Hawaii State Parks

Hawaii State Parks

Hawaii is known for its natural beauty. The beaches, the dramatic cliffs, the boldly colored sunsets- Hawaii is truly, naturally gorgeous. Amongst some of these natural must-see spectacles are the state parks the separate islands offer. Each island offers different and amazing parks that everyone should see for themselves. When it comes to the Big Island, there is no shortage of inspiration. Here are three of our favorite parks on the Big Island.

Wailuku River state park is a 16.3 acre sized land decorated with natural spectacles. Of these spectacles is the 80ft waterfall, also known as Rainbow Falls. The waterfall is known for the rainbow it makes from the mist on the mornings of most days. There is also what is known as the “Boiling Pots”, which is a collection of big pools that are linked by underground water passages. The water in these pools roll and bubble from the underground passages, giving them the effect of “boiling”.

Akaka Falls state park boasts 65.4 acres of pristine Hawaiian landscape. The main attraction is a 442ft heavenly waterfall that cuts through green vegetated cliff walls into a dark black gorge. The falls are ethereal. At this park, for an entry of $5, one can walk around a .4 mile loop footpath that offers stunning views of the falls. The footpath does require some physical exertion, so plan accordingly.

Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) is a stretch of top choice Hawaiian sand that sits on some the clearest and blue water the Pacific Ocean offers. There are picnic tables- perfect for an outdoor lunch! A 4.5 mile hike north through the park that follows the famous coastal tail, Ala Kahakai, will take one to Kua Bay. Along the hike, one can enjoy the view atop the summit of Pu’u Ku’ili, which stands at 342 feet high and overlooks the coastline (a sure Instagram hit).  Be sure to bring water, as there is no drinking water available at the park.

These parks offer something truly beautiful and unique that stand out amongst the Hawaiian land. Go out, explore, witness, and be inspired. There is a world worth seeing, go see it!


Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open

Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open- Hawaii’s most prestigious and historic golf event of the year, is taking place this year, Friday, Dec. 12 – Sunday, Dec. 14. The tournament is held on the lush and pristine South and North courses of the resort. The courses, set on the serene Hawaiian island, are truly majestic with their perfect grasses and spectacular views. The 54-hole, stroke-play tournament flaunts not only majestic natural scenery but also top golf talent. Players will enjoy the immaculate and challenging course alongside beautiful and serene views overlooking the Hawaiian landscapes and Pacific Ocean whilst playing among challenging and notable talent.

Last year’s title holder- Nick Mason- birdied himself to victory over defending champion Dean Wilson. Mason won the tournament with a score of 4 under 68 in his final round. The tournament ended in a dramatic finale when Nick Mason took the title despite the volcanic fog looming over the course.

Registration for this year’s tournament opens Oct. 10 and closes on Nov. 29 at 5:00pm. The fee prices vary upon the player. The different divisions are as listed: A-Flight (Men), Men’s Open, Pro Senior, and Women’s Open. The tournament is formatted for six-person groups, including five amateurs and one professional. You have the option of inviting your own professional for your group. If not, the tournament committee will choose a professional for your team. For more info and entry forms, please visit this webpage: http://www.aspga.com/category/homepage/

Players and participants are offered special rates for lodging accommodations at the Maui Lani Resort. Players and participants can book ocean side rooms at the luxurious resort in order to fully soak up the premium golf and the exceptional accommodations sitting alongside of the courses. Rates and offers as well as terms and conditions can be viewed through the following website: