Hawaii

Hi-Resolution photos of the Hawaiian Islands
  
View From Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii  View from the top of Diamond Head. An excellent view from atop nearby Diamond Head pu’u (cinder cone) overlooking the city and the coastline. An eye to the ocean reveals incoming sets of waves, part of what makes Waikiki and Oahu famous. : Diamond Head, Oahu Waimea Canyon, Kauai  A burst of color fills the frame in Kauai’s “Grand” Waimea Canyon. Carved from thousands of years of hundreds of inches annual rainfall, the Waimea canyon is etched deep into the top of Kauai, finally exiting into the ocean quite a distance below.  The temperatures here are cool and the wind is consistent, allowing little vegetation despite generous moisture. As the elevation decreases, plants get protection from the harsh elements and begin to fill the canyon walls. This contrast between red sand and green valleys is eye-catching on its own–add to that the contrasting blue and white of the sky and clouds above, and the scene becomes a memorable experience. : Kauai, Waimea Canyon Wailua Falls  Wailua Falls, just north of Lihue, is a step off the beaten path. Located at the south end of the Wailua River, it cascades into two streams, dropping 80-feet below. Some even say the distance is more accurately described as 200 feet. Like other spectacular spots on Kauai used as film locations, Wailua Falls is most recognized in the opening credits of the long-running television show "Fantasy Island." : Wailua, Lihiue, Kauai, Fantasy Island, TV View from Makapuu, Oahu, Hawaii  Makapuʻu is the extreme eastern end of the Island of Oʻahu in the Hawaiian Islands, comprising the remnant of a ridge that rises 647 feet above the sea. The cliff at Makapuʻu Point forms the eastern tip and is the site of a prominent lighthouse. The place name of this area, meaning "bulging eye" in Hawaiian, is thought to derive from the name of an image said to have been located in a cave here called Keanaokeakuapōloli. The entire area is quite scenic and a panoramic view is presented at the lookout on Kalanianaole Highway (State Rte. 72) where the roadway surmounts the cliff just before turning south towards leeward Oʻahu and Honolulu. : Makapu'u, eastern end of Oahu, Oahu
Royal Hawaiian Hotel  The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the most famous hotel in Honolulu. From the moment it first opened its doors on a pristine expanse of Waikiki Beach in 1927, The Royal Hawaiian ushered in a new standard of exotic luxury. A magnet for Hollywood's elite and distinguished guests from around the globe, its enveloping pink glow reflected both the radiant beauty of Hawaii's spirit and the essence of indulgent escape. : Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, Waikiki, Oahu Aerial View of Sealife Park in Oahu  Aerial View of Sealife Park in Oahu. At Sea Life Park, Hawaii's marine life comes alive in a dazzling display that entertains and delights visitors. Located just 15 miles from Waikiki, on Oahu's beautiful and scenic Makapuu Point, Sea Life Park is a world-class marine attraction perched between the majestic Koolau Mountain Range and breathtaking Makapuu Beach. See dolphins swim, sea lions sing, and penguins perform in this magical place by the sea. : SeaLife Park, Oahu Hanalei  The north shore of Kauai is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. From Princeville to Hanalei to Na Pali, it is filled with lush greenery, valleys, angled cliffs, and blue skies. : Kauai, Pacific Ocean, Princeville, Hanalei A Magic Island Morning  A view of Honolulu taken at Magic Island. Magic Island is a small manmade peninsula in Honolulu, Hawaii, adjacent to Ala Moana Beach Park and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. It was created in 1964 as the site of a resort complex, but was subsequently converted to a park. The name was changed to "Aina Moana," but the new name is used infrequently. : Magic Island, Honolulu, Oahu
Kalalau Lookout  This glorious lookout provides you with a panoramic view of the Kalalau Valley, the largest valley on Na Pali. This point and the less frequented Pu'u o Kila Lookout provides the greatest views of the Pacific. The Kalalau Valley was inhabited until 1919. The Kalalau Trail, an 11-mile hike down steep seacliffs, through waterfalls and to the ocean, is one of the most popular in the world. : kalalau Valley, Pacific Ocean Kona Coffee Farm  Kona Coffee is known as some of the best coffee on the planet. The unique growing environment on Hawaii’s Kona coast affords just the right conditions to add more flavor and sweetness than other areas.  The sunny days, cool nights, and high amount of rain all contribute to make this arabica fantastic. Additionally, generations of coffee-growers skill and knowledge is centralized into the Kealakekua, Holualoa, Honaunau, and Captain Cook areas. : Kona, Big Island, Coffee Overhead view of Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii : Pearl Harbor, Oahu Makapuu  Makapu'u. This shallow section of ocean is only about 20 feet deep a quarter mile off shore, as opposed to much steeper sections on much of the island.  Perhaps in contradiction to the shallow waters, this is known as a whale sanctuary and is one of the annual Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary counting locations. : Makapu'u, humpback whale
Professional surfer Marco Polo at Waimea, Oahu, Hawaii  Brazilian Professional surfer Marco Polo competes at Waimea, Oahu, Hawaii. : Surfing, Oahu The third hole at the  Luana Hills Golf Course, Oahu  The third hole at the Luana Hills Golf Course in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. One of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. : Golf, Kailua, Oahu Aerial View of the Hilton Hawaiian Village  Located on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, it was built on the former village of Kalia, which was the childhood home of Duke Kahanamoku. It consisted of a private estate with an owners' residence, tenant houses and a salt flat. The portion of the estate nearest the ocean beach was developed around 1900 as a small hotel named the Old Waikiki, then redeveloped in 1928 as the Niumalu Hotel.  The Village was conceived, constructed and first administered by Henry J. Kaiser, the industrialist who built the Hoover Dam and Grand Coulee Dam and founded the Kaiser Permanente health system. Kaiser bought the Kalia estate of 16 acres and combined it to construct the Hawaiian Village, converting the flat to a lagoon. Hilton Hotels & Resorts bought the resort in 1961.  Today, the Hawaiian Village Hotel sits on over 22 acres (8.9 ha) of beachfront property, near the Ala Moana Center. It features the largest swimming pool in Waikiki, over twenty-two restaurants, exotic wildlife, and botanical gardens, Duke's Lagoon and a branch of the Bishop Museum. : Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Oahu Byodo-In Temple  The Byodo-In Temple is located at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. It was established on June 7, 1968, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The Byodo-In Temple in O’ahu is a smaller-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple, a United Nations World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. : Byodo-In Temple, Ko'olau, Oahu
Port of Honolulu at Night  Gorgeous shot of the Honolulu piers at nighttime. : Honolulu, Oahu Na Pali Beauty  Pali means “cliff” or “steep hill” in the Hawaiian language. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident, and more beautiful, than on Kauai’s Na Pali coast. The coastline was formed over the decades by rivers birthed from dense rain received daily along Kauai’s summit. Over time, the rivers etched out valleys into the cliff line. Pounding northern swells and wind played their part as well. : Na Pali, Kauai Barbers Point Lighthouse  Barbers Point Lighthouse stands tall and proud on southwest Oahu as a beacon warning ships from certain wreckage based on years of experience. Since the late 1880′s the lighthouse has helped to keep mariners safe from the hidden, shallow coral reef as they circle the island and port at nearby Ko’olina harbor. : Barber's Point, Oahu Ma’ili Beach Park Sunset  Sunset at Ma'ili Beach Park. This beach is named for the numerous pebbles (ili'ili) found nearby. In ancient times these stones had many uses as fish sinkers, game pieces, and musical instruments. Today this beach is a popular site for surfers. There is good swimming during the summer months when the surf is calm. The sandy beach is large at this time but erodes away during the winter. : Ma'ili Beach Park, Oahu
Inside the Diamond Head Crater  Known by Hawaiians as Lēʻahi, this Honolulu cinder cone is a world-known icon of Hawaii. It is a United States Monument and has some sections open and some sections closed to the public. The closed part of the cone is used by the United States for several antennae arrays.  Inside the cone used to be Fort Ruger, which was the first US military reservation on the islands. Additionally, a shuttered air traffic control center operated on the interior of Diamond Head until 2001.  Today, the inside of Diamond Head houses the Hawaii State Civil Defense and a National Guard facility. : Diamond Head, Oahu, monument Honolulu from Diamond Head  When looking at a picture like this it is hard to believe that only a short time ago the land and beaches that are now Waikiki and Honolulu were once swampy fields. Then, they had a rugged island beauty. Now, they have a more landscaped beauty. : Honolulu, Waikiki, Oahu Olowalu Beauty, Maui  The calm, shallow ocean off the shores of Olowalu, Maui reflect a straight line to the sun and the horizon on a windless evening. This beautiful spot is still home to coral reef, fish, rays, sea turtles, and migrant whales. : Olowalu, Maui Seasonal Weather  The winter chill can be hard to feel from the warm shores of Maui as the temperatures go to overnight lows in the 60′s. : Maui, winter, Pacific Ocean
Under the Boardwalk at the Makai Research Pier  Long shadows are cast on the sand from posts supporting the Makai Research Pier as the sun rises in the east, making the water under the boardwalk blue-green and mysterious. In Hawaiian, “makai” means, “ocean” and is frequently used in direction telling to indicate, “to the ocean side.”  The Makai Research Pier is just northwest of Kaupo Beach on Oahu’s eastern (windward) coast. Its underwater features make it a popular spot for diving.  The pier itself supports a building about halfway out that conducts marine research. Built by the State, several commercial companies make use of the facility including Makai Ocean Engineering and Hawaii Underwater Research Laboratory. : Makai Research Pier, Just north of Makapu'u, on the windward side of Oahu Maui Sunset Dream  From the shores of Paia, Maui the sun edges clouds orange and yellow as it retreats for the day behind the West Maui Mountains. Closer, a wave pushes onto shore in a small smoothed-rock beach while green palm trees stand sentry on the coastline. : Paia, Maui, West Maui Mountains Laniakea Beach, Oahu  A Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle rests on the soft white sand of Laniakea Beach on Oahu’s North Shore. : Turtle, Laniakea Beach, North Shore, Oahu Kalaupapa Peninsula, Moloka’i  The Kalaupapa Peninsula stretches flatly into the Pacific, a stark contrast to the adjoining cliffs of Moloka’i's north shore that are nearly vertical and some of the highest in the world at over 2000 feet. Heavy clouds edge the cliff side in an inversion layer, creating an artificial ceiling and dark shadows across the lush green hill and brilliant blue water.  Now part of the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, this peninsula became famous when King Kamehameha V set it apart  in the 1860′s as an isolation ward for people with skin diseases like leprosy that were spreading throughout the kingdom. For many years, none dared visit the spot for fear of contracting disease. Recognizing the residents need for medical care and basic necessities, Father Damien, a Roman Catholic Priest from Belgium, joined the colony and provided help. : Kalaupapa Peninsula, Moloka'i
Surfers at Dusk, Hawaii  Two surfers coming into shore after a long day of riding the waves. : Surfers, dusk, Pacific Ocean Snorkeling in Oahu  Snorkeling at Hanama Bay. This "Curved" bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967. This is THE BEST protected cove if you are new to scuba diving or snorkeling with a diverse population of marine life and a large, rich coral reef. Advanced snorkelers and divers can also enjoy the beauty of this bay as the reef extends throughout the cove into deeper water. The bay floor is actually the crater of an ancient volcano that flooded when the exterior wall collapsed and the ocean rushed in. : Hanama Bay, Oahu Sunrise at Kaneohe Bay  Sunrise at  beautiful Kaneohe Bay. Kanehoe Bay  is the largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaiian Islands. This reef-dominated embayment constitutes a significant scenic and recreational feature along the windward (northeast) coast of the Island of Oʻahu. The largest population center on Kāneʻohe Bay is the town of Kāneʻohe. : Kaneohe Bay, Oahu Tunnels View in Kauai  The sun goes down on the north shore of Kauai leaving behind a calm, cool beach near Tunnels. Silhouetted pali (cliffs) stand out against the sky reminding us of nature’s power to carve out shapes using wind and water. : North Shore, Kauai
Beautiful Fall Day On Kauai  Autumn in Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai brings slightly cooler temperatures and a return to rainier days. The fall also heralds the start of bigger swells and waves that will be increasing in size with the winter.  Onshore, the plants will return to fast growth and the rivers and waterfalls will pick up speed. : Hanalei Bay, Kauai Lanai Island by Sunset  Lanai looks amazing by sunset across the channel from a Maui beach. : Maui Sunrise at Haleakala National Park atop the island of Maui  Sun rising from the summit of Haleakala at Haleakala National Park. The summit sits 10,023 ft above sea level. : Haleakala National Park, Maui Napili Bay Anuenue  Anuenue is the Hawaiian word for “rainbow.” Here, a long anuenue stretches across Napili Bay on the island of Maui. Hanging above bright blue waters and sandy shores, this rainbow paints colors across the sky.  West Maui has a dry climate compared to much of the island, but the West Maui Mountains do create more than their fair share of rainbows. : Napili Bay, anuenue, Maui
Sea turtles rest on Maui sands  Sea turtles rest on Maui sands in a line pointing toward sunset behind the island of Lana’i.  Weary from days at sea munching algae, jellies, and other tasty turtle food, they come ashore in Hawaii to warm in the sun  It is unknown  why they do it in groups like this, but it is common to see several turtles lined up, sometimes even laying on top of each other. : Turtles, Maui, Lana’i Molokai Sunrise  There is nothing quite like the sunrise on Molokai with green valleys stretching before you reaching into the blue ocean and onward toward Maui. : Sunrise, Moloka'i The shore break at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu  The shore break at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu goes off in a prelude to the coming winter months. As the surf builds the waves move farther off shore creating some of the largest surfable waves in Hawaii and in the world.  Until the swell gets truly large, the surf closer to shore creates a two story wall and pipeline as the massive amount of water meets the steep, sandy beach. A few brave souls take on the waves and have fun in this dangerous playground. It is absolutely only for the experienced. The build and weight of Waimea waves is known throughout the world and given the respect it deserves. : Surfing, Waimea Bay, Oahu Punalu’u Black Sand Beach  Hawaii is blessed with a wide spectrum of beaches–yellow, white, red, green, black, and more. On the Big Island’s southern shores near the town of Pahala you’ll find Punalu’u County Beach Park, an exceptional example of what a black (ele’ele in Hawaiian) sand beach should be. Sheltered in a small cove, the shoreline here is a mixed of jet black a’a, pohoehoe, and sand. The beach’s qualities were created when fresh lava flowed down the mountain, meeting the ocean at the perfect temperature and speed to cause it’s coloring. : Pahala, Punalu'u County Beach Park, Big Island
The Purple Hibiscus Flower  Hibiscus flowers and Hawaii are nearly synonymous – from bumper stickers to designs and patterns to tattoos, many of us think Hawaii when we see the hibiscus’ distinct form.  Starting in the 1920′s, hibiscus were set as the state flower of Hawaii. In the late 1980′s, the state flower selection was refined specifically to the Hawaiian native yellow hibiscus.  This purple hibiscus, with it’s yellow stamens and stunning red stigmas, was captured on the Big Island’s Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden in Papaikou, near Hilo. : Hibiscus flowers, Hawaii Reflections on the Ala Wai  The Ala Wai Canal at dusk. The Ala Wai Canal, or "Freshwater Way", is a beautiful waterway at the western entrance to Waikiki. Constructed in 1922, the canal drains up to 150 inches of rainwater that falls in the mountains above Waikiki each year. Prior to the completion of the canal, southeastern coast of O'ahu was a swampland of fish and duck ponds.  After the canal was completed, the land was reclaimed and the result was the most famous tourist and beach area in the world - Waikiki. The walkway along the canal is well-lit and perfect for jogging, strolling, and relaxing. Most afternoons, outrigger crews can be seen practicing along this beautiful waterway. : Ala Wai Canal, Waikiki, Oahu A backyard sunset rainbow in Kona  A backyard sunset rainbow in Kona appears after a healthy rain as the sun sneaks below the clouds to create amazing orange lighting. : Rainbow, Kona Evening at Waikiki  A beautiful end to a great day at Waikiki beach on the island of Oahu.  In the distance a cruise ship idles into the sunset, heading to a new port. Silhouetted in the foreground, a mixed group of visitors, surfers, and locals enjoying the sunset. : Waikiki, Oahu, dusk
Makapu'u Lighthouse  On the eastern most point of Oahu sits the Makapuu Point Lighthouse, a shining beacon built in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff overlooking Makapuu Beach — a stretch of sand known as one of Oahu’s best bodysurfing beaches — and family friendly Sea Life Park. Fifteen minutes past Hanauma Bay and beyond Sandy Beach (another popular local beach) you’ll find the large parking lot that leads to the two-mile, paved trail overlooking the lighthouse. This moderately easy hike pays off with breathtaking views of the indigo ocean and Oahu’s eastern, or Windward Coast. You can even see the island of Molokai in the distance. Two other smaller islands, Manana (the larger of the two, also known as Rabbit Island) and Kaohikaipu are also visible just offshore. : Makapu'u Point Lighthouse, Oahu Eternity Beach Sunrise  Sunrise from Eternity Beach (Halona Beach Cove) sets the stage for a great new beginning to the day.  Called Eternity Beach for its role in the movie, “From Here To Eternity,” this spot is well-visited and known for its beauty. Sunrises here are especially nice as your view is funneled from soft sands to the endless ocean. : Eternity Beach, Halona Beach Cove, Oahu Ariel shot of Waikiki  Ariel shot of Waikiki. Located on the south shore of Honolulu, the world-famous neighborhood of Waikiki was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Known in Hawaiian as "spouting waters," Waikiki was introduced to the world when its first hotel, the Moana Surfrider, was built on its shores in 1901. Today, Waikiki is Oahu’s main hotel and resort area and a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world. Along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue you'll find world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, activities and resorts. : Honolulu, Waikiki, Oahu Pele’s Kitchen, Pu’u O’o  Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, Pu’u O’o (pronounced “poo-oo oh-oh”) is part of the longest continuously erupting volcano in two hundred years. It has been flowing since January 3, 1983. Pu’u is Hawaiian for cinder cone. O’o has several translations, but Hawaiian legend leads us to believe that here the appropriate choice is “digging stick.” The legend states that Pele, goddess of volcanoes, uses a rod to create each new spout.  Today, some who gaze into the active mouth of Pu’u O’o on the Kilauea volcano from helicopters call the site, “Pele’s Kitchen” in deference to the goddess and what she is creating. : Pu'u O'o, Big Island
Fire in the Sky, La’ie Point, Oahu  Sunrise greets La’ie Point with a brilliant burst colors on Oahu’s windward side. From La’ie Point you can explore sweeping views of the coastline and several small near-shore islands.  The blue sky seems to be split in two by the yellow sun, while rays illuminate the green naupaka shrub in the foreground. : La'ie Point, Oahu Maui’s Seven Sacred Pools  Found in the Ohe'o gulch and formed by the Palikea Stream, Maui’s “Seven Sacred Pools” at Kipahulu are a splendid sight.  Surprisingly, there are neither seven pools, nor are they truly sacred. Instead, the name was bestowed many years ago to drum up tourism by a local businessperson. Despite the misnomer, the pools, valley, river, and hiking trails are truly a wonderful place to visit. : Ohe'o gulch, Maui, Kipahulu Makena Cove Sunset  The sun sets behind Lana’i in soft hues of pink and yellow as the tide washes ashore and then retreats, leaving a trail of white motion. From South Maui’s Makena Cove you can see Molokini islet a few miles in the offing and the beach is surrounded by alternating jagged black lava and fine golden sand.  Sunsets here are complimented with a breeze coming from the channel between the islands that gives the water a darker sheen. The rugged shoreline breaks up each wave as it meets the shore and creates swirls and eddies of sand. : Lana'i Iconic Honolulu Skyline  The iconic Waikiki skyline casts it shadow toward the Diamond Head volcanic cone as Honolulu stretches inland across southern Oahu. The horizon seen from atop nearby punchbowl ridges disappears with the curvature of the earth, reminding us of Hawaii’s remoteness.  The city below has changed in the last 200 years from swamp lands to villages and taro fields to sugar cane crops to shops and homes. It is only in the last handful of decades that Honolulu became a bustling city complete with skyscrapers and interstate highway. Since then, its skyline has become instantly recognizable around the world as a symbol of fun, friendliness, and relaxation–not because of the buildings, but because of the people inhabiting them and their spirit of aloha. : Honolulu, Waikiki, Oahu
Whale Time  Winter in Hawaii brings a lot of annual visitors to the islands, the biggest of which being the awesome humpback whales. Each year thousands of whales migrate to warm Hawaiian waters from cold northern oceans to mate and give birth.  Here a humpback mother rears her calf just off Maui. It will take a couple of months before the calf is strong enough to make the long journey northward to their winter feeding grounds.  Mother humpbacks stay close to the surface with their calves, helping them come up for critical breathes of air. The calf needs to breathe every 5 to 10 minutes, whereas the mother can go much longer.  While the calf nurses, grows, and learns to swim, the mother eats nothing and does all she can to protect her newborn. She will lose up to half her body weight before she gets back to waters with food for her. : Whales, Maui Golden Sands of Ulua Beach, Maui  Ulua Beach fronts the Wailea Elua Village condos and is popular with dive instructors, as there is a good beginner level dive at the outer reef. Beach parking, shared with Mokapu Beach, can also fill up early. If the lot is full, you can park at the south lot for Keawakapu Beach and take a quarter-mile stroll across Mokapu Beach as all three of these beaches connect. : Ulua Beach, Wailea Elua Village, Maui Iolani Palace at Night  The Iolani Palace was the royal residence of the Kalākaua Dynasty, which included King David Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani. It is located in the capitol district of downtown Honolulu. : Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Oahu Banzai Pipeline  Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii is world famous for its tubular wave created where the shallow water and coral shelf combine to resemble pipes, thus giving this beach its name. The phrase “Banzai” which is actually a Japanese word spelled Bonsai and meaning the art of growing dwarfed shaped trees in small shallow pots was given to this beach in 1961 when Bruce Brown, a famous surf cinematographer, shouted out "Banzai" as Phil Edwards took off on one of these barbarous waves. : Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu
Olowalu Afternoon, Maui  The sun shines on the West Maui Mountain’s historic Olowalu Valley across a lava rock-lined bright blue ocean, saturating the hillside with orange, red, and green.  Olowalu, just south and east of Lahaina on the island of Maui is a beautiful spot with a strong history from ancient times to present. Before western contact, Olowalu was a self-sustaining ahupua’a (Hawaiian land division). Residents used trees from the forest above for wood, grew breadfruit, coconuts, and taro closer to shore, and harvested fish from the ocean. : Olowalu Valley, Maui Winter Surf, Oahu, Hawaii  Winter Surf, Oahu, Hawaii. : Surf, Oahu Amazing Na Pali Coastline, Kaua’i  Kaua’i's Na Pali (translated, the cliffs) coastline is absolutely spectacular. Some call it a true wonder of the world.  Much of this 15-mile long rugged coastline on Kaua’i's northern shore is virtually inaccessible due to its sheer, weathered cliffs lush with tropical vegetation from copious amounts of rain. This gives the beaches and striated valleys of Na Pali a pristine feel unlike many other places in the Hawaiian islands. : Kaua'i, Na Pali Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii  Another image of the beautiful Na Pali Coast.  The Napali Coast nourishes the soul. Kauai’s famous coastline is truly majestic, featuring emerald green pinnacles towering along the shoreline for 17-miles. Located on the North Shore of Kauai, the Napali Coast features panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, velvet green cliffs and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys. The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements flourished in these valleys existing only on the food they could grow and the fish they could catch. : Na Pali, Kaua'i
Beautiful Beach, Windward Maui  The north shores of Maui are turbulent waters, tropical rains, and windy afternoons. These conditions are the perfect set up for creating some of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches. With soft sand from years of smoothing, lush shorelines from plenty of freshwater, and unique rocks, bridges, and natural structures from wind, these beaches are truly a sight.  On this windward side it is not difficult to find yourself standing alone on white, golden, or even red sands gazing into the bright blue Pacific. Ideal for contemplation and rejuvenation, this area is where Charles Lindbergh chose to spend his last days and where Mark Twain penned new writings. : Beach, Maui Kilauea Lighthouse Cove, Kauai  This beautiful ocean scene is the remnant of Kilauea volcanic vent on Kaua’i's northernmost shores. The winds here are steady and strong and the lush greenery tells of plenty of rain. The steep shoreline and ocean winds have made this place ideal for a wide variety of seafaring birds and has been set aside as a National Wildlife Refuge. : Kilauea volcanic vent, Kaua'i Waikiki at sunset  Gorgeous Waikiki at the end of another day. : Honolulu, Waikiki, Oahu, dusk Garden of Eden, Maui  Maui’s “Garden of Eden” Botanical Gardens and Arboretum was created back in 1996 by a certified arborist on 25 acres on the northern shores near the town of Haiku. Among all the pretty non-native exotic plants, the botanical garden is also known for one of the most extensive collections of Hawaiian Ti (sometimes called “Ki”) plants. The Ti plant was and is used in ceremonies, rituals, offerings, and cooking and is considered to be one of Polynesia’s most “cultural” plants. : Botanical Gardens, Haiku, Maui
Ka’anapali Beach Palms  The Ka’anapali coast is Maui’s most popular tourist destination, boasting beautiful resorts, drier weather, and views like this throughout the year. : Ka'anapali Coast, Maui Kalalau Sea Arch  This sea arch is surrounded by turquoise waters that are clear enough to see rock and coral heads on the surface below. Although an inviting scene, sea arches are formed by continual buffeting  of the ocean on the lava rock, as evidenced by the white water surrounding the outcrops. : Coral heads, lava rock, ocean Waikiki Sand Sculpture  This amazing sand sculpture lives inside the Sheraton Hotel at Waikiki on the island of Oahu.  The sign in the background explains that this sculpture re-creates a vintage Hawaii postcard of Waikiki.  Standing at about six feet tall and ten feet wide, the sculpture has a large presence. Taking a closer look only adds to the experience as you see the grains of sand and marvel at how it was possibly constructed. : Sheraton Hotel artwork, Honolulu, Waikiki, Oahu Princeville Golf Course, Kauai  Warm yellow sun kisses soft green grass as clouds roll over green cliffs steeped in vegetation from the 17th hole at the Princeville Golf Course on Hawaii’s island of Kauai. Even those who don’t enjoy golf will enjoy spending time on these greens. : Princeville Golf Course, Kaua'i
Amazing Hawaii Wave Curl  This concave tube formed as the sea rolls over itself shines as it pushes forward to complete the circle. A fringe of white cascades down an imaginary line that will soon disappear in a sea of bubbles and foam.  In the distance, bright orange to purple hues peak from behind the Hawaiian hillside. : Waves, Oahu Kilauea Volcano Eruption  One of the most active volcanoes on Earth, Kilauea is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island started to form one million years ago and is the youngest island of the 70-million-year-old Hawaiian Island- Emperor Seamount. Volcanic activity reminds us that we live on a planet whose fascinating natural processes are constantly changing. : Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park West Maui Sunset  A voggy horizon and partly cloudy night make for a gorgeous blue and orange sunset in West Maui.  Vog, a shortened term for volcanic fog, sometimes makes its way from Hawaii’s Big Island across the channel to Maui and occasionally as far as Oahu.  Hawaii’s active volcano produce several hundreds of tons of vog each day. Depending on the wind, the vog is usually limited to the west side of the Big Island and then blown out to sea.* : Sunset, Maui Lava Pools of Mokolea, Kaua’i  Enchantment and mystery can be found throughout Hawaii, but perhaps even more so on the island of Kaua’i. The lava Pools of Mokolea on Kaua’i's eastern shore is one great example.  As water rushes in and out of this broken a’a lava rock shoreline, a misty scene unfolds in the foreground while a golden storm brews in the background befitting the area’s name–Moko is Hawaiian for “flooded, filled with water.”  In the summer when the waves are waning, low tide casually fills these pools with deep, clear sear water. In the winter, the beautiful mystery of the spot is replaced with pounding surf and explosions of spray. : Lava pools, Mokolea, Kaua'i
Hawaii From Space  This picture shows a true color image of the state of Hawaii from an orbiting satellite. Showing all seven major islands in the Hawaiian island chain, the picture covers from the Big Island through the, “Forbidden Island” of Ni’ihau.  Looking really closely at the lower right edge of the Big Island, one can make out what appears to be a red dot. This dot is actually a hot spot within Kilauea volcano visible from space. : Hawaii, Sky, Orbit Kihei Sunsets  Kihei, located on the leeward side of Maui. : Kihei, Maui Night Glow at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  The Halema’uma’u crater inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park glows orange as stars begin to peek through the darkening twilight sky.  The crater has grown larger every month since it first blew open a few years ago. Currently the lava flow beneath it is nearly visible from surrounding overlooks. The rising smoke coming from the building-sized hole gives the fiery glow a medium on which to paint. : Halema’uma’u crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island Tiki Glow at Anaeho’omalu Bay  Watching the deep orange glow in the sky as the Hawaiian sun sinks into the Pacific does not grow old.  This point at Anaeho’omalu Bay near the Hilton Waikoloa Resort is a great place to sit, relax and watch another day come to an end–or another evening begin. : Sunset, Hilton Waikoloa Resort, Kohala Coast, Big Island
Launiupoko Paddling  A stand up paddle boarder rides the last wave of his day as the sun sets in between the islands of Lana`i and Moloka`i. : Paddle boarder, Lana`i, Moloka`i. Wali Leftovers  Wali Leftovers  Lines of clouds hang in the sky above Maui as dissipated former tropical storm Wali reaches the island. Originally forecasted to bring nearly a foot of rain to most parts of the state, Wali instead delivered only a few inches of heavy rainfall to a couple of communities. The rain was enough to cause flooding in some areas and keep flood watches in effect for 3 days. On this side of Maui, though, the effects of the storm were more beautiful than treacherous, showing only the organized remains of the leading edge. : Wali, tropical storm, Maui Afterglow, Hawaii  Another gorgeous sunset on the Hawaiian Islands. : Sunset, Hawaii Shorebreak, Waimea Bay, Oahu  Shorebreak, Waimea Bay, Oahu.  Waimea Bay is located in Haleiwa on the North Shore of O‘ahu in the Hawaiian Islands at the mouth of the Waimea River. Waimea Valley extends behind Waimea Bay. Waimea means "Red Water" in Hawaiian. : Waimea Bay, North Shore, Oahu
Silhouette Sunset, Hawaii  Silhouette Sunset, Hawaii. : Sunset, Hawaii Sunset, Kauai, Hawaii  Sunset, Kauai, Hawaii.  Kauai  is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 562.3 square miles, it is the fourth largest of the main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago, and the 21st largest island in the United States. Known also as the "Garden Isle", Kauaʻi lies 105 miles across the Kauaʻi Channel, northwest of Oʻahu. This island is the site of Waimea Canyon State Park. : Sunset, Kaua'i Dark Sunset Over Napili  An ominous sunset over the island of Maui leaves just a portal of orange light for the last moments of the day. Remnants of tropical depressions a few hundred miles away created cloudier than normal weather. : Sunset, Maui Ahihi-Kina’u, Maui  Long lanes in calm pools of clear water surrounded by moss-covered lava rock reflect the gray sky above and Kaho’olawe island in the distance at ‘Ahihi-Kina’u.  Found on the shores of South Maui, ‘Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve is a Marine Life Conservation District, meaning that what you see under the water is just as beautiful as what you see above it. This Hawaii distinct sets the area apart under strict protections for the treatment and management of everything living in the water. Additionally, a community group in the area has set forth guidelines for the Department of Land and Natural resources on managing the area to protect its beauty and resources.  This, combined with the fact that the waters here are usually calm compared to the rest of Maui’s wind-blown shores, makes ‘Ahihi-Kina’u a favorite snorkeling spot. The water clarity and amount of fish here have led to naming portions of the area, “Fishbowl” and “Aquarium.” : Lava rock, Kaho'olawe
Honu Peekaboo  A Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle takes a peek at the camera just below the water surface in Oahu. : Turtle, Oahu Spinner Dolphins at Lanai  Here, a small pod of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins rest during the day near Manele Bay on Lana’i.  Day time for Spinners is typically comprised of circling a safe area over and over again in tight groups. This provides protection while they turn off a portion of their brain to rest. Rest time also includes mating and playful jumping and spinning.  Spinner Dolphins are thought to be the only dolphins that jump out of the water and spin as fast they can purely by their nature, without any human training. They are a bit smaller than more common bottlenose dolphins, but still very intelligent.  Spinners hunt and eat at night, traveling hundreds of miles to their favorite fishing spots. They hunt as a team and often dive down several hundred feet for many minutes at a time to capture their prey. : Dolphins, Manele Bay, Lana'i White Tip Reef Shark  Stealthy, silent, fast, and beautiful–a white tip reef shark cruises in a shallow reef in Hawaiian waters.  White tips tend to sleep during the day, hiding in darkened caves. Unlike many sharks, white tips can breathe while still…they do not need to constantly swim.  When night falls, reef shark venture out of hiding to hunt in groups, eating fish, crustaceans, and octopus. White tip reef shark grow to a maximum of just over five feet long. This makes them a smaller shark compared to others in its family.  White tips are not typically aggressive toward people, but have been known to steal spear fishermen catches. : Shark, Hawaiian waters Awapuhi Trail, Kauai, Hawaii  The Awaawapuhi Trail will take you on an ultimate journey as you ascend from 4,120 feet elevation in the Kokee State Park to the valley rim of Nualolo and Awa’awapuhi valleys at 2,500 feet. The trail will lead you through rain forest, high desert like terrain and to some of the most awe inspiring vistas on Kauai’s Napali Coast. Awa’awapuhi Trail is a continual downhill hike from the trail head to the grassy clearing overlooking the valleys.  The Napali Forest Reserve area is managed as wilderness because of the rich variety of native plant species that thrive here. After the first mile-and-a-half the forest begins to thin out and the rugged Napali coast comes into view as well as glimpses into the Awaawapuhi Valley. At about the three mile mark is the junction of the Nualolo Cliff Trail. : Awaawapuhi Trail, Kokee State Park, Kaua'i
Overhead shot of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel : Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Oahu, Waikiki Chinaman's Hat, Oahu, Hawaii  Mokolii, also known among locals as Chinaman’s Hat because of its shape, is a popular spot for taking pictures on Oahu’s windward coast. The small island is located at the north end of Kaneohe Bay, offshore of Kualoa Regional Beach Park. : Chinaman's Hat, Mokolii, Kualoa Regional Beach Park, Oahu Between The Palm Trees  A beautiful Kona coast sunset seen between two palm trees. The dark silhouette and orange light make the sky look afire. : Kona coast, Big Island End of the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii  Hana, isolated from the rest of the island, is truly the last undeveloped tropical paradise on Maui. Picturesque views of spectacular waterfalls, the rugged Hana shoreline, and some of the best beaches on the island can only begin to describe what awaits you on this journey. The 52 mile trip from Kahului Airport will take 2-4 hours depending on how often you stop along the Narrow, Winding Hana Highway (560). Explore the various parks and lookouts as you drive through Maui’s only coastal rainforest accessible by car. The charm of Hana is the fact that little has changed over the last 20 years. Untouched by the major developments of the other side of the island, the Hana community has managed to perpetuate the small town atmosphere, Hawaiian culture and most of all, its natural scenic beauty. : Hana, Maui
Golfing in Hawaii  Blessed with breathtaking scenery, unforgettable signature holes and championship caliber course design, it's no wonder why Hawaii attracts so many golfers from around the world. : Golf, Hawaii Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii  Hanauma is a marine embayment formed within a tuff ring and located along the southeast coast of the Island of Oʻahu (just east of Honolulu) in the Hawaiian Islands.  Hanauma is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Island and has suffered somewhat from overuse (at one time accommodating over three million visitors per year). In 1956, dynamite was used to clear portions of the reef to make room for telephone cables linking Hawaii to the west coast of the US. : Hanauma Bay, Oahu Hapuna Beach at Sunset, Kohala Coast, Hawaii  As you drive 20-minutes north of Kona International Airport, you’ll marvel at the rugged lava fields surrounding you. You may not see it from Queen Kaahumanu Highway, but the Kohala Coast, also simply known as “South Kohala,” is where you’ll find some of the island’s finest resorts.  Nestled amongst the jet-black and rust-red lava rock fields, a result of eruptions from Hualalai volcano centuries ago, are green oases full of world-class accommodations, fine dining and some of Hawaii’s best golf courses. : Kohala Coast, Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Big Island Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii  Honolua Bay on Maui's northwest shore is a favorite spot for experienced surfers. During the winter high surf season, Honolua has been known to have a hollow, powerful wave that offers incredibly long rides. The bluffs above the bay offer a great vantage point for visitors to watch the pros from a safe distance.  During the calmer summer months, Honolua Bay is a popular destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. As part of the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District, the bay has an abundance of fish and coral formations to explore. There is only a small rocky shoreline here, so sunbathing isn't ideal. : Honolua Bay, Maui, surfers
Iao Needle Sunset, Maui, Hawaii  A paved 0.6 mile walk provides a scenic viewpoint of Kuka‘emoku ('Iao Needle), an erosional feature which abruptly rises 1200 feet from the valley ?oor. Learn about the plants brought by the Hawaiians who settled in ‘Iao Valley by taking a short walk through a botanical garden. This valley is rich in cultural and spiritual values and is the site of the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790. : Kuka‘emoku, Maui Amazing Sky, Ka’anapali  An amazing sky competes with picture perfect waves and silhouetted palms in this postcard-esque scene captured on Ka’anapali Beach, Maui. When many of us close our eyes and imagine Hawaii, this is what comes to mind. It is both calming and invigorating. : Ka'anapali Beach, Maui Sunset at Waianae  Calling it a day in Waianae. : Sunset, Waianae, Oahu Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii  With three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Kaanapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach. Fronting Kaanapali’s hotels and resorts, this former retreat for the royalty of Maui is now a popular getaway for the world.  Kaanapali was Hawaii’s first planned resort and has become a model for resorts around the globe. Five hotels and six condominium villages face this renowned beach. Also fronting Kaanapali is the open air Whalers Village, a world-class shopping complex that has a variety of exceptional shops and restaurants, a renowned whaling museum and free Hawaiian entertainment. Kaanapali also has two championship golf courses, the Royal Kaanapali and the Kaanapali Kai, where you may even see a breaching whale as you try to line up a shot.  One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, diving off of Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili. This memorable ceremony is just one more reason why Kaanapali Beach ranks as one of Maui’s signature beaches. : Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Kealia Shoreline, Kauai, Hawaii  Kealia means "the salt bed" or "the salt-encrusted area." In former times flat, low-lying shoreline sites were periodically flooded by high surf and high tides. Shallow ponds would often form. After several days of exposure to the sun, the water that had inundated the flats would evaporate, leaving behind a thin layer or occasionally a pocket of salt. Salt from the deeper pockets was gathered to satisfy a variety of domestic, medicinal, and ceremonial needs. The name Kealia, or a form of the name, is found on all of the major Hawaiian islands, including Ni'ihau and Kaho'olawe. : Kealia Kiawe Tree, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii  The Kiawe is one of the 44 species of Prosopis. This tree was originated from Puerto Rico. More than 150,000 acres of dry Kiawe forests in Hawaii are descended from a single tree that was planted in 1828 at the corner of a church in Honolulu. The Kiawe begins to flower at 3 to 4 years old. It frequently flowers twice a year at any time of the year. The Kiawe is an excellent honey tree.The oldest kiawe trees in Hawaii of  known age are at the entrance to Punahou School in Honolulu. This  area was a treeless field in 1848. In 1918, trees on this site  that were about 70 years old ranged from 24 to 41  inches in and from 65 to 85 feet in total height. This is a relatively wet area for kiawe, with an annual  rainfall of 37 inches and abundant groundwater from a nearby spring. Kiawe is used for erosion control and for feeding cattle. In 1915 the Kiawe was the most valuable tree in Hawaii for its variety of uses. : Kiawe tree Duke Kahanamoku Statue  On Kuhio Beach, a bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku welcomes you to Waikiki with open arms. Duke was a true Hawaiian hero and one of the world's greatest watermen, a master of swimming, surfing and outrigger canoe paddling.  Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was born on August 24, 1890. He grew up swimming and surfing in Waikiki near the current Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Discovered as a swimming sensation, Duke's legend began when he broke the world record in the 100-yard freestyle during his very first competition. The prodigious Duke went on to win Olympic gold in the 100-meter freestyle and silver in the relay in 1912. He also won two gold medals in 1920 and won a silver medal at age 34 in the 1924 Olympics. : Duke Kahanamoku, Oahu, Waikiki, Kuhio Beach Lined Palms of Anaehoomalu Bay, Waikoloa, Hawaii  Located on Kona's Kohala Coast and known as "A-Bay'' among local residents, Anaehoomalu Bay is renowned for its sandy beach, calm waters and spectacular sunsets. This idyllic spot has long been a popular location for water sports and picnicking, and it has more recently become a favorite venue for weddings.  The most dramatic characteristic of Anaehoomalu Bay is its photogenic shoreline facing west. The beach is backed by hundreds of palm trees that stand out in beautiful silhouette against the orange sky at dusk. The beach itself is made up of course sand, which can be a bit hard on bare feet for those who are used to fine sand beaches, but for photography it is picture perfect. : Anaehoomalu Bay, Kona, Kohala Coast, Big Island
Maui Tropical Plantation, Hawaii  Visitors can discover Hawaii's rich agricultural history at this 60-acre working plantation in Waikapu. The plantation features 14 of Hawaii's most important fruit and flower crops, such as coconuts, papaya, macadamia nuts, coffee, mango and guava. Visit the Maui Tropical Plantation if you want to learn about Hawaii farming and sample some fresh-picked tasty treats. : Waikapu plantation, Maui Sunset from Haleakala, Maui  Haleakalā , or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by another volcano, Mauna Kahalawai, also referred to as the West Maui Mountains. : Haleakala, East Maui Volcano, Maui Aloha Tower  The Aloha Tower is a lighthouse that is considered one of the landmarks of the state of Hawaii in the United States. Opened on September 11, 1926 at a then astronomical cost of $160,000, the Aloha Tower is located at Pier 9 of Honolulu Harbor. It has and continues to be a guiding beacon welcoming vessels to the City and County of Honolulu. : Aloha Tower, Landmark, Honolulu, Oahu Mokulua Islands, Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii  The Mokuluas are twin islands located offshore at Lanikai Beach on Oahu’s windward coast. Both islands are seabird sanctuaries protected by the state of Hawaii, but the beach on North Mokulua is open to the public during the day. The islands can easily be reached by renting a kayak on nearby Kailua Beach and paddling about one mile offshore (which takes about 45 min. to 2 hours depending on the experience of the kayaker and the ocean conditions). : Mokuluas, Lanikai Beach, Oahu
Road to Hana, Turquoise Lagoon, Maui, Hawaii  The Road to Hana is more than just a great drive through a beautiful area of Maui. Most visitors tend to zip to and from Hana with a checklist of sights to photograph. This is the wrong way to do it. Do your due diligence beforehand, decide on a few locations that look the most intriguing, and take your time at each location.  In order to truly experience Hana, it helps to know more about the history and legends of the area. You may find out that there are legendary stories associated with each spot where Gods have left their mark and historic battles have been fought.  Transport yourself not only to Hana, but back in time to the historic moments and legendary tales that shape the islands. : Hana, Maui Silhouettes at Sunset, Oahu, Hawaii  Another photo that should entice anyone to vacation in the Hawaiian Islands. : Sunset, Hawaii Snorkeling in  Hawaii  Snorkeling Hawaii is what opened our hearts to the fantastic beauty of the underwater world, and the joy of floating on warm tropical waters. This is true tropical snorkeling bliss. Beautiful beaches, perfect weather and water and fun boat tours. : Snorkeling, Hawaii Surfer at Twilight, Hawaii  The earliest written account of surfing, or “hee nalu” in Hawaiian, was by Lieutenant James King in 1779 just months after Captain Cook’s death. He described Native Hawaiians riding a wood plank on the swells of Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii Island. Even he could see how fun the sport was writing, “… they seem to feel a great pleasure in the motion that this exercise gives.”  Surfing is believed to have originated long ago in ancient Polynesia, later thriving in Hawaii. It was once a sport only reserved for alii (Hawaiian royalty), which is why surfing is often called the “sport of kings.” King Kamehameha I himself was known for his surfing ability. With the end of the Hawaiian kapu (taboo) system in 1819, commoners were allowed to freely participate in the sport. With the arrival of western missionaries in the 1800’s, Hawaiian customs like hula and surfing were discouraged. : Surfing
The Kalalau Valley, Kauai, Hawaii  The Kalalau Valley is located on the northwest side of the island of Kauaʻi in the state of Hawaiʻi. The valley is located in the Nā Pali Coast State Park and houses the beautiful Kalalau Beach. The Nā Pali Coast is very rugged and is inaccessible to automobiles. The only legal ways to access the valley are by kayak or by hiking the Kalalau Trail.  The valley is renowned for its natural beauty; it is surrounded by lush cliffs more than 2,000 feet high. The valley bottom is broad and relatively flat, with an accessible region about 2 miles long and 0.5 miles wide. The abundant sun and rain provides an ideal environment for flora and fauna. Many native Hawaiians lived in the valley into the 20th century, farming taro from a vast complex of terraced fields. Today, its designation as a state park forbids anyone from residing there. : Kalalau Valley, Kaua'i Honolulu by Night  Honolulu shines into the night sky above Oahu island from Ala Moana Beach Park, resisting the night sky lit with stars. In the distance, you can just make out the famous Diamond Head pu’u. Beyond the city, clouds seem to creep in trying to make their way down the mountain to the sea. : Honolulu, Waikiki, Oahu, Ala Moana Beach Park Purple sunset in Waianae  A beautiful purple sunset captured in Waianae, Hawaii. : Sunset, Waianae, Oahu Sunset at Makaha  A gorgeous sunset at Makaha Beach. : Makaha Beach, Oahu
Kauai Beach Sunset Aflame  A stunningly colored sunset sets the sky aflame over a beach on Kauai’s north shore. : Sunset, Kaua'i Waikoloa Blue  Blue sky gives way to a fiery sunset on the North Kona coast near Waikoloa and Anaeho’omalu Bay. Being early winter, the sun sets to the south, bringing the shoreline into the scene. Seasonally-sized waves crash onto the coral beach and humpback whales pop up from time to time in the distance. : Sunset, North Kona coast, Waikoloa, Big Island Mokumanamana  Designated as a National Monument, access to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, including Mokumanamana pictured here, is extremely limited and rarely seen. Only those with a permit for research, education, conservation, native Hawaiian practices, and a few other special ocean uses get this view. Mokumanamana is the second island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, about 450 miles from the island of Oahu. Also known as Necker Island, it is just more than 40 acres square. Mokumanamana has 55 cultural places packed into that space, ranging from religious to shelter. : Mokumanamana, National Monument, restricted Dusk Over Kong Mountain, Kauai, Hawaii  Kalalea Mountain is often refered to as King Kong, because it resembles King Kong's profile from the side. This mountain is located in Anahola, Kauai and is covered in vegetation and poor quality rock that breaks easily. : Kong Mountain, Anahola, Kaua'i
Pu’u Keka’a  If you have ever been on Maui’s Ka’anapali coast around sunset, you may have seen and heard the nightly ritual of Lele Kawa (cliff diving) off Black Rock. Each night a young diver honors the legend of Kahekili by reenacting his leap from Pu’u Keka’a (“the rolling hill”). The event is accompanied by the blowing of conch shells, Hawaiian chant, and the lighting of torches. : Ka'anapali coast, Lele Kawa, Maui North Shore sunset Kawela Beach Oahu, Hawaii  Sunset at Kawela Beach at the North Shore in Oahu, Hawaii : Sunset, Kawela Beach, North Shore, Oahu Baby Sea Turtle’s Long Road Ahead  A baby green sea turtle has a long road ahead as it scoots along a beach in the French Frigate Shoals toward its new home, the Pacific Ocean. Although the distance from cradle to ocean is usually only a few dozen yards, it is treacherous and only a small percentage of sea turtles make it. The journey is filled with predators like birds and crabs who have patiently waited for this tasty snack to appear.  Baby green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) are little bigger than a large coin (2 inches) at birth. Those who make it to the ocean, find food in the first couple of days, and avoid sharks, can ultimately grow to about 5 feet long. : Turtle, French Frigate Shoals Hawaiian Monk Seal  A Hawaiian Monk Seal relaxes in the clear-water shallows of Hawaii. The ancient Hawaiian phrase for Monk Seal is “llio holo I ka uaua,” which means “dog that runs in rough water.”  This is an apt phrase as these seals are known to be particularly playful and loyal to their favorite beaches.  There are fewer than 2,000 Hawaiian Monk Seals thought to be alive today. : Hawaiian Monk Seal
Hibiscus, on the Beach, at Sunset  Wonderful shot of a white hibiscus at sunset on a Maui beach. : Hibiscus, Maui Crashing Wave at Sunset, Kauai, Hawaii  Waves crashing on rocky beach on Kauai at sunset. : Kauai, sunset, waves, Pacific Ocean Ka Iwi Coast, O'ahu  A one-mile hike (one-way) along a paved roadway leads to a lookout atop a headland above the historic Makapuʻu lighthouse (the lighthouse itself is off-limits, but can be viewed from the trail). At various points along the route there are sweeping views of the southeastern O’ahu coastline, and migrating humpback whales may be visible during whale season. : Ka'iwi coast, Makapu'u, Oahu Molokini, Hawaii  Molokini is a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater which forms a small, uninhabited islet located in Alalakeiki Channel between the islands of Maui and Kahoʻolawe, within Maui County in Hawaii  It is the remains of one of the seven Pleistocene epoch volcanoes that formed the prehistoric Maui Nui island, during the Quaternary Period of the Cenozoic Era.  The islet is a Hawaiʻi State Seabird Sanctuary. : Molokini, crescent
Spouting Horn Blowhole, Kauai, Hawaii  On Kauai’s South Shore you’ll find the spectacular Spouting Horn blowhole, one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. The Poipu surf channels into a natural lava tube here and releases a huge spout of water during large swells. You’ll also hear a hiss and a roar that is the basis of a Hawaiian legend.  Ancient Hawaiians believed this coastline was once guarded by a giant moo (lizard) named Kaikapu. Everyone was afraid of the moo because it would eat anyone who tried to fish or swim in the area. One day, a young boy named Liko entered the ocean to outwit the lizard. Kaikapu attacked him, but Liko thrust a sharp stick into her mouth, swam under the lava shelf, and escaped through a small hole to the surface. The moo followed Liko and got stuck in the lava tube. To this day, you can hear the lizard’s roar and see her breath spraying from the blowhole. : spouting, blowhole, kaua'i The Haʻiku Stairs  The Haʻiku Stairs consist of 3, 922 steps. This is also known as the “Stairway to Heaven” or “Haʻiku Ladder." This is a very famous site on Oahu because it offers a spectacular view but it is not open to the public. The stairway was built for the US military to create a very low frequency radio station in 1942. Originally just a long wooden ladder, it was upgraded to metal steps and ramps in the mid 1950’s. The steps were last repaired about a decade ago for a bit under a million dollars and paid for by the city of Honolulu. : Ha'iku Stairs, Oahu View of Honolulu on top of the Koko Crater Stairs on the Fourth of July : Honolulu, Koko Crater Stairs, Fourth of July Honolulu Sea Wall View  Pictured from a sea wall at the north end of Waikiki Beach on Oahu, downtown Honolulu buildings rise into the sky while reflecting off calm waters behind the break. Visitors to the island swim out into this man-made pool free from worries about waves and current. Outside the break wall this stretch of shoreline offers surf breaks, fishing, outrigger canoeing, and boating…a virtual ocean-goers paradise. For those not water-inclined the buildings pictured here offer shopping, dining, and entertainment.  At a population of about 400,000 Honolulu is by far the largest city in Hawaii. Honolulu also sees millions of visitors a year bringing in billions of dollars to the community. Honolulu is litterally translated as “sheltered bay.” : Waikiki Beach, Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu
Diamond Head Day to Night  Diamond Head rises out of the ocean in the distance as fireworks explode over Waikiki. In the foreground a surfer catches one last wave before the sun goes down for the evening. : Diamond Head, Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu Bay View Golf Course, Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii : Bay View Golf Course, Kaneohe, Oahu Tripler Army Medical Center  Tripler Army Medical Center is the headquarters of the Pacific Regional Medical Command of the armed forces administered by the United States Army in the state of Hawaii. It is the largest military hospital in the Asian and Pacific Rim region and serves a military sphere of jurisdiction that spans over 52% of the Earth's surface. Located on the slopes of Moanalua Ridge overlooking the Honolulu neighborhoods of Moanalua and Salt Lake, Tripler Army Medical Center's massive coral pink structure can be seen from any point in the Honolulu District. : Tripler, Hospital, Oahu Lanikai sunrise : Lanikai
Diamond Head, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii  Located at the eastern end of Waikiki and right on the ocean, Diamond Head has already made an impression to early sailors. In 1825, British sailors noticed small sparkling calcite crystals in the beach sand nearby the crater and named the mountain Diamond Hill. This name was later changed to Diamond Head. This is how the crater got its English name. : Diamond Head, Oahu Sugar Cane Train, Lahaina City, Maui, Hawaii  In 1969 A.W. “Mac” McKelvy who got together with the Makai Corporation and created the Sugar Cane Train. The line has operated passenger service from Lahaina to Puukolii (just north of Kaanapali) daily for over 30 years. Since 1970, over five million tourists to Maui have ridden the train making it one of West Maui’s most popular attractions. With a blast of its steam whistle, the locomotive chugs along a six-mile long stretch of track at a leisurely pace, as its passengers are entertained Hawaiian-style by narrators.  The Lahaina Kaanapali Railroad’s Future:  Future plans for the Sugar Cane Train also includes hosting weddings and adding special evening train parties and receptions. Where there was once sugar cane, other agricultural crops will be planted such as coffee and corn. So although the canefields are gone, the train will continue to transport visitors between Lahaina and Kaanapali along a scenic journey from the Maui of yesteryear to the beauty and charm of Maui today. : Sugar Cain Train, Lahaina City, Maui Shooting Sunrise  Oahu’s Rock Bridge, shaded by clouds on the horizon as daylight breaks. : Rock Bridge, Oahu Napili Bay Sunset, Maui  A deep red and orange October sunset fills the sky over the Pacific from Napili Bay on the island of Maui. The winds are calm, the clouds are high, and the surf plays along the edge where the ocean meets the sand. : Sunset, Napili Bay, Maui
Olomana Trail, Oahu, Hawaii  Located in Kailua, Three Peaks is a wonderful hike with great views if you can make it to the top. The first peak's about 1.5 miles up with dropoffs on both sides. The next peak isn't as challenging but still an awesome view. The last peak should only be tried by experienced hikers. : Olomana Trail, Oahu Uncommon Orange Hibiscus  There are hundreds of varieties of hibiscus throughout the world. Many of those are cultivated by gardners and enthusiasts in Hawaii. : Hibiscus, Hawaii Turtle Dive  A Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle cruises the sea floor off the Oahu shoreline looking for a bite to eat. Adult green sea turtles like this one are herbivores, eating mainly algae and different seagrasses. Sea turtles can spend twenty minutes or more underwater while swimming and eating, and more than a couple hours underwater while sleeping. : Green Sea Turtle, Oahu Lights of Honolulu : Honolulu, lights, night, Oahu
Venice Falls, Maui, Hawaii  Waikoa Pond, or Venus Pool, in southeast Maui, is a naturally formed swimming pool in an incredibly beautiful setting next to the ocean. The pool, in between Hana and Oheo Gulch Pools, is one of a series of waterfalls and pools. Local lore says that in ancient Hawaii only royalty were allowed to use this exquisite site.  The freshwater swimming area is a perfect place to spend a secluded day. Sunbathe on the large, smooth rocks and indulge yourself in the warm, calm water. It’s best not to go near the surf at the ocean end of the stream, as the undertow is strong. : Venice Falls, Maui Nimitz Beach  Nimitz Beach on the island of Oahu is a favorite for family and friends. Nimitz is prized for its ample parking, gorgeous views, sandy shores, and ocean access. : Nimitz Beach, Oahu Panorama of the Taro Fields in Kauai Hawaii  Panoramic Image of the Taro Fields in Kauai Hawaii : Taro Fields, Kauai Sea Entry for the Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow  Lava from the Kilauea Volcano pours into the Pacific Ocean. : Kilauea Volcano, lava, Pacific Ocean
Waterfalls on the Island of Molokai  A helicoptor takes a photo of a half dozen waterfalls on the island of Molokai. : Waterfalls, Molokai, helicoptor Nuuanu Pali  Nuuanu Pali is a section of the windward cliff (pali in Hawaiian) of the Koʻolau mountain located at the head of Nuʻuanu Valley on the island of Oʻahu. It has a panoramic view of the windward (northeast) coast of Oʻahu. The Pali Highway (Hawaii State Highway 61) connecting Kailua/Kāneʻohe with downtown Honolulu runs through the Nuʻuanu Pali Tunnels bored into the cliffside. : Nu'uanu Pali, Oahu Waikiki Resorts  The Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Outrigger on the Beach Hotel, Waikiki, Oahu. : Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki, Oahu Shipwrecks Beach, Kauai, Hawaii  Shipwreck Beach is a local favorite for surfing and body surfing. Located in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, parking is just beyond the hotels main entrance. Large surf usually pounds the shore and makes for difficult swimming and boogie boarding. : Shipwrecks, Beach, Kaua'i
Pearl Harbor Sunset  A Pearl Harbor sunset looking toward the southern tip of the Waianae mountain range. : Pearl Harbor, sunset, Waianae, Oahu Makaha Valley  View of Makaha Valley from Kamaile`unu Ridge. : Makaha Valley, Kamaile`unu Ridge, Oahu James Campbell Industrial Park  The largest industrial park in Hawaii and one of the region’s largest job centers, James Campbell Industrial Park has nearly 250 businesses employing 7,000 people. It is adjacent to Barbers Point Kalaeloa Harbor. : James Campbell, Barber's Point, Honolulu, Oahu Pearl Harbor Memorial at Night : Pearl Harbor, Memorial, night
Kepuhi Beach, Molokai, Hawaii  Kepuhi Beach , located on Molokai's west shore, is a long and wide sandy beach. On the southern end of the beach is Kaiaka Rock, which was once the location of a heiau (Hawaiian temple).   Even though the beach looks inviting, swimming is only possible here on very calm days because of strong alongshore currents that can be treacherous. In the winter months or when the surf is up, the entire length of the beach gets pounded by high waves with dangerous shorebreaks. This is when powerful rip currents occur. : Kepuhi, Moloka'i Ala Moana Beach  Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu. : Ala Moana Beach Park Red-crested Cardinal in Hawaii  The Red-crested cardinal was introduced to Oahu and Kauai in the late 1920’s – early 1930’s from South America. By the 1960’s the birds had spread to the islands of Maui and Hawaii. Today, the species is fairly well established on all the main Hawaiian islands. : Cardinal, red crest The Polynesian Cultural Center   Founded in 1865, this area was originally desolate and uninhabitable. Through tender loving care and tenacity the lovely town of Laie, also known as ‘The Gathering Place’, grew into a beautiful center of spirituality, education and ethnic harmony. The Polynesian Cultural Center first opened its doors in 1963 as a way for students at the adjacent Church College of Hawaii (now Brigham Young University Hawaii) to earn money for their education and as a means to preserve and portray the cultures, art and crafts of the people of Polynesia. Prior to this great event, the town of Laie hosted weekly hukilaus, a community fish fry meant to entertain, instruct and support the community. We’ve come a long way since 1963. The center has grown to become Hawaii's number-one paid attraction, drawing nearly a million visitors a year. : Polynesian Cultural Center, Polynesia
Alau Island Sunrise, Maui, Hawaii  Alau Island is a small island crowned with coconut palms.  The trees were planted to commemorate a father’s loss of his sons in World War II.  Legend says Alau is a lost remnant of Maui, left behind when the gods pulled the islands from the sea to create the Hawaiian chain. : Alau Island, Maui North Shore, Oahu  Rainbow over the North Shore on the island of Oahu. : North Shore, Oahu, Rainbow Coastline Aerial Of Kahala and Diamond Head Crater : Kahala, Diamond Head Rabbit Island Sunrise  Manana Island is an uninhabited islet located 0.75 mi off Kaupō Beach, near Makapuʻu at the eastern end of the Island of Oʻahu in the Hawaiian Islands. In the Hawaiian language, mānana means "buoyant". The islet is commonly referred to as Rabbit Island, because its shape as seen from the nearby Oʻahu shore looks something like a rabbit's head and because it was once inhabited by introduced rabbits. : Rabbit Island, Makapu'u, Oahu
South Oahu Coastline  Although not as often shown off as Kauai’s scenic coastline, Oahu’s southern shores boast beautiful vistas from the air. This picture overlooks the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park with Koko Head park in the distance. Hanauma Bay is best known for its snorkeling preserve that offers close encounters with many of Hawaii’s reef fish varieties.  Arial shots like these help one to quickly recognize the volcanic origin of the island and to have an inkling of the power of molten rock meeting open ocean to form mountains of fertile land. : Oahu, Coastline, Hawaii, ariel view Kahola lagoon at Ko'olina  Sunset at the Kahola lagoon at Ko'olina. : Kahola lagoon, Ko'olina, Oahu Kona Country Club, Hawaii  The Kona Country Club provides the perfect environment for golf. Situated in scenic Keauhou just six miles away from downtown Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kona Country Club features spectacular ocean and mountain views, excellent facilities and friendly service. Beautiful Hualalai Mountain protects the club from the strong winds. One can always expect pleasant sunny skies and gentle ocean breezes. : Kona, Golf, Big Island Kalalau Valley Rainbow  A beautiful rainbow shines over the Kalalau Valley on the island of Kauai. : Kalalau Valley, Kaua'i
Maui Palms  A yellow-gold sunset direct from the island of Maui. : Sunset, Maui Molokai coastline  The coast line of the island of Moloka'i. The lights of Honolulu are visible at night from the west end of Molokaʻi, while nearby Lānaʻi and Maui are clearly visible from anywhere along the south shore of the island. The shape of Moloka'i Island can be recalled as that of a shoe or a fish. : Moloka'i, Pacific Ocean Maui Red, Hawaii  A red sun sets over Maui. : Maui, Sunset Travel poster to visit Waikiki circa 1960's  An old travel poster advertising the attractions of visiting Hawaii and Waikiki beach. : Waikiki, travel, vintage, poster, Oahu
Wailua Falls Rainbow  Gorgeous rainbow over the Wailua Falls on Kauai. : Wailua Falls, Kaua'i, rainbow Mauna Kea from the ISS  Taken from high above the Big Island–miles and miles above–Mauna Kea stands out in this image taken in November, 2015 by an Expedition 45 crew member aboard the International Space Station.  Several of the volcano’s cinder cones are clearly visible, and you can even make out the observatories at the summit. : Mauna Kea, Space Station, Big Island Polihale Beach, Kauai, Hawaii  Known for its 7-mile stretch of white sand beach and hot cloudless days, Polihale is the spot to dry out when the rains come. Framed by the west end of the Na Pali cliffs, sweeping sand dunes and a Ni'ihau capped ocean, Polihale can be a breath-taking experience. : Polihale, beach, Kaua'i Sandy Beach  Sandy Beach is a beach on the South Shore of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi. It is known for its excellent bodyboarding and bodysurfing opportunities due to shore break that breaks very close to the shore, and consistent barrels all along the beach.  : Sandy Beach, Oahu, surfing
The Beach, Lava and the Ocean together at Waialea Beach  Beach, frozen lava, and ocean combine in an ever-changing dance on the shore of Waialea Beach on the Kohala cost of the Big Island of Hawaii.  Waves crashing on shore have shaped old lava flow here into smoothed black rock with small arches. Protected from the direct hits of the sea, the beach side rock is covered in green algae. : Beach, lava. Waialea Beach, Big Island Keonehe’ehe’e Trail, Maui  Keonehe'ehe'e Trail is a 17.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kula, Maui, Hawaii. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. : Keonehe’ehe’e Trail, Maui, hiking Upcountry Beauty, Maui  Upcountry Maui is filled with pastoral scenes like this. From quaint towns like Makawao to the cold mountain top of Haleakala, upcountry offers a decidedly different view of Maui. : Upcountry, Rainbow, Maui Volcanoes National Park  This UNESCO World Heritage site is a goldmine for hikers, spanning more than 300,000 acres of tropical rainforest, volcanoes and the Kaʻū Desert, which is chock-full of dried lava and gravel. The most remarkable sights in the park are found along Crater Rim Drive, lined with scenic stops. : Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, World Heritage site
Blue Foam Starfish  A starfish takes a break on an Hawaiian beach. : Starfish, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean Aerial View of Lanikai Beach, Hawaii : Lanikai Beach, ariel view Waiakuhi and Kukio Bay Beach  Fronting the Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai, is a gorgeous view of Waiakuhi and Kukio Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. These two narrow strips of sand face northwest, giving spectacular sunset views all year long. : Hualalai, Waiakuhi, Kukio Bay, Big Island Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii  Located on the coast of Honaunau Bay in south Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau immerses you in Hawaiian culture. This 180-acre national historic park was once the home of royal grounds and a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers.  Kapu, or sacred laws, were of utmost importance to Hawaiian culture and the breaking of kapu could mean death. A kapu-breaker's only chance for survival was to evade his pursuers and make it to a puuhonua, or a sacred place of refuge. Once there, a ceremony of absolution would take place and the law-breaker would be able to return to society.  The Hawaiian name for Diamond Head is Le‘ahi, a contraction of lae, meaning point of land and ‘ahi, meaning yellowfin tuna. So Le‘ahi means “point (of the) ahi fish.” From a distance, the mountain looks like the dorsal fin of the ahi fish, hence its Hawaiian name Le‘ahi. : Honaunau Bay, Puuhonua o Honaunau, Kona, Big Island
Cathedral Beach, Kauai  It doesn't get anymore secluded and remote than Honopu Beach on Kauai's Na Pali Coast. No road or even a hiking trail leads to it. In fact, the only legal way to access it is to swim to it.  Honopu actually consists of two beaches, which are backed by majestic 1200-foot (365 m) high sea cliffs and separated by the Honopu arch. Around the corner is a large waterfall, cascading down the sea cliff, through the arch and into the ocean.  Trying to reach Honopu Beach is an adventure that is certainly not for everyone. Since swimming to the beach is necessary to set foot on it, one must be a very strong swimmer to reach it (and wear fins). When the surf is up, it is dangerous to enter the ocean along the Na Pali Coast because of strong rip currents and pounding surf. : Honopu, Cathedral Beach, Kaua'i Hōlei Sea Arch - Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park  The Hōlei Sea Arch has a limited life span. The sea arch will eventually crumble and will no longer be a feature of the park. However, another will replace it as the cliff slowly migrates inland. This impressive sea arch was cut into the cliff of an ancient lava flow, about 550 years ago. The term used in the creation of this sea arch is "differential erosion", which is the difference in the hardness of various layers of lava flow. : Hōlei Sea Arch, Volcanoes National Park, Big Island Sunset in Paradise  Another sunset in paradise. As soon as you have seen a beautiful one the next one is even better. : sunset, Paradise, Hawaii Rainbow Falls, Big Island, Hawai  Rainbow Falls located on the Big Island of Hawaii. : Rainbow Falls, Big Island
Hana, Maui Sunset  While Hana, Maui is on the east side of the island, you can still catch a glimpse of the sunset in Winter months if you go far enough past town. The drive, and the view are worth it. : Hana, Maui Gin Island  Gin Island in the French Frigate Shoals is part of what is collectively known as the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. Called, “Kānemilohaʻi” in Hawaiian, it is rarely visited by anyone other than researchers and the seals and turtles visible in this picture. : Gin Island, North West Hawaiian Islands Lanikai Beach at sunrise : Lanikai Beach, sunrise Hawaiian Flower Leis  Genuine Hawaiian flower leis. : Leis, flower, Hawaiian
Kaihalulu Beach, Maui  Red Sand Beach is a dramatic and beautiful hidden cove unlike any other. The ocean outside the cove is almost always a deep, almost surreal Kool-Aid blue, and rages relentlessly against the dramatic and rugged coastline.  The crescent-shaped beach is cut deep into the Ka’uiki Head cinder cone, whose rust-red lava cinder cliffs supply the beach with its red sand. These cliffs of loose crumbly cinders tower almost vertically, yet somehow remain intact to impressive heights.  The cove is protected on the ocean side by a wall of jagged black lava rock, further contributing to this almost otherworldly scene. : Kaihalulu Beach, Maui Lesser Seen Sunset, Kure Atoll  Sunsets from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are far less commonly seen than those on the main, heavily populated, Hawaiian islands, also known as the Southeastern (Windward) Hawaiian Islands. When most people think of Hawaii they do not know that there are ten more islands west of Kaua’i and Ni’ihau. Nine of these islands are administrated by Honolulu County on the island of Oahu.  These ten, small, and mostly uninhabited islands are spread northwest across hundreds of miles. The outermost of these islands is Kure Atoll, where this beautiful sunset picture was taken.  Kure Atoll is included in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which oversees, protects,  and studies marine and bird life in the area. : Kure Atoll, North West Hawaiian Islands Nakalele Blowhole, Poelua Bay, Maui, Hawaii  Nakalele Point is a land mass on the eastern edge of the northern tip of the island of Maui, Hawaii. In Hawaiian, Nakalele means "the leaning". The Point is known for its blowhole and has become notable for its dangerous conditions when waves crash in. The point and blowhole are located just east of Poelua Bay. Water spewed from the blowhole can rise as high as 100 feet in the air. : Nakalele Point, blowhole, Maui Kaneohe Fish Pond, Oahu, Hawaii  Hawaiian fishponds are unique and advanced forms of aquaculture found nowhere else in the world.  The techniques of herding or trapping adult fish with rocks in shallow tidal areas is found elsewhere but the six styles of Hawaiian fishponds, especially large walled ponds, were technologically advanced and efficient as their purpose was to cultivate pua, baby fish, to maturity.  : Kaneohe, fish, pond, Oahu
Hualalai Sunrise  A beautiful shot of Hualalai volcano and a wonderfully calm sea just after sun up on the Big Island’s Kona side. : Hualalai volcano, Kona, big Island A unique bird’s eye view of Waikiki Beach that displays the beautiful reef patterns just outside the protected lagoons at sunset : Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Pacific Ocean Banyan Tree, Honula Bay, Maui, Hawaii  Banyan is the name given to several species of the genus Ficus. These large trees, which are native to the tropics and subtropics, were brought to the Hawaiian Islands in the late 1800s. Although they are not native plants, banyans have become an integral part of the Hawaiian landscape. : Banyan, tree, Maui Swimming Monk Seal, Kauai, Hawaii  Hawaiian Monk Seals are among the most endangered creatures on earth. They are one of only two mammals endemic to Hawaii, the second being a species of bat. Often referred to as "living fossils", they have remained relatively unchanged for over 15 million years.  The vast majority of Hawaiian Monk Seals live on and around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a chain of isolated atolls and tiny islands extending some 1,200 miles beyond KauaI. At least six locations with breeding populations can be found along this chain. Small populations of Hawaiian Monk Seals inhabit the main Hawaiian Islands—mainly Kauai, Ni`ihau, Oahu, and Molokai. Seals are increasingly sighted on the other islands. These habitats include sandy beaches and lava benches, their preferred haul-out sites. : Hawaian Monk Seals, endangered
Priceless Hawaiian Sunset : Sunset, Hawaii State of Hawaii map from 1960 : Map, state of Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines