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Forget UNESCO, Hawaii Makes Its Own Heritage Sites List

July 7, 2010 at 9:06 AM | by | ()

Hawaii has only one entry on UNESCO’s World Heritage List—Hawaii Volcanoes National Park—but the state thinks it has more to offer than that. Hawaii’s tourism bureau came up with its own list of Heritage Sites. And no, Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox’s Big Island wedding venue didn’t make the cut.

Twenty places across all of the Hawaiian Islands were chosen as must-see Heritage Sites for their cultural, natural, scenic and historical significance. The list contains natural wonders, parks, monuments and sacred places that are a part of native Hawaiian customs.

Of course, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on the list, but you’ll also find Kauai’s Kilauea Lighthouse, which offers a nice ocean view and sits on a National Wildlife Refuge; Lanai’s Kaunolu Village, where warriors used to show off their bravery by leaping off a 60-foot cliff into the water; and Big Island’s Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, a place Hawaiians used to visit to earn forgiveness for breaking cultural laws.

You can create a DIY tour of the spots to see the best of Hawaii. Just visit the tourism board’s website to download a guide, which gives info on the sites and directions to them.

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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places on the main Hawaiian islands to view wildlife. Thousands of migratory seabirds use the refuge each year for nesting, foraging, or resting. Laysan albatross (moli), red-footed boobies (`a), brown boobies (`a), red-tailed tropicbirds (koa`e `ula), white-tailed tropicbirds (koa `e`kea), great frigatebirds (`iwa), newell's shearwater (`a'o), and wedge-tailed shearwaters (ua`u` kani) all visit the refuge. http://directoryofkauai.net/blog/kilauea-point-national-wildlife-refuge