Islands of Enchantment
A view of majestic Diamond Head photographed from the nearby
inland hills. Towering high above the coastline, this extinct volcano
is one of many located on the island of Oahu. Lae Ahi, or Cape of
Fire as the ancient Hawaiians called Diamond Head, is a well-recognized
island landmark. >>>
<<< A panoramic view of Kauai's magnificent
shoreline which attracts visitors from around the world. The popular
Napali coast, located along the island's north shore, is famous
for its spectacular cliffs and inspiring scenery.
Created by a single volcano, the island of Kauai
is well know for its photogenic stretches of breathtaking coastline.
Often called "The Garden Isle", the original islanders
believed Kauai to be the eldest of the dozen children born to Wakea,
the Sky God, the Papa, the Earth Mother. >>>
<<< A tumbling
waterfall on the island of Kauai, Mount Waialeale contributes to
the presence of waterfalls of Kauai. Looming more than 5,200 feet
above the island's center, the mountain averages almost 500 inches
of rain a year, making it the rainiest spot in the world.
The volcanic crater of Haleakala rises more than
10,000 feet above "The Valley Isle" of Maui. Named for
an ancient folk hero, the island of Maui was created by two volcanoes,
Puu Kukui and Haleakala. "The House of the Sun" encompasses
one of the world's largest dormant craters, measuring 21 miles in
<<< A small island viewed from the coast
of Oahu. The Hawaiian Islands, located more than 2,000 miles from
the nearest continent or major island group, are among the most
isolated archipelagos in the world.
Sunset off the Napali coast near the town of
Princeville on the island of Kauai. The famous English explorer
Captain James Cook made his first landfall in the Hawaiian Islands
on Kauai in January 1778. >>>
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Photography by Gar Benedick. Text
by Paul Picus.
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