Steep pali (cliffs), lush from rain and tropical sun, plunge into the warm Pacific ocean below on the windward side of the Oahu coastline. Pictures like this one make it easy to think, “Yeah, I’d like to right there.”
Oahu is geologically older than most of the other islands in the Hawaii chain. Many years of waves, wind and rain have eroded the hillsides and valleys into occasionally steep droppoffs and ground the rock into fine, rich soil vibrant with life.
In the ocean pictured here, one can make out alternating swaths of dark and lighter blue. The lighter areas of sandy-bottom ocean while the darker areas are coral and rock reefs.
Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, Pu’u O’o is part of the longest continuously erupting volcano in two hundred years. It has been flowing since January 3, 1983. read more
At Kamakana Playground on Hawaii’s Big Island, a wood carving of an ancient Hawaiian surfing inspires children with the phrase he’e nalua, which means surfing in English. read more
Pololu Valley is seen through lau hala (hala leaves) from atop the overlook at the end of Hawaii highway 270 on the Big Island. read more
Known as a Honu in Hawaii, this green sea turtle looks up after nibbling on the algae. read more
As the sun shines down through blue skies in Hawaii, many seek refuge under the shade of palm leaves. The view from beneath palm leaves always makes us feel right at home. read more
Constant pounding of water against lava rock over centuries of time creates sea caves all along Hawaiian shores. read more
Praying Mantis can be found in many parts of Hawaii, from the seashore to nearly 7,000 feet up. It is not known if praying mantis were introduced purposefully or if they arrived accidentally. read more
Orchids’ beauty is surpassed perhaps only by their variety. This pink orchid shows white petals with pink veins surrounding dark pink inner petals and yellow stamen. read more
Looking to get away from it all and spend a little time in a tropical paradise? Look no further! Of course, when we say get away from it all, we mean everything. Internet? Don’t got it. Electricity? Nope. Plumbing? Wherever … read more
This stunningly well-drawn map, reportedly created in 1785 by Captain Cook and his officer Bligh, fairly accurately depicts the Hawaii island chain. read more
The Pacific lauhala tree, found throughout the Hawaiian islands, is as significant to Polynesia as it is eye-catching. read more