From lava tubes to ancient birthing stones, Hawaii is home to some pretty weird spots. And trust us, weird isn’t a bad thing in our minds, but simply different, unique and maybe a little bit odd. Some of these spots are man-made, while others have been formed by pounding waves, flowing lava, or other natural phenomena. Either way, these 13 spots found throughout the Hawaiian Islands will surely make you stop in your tracks and do a double take.
1. Kaumana Cave
Kaumana Cave is actually a skylight in a 25-mile long lava tube created by the 1881 eruption of Mauna Loa. Located near Hilo, the lava tube’s entrance is overgrown with plants due to an abundance of rain.
2. Kukaniloko Birthing Stones
The Kukaniloko Birthing Stones, found nearly 100 yards from the intersection of Whitmore Avenue and Highway 80 in Wahiawa, have marked the site of royal births and powerful struggles for centuries. Recent research has discovered that the stones may have served an astrological purpose as well – perhaps as a sort of a Pacific Islands henge?
3. Kamilo Beach
Located on the southeast coast of Hawaii Island is the 1500-foot long Kamilo Beach, known for its accumulation of plastic marine debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
4. Banyan Tree, Haleakala National Park
From lava tubes to ancient birthing stones, Hawaii is home to some pretty weird spots.
5. Kalaupapa Leper Colony
Located on an isolated peninsula on the northern side of Molokai is Kalaupapa, the site of a leper colony. From 1866 to 1969, thousands of men, women and children diagnosed with leprosy were exiled to the colony by the Hawaiian government and legally declared dead. Today, visitors can travel to the colony via mule.
6. Mauna Loa Mascot
He's definitely a little nutty!
7. Pohakuloa Lava Field
At the base of Mauna Kea in the Pohakuloa District of Hawaii Island sits a lava field that is the site of new plant growth sprouting from the lava rocks. It's quite odd to witness new life among so much barren, lava-covered, earth.
8. Lithified Sand Dunes
These sand dunes along Kauai’s southern shore have slowly been turned to stone – or lithified – over time. You’ll have to hike to this location, but the beautifully strange photo opportunity is definitely worth the trek.
9. A strange building in Honolulu.
This strange Honolulu building will certainly make you stop and take a second look.
10. Spouting Horn Blowhole
Spouting Horn is one of the most incredible – and weird – spots on Kauai. From the photographer: “With every wave, water shoots upward when it is forced through an opening and creates a hissing sound. The spray can shoot as high as 50 feet in the air.”
11. Red Sand Beach
Located south of Hana Bay on the eastern coast of Maui, Kaihalulu is one of the few red sand beaches in the world. You’ll have to access the stunning beach via an overgrown cliff-side trail, and the water is rough, but really, the views – and photo opportunity – is worth a trip.
12. Place of Refuge
Also known as Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, this historic site preserves the location where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a law would flee to in order to avoid certain death.
13. Lava Tree State Monument
This 17-acre park features a forest of lava trees, the result of a lava flow that swept through the forest, leaving behind lava molds of the tree trunks.
Have you been to any of these odd spots in Hawaii? What other strange spots do you wish were on this list? Sound off in the comments below, or on our Only In Hawaii