore, the sun can be even harsher when heat radiates back from the jet black lava flows that you’re hiking on. So be very careful about the heat as well as take a lot of water with you. It goes without saying, no matter how spectacular the experience can be, it is certainly not worth losing your life. If you do intent to hike, your safest best it to go on a paid guided tour. In such instances, experienced professionals can show you the safest way to get there.

Helicopter and Boat Tours

The other two means are much safer and easier. But they are more expensive. We’re talking about taking helicopter or boat tours. Viewing the lava flows from the sky or sea can offer unique perspectives as well as spare you a potentially arduous hike. Viewing the explosive result of hot molten lava meeting the cold blue sea from a boat or helicopter could possibly be the most spectacular way of seeing the flows.

Within the Crater

The last way to see the lava is to view it within the crater. Often times when Kilauea Crater is erupting, you can see lava within the caldera from a one mile distance. However, this assumes your view is not blocked by smoke. While it may not match the experience of seeing lava close up, you can do it without much effort or expense. Whatever, venue you choose to take, it will certainly be a memorable experience. And one that you can certainly cross off on your personal bucket list.

What Are the Most Classic Hawaiian Songs?

Listening to classic Hawaiian songs.

Listening to the Royal Hawaiian Band on the grounds of Iolani Palace.

What are the classic Hawaiian songs?  When people visit Hawaii, they become exposed to a wide variety of beautiful songs. A wide variety of people from the islands composed and sung these songs. Many of them are memorable. And many music lovers in Hawaii as well as from those within the music industry consider them classics.

Some even have an interesting historical background. As an example, members of the Hawaiian royalty had written or composed a number of them. Here is a sample of some of the best classic Hawaiian songs.

Classic Hawaiian Songs

Aloha ‘Oe

Many experts in the Hawaiian music field consider this tender and heartwarming song as the greatest Hawaiian song ever composed. Queen Lili’uokalani’s wrote this song based on her memories of a farewell embrace with a close friend. Her recollections as a young princess, riding horseback on Maunawili Ranch in windward Oahu, inspired her. The queen had musical talent and even played a number of instruments. But she was also an accomplished author and composer.

The Queen composed the song Aloha ‘Oe within the confines of Iolani Palace. A group, who had overthrown the Hawaiian monarchy, imprisoned her there in 1893. Some would say her song was about fond memories of her youth. But others would say it was a farewell to a way of life in Hawaii that no one would experience again.

I’ll Remember You

This just might be the greatest contemporary Hawaiian music ever made. The legendary Kui Lee composed and wrote it. He was one of Hawaii’s greatest, if the greatest, songwriter of contemporary Hawaiian music. Hawaiian music legend Don Ho often sung the song’s haunting and evocative lyrics in his performances. Lee worked very closely with Ho during their careers.

He tragically died at the very early age of 34. But despite his short life, Kui Lee was a prolific Hawaiian music songwriter. Elvis Presley gave one of the most memorable renditions of I’ll Remember You during a 1973 concert in Honolulu.

Hawaii Pono’i

According to most historians, King Kalakaua wrote the lyrics for this song which became the State Anthem of Hawaii. However, some researchers are now saying that his predecessor, King Lunalilo, had previously written the same song. But others say this is one of the privileges you have as the reigning king.

But no one questions who wrote the music for the song. Captain Henri Berger composed the music for this song. Berger was then the bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band.

But on the other hand, King Kalakaua was a great advocate of Hawaiian arts, music and culture. He revived the art of hula which his predecessors had previously banned. And as a result, King Kalakaua was henceforth known as the “Merry Monarch.”

Honolulu City Lights

As anyone from Hawaii can attest, leaving the islands can leave a sense of homesickness and melancholy. As such, the lyrics from this song can certainly touch the hearts of those who call Hawaii home. It makes one reflect upon the quality and uniqueness of life in Hawaii. This is especially true when they are about to leave the islands or are now living elsewhere. Keola Beamer wrote this contemporary Hawaiian music classic. He is perhaps one of the most respected Hawaii music artists of all time.

Visit the National Parks in Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the most famous of the National Parks in Hawaii

Kilauea Crater at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Barry Inouye.

Are there national parks in Hawaii?  The answer is yes.  And Hawaii has many of them that  you should definitely see.

Some say the National Park System is America’s best idea. We’d venture to say that many who have visited our National Parks throughout the country would agree. For a small state, Hawaii has a surprisingly large number of national parks, monuments and historical parks. They would assuredly complement your upcoming visit to the Hawaiian Islands. Here is an overview of the national parks in Hawaii.

Overview of National Parks in Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

One of the most interesting national parks in Hawaii is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This area on the Big Island of Hawaii became a National Park in 1916. In addition to viewing the Kilauea volcano area, you will see cinder cones, lava tubes and lava flows among a dense tropical setting.

However, one of the most spectacular sights you can see in the park is active volcanic activity. Kilauea has been erupting since 1983. And you can actually hike to where active lava flows meet the sea, conditions permitting. The lava has been continuously flowing for well over 30 years now. As a result, it continues to add acreage to the Big Island of Hawaii. In addition to Kilauea, the park also includes parts of the neighboring 13,679-foot Mauna Loa. Mauna Loa is the most massive volcano in the world in terms of mass and volume.

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park. Photo by Barry Inouye.

Haleakalā National Park

This is one of the more fascinating national parks in Hawaii. This park comprises most of the 10,023-foot Haleakalā volcano on the east side of the island of Maui. The park, which was once a part of Hawaii Volcanoes National park, became separately managed in 1961. One of the unique things about Haleakalā is that you can easily drive to its summit and take in the spectacular views of the Maui sunrise.

Haleakalā also features a very beautifully red-hued crater you can hike into. It would be large enough to accommodate the entire island of Manhattan in New York city. The park is also the home to the rare and endangered silversword plant. There is also the nene goose found nowhere else except in Hawaii. On the eastern slopes of Haleakalā one can find the Kipahulu District of the park. Here, you can visit the historic and idyllic Seven Sacred Pools area, numerous beautiful waterfalls and bamboo forests.

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

The Hawaii section of this multi-state park contains the USS Arizona Memorial in historic Pearl Harbor. Located on the island of Oahu, it is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the State. Here, you can visit the remains of the USS Arizona and other ships that were berthed along Battleship Row. Japanese attack plans sunk these ships on that fateful day of December 7, 1941. Today, the USS Arizona is the final resting place of over 1,100 sailors and marines still entombed in its sunken hull. The other sections of the monument can be found at various battles sites in Alaska and at a war time relocation camp in Northern California.

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

This area encompasses the entire Northwestern Hawaiian Island chain and over 140,000 square miles, west of Kauai. The area is a World Heritage Site and a Marine National Monument. The monument supports and protects 7,000 species of wildlife, many of which are endemic. This includes the endangered green sea turtle, Hawaiian monk seal, Laysan and Nihoa finches, Nihoa millerbird, Laysan duck and Laysan albatross. Unfortunately, the monument is not currently accessible to the public due to budgetary limitations.

Honouliuli National Monument

This is Hawaii’s newest National Monument which became a part of the National Park System in 2015. As it just became a monument, the park is not open to the public yet. But once it does, it will interpret the experiences of the hundreds of Hawaii residents of Japanese ancestry.  Such people were hastily interned there without due process during World War II.

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

This park is on the remote peninsula of Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai. Rough seas and some the some of the highest sea cliffs in the world surround the area. Kaluapapa became the quarantine site in the 1850s for those afflicted with the once dreaded disease, leprosy. Leprosy is now referred to as Hansen’s Disease, which is now treatable. The park interprets the experiences of those banished here. It also tells the stories of the famous priest and nun that selflessly ministered to them. These people were Father Damien and Mother Marianne Cope, recently canonized by the Catholic Church as saints.

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

This historic site is on the Kona coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. It became a National Historical Park in 1978. In addition to heiaus or temples and Hawaiian petroglyphs, the park preserves two ancient Hawaiian fishponds. They include the Aimakapa and Kaloko ponds, as well as the Ai’opio fish trap at Ai`opio Beach. Here, one can get a sense of how the ancient Hawaiians used a system of fishponds and traps to gather sustenance from the sea.

Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site

This park on the Kohala coast of the Big Island of Hawaii preserves a sacred heiau constructed by King Kamehameha the Great during the late 1700s. The purpose of building the sacrificial temple was to help Kamehameha gain favor of the war god Kūkaʻilimoku. This was important to Kamehameha because he was seeking to unify all of the Hawaiian Islands under his rule. But at the same time, he was also engaged in battle with other neighboring ali’i or chiefs.

Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park

This historic site on the south coast of the Big Island of Hawaii was once a place of refuge.  This place was a refuge for those who broke sacred kapus or laws of ancient Hawaii as recent as the late 1800s. Lawbreakers were able to seek sanctuary behind the massive walls of this heiau. Once doing so, they would be eligible to be pardoned for their transgressions. Prisoners-of-war or those displaced by warfare would also be able to seek safety behind its walls. Visitors can also view the home sites of prominent Hawaiian ali’i outside of the walls of the heaiu.

The Secrets of Ford Island

Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with ships bethed off Ford Island.

Attack on Battleship Row, December 7, 1941. Source: Official U.S. Navy photograph NH 50930.

Ford Island During World War II

Virtually everyone knows, or should know, of Japan’s surprise attack on December 7, 1941. The attack on the US Navy fleet in Pearl Harbor spurred America’s entry into World War II. Japan’s battle plan focused on Battleship Row, which was the grouping of eight US battleships off Ford Island. These ships were Arizona, California, Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

A number of major Hollywood films depict World War II Ford Island battle scenes. They include:  In Harm’s Way in 1965, Tora, Tora, Tora in 1970 and Pearl Harbor in 2000. They all showcase the role that this tiny island played during America’s first engagement into World War II.

The Island’s Interesting Names

Ford Island has had a number of names. Its original Hawaiian name was Moku’ume’ume, meaning game of attraction. Moku’ume’ume was a kind of ancient Hawaiian wife swapping activity. But it is not certain that the island was a site where this game occurred.  The game was intended to promote child birth among couple having difficulties in conceiving. Christian missionaries who came to Hawaii in the 1830s put pressure to eventually ban this practice. Other names for the island were Rabbits Island, Marín’s Island and Little Goats Island.

Ownership of the Island

The island changed ownership a number of times. It first began when King Kamehameha I reportedly gave the island to Francisco de Paula Marín in 1818. It was supposedly given to him as a reward for obtaining  weapons for Kamehameha. The weapons were instrumental in Kamehameha’s conquest of the island of Oahu. They also played a key role in unifying his rule over all the Hawaiian Islands. Later, Dr. Seth Porter Ford owned the island. He was a physician originally from Boston, for whom the island is now named. For a period, farmers grew sugar on the island.

America began to recognize Hawaii’s value as a strategic military location during the early 1900s. As a result, the US military leased and then owned Ford Island for coastal defense. It later became a site for separate airfields for both the US Army and Navy. But this changed once the Army completed construction of nearby Hickam Airfield in 1939. At that time, the Army transferred its air operations there and left Ford Island in complete control by the Navy.

Ford Island’s Other Battle

Ford Island’s second battle occurred in the late 1990s when the Hawaii Historic Foundation battled the Navy. This was over the Navy’s plans to expand use of the island by constructing more housing units and office structures. The plans also called for constructing a bridge linking the island to the rest of Oahu. Previous to the construction of the bridge in 1998, two ferries transported personnel to the island.

According to the foundation, Ford Island is one of the most important historic sites in America on World War II. Some criticized the Navy’s plans to create more housing on Ford Island as analogous to building homes on the Gettysburg Memorial. Because of these concerns, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the island as one of the nation’s most-endangered historic sites in 2001. The Navy ultimately scaled back their plans to better address Ford Island’s historic significance.

Ford Island Today

Today, the public can travel to Ford Island to visit a number of historic attractions. There is the Battleship Missouri Memorial where you can see one of the mightiest battleships ever made. The Missouri, berthed next to the Arizona Memorial, is especially appropriate as it offers an historic bookend to World War II. The USS Arizona represents America’s entry into World War II. While the USS Missouri, because it is the ship on which Japan surrendered to the Allies in 1945, symbolizes the end of the war. You can also visit the Battleship Oklahoma Memorial on Ford Island.

Nearby, is the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Here, you can look at vintage war aircraft from World War II as well as from other eras. Tickets to these Ford Island attractions can be purchased near the entry to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor or at the neighboring USS Bowfin Submarine Museum. The tickets include a shuttle bus ride to these attractions on Ford Island.

Contributions of the Hokulea to Hawaiian Culture

Hokulea in Alexandria, Virginia. Image courtesy of Cory Palsgrove.

The Founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society

The contributions of the Hokulea to Hawaiian culture and learning have been significant. It’s hard to imagine that the famous sailing canoe, Hokulea, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society are more than 40 years old. Noted Hawaiian artist Herb Kane, anthropologist Ben Finney and sailor Charles Tommy Holmes founded the Polynesian Voyaging Society in 1973. The society represents their vision of the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and exploration.

The Society’s First Challenge

The society built the Hokulea and its sister canoes as open ocean twin-hulled sailing vessels. They painstakingly replicated the designs that the ancient Hawaiian used over 600 years ago. But the initial challenge was that there were no Hawaiians left who knew the ancient Polynesian art of navigating the open ocean. And they had to do this solely by using the stars.

Fortunately, the society was able to locate someone who could teach this ancient art. This person was Mau Piailug from the Federated States of Micronesia. He was the only person willing to teach contemporary Hawaiians traditional means of ocean navigation. And without him, the first voyage and the voyages that followed would never have happened. He has passed this knowledge on to navigators like Nainoa Thompson. Nainoa Thompson is the president and the driving force behind today’s Polynesian Voyaging Society.

The Many Contributions of the Hokulea and its Team

Hokulea’s first voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti in 1976 recreated the path of the first Polynesian settlers to Hawaii. This sailing from Hawaii to Tahiti was a landmark and historic event. But since then, the Hokulea has sailed to many far-away places. This included places like Japan, Australia, New Zealand in addition to many other stops throughout the Pacific. Such voyages had been accomplished with increasing regularity.  As a result, they no longer seemed to capture the same kind of interest that they once did.

Nevertheless, the contributions of the Hokulea to our understanding of Hawaiian culture and learning continue to grow. And the many voyages after that were no less amazing. But all of those successes were not without tragedy. On one of the early sailings off the coast of Molokai, the heavily weighted Hokulea capsized. One of the crew members was world famous surfer, Eddie Aikau. He heroically volunteered to paddle on his surfboard to get help. The Coast Guard rescued Hokulea and its remaining crew. But Eddie Aikau was tragically lost at sea.

Hokulea’s Most Challenging Journey

Hokulea’s most recent journey might just recapture the public’s imagination. The Hokulea recently began a pioneering journey to circumnavigate the globe in late 2014. And it will finish the journey sometime around mid-2017. The Hokulea and its sister ship, Hikianalia, first sailed to Tahiti. They traveled to Samoa and to New Zealand. After that, the Hikianalia returned to Hawaii. But the Hokulea continued an eastward path, stopping in Australia, Bali, Mauritius and South Africa. Then the Hokulea sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil, the Caribbean and the US east coast. From the east coast, it sailed through the Panama Canal. Then it made stops in the Galapagos, Rapa Nui, Pitcairn’s Island and Tahiti. And finally it sailed back to Hawaii in June 2017 to complete this epic journey.

Where is Charles Lindbergh Buried on Maui?

Where is Charles Lindbergh buried on Maui?

Charles Lindbergh alongside the Spirit of St. Louis. By unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

What Made Charles Lindbergh So Great?

Many may not be aware that one of America’s most famous aviators is buried on the island of Maui. This person is Charles Lindbergh. He became famous by becoming the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean non-stop in 1927. Lindbergh started from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York and landed in Le Bourget Field in Paris, France. He made that flight on the now iconic single engine airplane, nicknamed the Spirit of St. Louis. But before answering the question of where is Charles Lindbergh buried on Maui, let us tell you more about this famous person.

Jumbo jets routinely carry over 400 passengers over distances exceeding 8,000 miles without refueling. So flying across the Atlantic non-stop may not sound like a great accomplishment today. But back in the 1920s, this was truly a huge technological as well as great human feat.

This feat made Lindbergh immensely famous as the world’s foremost aviation pioneer. But he was not immune to tragedy and controversy. In 1932, criminals kidnapped and murdered his infant son, creating what newspapers termed the crime of the century. During the period before World War II some, including President Franklin Roosevelt, accused him of being a Nazi sympathizer. This was because of his isolationist views on entering the war against Germany as well as how some viewed his statements on race.

Why Did He Move to Maui?

After World War II, he became a consultant to Pan American World Airways. Many old timers can recall the days when Pan American was a major business force in the Hawaiian Islands. Through his association with Pan American, Lindbergh became long-time friends with one of its executives, Sam Pryor. Pryor had bought 100 acres in Kipahulu, Maui in 1965. And after his retirement from Pan American, he moved there. Then he introduced Lindbergh and his wife to Kipahulu, a small secluded and idyllic town 10 miles south of Hana.

Pryor sold five acres of his property to the Lindberghs in 1971. The Lindberghs then built a small A-frame house on the property and lived there during parts of the year. During this time they rotated between their house in Darien, Connecticut and Kipahulu. Over time, they spent more of their time in Kipahulu because of their growing love of the area.

Charles Lindbergh Buried on Maui?

Why is Charles Lindbergh buried on Maui? In 1974, Lindbergh became terminally ill with lymphoma, a form of cancer. Rather than die in his New York hospital, against doctors’ wishes, he flew to Maui to spend his final days in his beloved home in Kipahulu. He died there on August 26, 1974. He was buried in a modest grave site on the grounds of Palapala Ho’omau Church.

Planning on making the journey to Hana on the Valley Isle of Maui and travel past the town to the Seven Pool area? If so, it may be worth your while visit the Palapala Ho’omau Church in Kipahulu. Here, you can visit the grave site of arguably America’s most famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh.