Hawaii is known for its boundless natural beauty. Some sceneries may be more well known than others, but that doesn’t mean that these hidden landscapes are any less breathtaking. Perhaps it is actually the opposite: that it is the secrecy that makes these 14 spots so enchanting.
1) Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai
There is something so inherently serene about lighthouses, and this enchanting
lighthouse in Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is no different. In 1979, the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and includes 31 acres of the park.
2) Kula Lavender Farm, Maui
Upcountry Maui, near Mount Haleakala, gets a great deal of rain, resulting in lush, green scenery, and flourishing lavender at the Kula Lavender Farm. In addition to the beautiful lavender, you will experience views of the whole western half of the island.
3) Lulumahu Falls Trail, Oahu
The entire hike to Lulumahu Falls is utterly breathtaking, but the most enchanting portion of the hike comes right after you exit the bamboo forest into this stunning field, surrounded by mountains, with a small reservoir.
4) Ierusalema Hou Church, Molokai
Located in Molokai’s Halawa Valley, this tiny, bright green church is perhaps one of the most enchanting spots on this small island, and is sure to make even the least religious individuals thank the heavens for this beautiful slice of paradise.
5) Pe'epe'e Falls, Big Island
This lesser known waterfall near Rainbow falls is difficult to get to and should only be crossed when the Wailuku river is in low flow – but man, it is a gorgeous sight.
6) Hanalei Pier, Kauai
Let all your troubles slip away as you watch a magnificent sunset from Hanalei Bay Pier. Built in 1892, the pier made an appearance in the film, South Pacific, and is a popular spot for fishing, swimming, and simply being.
7) Redwood Forest, Maui
This trail, accessed through Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area, will make you feel as though you are worlds away. The redwood trees were planted across the Hawaiian Islands in the late 1920s in order to reestablish the watershed that was so desperately ruined from logging in the 1800s.
8) Kealakekua Bay, Big Island
Crystal clear water, incredible coral reef and plenty of sea life make this bay not only an amazing snorkeling spot, but an entirely enthralling experience.
9) Campbell Industrial Park, Oahu
Now this spot might not necessarily enchanting at all times, but it’s hard to deny that this brilliant sunset has got me under some sort of spell.
10) Ke’e Beach, Kauai
The last beach accessible by car on the north shore of Hawaii, Ke’e Beach is a little off the beaten path, but it is absolutely breathtaking. The Kalalau Trailhead begins just off the beach, and you can catch views of the Na Pali Coast, which stretches westward from the beach.
11) Banyan Tree Square, Maui
Is there really anything more stunning than an old, big, and beautiful tree? Located near Lahaina is the largest banyan tree in Hawaii, and one of America’s largest as well, with its trunk and aerial root system covering 0.66 acres. The seedling was approximately eight feet tall when it was planted in 1873, and is the oldest banyan tree in the Hawaiian Islands.
12) Old Dirt Road, Lanai
There’s something so captivating about a drive down an old dirt road, and nowhere is that more true than on the small island of Lanai – where you are actually worlds away from civilization.
13) Wailuku River, Big Island
Located on the Big Island, the Wailuku River is one of the longest in the state at nearly 28 miles long, and lies almost directly between the lava flows of Mauna Kea, and those of neighboring Mauna Loa.
14) Sharks Cove Tide Pools, Oahu
With crystal blue water and impressive sea life, Sharks Cove is one of the best snorkeling spots on Oahu during the summer months, but perhaps more amazing are the neighboring tide pools. There is just something so ethereal about the clouds reflecting in the pools below.
Yes, we know that there are a plethora of hidden enchanting spots throughout the Hawaiian Islands, but we have to maintain some sense of secrecy, right? Which one of these captivating places is your favorite? How many have you visited?