About Malia Y
Lives in honolulu, HI
Since Apr 2010
35-49 year old female
I've travelled through 38 countries on six continents, but Hawaii will always be home. I was born and raised on Maui, so you'll often find me shopping at the farmers market there or scoping out the latest Honolulu restaurant or bar opening. When I travel, I'm always up for a food mission - whether seeking out a snake dinner in Hanoi, a swanky closed door asado dinner in Buenos Aires, or the perfect roast chicken in Paris. I love to find out where the locals go for the best anticuchos in Cusco, the best cocktails in Portland, or the spiciest curry in Chiang Mai. Learning about people and cultures through sharing a meal is my favorite way to experience the world. I try to travel slowly to really get a feel for things to do and see beyond the tradition touristic sights. I recently spent five months in South America doing just that. Whether I'm at home in Hawaii or tasting my way through the world one salty-sweet adventure at a time, you can follow along at www.ShoyuSugar.com.
Art Museums, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Art Museums, Government Buildings
Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums
Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Military Bases & Facilities
Bishop Museum is one of the best places on the island to learn about the culture and natural history of Hawaii and the Pacific. Originally built to house Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop's extensive collection of artifacts and royal family heirlooms, the museum is now home to millions of items, including photographs, that help tell the history of Hawaii and other Pacific cultures. The permanent collections will take you on a journey from pre-contact Hawaii through the monarchy period and into the present day, and there are also many exhibits to get visitors (young and old) interested in science and natural history. My favorite part of the Bishop Museum has always been the planetarium, with its daily presentations on the current constellations visible in Hawaii's night sky.
Opened in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art has long been one of the city's greatest treasures. The grounds are beautiful, the collections are extensive, and the traveling exhibits are often world-caliber. Here you'll find everything from Chinese calligraphy and Japanese woodblock prints to works by O'Keefe and Picasso.
The former home of tobacco heiress Doris Duke is not only one of the most architecturally significant homes in Hawaii, it also houses an extensive collection of Islamic art, collected by Duke during her global travels. Perched on Black Point, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Shangri-La is an oasis of tranquility, harmonizing beautiful art and architecture with stunning natural surroundings. It is an extension of the Honolulu Museum of Art, and tours are arranged via the museum where they also begin and end.
A visit to this satellite of the Honolulu Museum of Art is always a peaceful escape for me. Located in the upper Makiki area and known for its large collection of contemporary art, this museum also has a beautiful and sculpture-filled outdoor lawn to walk through and enjoy.
With a focus on contemporary Hawaiian artists and FREE admission, the Hawaii State Art Museum is a good choice for those visiting the downtown area. The beautiful 1928 Spanish Mission-style building that houses the museum is listed on the National Historic Register.
The only royal palace on U.S. soil, 'Iolani Palace is a must-see spot for visitors to the islands. The lovingly preserved structure allows you to step back in time providing a fascinating and poignant look into the history and overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.
One of Hawaii's top attractions is a somber one, commemorating Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that drew the United States into World War II. Today, Pearly Harbor is both an active military base and a National Historic Landmark, and visitors can visit a number of WWII sites and memorials here, including the submarine USS Bowfin and battleship Missouri. Perhaps the most moving, however, is the USS Arizona Memorial, which sits offshore, above the original ship of the same name, that was attacked that fateful day. Bearing the names of crewmen who were killed in the attack, and with cutaways that reveal the ship's skeleton below, the memorial is both thoughtful and serene.