8 Unbelievable Hidden Gems in Hawaii You Might Not Know About

1. The Bamboo Forest, Maui

The Bamboo Forest, located along the Pipiwai Trail in Haleakala National Park on the Road to Hana, Maui, is a breathtaking destination. This roughly four-mile trail leads to the impressive Waimoku Falls and Makahiku Falls.

2. Kawela Bay, Oahu

Nestled near the northern tip of Oahu, Kawela Bay is a secluded beach protected by the North Shore Community Land Trust. Its current undeveloped state contrasts sharply with previous development plans. The bay is adorned with unique banyan trees

3. The Kalalau Trail, Kauai

The Kalalau Trail is an 11-mile trek along Kauai’s dramatic Na Pali Coast. Known for its rugged beauty and challenging terrain, the trail requires a permit for parts and is best explored with a guide. Hikers are rewarded with stunning waterfalls and secluded beaches

4. The Sanju Pagoda, Oahu

Situated in Honolulu Memorial Park on Oahu, the Sanju Pagoda is a striking three-level structure modeled after Japan’s Minami Hoke-ji Temple. Standing 119 feet tall, this concrete pagoda is among the tallest in the United States and is listed on the National Register

5. Raëlian UFO Peace Park, Big Island

The Raëlian UFO Peace Park in Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii is a unique sculpture park created by the Raelian religious group. The park features various sculptures, including a large nude woman adorned with the Raelian symbol and other figures like chameleons

6. Keahiakawelo, Lanai

Also known as the Garden of the Gods, Keahiakawelo is a remarkable collection of natural rock formations on Lanai. The reddish, arid landscape is dotted with boulders of various shapes and sizes, which some speculate were arranged by ancient visitors.

7. Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, Oahu

This lesser-known gem in Honolulu is named after a former director of the Hawaii Sugar Planters' Association. Often overshadowed by nearby Manoa Falls, the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum is a lush paradise with 12 gardens and seven miles of trails.

8. Glass Beach, Kauai

Located in Eleele on Kauai, Glass Beach is a unique attraction where colorful, smooth pieces of glass have replaced sand on the basalt rocks. This intriguing beach is the result of ocean waves polishing discarded glass from old bottles and other debris.