Historical hiking and beachside camping
Noteworthy for: One of the few remaining intact "ahupua'a" regions in Hawaii, this "living park" is home to 31 families.
Talk of the town: During World War II, this park was used by the US military as a jungle warfare training ground.
Located just 26 miles (42 kilometers) from Honolulu, yet far off the beaten path, Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park is an example of living history. Ahupua'a is the old Hawaiian method of dividing land, a model of sustainability which ensured that all people had access to land that included the mountains and the sea. Think: communities the shape of pizza slices.
You can explore this unique land division by way of two fairly easy hiking trails. The one mile (1.6 kilometer) Kapa'ele'ele Ko'a and Keaniani Lookout Trail is a loop that begins at the orientation center and offers incredible views of the bay. Nakoa Trail is a 2.5 mile (4 kilometer) loop that winds through the tropical rain forest.
Check in with the orientation center and grab a map before setting off. Hiking is free, but you'll need to purchase a permit to camp by the beach here.