Hawaii was not always a green, sunny paradise. These islands were born in fire and smoke. A chain of volcanoes slowly grew up under the Pacific Ocean.
Tourists climb to the top of the quiet Haleakala Volcano to see the sunrise. Volcanoes
The Na Pali coast is a rugged mountainous region on the northwest coast in Hawaii. The nature of Na Palis terrain made it impossible to build a road encircling the entire island.
Haleakala National Park, on Maui Island is one of the few locations in the world where the silversword fern can be found. The fern grows along Haleakala Crater, the worlds largest inactive volcanic crater.
People from many nations come to live in Hawaii. The newcomers brought new plants and animals. Orchids didnt always grow on the islands.
Oahu is sometimes called the Capital Island because the city of Honolulu is located there.
Iolani Palace in Honolulu, built between 1879 and 1882, was the royal residence It also served as the territorial and state capitol in the past. of the last two rulers of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Hawaiians gather in traditional Polynesian dress to dance and celebrate both their origins and the cultural diversity of the islands. Hawaii is the most ethnically diverse state in the United States.
These dancers, clothed in characteristic long skirts, perform the hula dance. Originally a religious dance, the hula now tells a story through the winding movements of the dancers.
Hawaii is famous for its large-wave surfing, especially for the notorious swells of the Bonzai Pipeline, where surfers ride waves in excess of 9 m (30 ft) in height.
Many of Hawaiis smaller islands are too small for people. The Leeward Islands are a wildlife refuge.
Up until now, Hawaiis islands have kept their natural beauty. How much longer will this paradise last? Up until now, Hawaiis islands have kept their natural beauty. How much longer will this paradise last?