Hawaii is known throughout the world for its big, perfect, surfable waves. Each island has its own special spots, high-traffic spots, and secret spots.
Each spot–and each wave really–changes depending on the time of year. In the winter we see large swells from the north that push big waves in all the from Alaska, creating wonders on Oahu like the Bonzai Pipeline pictured here. In the summer, we get smaller swells with occasionally big moments from southern storms originating off the coasts of New Zealand and Australia.
And, because our islands are small enough to drive across in a couple of hours, most surfing destinations are reachable most days by those with enough determination and free time.
On a big swell day–some of us mere mortals may even call it a huge swell day–the Pipeline surf break on Oahu’s North Shore displayed the reason for its name. read more
A winding beach-side kiawe tree stretches skyward as sunset casts contrasting shadows on hanging buoys. “This tree is right on the beach and has caught my eye several times, and…” read more
Orchid trees are a beautiful addition to shorelines, resorts, and wetter areas in Hawaii. The large blooms can be white, pink or purple like those pictured here. read more
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata), is called ‘Awapuhi ‘ula’ula in the Hawaiian language. It was a canoe plant–brought in the canoes of the first Hawaiian settlers–known for its powerful and pleasing fragrance. read more