We are used to seeing beautiful Lanikai in the daylight or even the early morning hours. This amazing shot, though, captures Oahu’s windward coast beach across twilight and into the evening, revealing the stars otherwise hidden behind a veil of light. Literally translated, “Lanikai” means “Heavenly Sea,” a fitting description for this picture of hōkū (stars) in place over the Pacific.
We love the contrast of the lighted sand and striped beach chair against the coming night sky. On the horizon, the twin islets of Nā Mokulua are barely visible, blending into the darkening sky.
Looking more like a desert scene than ocean, the sun shines brightly through the horizon as it approaches Kaho’olawe, bringing the Hawaiian islet of Molokini into slight relief against the darkening Pacific. read more
Near Palaoa Point on Lana’i’s southwestern shores a wave-eroded islet peaks just above water line, facing pali (cliffs) ranging between 100 and 350 feet tall. read more
Between Makapuu Point and Waimanalo on the island of Oahu you’ll find the tiny islet of Manana. Sometimes called Rabbit Island for it’s part in rabbit breeding operations until the mid-1990’s, Manana literally translates to, to stretch out, or to spread out. read more
Molokini Islet is home to fantastic snorkeling and diving. Accessible only by boat, the islet was formerly used as a bombing target by the US. read more