The only place where papayas are commercially farmed is, you guessed it, Hawaii! This fantastic fruit found its way to the island in the early 1800s. The papayas you can find there are small and melon-flavored.
After pineapples, papayas are the most lucrative Hawaiian fruit crop. If you have never tried papaya, Hawaii is a great place to try one! If it is soft to the touch and smells slightly sweet it means it’s good to go!
Hawaii is rich with its own mythology and has various stories surrounding its particular gods, especially the goddess Pele.
There is a sacred site is where Pele, the goddess of Volcanoes fell in love with Lohi'au. Lohi'au, the chief of Kaua’i, was actually laid to rest at the site of this temple. Legends say that the chief Lohi'au died upon falling in love with Pele. Pele will always be a huge part of Hawaiin culture, as this beautiful mural of hers shows.
Honolulu Has a High-End Urban Edge
Hawaii makes us think of extraordinary beaches, white sands, and blue oceans. But it's not the only thing you can find there. In urban Honolulu, it's an entirely different story.
You can pay over $500,000 for a one-bedroom apartment if you want. You can also enjoy their great nightlife. It's safe to say the urban side of Honolulu is not the best place to raise a family. Its target audience is more rich singles.
The Largest Temple
Hale O Pi’ilani Heiau is located outside of Hana. It is one of the best-preserved sacred sites and actually dates back to the 13th Century.
The site is like a labyrinth with more walls inside including enclosures, platforms, and pits. Historians posture that it was actually designed as a residence. Others believe it was part of a kingdom. The structure is located in the Kahanu Garden and Preserve, a botanical garden along the Hana Highway.
The War Temple
This temple sits atop a hill and is located on the island of O’ahu. It's called Pu’u Mahuka Heiau which roughly translates to “hill of escape.” Not much has remained from it, but trust us when we tell you that it was constructed as a war temple.
Historians have dated the temple’s early construction to the 17th century though they have found that more construction was done on the temple in the 18th century.