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Off the beaten path in sunny Hawaii

With its gorgeous beaches and lush and beautiful scenery, Hawaii is well known as a popular vacation spot. Whether visiting the Big Island, or heading to the popular islands of Maui, Oahu, Kauai or other small islands, there is much to be said for the Hawaiian “aloha” experience.
Hawaii beach

When it comes to accommodation, the islands offer a range of hotels and resorts, but there is also a choice of luxury vacation rental villas available from Time and Place, giving a chance to be totally self-sufficient, while exploring everything there is on offer during an island vacation.

While many of Hawaii’s attractions are well known, the islands also offer more unusual, sometimes weird and off the beaten track places to visit, including a couple listed below.

Raëlian UFO Peace Park

Fans of science fiction would no doubt be fascinated by the Raëlian UFO Peace Park, located just outside of Volcano on the Big Island. Back in the 1970s, a man by the name of Claude Vorilhon founded the religion known as Raëlianism. According to this religion, life on Earth as we know it was actually introduced by the Elohim, an alien species. Vorilhon believed that what people think of as angels, were actually the Elohim themselves, taking human form to teach us lessons over the ages.

The Raëlian UFO Peace Park was set up to celebrate the religion and makes for a fascinating visit. The park features several unusual sculptures, including a naked woman, a sea turtle, peacocks and other native birds, with many of the statues featuring symbols relating to the religion. One particularly fascinating sculpture looks rather like the crop circles that have, excuse the pun, cropped up all over the world. In fact it is a model of a planned galactic embassy. Raëlians are hoping one day to build the real thing in Hawaii, but for the moment there are just a few intriguing statues to visit, nestled among the dense vegetation of the area. You can visit this weird and wonderful place at the corner of Highway 11/Volcano Road and Ali`i Kane Street.

See images of the Raëlian UFO Peace Park in the video below.

The Seven Sacred Pools of ‘Ohe’o Gulch

Heading to Maui and the Haleakala National Park, what is known as ‘Ohe’o Gulch is a natural playground, consisting of the Seven Sacred Pools. The pools and surrounding hiking trails are open all year around, making it a great place to explore, with several historic sites dotted around in the area. 

Seven Sacred Pools
Photo Seven Sacred Pools via Wikimedia by Joe Parks/CC BY-2.0

Of particular interest to hikers is the Pipiwai Trail above the pools – a four-mile round trip with several beautiful waterfalls along the way. At the end of the trail is the stunning Waimoku Falls, a 400-ft waterfall cascading down a lava rock wall.

Waimoku Falls, Hawaii
Photo Waimoku Falls via Wikimedia by Paul Keeler/CC BY-SA 2.0

Take yourself off the well-worn tourist path on your next visit to Hawaii and explore some of the wonders of the island.


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