The island of O'ahu is home to many natural areas of staggering beauty. Unfortunately, some of them are closed to public access to preserve the virgin forest and fragile wildlife habitat. The Kea'iwa Heiau State Recreation Area, however, is open and provides acres of camping, hiking, or just barbecuing at one of the pavilions in the park. The crown jewel of the park is the ruins of a temple dating back to the 16th century built by an area chief by the name of Kakuhihewa. The temple was a sacred site of ritual, as well as medicinal healing. Many of the medicinal ingredients planted around the temple still grow at the site today.
Eating Out in Pearl C
Pearl City is a great place to find many restaurants that exemplify the cultural melting pot of Hawaii. Hawaii has a cuisine all of its own featuring various Asian and American influences, such as the island's storied affinity for Spam and teriyaki. 100% Hawaiian LLC is a good place to go to find authentic Hawaiian dishes. A local favorite is the Chicken Longrice, which is similar to an Asian rice noodle dish and is served with a side of potato salad. Souvaly is a traditional Thai restaurant well loved by locals in part because of the upscale atmosphere and low prices. For new tastes, try the Naughty Princess and the Crying Tiger Salad.