Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy Tour of Hawaii

Travel Hawaii online with these Hawaii pictures and photos from all of the Hawaiian Islands. I hope you visit Hawaii after seeing the beauty of these images. Start your Hawaii vacation with these pictures, details, and maps of Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, and the Island of Hawaii.
Hawaii is an isolated archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 2,550 miles southwest of Los Angeles and about 3,900 miles southeast of Tokyo. First settled by Polynesians between A.D. 300 and 600, Hawaii was visited by British captain James Cook in 1778. He named them the Sandwich Islands. Politically Hawaii is part of North America as a U.S. State, but geographically, because of its (isolated location,) it is not considered part of any continent. It's comprised of 8 major islands (Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Niihau) and a series of smaller ones. Hawaii is the world's longest island chain. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, and the United States entered World War II. Today the islands are one of the premier travel destinations in the world, and to quote Mark Twain, "The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean..."

Hula's, luau's and lei-giving are all a reflection of the celebration of beauty, joy and happiness that's known as the spirit of Aloha. It has spectacular natural beauty, historic sights, world class dining, luxurious accommodations, black sand beaches and warm tropical breezes. Created by volcanic hotspots, the Hawaiian Islands consist of 122 islands and are home to the world's largest dormant volcano.






Big Island

Big Island of Hawaii (Population 148,677, Area 4,028 sq. miles) The "Big Island" is an island of diversity...the fiery volcanoes Mauna Loa (13,679 feet) and Kilauea, magnificent snow clad Mauna Kea (13,796 feet), the Desert of Kau, cascading waterfalls, the Puna Rainforest, the brilliant shades of Hilo orchids. The island of Hawaii is recognized agriculturally for its sugar, coffee, cattle and macadamia nuts. Popular destinations on the Big Island include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kealakekua Bay, Kailua-Kona, Kawaihae, Parker Ranch, Waipio Valley.

These lush, green islands are the visible tops of a chain of submerged volcanic mountains that stretch 3,100 miles from Hawaii, all the way to the Aleutian Trench in the north Pacific Ocean. Most are now inactive stumps of volcanic rock, encircled by coral reefs. The youngest volcano (Kilauea), in Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, still erupts occasionally, spewing lava and creating new land. Maui's Haleakala is still considered active, but is not currently erupting. Oahu's Diamond Head, the most famous landmark in the island chain is a large volcanic tuff cone formed by a series of explosive eruptions an estimated 100,000 years ago. Ironically, in this tropical paradise, the tops of Mauna Loa and Muana Kea on the Big Island are snow-capped. Numerous sea cliffs fringe the outer edges of the islands, and rugged valleys, crater remnants, canyons and waterfalls are commonplace.
The Hawaiian Island's weather is very consistent, with only moderate changes in temperature throughout the year. There are only 2 seasons: the summer months (called Kau in Hawaiian) that extend from May to October and the winter months (Ho'oilo) that run from November to April. The average day-time summer temperature at sea level is 85 degrees F. (29.4 C) while the average day-time winter temperature is 78 degrees (25.6 C). For an look at Hawaii precipitation levels (by islands)
Traveler Information Attractions (a few major) Ancient sites and villages, volcano tours, beaches, surfing, and yes, you can still learn to do the "Hula". So many choices, our best advice is to "pick an island, any island," and you won't be disappointed. While there, besides the usual tourist activities, a visit to Pearl Harbor is highly recommended.
Hawaiian Flower
Hawaiian Volcano
Hawaiian Animals
Hawaiian People
Hawaiian History Founded in 1892, the Society is dedicated to preserving historical materials relating to Hawai‘i and the Pacific region and to publishing scholarly research on Hawaiian and Pacific history. In addition, the Society presents lectures and other programs, free to the public, on various aspects of Hawaiian history. The Library of the Hawaiian Historical Society provides a research collection of printed and manuscript material for use by scholars, historians, history buffs, serious students, Society members, and others in the community interested in the history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Island area. The Hawaiian Historical Society is widely known through its publications, which include a Papers series published between 1892 and 1940, Annual Reports, The Hawaiian Journal of History, and books emphasizing original sources. Hawaii History Moments are short descriptive essays on various topics from Hawai‘i’s colorful history, originally written as texts for a series of radio broadcasts. The Hawaiian Historical Society Web Reference Collection contains a convenient assortment of bibliographies, lists, and other guides useful in researching Hawai‘i’s past. This selective list of links to other sites on the World Wide Web provides pointers to material of particular interest to historians.

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