Hawaii is an eye-catching landscape of color – from the lush green mountains to the bright green ocean. But amidst the greens and blues, you’ll find dots of pink scattered around the island.
From blush colored skies to magenta-colored buildings, here are a few pretty-in-pink places to visit in Hawaii.
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Without a doubt, the most iconic pink place in Hawaii is the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. This beachfront Waikiki hotel was built in 1927 and has stood tall in its blush-colored glory ever since. No wonder it’s claimed the title of the Pink Palace of Waikiki!
Over its nearly 100-year history, the Royal Hawaiian has hosted some big-name celebrities, including Dwayne Johnson, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe. And you too can have a star-studded experience at this iconic pink hotel.
Plumeria Grove at Koko Crater Botanical Garden
While Hawaii does have its fair share of pink buildings, it also has a good amount of naturally pink spots, including the beautiful plumeria grove at Koko Crater Botanical Garden. Located right next to the famed Koko Crater hike, this Oahu botanical garden is filled with lovely pink plumerias!
While there are plumerias of shades of white, yellow, and orange at Koko Crater Botanical Garden, the pink ones are the ones that will catch your eye. Ranging from a pale blush to a bright fuchsia, your camera roll will be packed with brightly colored flower photos by the time you leave.
Maui Dragon Fruit Farm
Located in Lahaina, this Hawaii farm grows some of the prettiest pink fruits around: dragon fruit! Also called pitaya, these bright pink fruits grow on climbing cacti. During your visit to Maui Dragon Fruit Farm, you’ll get to sample different varieties of dragon fruit, as well as other tasty locally grown fruits.
*Note: Luckily, Maui Dragon Fruit Farm was unharmed during the August 2023 Lahaina wildfire (as of August 10, according to their Facebook page). While Lahaina and Maui in general won’t be ready for visitors for a few weeks (or months), things should be a bit more stable by late 2023 or early 2024.
Sunset at Ko Olina
While there are no pink sand beaches in Hawaii, the sky will be pretty in pink at just about every Hawaii beach for sunset. There are loads of great places to watch this natural nightly show, but my favorite sunset spot in Hawaii is the Ko Olina Lagoons on Oahu.
Nearly every night, the sky is painted in a beautiful array of colors – from an ocean-appropriate coral to an enchanting rose to a dusky mauve. The sky starts changing color about fifteen minutes before sunset, so you’ll want to grab a seat early.
But don’t rush off after the sun has set either! You’ll want to stick around a little after sunset – maybe another ten to fifteen minutes – to see the clouds change into that beautiful cotton candy pink color.
Pink Pillbox (Maili Pillbox)
Officially known as the Maili Pillbox, the Pink Pillbox on the West side of Oahu will definitely catch your eye. This once-upon-a-time military bunker is now painted bright pink in honor of breast cancer survivors.
To get to this magenta structure, you’ll have to tackle one of my favorite hikes on Oahu, the Maili Pillbox Trail. At only one-mile one-way (two-miles round-trip), this hike is one of the easier hikes on Oahu. That said, it can be a little tricky, because of the lack of shade, so be sure to bring lots of water!
By the end of the hike, you’ll not only get to enjoy the eye-catching Pink Pillbox, you’ll also get to gape in awe at the stunning views of the West side of the island.
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