Since 1778 and for nearly a century, Hawaii, the cluster of islands was known with a not so idyllic name as Sandwich Islands. You can hardly combine this name with a heavenly scenery, golden beaches, cocktails, dancing hula, an active volcano and surfers that tame the waves. Fortunately the name was changed and now we’re free to dream. Since 1959 it is the newest of the 50 U.S. states and is located in the Pacific Ocean, 3,700 kilometers, west of the continental United States.
During the Second World War became known because of the Pearl Harbor, the harbor which made the Japanese attack on the U.S., and most recently was again famous as the birthplace of Barack Obama. With a necklace made of flowers and shells, you begin a journey to these magical islands. As, Hawaii is actually a cluster of islands in the heart of the Pacific.
Ulua Beach, Hawaii
Only six of them are inhabited and experience tourism development. According to scientists they owe their existence to the intense volcanic activity era that continues until this day since the volcano Kilauea is still active. This activity in conjunction with the weather have let nature run wild creating beyond the endless white beaches, exotic rainforests with living freely rare paradise birds, colorful flowers and many rare animals. Even some of the islands have undergone strong alteration of tourism development, but in the hinterland, the treasure remains unchanged and naïve.
They call it the Big Island to avoid creating misunderstandings. With a 400 km coastline, mountains that reach 4,000 meters above sea level, the slopes full of bananas and coffee plantations, waterfalls, lakes and rivers and volcano parks, through which you can see the crater of an active volcano Mona Kea.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii
The strangest fact of this island is that it passes through two climatic zones: the Antarctic and the Sahara. So there are times when one can do both water and snow skiing on the slopes of Mauna Kea, especially for those lucky ones that attend the location from February until March.
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By Nicole P.
Hawaii photos: Pete Orelup, Janine Russel, Boyd Brooks, John Blacker.