By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director
Not many people know this, but O‘ahu isn’t the only island where you can find historical landmarks from World War II. Maui has it’s own little gem up in the North Shore called Camp Maui. Camp Maui’s owner, Derek Hoyte is a history buff who combined his love of adventure with his love of history and started North Shore Zipline which is located on the camp.
Camp Maui’s rich history will excite any enthusiast. The property was the home base and training grounds for the 4th Marine Division during World War II. This group of Marines was tasked with taking Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima during 1945. The base was approximately 1,600 acres in size and gave life to a baseball field, mess halls, boxing rings and enough tents to house 20,000 troops. The original baseball field is still intact today and you can see where our brave soldiers once played on it.
The museum that is there is housed on top of the original concrete slab that the Marines once used to hold different aircraft and vehicles. Read about the camp’s history, look at photographs, walk the property and while you’re at it, take the family ziplining! They even offer guided tours of the property which I highly recommend. History lovers, I promise that you will not be disappointed.
Fun fact: My grandfather fought in WWII and once lived on Camp Maui. He received a Purple Heart for his heroism and told me stories that I will never forget. As a little girl, it always made me giggle when he would tell us about the Marines offering their shirts to scantily clad local women so they could cover themselves. Talk about cultural differences!
To learn more about Camp Maui’s historical legacy and the adventures to be had with North Shore Zipline, CLICK HERE!
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